Report on July 2013 Trip

Josef reports:

It is good to be home. I’ve run the race and returned from a successful and inspiring 3 weeks mission trip to Malawi. I’m so grateful for all our friends who contributed to and made this mission trip possible. Your investment has paid off in souls and labourers won for God’s kingdom. The Gospel of the Good News is being preached in all Malawi. THANK YOU!!!

Here is in short some of the exciting things the Lord has done.

It took a 36 hours journey by bus through Zimbabwe and Mozambique to reach Blantyre in Malawi where I arrived at midnight. I was welcomed by our co-worker Charles who took me to an affordable lodge. The next day I was able to rent an old open bakkie – everything else was too expensive. We started our 1,800km journey from Blantyre to Chikwawa, Zomba, Mayaka, Malosa, Salima, Mzuzu and Lilongwe to visiting our precious and dedicated members. Petrol cost R20 (2$) which depleated my shoestring budget quickly as we travelled many dusty and grueling roads. But without this vehicle we would not have been able to reach so many.

It was truly thrilling to see the receptiveness of the youth and people there. We had almost every day meetings with young people from different churches, with pastors and/or had services for their congregations. We were there to encourage and give them the vision to carry the Gospel further and to provide them with training and material needed to reach and impact the local communities. Pastors rejoiced at the devotional and training material we were able to supply them with.

Over 400 people prayed to receive Jesus as their Saviour, including 3 village chiefs and a senior women chief. Many sick folks were prayed for and were healed, hearts were encouraged and young and old rejoiced in their new found faith. Thousands of gospel tracts were distributed and from it we got many calls from people who want to join us a or invite us to come to their area to teach them. We donated some footballs to members of the Activated youth  clubs as well as two manual foot pumps for those who run agricultural projects.

I was so glad to have our member Charles with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to travel with me in Malawi. He knows so many areas from his many years working with World Vision and as an instructor in rural development. He shares my passion to save souls, share the Word of God and make and train disciples. He was an invaluable help.

Our journey was full of joy and excitement, meeting many new precious people who fed and accommodated us. We saw much poverty but our message of love and hope still produced a smile.

For almost 3 weeks we ate only local food, including tea and sweet potatoes for breakfast and pap with gravy, a bit of green veggies and a bit of meat for dinner. We carried our natural eating utensils always with us (our fingers). The conditions such as unfamiliar foods, little or no electricity, bucket showers (running showers are a luxury in Malawi), car break downs, dusty and rugged roads or finding ourselves surrounded by goats and chickens didn’t matter. The happy and cheerful smiles of the people we visited made it worth it all.


Oh! what a blessing it is to be incorporated in your ministry. I am ready to work with you to win the world to Jesus. I’m looking forward to receive more of your program and the study materials. Teaching is part of my calling. Currently I teach leadership and ministering in E3 Partners. Thanks. – Ps Mixon

Thanks for your text which I’ve just finished reading. It is really on my heart to win lost souls and I promise to do this work till Jesus put me to rest. – Mary (teacher)

The rule “to love your neighbour” for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. —C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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