Mala is pastoring Antioch Baptist Church in Blantyre, Malawi, where he has been laboring since 2008. ABC began as a Bible study with the help of an American missionary and has since developed into the only reformed Baptist church in Blantyre. Mala was married on June 15, 2013 and is now joined with his wife Rachel in Blantyre.
As the year 2016 comes to an end, our family would like to thank you for all your prayers and support for the work of church planting here in Malawi. The Lord has done more than what we could have asked in the last 12 months. Please receive our thanksgiving newsletter with joy in your hearts knowing that your many prayers on our behalf were answered by our loving Father. I would like to take some time to highlight some of the things the Lord accomplished among us in 2016.
Conversions and Baptisms
I am grateful for this body of believers. Indeed the Lord has done great things among us. As we look back, we are humbled by the work Christ has accomplished in this church. We have been actively engaging both our communities where our members come from and the universities. We understand that churches don’t plant themselves. We thank God for sustaining us and providing resources for us to be able to go out and speak to people about the Lord Jesus. Some of our evangelistic activities were fruitful and some were not. We have seen the most conversions and baptisms this year - a total of twenty-two. Out of the 22 people that were baptized this year, 15 of those were university students or had just graduated. These joined the church and we are seeing good growth in the Lord in their lives. We are truly grateful!
Discipline and Restoration
Apart from these exciting events, we were also humbled by a church discipline case that occurred toward the middle of the year. The two people that are undergoing church discipline (a restoration period), seem truly repentant and are regularly coming to church.
Among the many things we are doing is the training of qualified men to serve within our church as elders. We do have a good number of promising men who we believe will serve our church in the near future. First in the line is our Brother Masa Elias who has proved himself over the years. We are about to propose his candidacy to the church in the month of January 2017.