Bed Net Distribution Reveals God’s Love to People

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

DSCF4359There are millions of very extreme poor people around us who we think are helpless and cannot contribute anything towards our lives, what remains is to bury them with our wishes. But God is not a man, He sees everyone equal before Him, and plans and works such that He calls us all to be the best stewards of His resources to support one another for His Glory.

On Tuesday, 28th July, 2015 the Lutheran Hour Ministry distributed free bed nets to over a hundred local people especially children under five years old and pregnant mothers to help in reduction of Malaria infections which is the major killer disease to these vulnerable groups.

About 10,000 people live in communities around Kachikho village clinic, majority are children and women who according to the Health personnel are killed quickly due to lack of preventive measures like sleeping in bed nets.

“Malaria attack kills children and pregnant mothers quicker than adults, so these nets need be used promptly and cared for.” Boswell Chisamba, the health personnel told the recipients.

Boswell Chisamba further presented a practical lesson on the best ways of using the nets to ultimately check the mosquito bites to children and pregnant mothers.

However the recipients learnt such preventive measures as cleaning and draining water lodging premises where mosquito could bleed and treating the nets with recommended chemicals among others.

But Samson Mofolo, one of LHM-MALAWI team told mothers and children that God works are unconditional, He loves everybody even though some people downsize us because we are poor, and He wants everyone to live abundant life.

“Jesus Christ healed a lame and the paralyzed man at the Pool in Jerusalem, who many people saw as useless and the one who is worthy being thrown out. He stayed at the pool for days to get help from people around to enter the water and get healed but none, only Jesus Christ felt pity about him and told him to ‘rise and walk’ free.” Samson preached from Book of John 5:1-9 to a gathering of about two hundred people.

He said that there are a lot of wealthy people within our localities, who despite being whispered by the Spirit to help the vulnerable people in fight against such ailments as Malaria, they pass-by us and think we are done, “but God is not a man, He sees us as His people.”

Samson thanked all people who have shown care and love supporting the the needy with bed nets and wished them a blessed life and Glory to God.

The Bed Net project is done by Lutheran Hour Ministry-Malawi with support from the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCM) partners. Our main Goal is to alleviate the impact of malaria attack among vulnerable groups of people especially children, pregnant mothers and the poor so that they have a healthy life which God wants all to live.DSCF4399DSCF4371DSCF4390DSCF4367DSCF4360DSCF4354DSCF4339DSCF4342DSCF4365DSCF4364

Multipurpose Hall at Kachikho is Set to Relieve Health Issues among Village Communities

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

On our visit for a follow up at Kachikho on the Multipurpose Hall Project we were horrified to see the church building close to the site full of women and children receiving health services from two Health surveillance officers and wondered what would happen in one to two years time if the services continue being offered in such set up.

The Village Clinic serves about 10,000 local people from fourteen villages in Under Five clinic, Family Planning, Immunization and other minor sicknesses.

The church building in which services are being done is extremely very small and dusty not suitable for conducting the provision of such health services to people.

But the community and the Government workers have expressed a sigh of being relieved because one of the goals of the Multipurpose Hall project is to accommodate such health provision as one way of reducing harm caused by lack of social amenities like hospitals and schools in the area.

One of the Health Surveillance Assistants, Boswel Chisamba told LHM-Malawi Director that the communities and the Health officers are optimistic the Multipurpose Hall will help to improve health services at Kachikho village because on one hand medicine and equipment will be stored in a bit more conducive room. On another hand the hall is more spacious than the church building which is currently in use.

Boswel Chisamba said, “we attend to an average of about 175 people with various health cases each day. We are conducting Under 5 Clinics once a month because of lack of structures like store room and space, but this challenge will be reduced because on other more days of the week we will be using the hall that Lutheran Hour Ministry has constructed for the communities here.”

Majority of health cases include the water borne diseases since villagers drink untreated water. Malaria is also major causing agent of instant death of people especially the vulnerable children who frequently die while on their way to receive medical treatment to distant health centers.

“The Village clinic was launched after we received many unconventional deaths of the sick people on their way to Matapira or Mtenthera Clinics which are more than ten to fifteen kilometers away.” He added.

Kachikho Multipurpose hall will contribute to community efforts in battle to save many innocent people and improve psychosocial lives in this part of Mazengera Area in Lilongwe North East constituency, Malawi.

