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

2015 Easter Commemoration

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Kachere Juvenile Prison lies in the heart of Lilongwe city, where young boys are serving sentences for committing varying crimes. The prison is congested such that inmates share sleeping beds on floor that become bleeding grounds for many skin diseases. Even food at Kachere prison is a problem, and young prisoners need urgent support.

Lutheran Hour Ministry on 10th April 2015 organized a rally at Kachere Prison to commemorate the Easter Season with a theme ‘The Resurrection of Jesus Christ the Forgiveness of Sin for All’.

The evangelism team led by Mrs. Ruth Kandoje, the LHM Board chair had opportunity to share the message of the Cross to about 400 inmates through Gospel music, personal counseling and distribution of tablets of soap, sugar and maize towards food. About 300 booklets were also distributed to allow inmates study the Gospel.

Assistant Incharge Mrs. Gadama thanked the team for a visit and remind inmates to focus on Christ even though they are not free people.

Mrs. Kandoje interacting with inmates sharing tablets of soap

Mrs. Kandoje interacting with inmates sharing tablets of soap

Presenting maize

Presenting maize

Off loading items from storeroom at Office

Off loading items from storeroom at Office

Music aroused inmates

Music aroused inmates

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Prison Warders were cooperative

Prison Warders were cooperative

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Tsangano will be the next Lutheran church point after the Yendayenda Preaching Point in Ntcheu District

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

Mr. Jackson Jacob welcomes the new evangelism project that LHM-Malawi has conceptualized to be carried out at Tsangano Turn Off in Ntcheu West.

On Sunday March 7, 2015, when asked by the Audience Relations staff if the project is relevant, Jackson says; “if the ministry has succeeded in setting up a prayer group at Yendayenda village, it means this year Tsangano will be the next preaching point in Ntcheu District.”

The Audience Relations staff is visiting Tsangano every week starting 22nd February with the aim of sensitizing people about the new project for participation and involvement.

Meanwhile Mr. Jackson along with his wife Steria Jackson is making strategic campaign reaching local people with the Bible Correspondence Course booklets which the Ministry’s Audience Relations gave him. On this day of visitation the Audience Relations met two more people who have expressed interest to join the new prayer group at Tsangano.

The Jacob family

The Jacob family

Jackson led AR staff to this school where the new prayer group will be congregating

Jackson led AR staff to this school where the new prayer group will be congregating

Jackson showed AR this old building in which the District Commissioner for Ntcheu in time of the British Colonial Government lived.

Jackson showed AR this old building in which the District Commissioner for Ntcheu in time of the British Colonial Government lived.

BCC Outreach helps bringing the Word to Muslims

By: Aubrey Bunguzu
On Tuesday 24th February 2015 we had wonderful opportunity to share the living Word of God with more than 150 school children at a Bible Correspondence Course graduation ceremony held in Lilongwe City.

It was an opportunity because by nature the school children are always busy with their activities during and after school work. Some of these children come from non christian families, and are not allowed to participate in such type of christian ceremonies.

But 150 children from schools Kafulu and Biwi Primary came to receive their certificates after completing the Bible Correspondence course (BCC) on either ‘Growing in Faith’ or ‘Real Life’ series.

On the day 46 children out total 124 who completed the (BCC) received certificates issued by Reverend Spencer Mngongonda of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM). The remaining students will be getting their leaves individually because they could not make themselves available on this particular day.

The good story is that the ceremony brought about 15 Muslim children closer to the Christian church to receive their certificates. These children were being assisted by fellow learners in attempting questions on answer sheets, and this helped them to complete the course. They were very glad to receive certificates together with other christian children.

Before presenting certificates Rev. Mngongonda, who is also Board member of the ministry, took children through the Bible Study in which he engaged students to join together in sharing the Gospel as children of God.

He emphasized that Christianity is unique in the sense that it is a sign post to salvation.

