They Use Our Ignorance To Advance Their Ideology

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

The mass rallies that the Lutheran Hour Ministry evangelism team in Malawi (LHM-Malawi) conducted late this month made many groups of Chigumukire Lutheran Congregation to reunite again with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM).

Chigumukire Lutheran Congregation is situated at about 20 kilometers northern part of Salima District Office along the shore of Lake Malawi, and previously had an average number of 100 congregants before the number dwindled naturally to as low as 30 adults.

In recent mass rallies that LHM-MALAWI conducted at Chigumukire, many groups of people including the choir members came back and reunite with the church after they learnt more about love of God to His people through Equipping The Saints (ETS) workshop, Music and Drama and personal contact and dialogue.

During ETS workshop, amid discussions on how Islam is advancing in our societies, a young man of 21 years of age named Maxwell Mathias stood up and spoke more on Muslims tactics because some time back he had experience with their ways.

He said his friend is a Muslim and a friend used Mathiasi’s lack of knowledge about Islamic and Christian teachings that he could not differentiate between the two religions, and thought the two are the same.

“I think I should learn more about the two religions so that I make informed decision and defend my faith with justice, because these Muslims use our ignorance to advance their ideology.” Mathias interrupted the facilitation on ‘Reaching Muslims and Traditional ,’ soon after Mr.Mphatso Thole (Director) mentioned that Muslims rarely use Qur’an but mostly the Bible while evangelizing to Christian community.

Mathias also reported to a class of 34 lay Lutheran members on training that this friend (he did not want to disclose the name) has a prepared questionnaire and confront young people including Mathias to counter argue with what Christians believe, for instance, that Jesus Christ is Son of God because according to them it is blasphemous to God.

Maxwell was given enough time to explain his conversion to Islam and every participant was amazed, and shocked with the story because Mathias is old enough to use his common sense to denounce the religion however ignorance superseded the little knowledge he had about the truth of Christianity. Instead Mathias was referred to church through Dean Reverend Henry Makawa to continue teaching and nurturing Mathias.

While Maxwell Mathias wants someone to teach him about Christianity, Mrs. Veronica Kazembe who, four years ago left the Lutheran for a pentecostal church in the same area, stood up among congregation and announced she has now onwards reunited with her church and ask the fellow Lutherans to pray for her and her family.

During the Church service at a time of receiving new members, Dean Reverend Henry Makawa pastor responsible Salima Parish including Chigumukire congregation Mrs. Veronica said “I have come back from where I left to, may the congregation pray me and my family so that I remain faithful to my former church. We cannot stay there, I detected that there is difference of worship, and Lutheran is unique.”

A youth choir group that disbanded due to traditional religion also regrouped this time when LHM-MALAWI evangelism held music and drama at Chigumukire. The group members, energetic, dedicated and committed in nature one by one dispersed away and joined the traditional initiation ceremonial groups of local community and forgot about their role in the church. The drama and music that were performed by young people as well attracted and won local youth to be engaged in the church activities throughout the Outreach program.

The power of god through LHM-MALAWI team worked in the hearts of the lost people at Chigumukire and brought them back to God’s service. May the good Lord abundantly bless those who prayed for this ministry in various ways.

New Board Oriented in Malawi

LHM-MALAWI ORIENTS THE NEW BOARD

By:   Aubrey Bunguzu

 Board orientation 010An eight member board attended a day orientation session that LHM-MALAWI organized in Lilongwe on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Bishop Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe officially opened the workshop in the morning with a words of encouragement and engagement. Staff presented papers from the policy issues, audience relations, finances and administration matters. Members learnt about the origin of the ministry in Malawi and elsewhere, the partnership with the church, fund raising and Board’s role.

Elected by the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCM) Council early this year the new members come from five Deaneries. The Board includes Rev. Dean Henry Makawa (Assistant to the Bishop), Mrs. Ruth Kandoje (Chairperson), Mr. Hoshiwa Libanga (Vice Chairperson), Rev. Dean Spensor Mngongonda (Member), Mr. Mike Lulanga (Member), Mrs. Jane Kausiwa (Member and Mrs. Wezie Chagona.Board orientation 009

Everybody was busy with a listener-LHM-Malawi Volunteers

Judith Madetsa

Judith Madetsa

Judith Madetsa

Judith Madetsa

BCC registration exercise

BCC registration exercise

Judith Madetsa

Judith Madetsa

We arrived at 10 am at Kagwamtipenya village some 37 Kilometers from Mponera Trading centre, but almost everyone of us was busy doing something sharing the Word of God to our listeners.

