Since 2000, HeartCry has partnered with Kabwata Baptist Church of Lusaka, Zambia, to plant churches throughout Africa. Through this partnership, HeartCry is now supporting twenty-four indigenous missionaries in Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. We consider the work in Africa to be one of the brightest stars in the world today because it is founded upon biblical truth and fueled by a zeal to see Christ exalted throughout the entire continent. The following report from Malamulo Chindongo in Malawi is just one small example of the faithful labor of all our African church planters.
Malamulo is pastoring Antioch Baptist Church in Blantyre, Malawi, where he has been laboring since 2008. Please join in prayer with Mala as he labors for the Gospel in this city of over one million people. Pray for him as he shepherds his family and the church, preaches through the Scriptures, seeks to translate biblical resources, and labors to better reach the lost multitudes in his city through the church’s evangelism efforts.
There have been many positive developments in the last two months within our ministry here in Malawi. It is always with great joy that we testify and acknowledge God’s grace among us. Recently, as I have been thinking of what God is doing here in Malawi, I have been encouraged with two texts of Scripture. One is from Isaiah 9:7: “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” The other is from Isaiah 11:9: “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” These have been good reminders for me as I shepherd God’s flock that the work belongs to the Lord and that He will zealously fulfill all His purposes.
By the grace of God, my girls are doing very well. Thank you for all your prayers and support for our family. Both Rachel and I are basking in the joy of being new parents. Little Amelie (born October 2014) is doing well, and she is a great joy to us. She smiles often, a trait I believe she got from her mother. She has grown so much in the last few months. We are thankful for the Lord’s sustaining hand in that He has given Rachel and baby Amelie good health. Your prayers are not in vain. Please continue to pray for us as we seek to raise Amelie in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Ihave spent the last two months preaching a series of messages entitled, “The Christian’s Work Ethic: Earning a Living As God Intended.” This has helped our church to have a biblical understanding of work, finance, wealth, poverty, hospitality, and giving, and how these must all point to one goal – the furthering of Christ’s Gospel for the glory of His Name!
In my last newsletter, I shared about our preparations for baptism. I am pleased to report that we just had the joy of seeing four men make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus through water baptism: Josey Kachiza, Joshua Alexander, Lenson Mwalwanda, and Webster Moyo (pictured below). I was delighted to see these men take a firm step of obedience to their Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, and become members of our church. We can only say, “Glory to God, for He has become our salvation!” As you pray for us, also remember these men.
I am delighted to share with you that our church has teamed up with several churches in the United States to translate a booklet from English to Chichewa, the national and most widely spoken local language in Malawi. The booklet, written by L.R. Shelton Jr., is entitled, Biblical Repentance: The Need of This Hour. The Chichewa version will be printed by our friends at Chapel Library in Pensacola, Florida.
As I write, the project has already reached the half-way stage. At the moment, a brother in our church is doing the first proofreading. As soon as he is done, I will do a second proofreading before sending it to a Chichewa-speaking brother in the USA for final editing. It will then be sent to Chapel Library for printing.
Our church has been involved in translation work for a number of years now. We have translated many small books and tracts on the Gospel and Christian living. We would love to continue doing this so that we can put more sound literature into the hands of Chichewa-speaking people in Malawi and some parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. We were encouraged three months ago to learn that some of our translation work has ended up in the hands of pastors in Mozambique. In the providence of God, someone bought a few titles of our Chichewa translations and shipped them to a pastor’s conference that was taking place in that needy country.
In God’s providence, the members of our church live in many different parts of the city of Blantyre. Beginning this year, we are splitting ourselves into small groups based on location in order to conduct evangelistic activities in the form of door-to-door evangelism, book tables, tract distribution in small market places, and bible studies within the neighborhoods. We are very excited about this strategy, and we are praying that our efforts will be effective in the spread of the Gospel in this city.
God willing, we will spend all of 2015 evangelizing through these small groups. Going into these locations means that we are going “face to face,” confronting and being confronted by the false gospel of the prosperity preachers. These are places where it has taken root. Pray for wisdom! Pray that the Lord Jesus will open people’s hearts for the Gospel and give people faith for salvation. Pray that we will be bold and not fear to go in! Pray also as we continue to reach out to the universities around us.