Generally the hall is meant to be used for people to receive health, economic, preschool education and social gatherings. It will also be used for conducting the Bible Vocation School (BVS) by Lutheran Hour Ministry-Malawi.DSCF4325

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Impact of Kachikho Multipurpose Hall Project Continue to surface

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Local residents at Kachikho village have expressed gratitude to the Lutheran Hour Ministry for the multipurpose Hall project and said have been empowered to dream and uplift people’s lives in the area.

According to Group Village Headman (GVH) Penga children and women who were vulnerable to travel longer distances to schools and health centers will be relieved immediately the project is completed.

On Friday 26th June 2015, GVH Penga, a leader of more 12 smaller villages in part of Traditional Authority Mazengera in Lilongwe north east constituency says there are more than a thousand children who do not attend basic education due to longer distances to either Mphangula or Matapila Primary schools.

He adds that if young children dare crossing longer distances they became vulnerable to colds, fatigue, hunger and heavy rains in rivers.

“Because rivers flood in rainy season children are advised not to go to school or else they would be washed away.” Continues chief Penga.

The Local Development Committee (LDC) and the traditional leaders have plan to start using the building for preschool education where children will be learning English, Mathematics and Chichewa among other learning areas.

In order to uplift the lives of these children and women the LDC and local leaders dream about constructing a clean water storage at the project site and at villages where they come from to assist in reduction of water born diseases like diarrhea, dysentery and bilharzia which kill many children in Mazengera area.

Meanwhile the anti natal and village clinic are done in the church building but once the hall is finalized the villagers expect to transfer health services into the hall which will be more comfortable and spacious.

GVH Penga spoke this on behalf of his subjects and villagers at a rally held very close to the Multipurpose Hall at Kachikho Village.

The rally was organized to give farewell to International Volunteers from US after they stayed at the project site for five working days.

The rally was beautifully characterized by sharing Gospel to local people through free gifts, music, drama, speeches, Bible study and encouragement. Ministry staff and volunteers distributed 350 Bible Correspondence Course booklets to listeners for free. The rally was attended by more than 2,000 people on this day only. There were pastors, Health workers, local leaders, children, women and men participating in the rally. Mrs. Ruth Kandoje, the Chairperson presented a welcome speech on behalf of entire LHM Malawi Board.DSCF4127DSCF4131DSCF4135DSCF4138DSCF4140DSCF4144DSCF4149DSCF4147

International Volunteers Project Activities Gives More stories in Malawi

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Kachikho Multipurpose Hall project being implemented in Traditional Authority Mazengera, in Lilongwe North East constituency, Malawi is being constructed by Lutheran Hour Ministry-Malawi (LHM-Malawi) with support from US Volunteers from St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Set from Monday 22nd of June 2015, the project has already started showing an impact on lives of many local people at the project site.

The project was necessary because it unveiled both social and technical skills among local and the international volunteers.

There was transfer of building skills between the two groups, as it was noted that Malawian women taught American women that in local settings women travel long distances to fetch water, and water has to be carried on their heads in pails and basins.

Participation of women also demonstrated that they have well received the project as theirs and would care for it in future.

International Volunteer Team further shared with local volunteers tools and knowledge in brick laying and technical know how throughout their stay in Malawi.

Mrs. Susan Huser testified this during the farewell ceremony on Friday 26th of June 2015 when we held a mass rally on public square in the village.

“we are now brick layers.” Susan who is a Team Leader said this while presenting a brick laying tool to Mr. Mtambalika, the building technician of the project.

Nevertheless, the team taught ministry staff the best and easy way to share the Gospel with children.

About 300 children were invited and taught the right way to salvation by sharing to them beads and explain the meaning of each bead color.

Talking to Susan, she advised us to use local crafts and produce tools of similar nature to share the Gospel to children. We have these and many more success stories to present to our readers about the International Volunteer Project in Malawi.DSCF4105DSCF4087DSCF4088DSCF4077DSCF4069DSCF4116DSCF4120DSCF4075

LHM-MALAWI REACHING HARD TO REACH AREAS

DSCF4017By: Aubrey Bunguzu

LHM-MALAWI recently had opportunity reaching Thavite Trading Center in Salima north with the Gospel of Christ to about 1,500 listeners.

Conducted on 12th through 14th of June 2015 local people at the trading center met Christ through Drama, Music, Literature distribution, personal witnessing and many more.

