Rev. Amigo Ndalama Sends 16 ETS traineed Lay People Off

By: Aubrey Bunguzu
A group of 16 lay people have been commissioned into evangelism service of the church after undergone through a day training workshop facilitated by Lutheran Hour Ministry staff at Area 44 outreach area in Lilongwe city.

During handover ceremony of the new prayer group to Lilongwe parish, Reverend Amigo Ndalama on Sunday July 13th officially consecrated the trained lay people and sent them off do fetch for lost people and bring them possibly into Christian Church.

ETS was conducted in preparation for the dedication of the prayer group to the church and would also stren

Training in Progress

Training in Progress

These women from the church volunteered to prepare food for participants

These women from the church volunteered to prepare food for participants

gthen new members in faith and service of the church and God.
Training in progress

Training in progress

Direct Connection Occurs in Lilongwe

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Mphatso Thole

Mphatso Thole

More than 22 local people who were referred to the Church Pastor six months ago were on Sunday 13th July 2014 connected to Lilongwe Lutheran parish.

Some dedicated group members were baptized, others received Holy Communion at the function held at Msambeta School, Area 44 township.

Reverend Amigo Ndalama of the parish received the committed and educated group from Mr. Mphatso Thole, Lutheran Hour Ministry-Malawi Director.

Mphatso Thole advised the new group to

Dedicated group

Dedicated group

serve people in the same way the business people do. He said a business starts small and grow bigger if the owner is practicing consistency. The same with the church growth should begin young just like mustard seed.

“Mustard seed grow from very tinny grain to a lager bunch of edible leaves, so the church is” said Thole.

The function was advertised through Gospel Music and Live Drama performances.

LHM-Malawi Engages Local People in Ntcheu

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Lutheran Hour Ministry in Malawi has started working on evangelism projects in Ntcheu District along with other existing outreach geographical areas in Central Region.

Ntcheu is among the districts: Neno and Likoma Island where Lutheran Church is not available, according to Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) Statistics.

Meanwhile the ministry staff, on June 21 and 22, held personal outreach at Msipe Trading Centre, eastern part of Ntcheu District and six local families including the Pastor were engaged in mission work in the area.

Among the family members who have been engaged in this mission work, Humphrey Jobe, is a youthful and energetic volunteer and has dedicated willingly to facilitate in linking the six families to both the church and the ministry staff to help the ministry accomplish a complete connection.

Hamphrey has Lutheran background since he was once one of the former members of Lutheran congregation that has died long time ago at Ntcheu Boma. With his little education he says can manage to support the new group with the help of God.

Among his jobs Jobe will be leading the families in Bible studies, registering and reporting the new members of the prayer group to the church pastor and the ministry.Image

Reverend Grevazio Ng’ombe, pastor for Balaka Lutheran Parish, also has since demonstrated the church’s receptive role by fully committing himself to work with the ministry center staff and the volunteer as well as the host six families in evangelism at Msipe Trading center.

In the moment the ministry staff is preparing with prayers for intensive follow up materials and visits to strengthen the relationship that has recently been established between the six families at Msipe and the Lutheran church.

 

Area 24, a Fast Growing Preaching Point, An Initiative of LHM Malawi

A Church building under construction at Area 24

A Church building under construction at Area 24

By: Mphatso Thole

It was in October 2004, when Lutheran Hour Ministry (LHM) organized a rally at Ngwenya Primary School in the city of Lilongwe by then not even dreaming that the place would be a center of attraction to non-Lutherans.

Unlike in the rural areas of Malawi, a city is a hard rock to crack for the establishment of the church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) is finding it a challenge to grow in cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Mzuzu and some towns like Ntheu, Salima, Karonga, Mulanje, etc.

Area 24 Preaching Point so far with membership of above 100 is a product of the rally, which LHM initiated in that month of October in the year 2004.

Aubrey William Bunguzu, the Audience Relations Coordinator of LHM is reminded of a few members who gathered for the first Sunday worship in that October.

“I remember it was my family, the Katalama family and a few children from people around Madalitso Private School in Area 24. Honest speaking it wasn’t easy at the beginning, as it was only a few of us who had the passion of continuing gathering,” says Bunguzu.

After Cathedral Congregation, Area 24 Preaching Point is the second largest preaching place of ELCM in the parish.

So far Area 24 has the strongest women’s group which is very keen in outreach activities.

The journey that started with less than ten people has reached to an extent such that more than 100 members have joined a race.

As it is the Muslim dominated location, Area 24 Preaching Point managed to acquire land where a big church building is under construction.

Very unbelievable, people who started gathering in a classroom have now started realizing the dream of constructing a semi like cathedral church of Lilongwe.

On May 11, 2014, Bishop Dr Joseph P Bvumbwe, the leader of the Lutheran Church in Malawi paid a visit to the area.

