A Respondent Inspired by Apostle Paul

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By: Aubrey Bunguzu

This is a story of Richard Izeki, 45 years old who said that Apostle Paul inspired him to follow the Word of God and share it with neighbors.

Richard Izeki is a secondary school teacher who retired at the position of a Primary Education Advisor (PEA) in Dedza district some five years ago.

Meanwhile, Richard is running a private secondary school named ‘Genius Foundation’ in partnership with another pensioner at Linthipe II in the District.

Before visiting LHM office, one day he met Reverend Patrick Siliya who told Richard about the Lutheran Hour Ministry and the free Bible Correspondence Course program.

“We met at Chimbia Trading centre in Dedza, and the Pastor introduced me to free Bible Correspondence Course.” Narrated Richard.

He received the English version of the Growing in Faith booklet and completed answering the questionnaire.

Unfortunately, the answer sheet had no contact information such that it was difficult for the Audience Relations staff to send back a marked script to Mr. Richard, therefore, it was kept for a couple of two months in office.

But God works His own way.

It was on Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 when Mr. Richard Izeki came into LHM-Malawi office in person following up the marked script of the BCC.

“I have come to collect my script to see how I have done. I am coming from town where I was buying some items for my school, and used this chance to pass by your office and get the script myself.” Richard introduced himself in the Audience Relations’ office.

Mr. Richard, the Director of Genius Foundation, talked about how God is wonderfully blessing the investment.

“On September 21st, 2015 we opened school with form one only with 5 leaners, by the end of term there were 15, second term 40 and closed with 48 in all forms in the same academic year. In short I should proudly report that in 2016 our school graduated 13 out of 15 who sat for Junior certificate examination (JCE).” Reports Richard Izeki.

According to Richard, Genius Foundation has a total enrolment of 128 learners.

Answering to the question, why he is also interested in the Bible Correspondence Course offered by Lutheran Hour Ministry, Richard said that despite having a lot of work to do, his love to the Word of God was inspired by the well learned people.

“I also asked Dr. Kayange, a lecturer at Chancellor College the similar question but I was amazed to learne that Kayange also got inspired from the work of Apostle Paul.” He answered.

He said Dr. Kayange is a senior lecturer at Chancellor college, a constituent college of University of Malawi, but use to preach the Gospel as if he is a pastor.

He also said, “I learnt from him that even Apostle Paul was an educated person, and that was why the government wanted his services to destroy the church, and later God used his skills and knowledge to defend the church.”

LHM-Malawi has engaged Richard Izeki to act as an advocator for the ministry programs, especially the free Bible Correspondence Course.

Upon leaving, Richard took some booklets to continue the study. He has also invited the Audience Relations staff to visit his school and talk to over hundred school community members about the programs.

Sometimes good models produce good followers. Mr. Richard got inspired by both Dr. Kayange and more importantly by the work of Apostle Paul to share the Gospel to all people.

Direct connections

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Reverend Patrick Siliya has happily received twenty local people who willingly affiliated to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi through the outreach efforts of LHM-Malawi team at Lizulu in Ntcheu district.

LHM-Malawi had live drama and music performances over the weekend. a one day evangelism training empowered the people to know the more about the church and the ministry. what Lutherans believe was major subject to let people understand the church they want to join.

BCC will reduce repeated cases at Kachere Juvenile Reformatory Centre

By:  Aubrey Bunguzu

90 juvenile prisoners graduates from free Bible Correspondence Course at Kachere prison centre in Lilongwe.

Mr. Kamenya, the officer in charge of the prison centre asks for more books to allow the remaining prisoners access the Gospel because it is observed that some of students behaved well after undergoing through the course.

“her we have about 300 inmates, we would like at least all of them read your educative materials because we have found that the Word of God is needed here for behavior change.” says Kamenya after presenting the certificates to students who completed the course.

Radio Program

DSC_0393[1]By: Aubrey Bunguzu

LHM-Malawi expressed concern over the maternity leave of a woman radio presenter (name withheld) who anchored radio programs in 2015-2016 Fiscal year.

The woman in her 20s is a Muslim employed at YFM where LHM-Malawi run its proclamation broadcasting programs to youth and her dedication and creativeness towards the programs contributed more than what anyone could have done.

After hearing news about her maternity leave from YFM staff, Mphatso Thole, the Country Director, complained because “she was salt to our radio programs.”

Often in our society it is very rare for Muslims to do interactive jobs for Christians to avoid being exploited, but with this presenter, it was exceptional to God. We believe the Christian messages she used to give to the public have impacted her conscious and the rest of her family. Let us all pray for God’s Spirit to continue proclaiming in their souls.

The news was learnt in Zomba while LHM-Malawi staff presented the first radio program for 2016-2017 Year soon after signing contract agreement with YFM.DSC_0384[1]DSC_0385[1]DSC_0388[1]

Youth Outreach again

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Many people especially the needy fail to recognize what God has done to them through spiritual outreach activities. Giving a scripture literatures seems waste of time because people are in great need of material gifts and provisions.

It is different with young prisoners at Byanzi Juvenile camp in Dowa. Young prisoners at Byanzi hails LHM-Malawi ministry for bringing to them the word of God through the free Bible Correspondence Course (BCC).

Namon Chonde (not his real name) says juveniles have enough time to do other things apart from serving the sentences.

“The free Bible course helped us to spend times profitably. Apart from playing games during free time I and my friends here at Byanzi held study groups teaching each other the word of God from these booklets.”

Namon is one among 89 BCC learners who completed the course and then have graduated.

Certificates presentation was done by Audience Relations staff franked by Officer In-Charge of Byanzi Prison.DSC_0376-45565503273868__1080x608-ARGB_8888-1798988527-45565955459884__1080x608-ARGB_8888-360596588 -45566239138930__378x213-RGB_565-1881788345-45566252863073__378x213-RGB_565194522090-45566198947766__378x213-RGB_5651803233662

Radio Program

DSC_0292[1]By: Aubrey Bunguzu

A 20-minutes radio program this year will run in concurrent with a 1.20 minutes jingle every week in Malawi.

The Country Director, Mphatso Thole of LHM-Malawi agreed on this development with George Chirambo, the Marketing and Development Officer for Yoneco FM Radio, in a meeting held at ministry center in Lilongwe on Thursday 28th July 2016.

There will be more programs and jingles this year. The marketing Officer for YFM said has offered some of the programs at reasonable fee because LHM-Malawi has also chosen YFM again this year to do its programs.

The jingles that target young people will be produced by young journalists whose voices and presentations will match with fellow youth groups.

The jingles’ messages will be tailored so that young listeners are referred to the ministry through whatspp, facebook, weblog and phones.

Women and Girls Program

DSC_0274By: Aubrey Bunguzu

LHM-Malawi, on Wednesday 27th July 2016, conducted training empowering women and girls in handling financial issues affecting their lives.

Women and Girls empowerment program aims at equipping vulnerable females with economic knowledge so that they coupe with financial hardships and improve female statuses at home where men are dominant in decision making.

LHM trained 135 women in business and economy matters, after which each received seed money for various business ventures favorable to them.

Among the trainees were very young girls some of them are still schooling but with financial hardships, others just got married so early because they lack parental care.DSC_0276DSC_0281