Dear Friends, Family and Former Team Members,
It’s been over a year since Bethany and I moved to the other side of the world. What an amazing adventure the Lord has taken us on. There have been many moments of hardship, happiness, joy, homesickness, culture shock, adjustment and spiritual growth; along with developing a stronger marriage between Bethany and myself. As we look back on 2014 and look forward to 2015, we want say THANK YOU for your part in this ministry! You are here in Africa with us! You are reaching many lives with the Gospel through your prayers and financial support.
The ministry in Malawi is growing each year! In the fall we started two new Sunday school circuits. That means twelve new villages in Malawi are being reached with the message of hope. One of the new circuits is in Mangochi, the Muslim district of Malawi in the south. There you will find a scarcity of Christian churches within the villages. However, you will find multiple Mosques. Recently over the news you may have heard of radical Islam. Thankfully here in Malawi the Muslims are not malicious and only hold Islam as a tradition. But they hold fast to their traditions. We talked in our last newsletter about how we had been able to drill a well in one of the Muslim villages. We’re praising the Lord because just months after providing water to the village; the residents are now open to receiving the Gospel. Many have been coming to our Sunday School and seeking the truth about Christ.
Our Bible schools in Malawi are a very important part of our ministry. Many want to serve the Lord, but have never really learned more than the basic things about God’s Word, if they’re lucky. Our two-year Bible school is making a huge impact on many lives. In the fall, between all four of the Bible schools, we had over 70 students. These are men and women from Malawi getting ready to serve the Lord in their own country.
Our Rescue Units also have had a big impact in the communities here. We ran a Christmas camp for two weeks in December and it was a huge blessing to have over 30 kids come to each unit. They did different classes about spiritual growth, taking care of their bodies, learning to grow gardens and spending time with adults who care about them. Each unit is meeting not only the spiritual needs of the orphans in the village, but also the needs of the adults and village chiefs as well.
We were blessed to have some very special guests with us. Our moms and two of my sisters came during Christmas time! It was so wonderful for some of our family to see the work of the Lord first hand. For those of you who know our moms (Donna Frey and Joceile White) if you would have asked them a couple years ago if they would come to Africa the answer would have been NO. In fact all her life my mom prayed for the Lord not to send her to Africa. She says God said, “OK, but I am going to send your children instead!”
We had a wonderful visit with them. One of the highlights was being able to go to the mountains of Dedza to visit Agatha. For those of you who may have forgotten, Agatha is the little girl we got a wheel chair for. Joceile brought some baby dolls, and we were able to give her one as a Christmas gift and her smile was just priceless.
We also got to have an exciting adventure in Liwonde National Park. We took our family in a borrowed vehicle to one of Malawi’s National Parks to see some of Africa’s best animals in the wild. Malawi does not get a lot of tourists so their national parks are very primitive. We were driving through the park and had already seen a lot of animals when the car started to have problems and we ended up having to try to push start it. Now, picture these six white people pushing a vehicle in the middle of a national park with not another person within miles. Things were going fine until I looked over and saw that Bethany had a nervous look on her face. About 20 feet away were three huge male elephants! Now normally elephants are not very aggressive; however, when they get spooked they’ve been known to charge vehicles. So we got back into the vehicle and within a couple minutes another van came by with a park ranger in it and helped us move on. We got the vehicle started again and made our way out of the park. Soon after starting off, the vehicle started to overheat! Once again where did it stop? RIGHT in front of elephants! It was an adventure to say the least, but we were eventually able to get out of the park safely.
Joceile is still here visiting with us along with my brother Noah. We are so blessed to have family here as it has been a long time since we have seen them.
It is now the rainy season in Malawi which makes the roads very bad. In fact one of the main roads in Malawi got washed away. Please keep us and the country of Malawi in your prayers as there has been a lot of flooding and we do a lot of traveling.
Things to come
We will be coming back to the U.S. at the end of March and will be in PA and Maryland until the end of April. We will then be heading back to Florida to get ready for Boot Camp. As of now, we are leading the First Well Drilling team back to Malawi! We are so excited to be able to be at Boot Camp this year. We are praying for a great summer with the teams coming over.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you when we return to the USA! We are so thankful for everyone who has had a part in our ministry this year. We can’t thank you enough for your prayers and support. We could not be in Malawi without all of you standing by our side.
Serving Christ Together,
Josiah and Bethany Frey
1. Safety while driving in Malawi
2. For wisdom in making decisions
3. That God would strengthen our marriage
4. For our summer teams coming to Malawi. That we would have a lot of team members. For us to have good communication with the other leaders. For team unity.
5. We would like to at some point get a four-wheel drive vehicle due to the roads. Pray that God would make a way for this to be possible.