“I have been hearing about how ELCM started and how it is growing in Area 24. I did not want to believe in hearsay but to see by my own eyes. I am very glad to see such growth. When I visited here in August 2005, it was just a few families but now is a big gathering. Our Evangelism office, the Lutheran Hour has made us proud,” says Bvumbwe in his speech.

The visit of LHM to Area 24 on June 1, 2014 indicates that the Preaching Point has not only grown in numbers but financially.

Members are able to raise funds for the building project, evangelism gatherings, the choir activities, visiting the sick and participating in other church developments.

Area 24 is not only the preaching place initiated by LHM but just a good case study of the success stories of this ministry in the country. Places like Area 36 and Area 25 are the products of Kuunika. Soonest Area 44 will be another great success.

With the current gathering of about 15 members soonest LHM Malawi will celebrate the handover of Areaa 44.

However Area 24 is a special case as it is growing so fast and recognizing the support of LHM.

LHM Malawi Activities Links Local Residents to Lutheran Church

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Creating and cultivating the relations between the listeners and the church is the major planned outreach outcome of Lutheran Hour Ministries in Malawi.

On Friday 13th June 2014 is the day when local residents at Area 44 township in Lilongwe city were attracted to an outreach event that the ministry center staff and volunteers conducted in order to bridge the gap that existed between the Lutheran Church and the residents.

In fact Area 44 locates at some eight kilometers from the Lutheran church at Lilongwe Cathedral, and there are other congregants who commute through such a long distances to and from the church.

Mr. Nyirongo a Lutheran member comes from Area 44, and used to complain of tiresome distance his family covers each Sunday in order to attend church service at Cathedral.

“for a family of six we find it difficult to attend the service. Sometimes we commute in turns to the church to spend reasonably on bus fares. Other times we stay away for a month or so without congregating with our colleagues. So it has been that turf.” Says Nyirongo.

Ministry outreach activities in Area 44 are facilitating the linkage of these residents to the church.

On Friday 13th, hundreds of people were attracted to listen to proclaim messages that came to them through live drama, music, speakers presentation and personal contacts.

Many local people including the elderly, women, men, youth, business people, travelers participated to the proclamation event.

Comments, testimonies, stories and general observation to these people indicate that the church is rarely known in the area.

The church in its receptive position was represented by the Pastor Ndalama, Volunteer Evangelist Chipwapfu, committee members and the members of the host preaching point at Area 44.

60 listeners have registered into the Bible Correspondence Course, more than 110 requested for personal prayers while about 80 were directly referred to the church through Reverend Amigo Ndalama of Lilongwe Parish to take care of them.

Mr. James Mhone, one of church committee members presented Bible lesson

Mr. James Mhone, one of church committee members presented Bible lesson

Rev. A. Ndalama (seated) & Ev. Chiphwafu (standing) witness the proclaim event

Rev. A. Ndalama (seated) & Ev. Chiphwafu (standing) witness the proclaim event

Children Outreach in Schools

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

“children Outreach” took place on April 3, at Msambeta Primary School in Lilongwe city north east. This is a follow up activity to the previous Bible Correspondence Course outreach done by ministry staff at the same school in February this year when more than 200 learners enrolled into the program. Children celebrated Christ Love by participating in Gospel Music, live drama performances and personal contacts with evangelism team members. They shared encouraging word through stories, reciting Bible verses and performing comedies. 203 learners who completed the BCC course received beautiful certificates at the rally. Each graduate also received an exercise book as matter of token appreciating their involvement in the BCC program. Towards the end of the rally Mrs. Ruth Kandoje (Board Chairperson for LHM-Malawi) presented a MK 40,000 check to contribute towards the renovation of classroom blocks whose roofs were blown off due to heavy stormy rains four months ago. Two journalists from both Nation newspaper and Maziko Radio Station covered the function. Mrs. Ruth Kamanga (the Deputy Headteacher of the school) had many thanks.

children paused on interactive group photo with evangelism team, school staff, mothers

children paused on interactive group photo with evangelism team, school staff, mothers

Journalists held interview with Mrs. Ruth Kamanga, children and ministry staff.

Journalists held interview with Mrs. Ruth Kamanga, children and ministry staff.

Mrs. Ruth Kamanga received Check from Mrs. Ruth Kandoje

Mrs. Ruth Kamanga received Check from Mrs. Ruth Kandoje

Journalists held interview with Mrs. Ruth Kamanga, children and ministry staff.

Journalists held interview with Mrs. Ruth Kamanga, children and ministry staff.

 

Children received certificates

Children received certificates

Children danced to praise songs

Children danced to praise songs

Our volunteers presented laughable & educative comedy

Our volunteers presented laughable & educative comedy

journalists, local villagers & staff

journalists, local villagers & staff

Children beautiful songs to share Christ with friends

Children beautiful songs to share Christ with friends

Mrs. Ruth Kamanga, Deputy Headteacher gave welcome and thankful speech

Mrs. Ruth Kamanga, Deputy Headteacher gave welcome and thankful speech

Children recited Bible Verses

Children recited Bible Verses

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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