A Brief History of the Malawi Work

We would like to share with you a little about the rapidly growing work in Malawi which has been expanding since April 2011. We are thrilled and excited about what the Lord is doing. It is wonderful to see the earnestness of our members to share and spread the word and be a blessing to their communities.

April 2011

FCM makes the first trip to Malawi with a 4 man team by bakkie. A mission base is established in Blantyre and Lilongwe. The first Activated youth club is formed in Lilongwe.

January 2012

Josef Bitschnau flies to Lilongwe to meet with the two FCM missionaries of Blantyre and Lilongwe and the newly appointed youth director.  The number of Activated youth clubs has grown from 1 to 6 and are located in two major cities. A Pastor from Mzuzu is joining Family Care Ministries with the aim of opening a church and mission base there. On this trip FCM donates over 200kg of Bibles, training manuals, devotional material and outreach material to the mission bases, youth clubs and pastors.

May 2012

Lawrence the youth director comes for 10 day training and fellowship to Johannesburg. During his stay here work goes underway to translate more gospel pamphlets as well as a little book with key Bible verses that help in sharing the gospel and personal growth in faith. The youth clubs number now 16 and are found in four different cities. The need for more Bibles, outreach and training manuals becomes more evident.

June 2012

FCM is renting a 3 bedroom house in Lilongwe. Its purpose is to provide an easily accessible meeting place for the youth from the 6 clubs in Lilongwe, a place for a library and guest rooms for visiting members.

News from Blantyre

From Frank
April 2012

Mark 16 verse 15: And He said unto them , “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Matthew 9 verses 37 & 38:  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”

  • I visited  Chikwawa  district for the first time where I met  Pastor Jipson. We had a Bible study together. I am planning to go there next month to have Bible studies to teach Christians there.
  • I visited the Central Hospital in Zomba district to pray for the sick. Five people received Jesus Christ.
  • I visited two orphans, Cores and John, to pray for them. They are disabled, can’t  walk, sit, nor feed themselves. They need  basic needs  like  food, clothes, blankets and wheelchairs.
  • I visited Zomba prison and was able to hold a Bible study with 80 inmates. Ten of them responded by inviting Jesus Christ into their hearts. It was so exciting. I distributed tracts and found that many inmates need Bibles. The word of God never gets old so even a used Bible would do.
  • I hold Biible studies twice a week on Monday and Friday afternoon in my home. Twelve students attend regularly, most of them youths.

Proverbs 19 verse 17: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.

My Vision for 2012 is …
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News from Lilongwe

From Lawrence – April 2012

The Activated Youth Club started as a very small group as part of Global Gospel Church after I had learned about it from Family Care Ministries while in South Africa. God is using us and I am very happy to let you know that youth clubs are now springing up and spreading the Word of God in other parts of Malawi. We started with 1 club then 2 clubs but number now 14 clubs in three different towns. I would like to report on what God is doing through us.

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Malawi Activity Report – Jan 2012

We are thrilled and excited about how the work of the Lord is growing in Malawi. It is truly inspiring to see the earnestness of our members and associate members to share and spread the word and be a blessing to their communities.

On January 19th I, Josef, traveled to Malawi to visit our 2 mission outposts in Blantyre and Lilongwe which by then included six  newly established Activated youth clubs.  The need for strengthening and structuring a blossoming work had become very evident. 

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Establishing Mission Posts in Malawi – April 2011

By Angela Mischke, Project Cartwheel, South Africa

“Would you be interested to go on a mission trip to Malawi?” This call from Josef Bitschnau, chairman and regional project manager of Family Care Ministries, made my missionary heart skip a beat! My passion is to share God’s Word with the people of Southern Africa. I had never been to Malawi, nor the countries we would travel through – Zimbabwe and Mozambique. After checking with the Lord if this was indeed His will and re-arranging some of my obligations, I excitedly started with the preparations.

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Photos of trip to Malawi – April 2011

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