Youth Outreach

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Lutheran Hour Ministry centre in Malawi has intensified its proclaiming events by reaching increased number of young people in schools in Lilongwe city, in order to drag youth closer to Christ.
In February alone the ministry centre staff made two visits to schools, first on 6th and, second on 12th February, 2014, and proclaimed Christ to students at Msambeta Primary and Mlodza Community Day Secondary (CDSS) schools respectively.
We received warm welcome from school administrators. They lead us to student gatherings, and introduced the students to us in very acceptable moods. Ministry staff, at both gatherings, talked about Jesus Christ as the savior of all mankind, who need to be known to students at this hour. We also presented our free Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) booklets.
At Mlodza CDSS, we had audience with more than 200 form one students. Of all listeners we registered 170 new students into the BCC program. While at Msambeta Primary school we have 89 new BCC students.

Mlodza CDSS-a new BCC club in Lilonwe

Mlodza CDSS-a new BCC club in Lilonwe

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Celebrating Epiphany Season at Mitundu Congregation

Epiphany is one of the Christian Calendar seasons which are less observed by Christian community in Malawi. The Season reminds us about the appearance and availability of Jesus among us. Such being the situation, Lutheran Hour Ministry in Malawi this month found it necessary to celebrate His presence by conducting various activities and performances in order to glorify Him.
On Saturday, February 15, 2014, we had Equipping the Saints (ETS) workshop whereby 39 congregational representatives trained in Non Christian Outreach and the Stewardship strategies. At the end of the training session participants were able to share among themselves the best practices the church (they) can do to safeguard themselves and their youth and children from being taken away with the growing number of non Christian ideologies, and the best stewards of the Christian faith.
Sunday, February 16, 2014, was a final day of the Epiphany rally at Mitundu, and it was also our day. We attended church service which was dominated by Ministry activities. Ministry staff, Mr. Mphatso Thole (Director) presented the sermon, while Mr. Aubrey Bunguzu (Audience) led the Liturgy. Not only that, our volunteers performed Epiphany Music and Drama. The service was attended by men, women, children and young people.
Lastly Reverend R. Sitima, the Parish Pastor officially closed the rally by sending off 39 ETS trained participants to serve both the church and community with God’s Glory.
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The School Administrator welcomes BCC program

Teachers assisted us

Teachers assisted us

Pupils were briefed about BCC

Pupils were briefed about BCC

Pupils were briefed about BCC

Pupils were briefed about BCC

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These pupils will be busy reading the God's word through BCC booklets

These pupils will be busy reading the God’s word through BCC booklets

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Most of primary school students in Malawi find it difficult to read more books after school. Libraries are very rare, what pupils read are the curricular books, which most often are not enough for each of them to access. This is the reason why on Friday, February 7, 2014 Lutheran Hour Ministry in Malawi has distributed free Bible Correspondence Course booklets to 110 pupils of grade 7 at Msambeta Primary School, at Area 44 Township in Lilongwe city.

Through the office of school administration, four ministry centre staff held a BCC program presentation to grade 7 pupils in one of the school blocks, and enrolled 110 students who have willingly requested our booklets.

Mr. Gorman, the Head teacher of the school appreciated our initiative to organize such an audience with students, and said that his students will now onwards have something worth reading even if it means they are out of school calendar time.

“during break time our students scatter all over the school premises, and even after school, they are found lingering along the town locations because they did not have something to keep them busy, like reading own books. We thank you and the program for such unique outreach since it will make a difference in our pupils’ lifestyles and know God.” The Head Teacher said.

20 Lay people equipped

Learning 'Muslim Outreach'

Learning ‘Muslim Outreach’

Graduation ceremony facilitated by Rev. A.A Ndalama

Graduation ceremony facilitated by Rev. A.A Ndalama

Graduation

Graduation

Teach children 'Lutherans what we believe'-Rev. A. Ndalama

Teach children ‘Lutherans what we believe’-Rev. A. Ndalama

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Malawi is one of central African countries facing a spiritual thrusts from non Christian ideologies. The worrisome development is conspiracy that nonchristians use to oppress Christian growth. Apart from use of financial muscles, they also force our daughters to marry their sons trickily. For example, in June, 2013, Patricia Majuni, 15 years old, was kidnapped and forced into marriage with a Muslim son, at Area 24 township in Lilongwe. Such incidences are becoming wide spread in our communities.

But Lutheran Hour Ministry through its program-Muslim Outreach, is teaching Lutherans some of the basic Muslim practices and beliefs so that they aware of the contemporary dangers the nonchristians are posing.

On Saturday, January 25, 2014, ministry staff facilitated the Evangelism Training workshop whereby 20 lay people shared among themselves skills of outreach in Muslim communities.

Reverend Amigo Ndalama, a Pastor for Lilongwe Parish, thanked the ministry for such kind of awareness campaign because conspiracy is increasingly becoming conspicuous.

He also asked the congregation leaders to encourage members to bring Bible studies in their homes so that at least every child is taught basic Lutheran teachings.

“May I ask all leaders and parents to teach your children our beliefs, please use “Lutherans, what we Believe” booklet.” He said.

