I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here I am. Send me!" (Isaiah
It seems a long time ago since we were posting
on our blog in the autumn of 2014 about selling our family home in Suffolk
so that we could get going to Malawi (see Let
Go and Let's Go ).
Now we have finished a full 3 years as Zambesi Mission's church development
partners with the church in Malawi, and we are back in the UK, and for the
moment have set up home again in Suffolk. It's been quite a shock going
from the hot rainy season of Malawi, with the usual 14 hours of daylight,
to the icy grip and short 7-hours of daylight of winter, especially during
our two trips to Perthshire in Scotland over the last couple of months.
But it has proven a timely return for us, to support some family members
at a difficult time, to meet one member for the very first time, and to
celebrate Christmas 2017 surrounded by our family.
Our final 2 months in Malawi were very busy, hence - for those who follow
our blog - why there have been so few blog posts. The last few months in
Malawi we were busy trying as best we could to leave things properly handed
over to our local partners, as well as make final visits to places and friends
we have grown to love. We are thankful to God for the way he enabled us
to partner with so many people and help develop new works in a country of
so much need .
. for the Preach the Word course which is already
making an impact on many of the grassroots preachers who have received the
. for the children's songbook Ananu Ziimbani which is now in
shops all over the country and has kicked off regular events for Sunday
School choirs to gather to sing and learn Biblical children's songs
. for the greater sense of direction in Zambezi Evangelical
Church, with well-defined programmes, and a desire for change and progress
. for smoother running and more widely spread Sunday
School teacher training being done by Children for Christ Ministry
. for a group of young people bound together by music
to form Echoes
of Grace and beginning to set out on their evangelistic ministry
to the villages of Malawi.
We will certainly always remember the visits to remote
little congregations deep in the bush, far from tarred roads, who showed
us great hospitality despite their circumstances. And our "home church" for
3 years, Limbe ZEC, who prepared a special farewell for us on our last
Sunday morning before we headed to the airport that day.
We have worked with some wonderful people in the
ZM Malawi office - from
our field director, Simon, and the office staff Rose and Mercy, to the guards
and our housemaid Dorothy - everyone has looked out for us and cared for
us. Also, our "azungu" friends at our midweek Bible study have been more
helpful to us than they will ever realize, through their fellowship and
Now, in the new year of 2018, we finally feel we
are 'finding our feet'
again as we start to get out and share about Malawi during our UK deputation
programme. However, even as we pull photos together and try to express our
ideas and feelings, we are only now perhaps fully realising what we have
left behind, and fully appreciating all God has done through our time in
Malawi to teach us and reshape us.
Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
So please continue to keep us in your prayers even though we are back in
the UK. Ruth will be continuing as a ZM representative in the UK, with special
focus on CFCM. However, Myles feels he is back where he was in 2012-2014 ,
waiting again to see what God has in store next. For family reasons we need
to remain based in the UK for the next few years, but Myles is looking to
use his skills and experience in mission here, probably with a cross-cultural
and/or church development angle. But from our earlier experience Myles knows
that God's timing is best, and he just needs to wait on Him.
So, friends, we thank you for following us in our journey so far. However,
our journey of faith - like yours - continues as we step out anew with God.
So please continue to keep us in your prayers, read our newsletters, and
follow our blogs on www.steppingoutwithgod.com over
this period of transition, as we visit churches and as Myles discerns his
Below is a list of our planned engagements over the next few months. If
you see us coming to a church near you then we would be delighted if you
could come along and meet with us.
Yours in Him,
February - March 2018 Deputation Programme
in East Anglia
(After Easter we
hope to visit ZM supporting churches in North of England, South
coast, and Scotland.)
Sun 4th St.Catherine's Norwich 10am
Wed 7th Pound Lane Free Church, Isleham 7.40pm
Sun 11th Greenstead Ev. Free Church 10am
Wed 14th Harrold & Carlton Grace Baptist Church,
Thur 15th Pidley Baptist Church 7pm
Sun 18th Vine Com. Church, Littleport 10.30am
Sun 25th Foulsham Baptist Church 10.30am
Wed 28th Soham Baptist Church 7.30pm
Thurs 1st Royston Evangelical Church Fellowship 12.30pm
Sun 4th RENEW Church Bottisham,10.30am
Sun 11th Kings Lynn Evangelical Church 10am
Tues 20th Bradfield St George Gospel Hall 7.30pm
Fri-Sun 23-25th Newark Evangelical Church Mission weekend
Wed 28th Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm
You are warmly welcomes to any of these meetings.
It would be great to see you!