Moses Masudi drove us to the venue. Samison Mofolo fixed our public addressing system (band equipment) soon after our arrival where villageheadman Kagwamtipenya found for us a venue to conduct the rally.

Music and drama were performed live by Lameki Phiri, Samison Mofolo, Meria Dzimbiri and Sometimes Kalilangwe.

Bible preaching was presented by a young and energetic speaker, Lester Weluzani and the Gospel touched many people.

Respondents were invited by Audience Relations staff into Bible Correspondence Course program for further learning and understanding the truth about God.

These girls: Judith Madetsa, Carlorine Makhalira, Esnart Mofolo and Failet Mgomezulu took a pen and a paper each registering those respondents who requested for free BCC booklets, and enrolled more than 200 new students this day.

Malawi Youth For Decency, Diginity and Prayer

Prerecording a debate on whether youths' reasons for alcoholism are justifiable

Prerecording a debate on whether youths’ reasons for alcoholism are justifiable

High Alcoholism rate in Malawi is one of the factors contributing to HIV infections, gender violence, and unconventional mortality among young people. Young people are vulnerable to these issues regarding masculinity and lifestyles among boys and girls respectively. But continuing with the ‘Growing in Faith’ Radio Broadcasting today, some of the listening youth argue that there no genuine reasons why young people should be indulged in such dysfunctional behaviors like drinking alcohol as far as effects of alcoholism on young people’s lives are concerned. They share their views to fellow youth that young people must lead a decent, dignified, and prayerful to live full. Photos below illustrate the recording of messages that young people spoke today at Lutheran Church in Lilongwe. Maziko Radio, a Christian radio station is engaged to broadcast youth programs for the year 2014-2015.DSCF0124DSCF0127DSCF0130DSCF0132

Use Of Multimedia Approach Leaves No Person Unreached in Dedza


By:  Aubrey Bunguzu

During our outreach that was conducted in September this year in Dedza there was no one who was left unreached.

A wide variety of about 500 people with differing education backgrounds gathered at Chauma Community Resource Centre and enjoyed Gospel messages that Lutheran Hour Ministry staff and volunteers presented on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September, 2014 in the afternoon.

Everyone who attended the rallies at least heard the Good News of Jesus Christ as Bible Correspondence Course booklets were distributed, and the individual recipients were assisted to read the Booklets by staff and volunteers.

Nonetheless, some people who could not request booklets opted for Music and live drama performances and were convicted to hear the word of God.

Music and Drama that were performed artistically drew people from the village around and hear the word of God in large numbers.

Apart from the adult participants children also attended our activities, and they were also not exempted.  Mrs Failet Mgomezulu a dramatist volunteer took her time and taught about 30 children who attended the church service on Sunday morning.

Both the LHM evangelism team and the host Lutheran members of chauma preaching point were blessed with nice voices of songs by four young girls before a congregation. powerful messages came to us through songs: “God is wonderful. He gives us a lot of gifts, what can we give back to Him.” in another song sisters sung that ‘God is an excellent rock, in creation you are number one.’ everyone in the church felt excited and amazed. What a wonderful and blessing outreach we had in Dedza.

Chauma is very young Lutheran preaching point with less than 20 members, and its main work is to evangelize in the larger populated village and serve more local people with living word of God. So the said outreach have contributed to achieve such cause.

The whole group of villagers enjoyed music

The whole group of villagers enjoyed music

One and half days were for ETS workshop

One and half days were for ETS workshop

These young girls were drilled in the BCC

These young girls were drilled in the BCC

Adult people also had opportunity registering in BCC

Adult people also had opportunity registering in BCC

Curious to know God

Curious to know God

Laughter to drama while learning the Word of God

Laughter to drama while learning the Word of God

Four sisters choir took the floor on sunday

Four sisters choir took the floor on sunday

Mgomezulu and the Sunday School children sharing the word of God

Mgomezulu and the Sunday School children sharing the word of God

LHM Band

LHM Band

Christian Religion Unquestionable

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A couple, Mr and Mrs Jobe, participated by singing praise songs

A couple, Mr and Mrs Jobe, participated by singing praise songs

Reverend Grevison Ng'ombe presented certificates to the ETS trained lay people.

Reverend Grevison Ng’ombe presented certificates to the ETS trained lay people.

