Youth Ministry Bearing instant fruits

20151025_110158By: Aubrey Bunguzu

This is the story of Joana Malinga, 13, who has changed her mind to go back to school after sharing constructive ideas with friends during the seminar that Lutheran Hour Ministry facilitated at Kachikho Project site in Lilongwe rural northeast constituency.

Joana comes from Makwenda village very closer to the project site where the seminar was held. She is young girl from a poor family of seven children, and she is the sixth born.

The 13th year old girl attended her primary education at Mphangula School in the same area, and attained standard eight, a primary school leaving certificate examination class in Malawi.

She was doing well in class tests. But challenges she always faced at home made her to drop out of school.

Some of the challenges faced, according to Joana, were poor financial support from the parents because the parents had to care for many children at once, but they were so poor.

“I wanted to continue with education, but my father, a mere peasant farmer, was occupied with several responsibilities including feeding, clothing, and caring for us children of which it was impossible.” responded Joana to Lutheran Hour Ministry staff.

Joana Malinga attended the seminar that Lutheran Hour Ministry organized from Friday, 2nd to 3rd of October 2015 at Kachikho Community Hall where young people shared awareness of issues affecting them.

Through group discussions, presentations and meditations young participants shared among them issues of early marriages and pregnancies and their vices that was meant to prepare young people to develop necessary resilient decisions and grow morally health.

They had also to learn about resource management skills so that youth are able to manage time, finances, materials and energies properly as tool to develop economically.

Lack of knowledge in resource management have negatively impacted the lifestyles of youth in the area such that some of them indulge in promiscuous sexual behaviors neglecting education and remain poor.

“In almost every village there are two or more girls who have dropped out of school so early before completing primary education, a thing that worries the future of our young people’s lives.” Group Village Headman (GVH) Penga reports.

GVH Penga is senior local leader who looks after at least thirty villagers (subjects) in Mazengera Area. He attended the seminar together with other three local leaders to witness the initiation learning activities.

However at the closing ceremony on Sunday Joana Malinga, out of all her fellow youth told the gathering of ministry staff, parents, guardians and the local village leaders in attendance that the seminar had been an eye opener to her such that she opts for going back to school and become an independent woman in future.

Joana said, “the seminar has changed my mind to go back to school, because I have now seen that education has no age limit.”

How then Joana will proceed with her education? “But I need external support from well wishers to help me go ahead with education. Initially I will ask my relatives to lay a foundation for my support.” suggest Joana.

There are so many young people at Kachikho project area facing various ills due to ignorance. Holding such kind of youth gatherings will give youth an affordable platform for youth to share ideas how they best bail out themselves from social, economic and cultural traps they are in.

October’s seminar drew only 40 boys and girls from 39 villages who have not yet entered into marriages but some might have experienced early pregnancies.DSCF7137DSCF714620151025_111939

Youth Program

On the second day soon after attending the session

On the second day soon after attending the session

Story by:   Aubrey Bunguzu

Fourty youth group is equipped in best ways to resiliently overcome impact of negativity, promiscuity, early marriages, early pregnancies as well as lack of knowledge in time, human, and financial resource management skills at seminar held for two days-23th to 24th October, 2015 at Kachikho village in Traditional Chief Mazengera area in Lilongwe.

The group is expected to graduate on Sunday, 25th October, 2015 where hundreds of local villagers will attend to witness the send off function. The seminar centered on theme: ‘Youth Living a Soft life.’

Facilitation by Mphatso Thole, Country Director

Facilitation by Mphatso Thole, Country Director


Sharing ideas in groupworks

Sharing ideas in groupworks


Participants had presentations

Participants had presentations

Miss Bertha Munkhondia facilitating on early pregnancies and marriages

Miss Bertha Munkhondia facilitating on early pregnancies and marriages


Ntcheu-A Muslim previously living closer to Christian communities becomes an active Christian.


This is the story of a 30 year old Jackson Jakobo presently living at Tsangano Trading center in Ntcheu.

Jackson Jakobo became an active member of Evangelical Lutheran Church preaching point recently established at Tsangano in the district after he lived with Christians in Salima before he moved to Tsangano three years ago, and later came into contact with the Lutheran Hour Ministry staff in 2014.

When talking to ministry staff in March, 2014 Jackson said, “I lived with Reverend Dean Henry Makawa in Salima the time I was in relationship with my wife Steria because Steria stayed with the pastor.”

Jackson further revealed to staff that he is a Muslim by tradition, all his family is Islamic, and it was very difficult for him to turn to Christianity, even though the pastor did not talk about Lutheran church.
“what made me to be interest with the religion and Lutheran church is none other than the life I was found in (pastor’s family life).” He said.

“despite being a member of a non christian family, Pastor Makawa treated me as his real son, and Steria as a daughter, such that people from outside did not differentiate me from them.” Continued Jackson, who looked very free.

While in Salima, and after joining the Lutheran church, Jackson participated in church activities.

“I took part in choir groups, youth works and attended church services as a normal Christian.” He remembers.

Lutheran Hour Ministry, in its activities to extend the outreach to Ntcheu District where there was no Lutheran church available until 2014, started its project at Tsangano trading center where staff met Jackson Jakobo and his wife Steria.

It was on March 7, 2014 when ministry staff met Jackson who has moved from Salima to Tsangano Trading center where he remembered the ministry staff.