It was difficult for the evangelism team to mobilize people straight from homes, business places and in the streets despite hearing our invitation through the public addressing system we used up until the first day elapsed with very few audience patronizing the event at the public square.

People were busy with the businesses. Some were occupied with traditional cult event at the nearby village. Others said could not pay attention because it is very rare to hear such kind of invitation and were not sure as to what was happening.

But God is good all the time. On the second day things started going on well. We started with Equipping the Saints seminar with 22 local Lutheran members, later on we had more than a thousand-five hundred people participating at our event and performances on public square. More than 300 listeners requested and enrolled in the Bible Correspondence Course (BCC).

Towards the end of the rally we received various reactions from the church and community. Dean Reverend Henry Makawa of Salima Parish, among others, thanked the ministry staff for the diligent and hardworking spirit we have showed in his parish. “I look at the training of Lutheran members as very important for the growth and sustainability of our local congregations, may you please extent this program to other congregations so that we have more and more well knowledgeable members in our church.” Said Makawa.

Thavite is yet to be a parish in the northern part of Salima. It has more than five congregations with Thavite as the center geographically. The Pastor has been doing mission work in the areas for so long but because majority of local people are occupied with such things as traditional cults, idleness, and Islam expansion, the project went on slowly. However LHM-MALAWI has left an impact in the area because so many people now have known the church through our messages.DSCF4025DSCF3850DSCF3864DSCF3855DSCF4009

Small Scale Business Community (SSBC) Meets Christ in Lilongwe Rural

More than 400 business and local people at Chitedze Trading Center in Lilongwe Rural West received the Gospel of Christ from activities of one stop event on Sunday 10th May 2015.

Soon after attending Worship service at Chitedze Lutheran Congregation the ministry’s evangelism team of eight members held a one stop open air event at the trading center where hundreds of both traders and the villagers could not resist but attending.

God gave the day to us. The market was full of people as we passed by. The Chairman of the market place Mr. Zilambulire accepted us to hold the rally. Despite informing the community about the event, more than 400 people participated in the rally. We had live drama and live music performances. The Lutheran pastor Reverend Mwenebiba and the Church Elder Mr. Maviko received our 36 respondents who were referred to them on spot. Mwenebiba prayed for them and for the entire group to receive God’s grace for having listened to the Gospel message presented.IMG-20150510-00142

Pastor Menebiba presenting the Bible

Pastor Menebiba presenting the Bible

Groups of Women participated

Groups of Women participated

Maxwell Phiri on Guitar & Samson Mofolo on his Keyboard

Maxwell Phiri on Guitar & Samson Mofolo on his Keyboard

From Left:- Nelia Dzimbiri, Stella Mphalasa, Esnart Mofolo, Carloline Makhalira & Judith Madetsa on vocals

From Left:- Nelia Dzimbiri, Stella Mphalasa, Esnart Mofolo, Carloline Makhalira & Judith Madetsa on vocals

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Our audience scrambled for the Gospel

Our audience scrambled for the Gospel

ETS reveals the Necessity of Christian Education in the Church

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Equipping the Saints conducted recently by Lutheran Hour Ministry in collaboration with Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lilongwe has established that the Christian Education must be emphasized especially to youth.

Conducted on early 4th April, 2015 at Cathedral ETS has established that young people have little knowledge about Martin Luther, Islamic conspiracy to advance Muslim influence among Christians.

Mr. Mphatso Thole, The Country Director observed that some participants thought Martin Luther for example was one of the angels, others said he was one of authors of the book of Revelations in the Bible.

Towards the end of the seminar youth confessed for having wrong concept about Lutheranism. Majority further felt sorry having learnt that many Christian youth marry Muslim friends without thorough preparation for their future consequences they may face that one time they would be indoctrinated into nonchristian religions like Islam.

The group went through topics:-Worship and Liturgy; Stewardship; Lutheranism; choosing a better partner for marriage. Participants also sung many songs to lift up the morale.

More than 50 young people from Area 36, Area 24, Lilongwe Cathedral (host) attended the workshop. Mr. Innocent Kaphinde, Mr. Mwakasungula,Mr. Mphatso Thole and Mr. Aubrey Bunguzu were the facilitators.

Facilitation in process

Facilitation in process

Other part of the group

Other part of the group

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Rev. Grevison Ng'ombe (in red) leading presentations

Rev. Grevison Ng’ombe (in red) leading presentations

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