ETS Graduates

ETS Graduates

Hundreds of villagers gathered at the rallies and heard about gospel messages

Hundreds of villagers gathered at the rallies and heard about gospel messages

Equipping the Saints presentation

Equipping the Saints presentation

ETS participants in group photo

ETS participants in group photo

Maxwell Phiri, guitarist putting his efforts to make the Gospel Music message audible

Maxwell Phiri, guitarist putting his efforts to make the Gospel Music message audible

By: Aubrey Bunguzu This is the story told by Group Villagehead (GVH) Yendayenda of Traditional Authority (TA) Makwangwala in Ntcheu District who confessed before hundreds of local people at a rally on Sunday August 24, this year. GVH Yendayenda is an influential young village leader who rules tens of Ngoni clans with authority in Ntcheu. In Ntcheu people believe in many religions with animist cult in dominance. Large groups of villagers do not attend any christian church services as they are preoccupied with African traditional ceremonies such as the girls initiations, local dances and others. But with the Christian messages that Lutheran Hour Ministry-Malawi communicated to masses of villagers at rallies that we conducted for three consecutive days and evenings, many listeners turned their hearts to Christ. On Sunday there were many responding speeches to our messages during the closing of mass rallies program. On this day there were activities ranging from music, drama and the sermon to the presentation of certificates of attendance to 24 lay people who got evangelism training (ETS). It was after the certificate presentation when GVH Yendayenda, given a room to speak to our audience, confessed that in Christian religion nobody can dare questioning the truth about God. “As local leaders we have our own beliefs and traditions that are somehow not clear concerning God’s truth, but my people may please hear me christianity is a religion where we cannot ask more about God because it offers a wider range of evidences in the Bible.” Says GVH Yendayenda. Yendayenda further requested his subjects to enforce Christian worshiping because it is good for people to be friendship with the saving God. “God saves. May I ask my fellow leaders to encourage our people to embrace Christian worship.” He added. According to the Group Villagehead, Lutheran church is one the many christian churches that his people must relate to in their spiritual journey. At the rally many people who participated were referred to the church through Reverend Grevison Ng’ombe who led the sermon. Lutheran Hour Ministry is planning to revisit the location to follow up those people who are currently being nurtured in the church’s teaching by the Pastor and also evangelist of Balaka Lutheran parish.

LHM-MALAWI Volunteers Truly Engaged to Proclaim the Gospel to Neighbors

Live Drama

Live Drama

Lester Weluzani-a preacher that day

Lester Weluzani-a preacher that day

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

The society all over the world is rapidly changing. I mean what is changing is human life from old to contemporary standards. Our environment has played a bigger role to such change. People especially youth think it is the physical world that has changed, but in reality it is human thinking that has changed.

To be abreast with the fast changing world young people do not like participating in sharing the word of God with friends. Youth think that that service suits the elderly and the ordained.

But Ten young volunteers who were trained, commissioned by Lutheran Hour Ministry(LHM) in Lilongwe a year ago have a lot of work to do to serve God through personal witnessing and proclaiming.

Lester Weluzani, is one of the volunteers of the LHM who shared his experience with congregants at Lilongwe Cathedral on Sunday 3rd August 2014 while leading church service.

“We (volunteers) felt good to see a lady inviting us to her house and held prayers with her family after she attended and listened to our music and drama as well as Gospel presentations last Thursday at Kagwamtipenya in Mponera Parish, Dowa, this means God has given a lot of work to do ahead of us.” Reminded Lester.

At event conducted at Kagwamtipenya congregation center Lester Weluzani preached the word of God to about 250 people who came from the surrounding villages and many of them were touched and gave their hearts to God Almighty

With volunteers the work was made easy at Kagwamtipenya. Volunteers were involved in proclaiming by singing and dancing to Gospel music. The Music touched everyone at the rally including village head, adult men and women, youth and children of the village. When it came to drama, no body was spared from laughter!

As trained evangelism team members the volunteers participated also in distribution of Bible Correspondence Course booklets after briefing the listeners. Each one of the volunteers had a writing pad, pen and booklets while registering listeners who requested for the booklets.

God gave us many people to come to him. Mrs. Joana Lenard (Not her real name) invited the ministry evangelism team and she requested for prayers for her family that has suffered for long from alcoholism of the husband. Mrs. Joana was referred to the evangelist and the church elders who lead us to Kagwamtipenya congregation Joana thanked God for the grace she received through preaching, music and drama messages.

Volunteers also prepared food themselves for lunches in readiness of activities.

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