Banjarnahor, Redika Serlye (Fall 2011)

Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It has been a great blessings for me to be a part of this wonderful ministry of Teen Missions in Malawi. This year is my second year ministering in Malawi. Time has gone so fast, and more things to be done. And I realized that there is no time to say, “wait!!” That is what I have learned, because time once gone never comes back.


I have had lots of experience with God during my ministry with the Matron Units and Boot Camps as well. Last June, most of the girls who stay with me in the Sonrise Palms Matron Unit, especially the girls who are in Form 2 and Form 4, were writing government exams and we have been working together during their study times. I ended up changing the rule a little concerning their study time in that they have to study at least 6-7 hours every day and on the weekends,  I have extra study time with them. I did help them with what I learned when I was in high school. And it was working because their results were that all of them passed the exams. It was great praise to God. I am really happy that I could help and bless them even though they did not like to having more study time but then they saw the benefit of it. And I am happy also that the girls won my heart and I truly love them. Being a matron is a grace from God. I have also encouraged them to attend the Lord’s Boot Camp, because of the many things God does in their lives through Boot Camp. So after the exams, some of the girls were going for holiday and others to Boot Camp as well.

Boot Camp is always great, and I love it even when it is so hard. God always brings new experiences and draws me close to Him. God gave me many opportunities to serve Him while I was at Boot Camp. I lead the Sonrise Drama Preteen team with 18 team members and four leaders. I also taught the drama class which I enjoyed and was an important part in my team. We were able to do evangelism through our dramas. We reached the area of Ngwena Village and around Maloa, where we visited the churches and blessed them with our presentation of dramas.

One thing that I learned again during the Boot Camp was how to prepare the Malawian food in a big pot. I was the only female leader and I had to cook for my team the project and Debrief time. The food I made was pretty good even though on the first day, the team members were complaining that the Nsima (Malawian food) was not cook well. But they enjoyed it after that. I had many wounds on my hands because of the fire and the Nsima flour. Its a little bit hard because we need to stir the flour gently until its boiling.

Bible School classroom

Boot camp was really good and we finished our Debrief on August 2. After Boot Camp I was hoping to go back to Sonrise Palms and take care of the girls, but God show me another way. Mr. Wylie, the Malawi Base Coordinator, assigned me to stay at the base. I have more things to do at the base and now is my time to do it because He always told me that there is no time to say wait!!

I followed God’s leading and moved to the base. I am teaching one of our students, Richard, who behind one term. I am also teaching Poetical Books and it is going well. I taught for three weeks, five hours each day.

I am also helping Heni, Mr. Wylie’s wife, with the paperwork in the office and I am teaching again in this term. I am teaching Music class. This class will instruct them in basic music theory and history of music. In addition, the students will learn how to play guitar and recorder. It is such a blessing for me to be a teacher. I love teaching and I know that is God’s blessing for me. May God be glorified through my life.

And I realized that I could do all those ministry because of your prayer. God has blessed me because of everyone who has been praying for me and encouraging me . I thank you for all your kindness that you have poured into my life. And may you continue pray for me as I serve our King of kings here in Malawi.

With Love and Prayer

Redika Serlye Banjarnahor

Romans 10:8


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