A long conversation with him resulted in Jackson being engaged as ministry volunteer in marketing and distributing free booklets and recruit listeners in the Bible Correspondence Course program.

Bible Correspondence Course program ran from March, 2014 up until this year October 13th 2015 when Lutheran Hour Ministry held a mass rally at Tsangano to strengthen the relationship that BCC has initiated between the ministry center and community.

On sunday 14th October this year, Lutheran Hour Ministry established a preaching point starting with four people including Jackson, Steria, plus other two members.

Jackson Jakobo and Steria are ambassadors of the Lutheran church and the ministry at Tsangano as their job is to make sure that the preaching point live and grow with support from the church.DSCF4963DSCF4873DSCF4871DSCF4860DSCF4857DSCF4856DSCF4900DSCF4952

Youth Activities sharing Good News

LHM volunteers at shows

LHM volunteers at shows

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

LHM Malawi volunteer team ganged up with the rest of youth community performing varies shows including live drama, music, demonstrations and speeches at a 2015 National Youth Assembly in Lilongwe in August.

LHM Message Sent Across Malawi

DSCF4489By: Aubrey Bunguzu

“A good servant of Christ Jesus must not look upon him/herself down because he/she is young, but be strong among believers, in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” “In his letter, Paul wrote this to encourage Timothy, who showed signs of inferiority among the people he was about to serve.” “So, avoid despising yourself in God’s mission, because if you do so people out there will definitely reject you.” Rt. Rev. Dr. Bishop J Bvumbwe said this advising a gathering of young people on August 20, 2015 at Lilongwe Cathedral during the inauguration of church’s seventh National Youth Assembly.

“It is also written in Scriptures that ‘adults will dream, while youth will prophesy’ (Job) so do not belittle yourself when witnessing Christ to people, God entrusts you to do His Great Mission-to proclaim.” The Bishop continues.

At the inauguration ceremony, LHM-Malawi participated in performing Music whose message depicted the meaning of this year’s National Youth Assembly’s theme: “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers, in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.”

It was an opportunity for LHM team to meet about 40 youth representatives from nine Deaneries across Malawi.


Innocent Kaphinde-former LHM evangelism music team member now the Acting Youth Secretary in ELCM

LHM-Malawi’s music message, and the message about who we are will filtrate deeper into the Deaneries whose congregants have little knowledge about the ministry.

National Youth Chairperson

National Youth Chairperson


LHM Music group


Even the Country Director had time to meet top church officials


had opportunity to come together as one witnessing Christian community

had opportunity to come together as one witnessing Christian community

Mr. Mike Lulanga Happily Gives Musical Instrument To The Ministry

DSCF4413By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Mike Lulanga, a youngest Board member of Lutheran Hour Ministry in Malawi donates a Lead Guitar towards the Ministry Centre’s music ministry.

Some board members of organizations serve for political aspirations, business contacts, public visibility and status among the reasons, but Mike Lulanga desires to make a difference and demonstrate his Christian commitment to evangelism cause.

“I joined Lutheran Hour Ministry as a volunteer in 2002 because of music which changed my life, I have therefore given this Guitar to increase ministry’s outreach efforts to reach and change lives as well , my commitment to scale up evangelism.” He says.

Lulanga who looked very happy presented the Guitar to Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe Bishop of the partner church Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) amid Board Meeting on Saturday 8th August 2015 at Lilongwe Cathedral.

Then on Sunday 9th August, the Bishop consecrated the gift before a congregation and present Guitar further to Mr. Mphatso Thole, the LHM-Malawi Director.

Dr. Bvumbwe then in his speech encouraged Lutheran members to emulate the kind of generosity that Mike demonstrated to the ministry.

“If we don’t sing Jesus will raise up stones to sing for the Lord.” He said while the congregation clapped hands for the truth.

The ceremony also enabled the ministry evangelism team to showcase outreach talents before the congregation. For instance Mike Lulanga rejoined his old music group (Lutheran Hour Band) and plucked the new Guitar while presenting a song of praise. Samison Mofolo also read the Good News before pastor presented a sermon. We finally received the Holy Communion.

Briefly Mike Lulanga joined the Ministry as a drama and music volunteer in 2002, and left after joining the Malawi Armed Forces in 2013. Currently he is serving in the Board. He is talented in plucking guitar, acting drama and writing stories. After presenting his gift to LHM-MALAWI ministry band, Mike promises to use his free time to train music team members in plucking the Guitar up until someone do it well.DSCF4400DSCF4407DSCF4409DSCF4412DSCF4423DSCF4427DSCF4443DSCF4444DSCF4445

Mike strikes a new guitar

Mike strikes a new guitar


Samson Mofolo-Second Reading

Samson Mofolo-Second Reading

July started in style with LHM-Malawi

By: Aubrey Bunguzu As early as 2nd to 4th July this year we entered into month while proclaiming the Gospel to thousands of people in Salima Parish. We held first rally at Malapa I and then on the second day we were at Malapa II-like a whistle tour. On Sunday we wound up the trip by attending to worship service at Malapa Lutheran congregation. At all these occasions the response was marvelous, more important achievement of all is that even Muslim women and men scrambled to grab a book from our volunteers to study the word of God on their own. It is our prayers that the work that we started in these people’s hearts God will care for them to eventual personal relationship with the church. The following photos illustrate the beauty of the rallies in Salima.DSCF4170DSCF4168DSCF4197DSCF4178DSCF4183DSCF4190DSCF4213DSCF4219DSCF4237


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