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
Dear Family and Friends,
It is amazing how swiftly 2014 has been. When you set up goals in the beginning of the year, hoping to get all of them done and surprisingly you don’t get all of them achieved, you start creating excuses for the plans not accomplished. One of the excuses that runs out of our mouth is, “there was not enough time to carry out everything.” Is it true that there was not enough time? I guess the answer would be no. I am coming to realize that our dreams for the ministry here are bigger than our human resources.
It is God, therefore who is in control, equating our accomplishments to the labor force available.
Matthew 9:37-38; Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)
We are in an area that every mile you take, there is a need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The number of my students and staff is way below the right sizable personnel that you would estimate to meet the Gospel need out there. Apostle Paul, through his letter to the Ephesians in chapter 5:15-16 says “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (ESV)
My father used to plant churches before he left to be with the Lord in heaven. One of the things that he used to say was, and I quote; “When you go out to any area that is unreached and you intend to plant a church the first thing that you must realize is that, it is you only and of course the spiritual presence of Jesus Christ out in the remote area. It is not the quantity of the labor force that will drive the fast growth of the church you intend to plant, rather it is your time usage that will matter the most.”
We are in that situation here at Mangochi Base. There are barely any churches or ministries to reach out to the lost souls. A few churches and ministries are in the town of Mangochi, fighting over the few Christians who are rocking from one denomination to another. They love to be there because it is within their comfort zone. It is we, the very few committed people scarcely seen, who are going to make a difference. We want to be very careful in the way we walk. Each and every minute we live here must be used to the best. We are using every opportunity found to share the love of God. We are currently carrying out Motorcycle Sunday School Ministries in 10 locations. Large numbers of kids are learning the Word of God and growing up in it. Some of these kids are becoming victims in their families because they have confessed Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of their lives.
In some locations we get opposition groups chanting songs that they do not want Christianity in their areas. Our staff and students have vigorously continued carrying out lessons even when the situation turns bad like that. Amadu from Pagona village came to attend the Sunday School at Heart of Faith Rescue Unit without the consent of his guardian family because he is an orphan. The guardians, an uncle and aunt, came to withdraw him from the lessons because he had no permission to do that. When he went home he insisted that he wanted to come back and escaped from there to come and to continue learning the Word of God. When the guardians realized that he was gone again, they came to shout at our staff responsible for the work at this Rescue Unit. He told them that they were free to take the kid back home.
When the kid was brought back to the village the guardians opted to tie the hands of the little boy (11 years old) with construction wire and chained him to something in the house. After that the guardians left for the daily chores out in the field. Over time the little boy got help to get out of the chain and ran back to Heart Of Faith for lessons. He came with bruises around his wrists.
The aunt upon returning from her work was shocked to realize that the boy was not there and therefore searched for him only to find him seated learning the Word of God. She was upset and therefore spoke all kinds of nonsense against the ministry and the staff serving there. Our facilitator told the woman that it was not him or the little kid causing the problem, rather it was Christ working in the life of the little boy. When Christ starts working in the life of an individual nobody can stop that.
We are earnestly praying for sponsorship for a new full circuit of six locations. This is an urgent need. Next July I will have two more students fully equipped in Sunday School ready to take the Gospel to these areas that are still in darkness. You and I can make the best use of the time. If you sponsor a Sunday School ministry here, you are directly ministering to the lives of these needy kids. These Sunday Schools are needed now because it is now that the doors are open.
We are also continuing to reach out to the community around us through door-to-door and open-air evangelism, as well as showing Christian films and of course sports ministry. We have 15 students, and we are hoping to recruit three more girls for this next term.
We are so thankful for your prayers for us and we continue to ask for more.
1) Progress on the Chiyao BMW construction
2) Growth of the school
3) A Full MSSM Circuit
4) Provision of our daily needs
5) Prayer and financial support
1) Safety as we work on the building
2) More prayer and financial supporters
3) Safety for the MSSM Circuit Riders
4) Softened hearts of the recipients of the Gospel
5) Another Sunday School Circuit sponsorship
In Christ’s Service,
David, Janet and Michael Chale