“Other religions cannot march with Gospel truth of Jesus Christ who says ‘I am the way, truth and light’ so no other religion speaks truth about salvation of mankind like Christianity.” confirmed Mngongonda.

A graduate leading opening prayer

A graduate leading opening prayer

Cross section of Graduating students

Cross section of Graduating students

Students searching the Word of God during Bible Study

Students searching the Word of God during Bible Study

Presenting a Bible-Rev. Mngongonda

Presenting a Bible-Rev. Mngongonda

Issuing certificates

Issuing certificates

Playing guitor

Playing guitor

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SOLIDARITY BRINGS THE DISTRICT VERTINARY OFFICER TO THE CHURCH

By: Aubrey Bunguzu It is common thing to see people being converted to Christianity through preaching the Word of God despite that some are brought to God through our acts. Again very few people out there do not believe in proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through acts of giving because they think things serve the body not the spirit. But the acts of giving to other people illustrates the oneness of the church in the power of God and sow seeds in the hearts of our listeners or onlookers. Today Reverend Oswel Simwela of Chitipa Lutheran Parish in the northern part of Malawi is testifying about how oneness in the church has attracted outsiders to join his church. Reverend Simwela says Mr. Black Simfukwe in August 2012 joined the Lutheran church after being amazed with large kinds of assorted gifts which members of the church presented to Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe a week before. Dr. Bvumbwe, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) during one of his visits to Chitipa Deanery in August 2012 received assorted gifts of thanks in form of bags of maize, goats, a cow from congregants in a colourful ceremony. The act of giving to the Bishop amazed Mr. Black Simfukwe, a senior government officer in Veterinary Department because the ceremony demonstrated a kind of Christian solidarity to him. Mr. Black observed this when he visited the kraal where the animal gifts were kept before transportation to Lilongwe where the Bishop resides. In Malawi animals are not allowed to be transported from district to another without the medical certification from veterinary officials, and Mr. Black’s job was to do that. Seeing how the church members joined hands to offer various gifts to their leader, Mr. Madolo could not resist but declare to have joined the Lutheran Church family in front of Reverend Oswel Simwela. “We can teach the Gospel to convert people to the church, but sometimes other activities such as this kind of social gathering prompts outsiders to be part and parcel of us.” Delighted Rev. Oswel Simwela noted. It is true that other people think that such kind of conversion happens because converts most of times do so to have a share of the gifts, but Rev. Simwela observed that Mr. Black’s scenario is exceptional. Mr. Black saw the love, unity and solidarity of the Christians to come together and cheer their spiritual leader in such a ceremonial way. Meanwhile Black is a dedicated communicant member of Lutheran church based in Chitipa Parish. According to Reverend Oswel Simwela, Mr. Black Simfukwe is not the only convert who came into the Lutheran church in this way. Rev. Simwela sighted Mr. Madolo Simbeye as another outsider who joined the church in the District two months before this because he was overwhelmed with how Christians demonstrated the spirit of giving to church pastors.

Dean Oswelo Simwela of Chitipa Deanery

Dean Oswelo Simwela of Chitipa Deanery

Muslim Outreach Possible in Malawi

By: Aubrey Bunguzu

While it is difficult to reach Muslims with Gospel of Jesus Christ in Malawi, the LHM-MALAWI is able to proclaim Him to school children in Lilongwe because the office is closer to them.

Children like these drop in our office at least every lunch hour each school day of the week to enroll into BCC program.

About 31 percent of this group are Muslims coming voluntarily to get a booklet so that they study the word of God on their own at home. Pupils are coming from Biwi and Kafulu Primary Schools located at an average walkable distance of about 400 metres soon after knocking off.

By looking at the faces of these children it is difficult to identify who is a Christian or a Muslim because everybody is happy with the lessons. The children are receiving their first lesson of Real Life series.

May we all pray to God to continue giving such opportunities in Malawi and elsewhere in the world!

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Reception staff instructing BCC child students in office

Reception staff instructing BCC child students in office

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