Mozam & Malawi by Lex Stewart
Jane and I had the privilege, recently, of joining Doug & Shena Macdonald on one of the Glenridge church mission trips to Malawi.
Glenridge has worked into Malawi and Mozambique over the years, assisting Hennie Keyter and his NCMI apostolic team. This particular trip included a week in Blantyre at the NCMI base where we joined their team for a pastors and leaders ‘Equip time’. Pastors and church leaders from northern Mozambique and Malawi were invited to attend. There were more than 270 team leaders and other pastors that attended biblical training sessions from Monday to Friday; and open sessions were held from Friday to Sunday with about 1000 people in attendance. It was a marvellous time!
What wonderful, gentle and peaceful people the Malawians are… the testimonies and stories we heard over the course of the week were singularly inspiring and certainly gave insight into many people that have completely surrendered their lives to the Gospel of Christ. It was very humbling!
We were away for 3 weeks and covered just under 6000kms. Our trip back included stops at some churches where we encouraged old friends in the ministry, some of whom had also been with us in Blantyre. We visited a church in Salima and an orphanage in the Shire valley. While the leaders may have been encouraged by our visits, the truth is, we were encouraged by them even more. The Gospel work being done with such limited resources by these wonderful men and women is simply incredible!
One of those “impacting moments” took place on our way to the border post at Nsanje in south eastern Malawi. While travelling on a remote road to the border, we pulled over to ask a man for directions. Well, I cannot sufficiently explain what followed… Doug immediately recognised the man as one of the pastors he knew from previous ministry trips and an incredible reunion took place on the road! We were able to give him bibles and the notes from the Equip time which he was unable to attend due to lack of finances. At the same time, we were also able to bless him with some money. It was one of those moments where felt “this is what the whole trip was for”!
On our way back through Mozambique we popped in to visit Armindo at Maxixie for fellowship and then made our way home. It is always good to get home but we certainly look forward to going again!