January 2016 update...
The work of the Church in Malawi is continuing to grow with some of the districts having to be divided bringing us to 38 districts in 2016, comprising of around 200 churches.
All our training programmes continue – these cover all groupings in the church, leaders, potential leaders, women, Sunday School teachers – but what excites us most is to see the Malawi Pastors/Leaders now beginning to take on some of that responsibility. Over the last few years our General Secretary, assisted by one or other of our Bible College graduates, have been dealing with the Elders Training for potential leaders. It has been a great encouragement to us to see this development.
Over the last 10 years we have had 9 students graduate from Berea Bible College and at present we have 3 students in the second year of their three year diploma course.
We were delighted that for two years in succession one of our Apostolic students was awarded the position of top student. We are indebted to Berea Bible College for accepting students outwith their own denomination (Apostolic Faith Mission) and affording our young men this opportuniy. As well as imparting theology to the students, this college also strives to develop the spiritual lives of their students and prepares them well for going back to their home areas to serve God in their local communities.
We continue to go to a different bush church Sunday by Sunday. Many of our churches are small village churches – you can look for miles and only see a handful of homes in the vicinity – so when we are planned to visit all the small churches tend to come together which is encouraging for all. Each church is at a different stage of spiritual development but we are always encouraged to see how most of the people are eager to understand more of God’s Word. Illiteracy is high in the rural areas so these times of Bible teaching are very important.
You cannot live in a country like Malawi which has so many poverty issues without being involved in some sort of social care aspect. As part of that we work with our Pastors who are trying to give assistance to the many orphans in the country and we continue to run a feeding programme for malnourished children under 5 years in the Chikhwawa district. There are currently 50 children on this programme, including babies whose mothers have died and therefore there is no breast milk for them. The cost of powdered baby milk is prohibitive for the people so we assist by supplying this for them.
We are so grateful for the support and love we are shown by people in the UK! If you were not supporting AO in keeping us on the field none of this would be happening! So a big thank you and please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Alan and Sandra
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