“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27: 4
Warm and happy greetings of 2014 from Teen Missions Malawi here at
Mangochi base office. It is amazing to step into 2014 when a great multitude of people have completely failed to see this brand new year.
I spent some hours examining myself and why God has allowed me to enter this year with very strong health. I have had no answer apart from realizing that He is gracious and He has unique plans for each and every soul here on earth. He decides who goes and also decides who stays. It is not by chance that I live, rather by His will. It is for this reason that for sure I know He has a unique purpose for my life. I am convinced that He wants me in this year to faithfully, diligently serve Him to the optimum level. I am therefore so thankful to all of you out there for being so faithful in praying for us. We only exist here because of a faithful team of prayer partners that we have across the world. In 2013 we went through challenges that could have swallowed our ministry, but you specifically prayed for our protection and safety. Here we stand in a new year shouting for joy that we are victorious only because Christ lives.
2013 also ended with a big blessing of financial support. Janet and I are so grateful to those who have blessed us financially and some have made commitments to start supporting us on a monthly basis. We are humbled by your love for us and the ministry we are carrying out here in Mangochi, the only area here in Malawi where the Muslim population is above 90%.
In my last update I shared some of our ministry and personal needs with you. I also stand here to acknowledge huge blessings that have been poured out on the Mangochi base ministry. Some individuals spent day and night raising up the money to meet our needs here. It is exciting that people have given faithfully to this ministry. Your gift toward this ministry will be used to reach a lot of non-christian people staying in this area.
2013 is the year that enhanced our faith in ministry. We have declared it a year of blessings to Teen Missions Malawi Mangochi ministry.
Since our last update in October many things have taken place and we would love to share a few of those with you.
On Christmas Day we went to Chikomwe school where our students go to teach Sunday school classes every weekend. At this Sunday school we have an average attendance of 50 people every Saturday. They learn Bible classes and literacy lessons. But December 25th was a very special day because our program was different from the usual. We shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and later we went into sports activities. Praise the Lord that not less than 2,000 people came to be part of it. It is amazing to see how the kids from the Islamic backgrounds and families are memorizing the Bible verses and mastering the Bible stories. Besides that it is how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is affecting their daily lives.
On January 1st, we also organized a similar event at Machemba village sports grounds. We targeted the entire area around Heart of Faith AIDS Orphans & Street Children Rescue Unit. The villages within the radius of 5 kilometers came to be part of this event. Around 5,000 people were in attendance.
The opening remarks were made by Village Headman, Machemba, who made it very clear that he supports Teen Missions’ ministry because it promotes unity not hatred. In one of his remarkable comments, he said and I quote, “ In my belief (Islamic faith) anybody else that does not believe in what I believe is an enemy. I find this promoting hatred not love and peace. But these people of Teen Missions have the faith that has brought all of you here. It is the faith that loves everybody and preaches peace that is practical. We all stand here today because they do not care that we share a different faith from them, but they still invited us to be part of this celebration. I am therefore to the side of peace and unity.” Praise God that we have a chief by our side. This is an open door to ministry rarely seen here.
On January 4th, we invited a total of 201 kids from our three Sunday school centers to come together and celebrate the dawn of 2014. They all learned Sunday school classes together. We also had a Bible memory verses quizzing competition. Later in the afternoon we blessed the kids with a few pieces of clothing per individual. These used clothes were donated to us by our Head Office in Florida, USA. Most of these kids are orphaned and underprivileged. These kids went back home with very happy faces.
One kid that went home with a very happy face is Amidu Ali, aged 7, from Chipereka village. His mother dressed him in the clothes that were the best for him realizing that he was going for a special celebration. When his name was called to come up front to pick up his package of clothes, it was very clear that he was the most needy kid. His shirt and short trousers were all having many holes. We could all sympathize with him. He was the kid that was most thankful because of the blessing. I have some few pictures of him that I want to share with you.
We are so thankful to Teen Mission in Florida for the donation of clothes. I also know that there are people who donates these clothes to TMI in USA. In a very special way I want to thank you for that, keep up the good job. We are appealing for more.
Just for your own information, when these kids went back to their homes (they were escorted by our students), parents and guardians were dancing for them. This was a proof of their thankfulness. We are excited to be part of this blessing to these vulnerable kids. Malawi is continually sinking in the mud economically, hence the prices of most human needs are continuing to skyrocket making life so difficult to almost 80% of the Malawians. The cost of food and clothes is unbearable. Reports of deaths because of hunger are all over and there are also millions of people suffering from malnutrition. When people cannot afford food or clothes it is a clear sign that things have gone out of hand. We certainly need your prayers and support.
Finally, we are so thankful because of your support in prayer and finances.
We pray for you and we love you so much.
In Christ’s Ministry,
David, Janet & Michael Chale