Participants who went through topics ‘Stewardship’ and ‘Muslim Outreach’ received ETS certificates at a commissioning ceremony on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Hundreds Give Hearts to Christ

Live Drama

Live Drama

Another view of spectators at drama

Another view of spectators at drama

Some business people listening with attention to the Gospel messages.

Some business people listening with attention to the Gospel messages.

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

About 600 people received Christ at area 24 township, during public rally organized by Lutheran Hour Ministry evangelism team on Sunday 26th, 2014. At the event 14 listeners were referred to congregation lay leaders.

Mr. Mike Lulanga presented a powerful open air Bible sermon to a thousand people at the event.

Mike, who is one of Ministry Centre’s Board member, spoke much about eschatology from the Book of Luke chapter 21:25-34.

An event which falls under ‘Urban Evangelism’ invited various groups of people including businessmen from a nearby local market, football team members who were about to resume their daily practices, the passersby and others.

The live Gospel Music and Drama that was performed by the LHM-Malawi volunteer team, made an appealing noise to attract the public.

The event was organized to proclaim Christ to Area 24 communities so that listeners could initiate the relationship with the ministry, and Lutheran church congregation.

Early Christmas Gift-Youth Dominate

IMG_2250Youth are our best investment for the future development of the church, community, and the nation. However, with the increased availability and usability of media technologies, the church, community and the nation find it a challenge to engage them to participate in development activities of the named institutions. But Lutheran Hour Ministry-Malawi (LHM-M) has successfully lead hundreds of young people in its outreach programs using some aspects about youth psychology.
Young are searching for their identity. They want to belong to a certain group of people and recognized for what they are. Young people are learning to be and want to independent. They do not want to be treated like small children and be bossed around all the time. They want to seen as responsible human beings.
In our recent outreach program at Area 44 in Lilongwe City North east, all these aspects have come true. The outreach was organized by Lutheran Hour Ministry to hold early Christmas celebration with the new Lutheran group in the area. The Evangelical Lutheran Church Youth Choir B, from Lilongwe cathedral took initiative to partner with the ministry staff and proclaim Christ in Area 44.
Young people at the event were recognized with various talents. They sung good songs; they danced, and preached to the listeners about the coming of Jesus Christ in our hearts. There was laughter from audience while watching live drama comedies performed by ministry volunteers. The audience was also entertained with a well articulated poem reciting by one of the young people. Given time to say bye to each other, young people had also an opportunity to counsel one another to prepare for the coming of Christ.
James Jimmy, the choir master of the group said to the gathering that a manger is not good place for Jesus Christ. It stinks; full of maggots which unfavorable home of our King to live during Christmas season.
“Let us clean up our hearts, and have good relationship with Jesus right from this season forever.” Advised James.
The advice came in right time. Most of young people in our communities engage into unhealthy and fatal life styles such substances and drug abuse, joining various parties, gangs, and become sexual active.
The Bible Correspondence Course was finally advertised to the youth. By the end of the event 16 youth requested for a free booklet, and enrolled into the program to study the Word on their own.

LHM-Malawi Drama volunteers for urban outreach

File photo-a nine member drama group in planning session at Chimbia in June, 2013

File photo-a nine member drama group in planning session at Chimbia in June, 2013

Paul & Silas-one of edu-entertaing spiritual comedies which the drama group use to reach urban people.

Paul & Silas-one of edu-entertaining spiritual comedies which the drama group use to reach urban people.

REPORT FOR KUUNIKA DRAMA GROUP VISITATION AT CHINSAPO PARISH ON NOVEMBER 3, 2013.

DATE: NOVEMBER 7, 2013

BY: CARLOREEN MAKHALIRA/VOLUNTEER

On November 3, 2013 we went to Chinsapo parish as one way of proclaiming the word of God to our fellow friends around the area with no exception of the Bible Correspondence Course (BCC).

Probably, it was a nice trip with the welcome we received, mainly with the paper Sunday that was conducted during the service. Our performances pleased the congregants such that they showed willingness to call us in the near future.

According to Masauko Chapaza, one of the youth leaders at the church, our visitation was very fruitful as the drama that was performed was really in line with the aim of the paper Sunday.

“Earlier on I was thinking that you will just give us any play just to entertain but to the contrary you performed very brilliantly. Your play made some congregants who were not willing to contribute to contribute. Many of us including me learnt a lot. Keep it up you people.” Masauko concluded.

For the BCC, many people registered following the thorough explanation made by one of the volunteers on how the students can benefit from the course. Statistically, by the end of the day 17 people registered where 11 of them were females and 6 males.

Nevertheless, the Chairperson at Chisapo Lutheran congregation, Mr. Folie Kasonga thanked the group for its coming as it was the groups plan to visit the church and he also stated that very soon in December the group will be invited officially to perform once again.

“Your coming always changes our spiritual life especially on how you perform your dramas and the BCC you offer to us. I always advance in my Christian life with your presents. It is of our wish here at Chinsapo to call you this coming December.” Mr Kasonga said.

The only challenge the group encountered was the long distance we travelled to the area. This made the service to start a little bit late. The volunteers participated were three girls and three boys that make up six of us.

This is the second time for the group to visit the area. The other visit was in October 2013 where the group conducted door to door evangelism and open air.

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CC: The Director
Audience Relations
Accounts Officer
Assistant Administration Secretary.

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