Mission Rapport 2021
Church Visits in Malawi and Mozambique
Church visits and training of church leaders in Malawi and Mozambique have started up again after Covid restrictions have been lifted in 2021. The visits are led by Pastor Daston Kapata and he is accompanied by Mr. Davie Sabola, who has been selected as one of the young men to receive further training at the Evangelical Bible College next year in 2022. The visits started in the south with the Churches in Mozambique, working their way up to Mulanje in Southern Malawi, next was Ntcheu in Central Malawi, and lastly the churches in Lilongwe.
| Mozambique church visits and training.
Left: Pastor Daston training the church leaders. Right: Opening the training with worship and prayer.
| Mulanje church visits and training, in Southern Malawi.
Left: Pastor Daston addresses the church leaders. Right: Sunday service communion to end off the visit.
|Ntcheu church visits and training, in Central Malawi.
Left: The congregation of Diwiza church. Right: The congregation of Biriwiri church.
These visits consist of:
EE3 (Evangelism Explosion) Leadership Training
Evangelical outreaches in local villages and handing out gospel tracts
Youth Evangelism training through sports
Handing over the donation packages to each pastor
Candidates for Bible College
Our aim is to send two young men, that will be identified by the church leaders, to the Evangelical Bible College in Blantyre. Pastor Daston Kapata is one of our young pastors that did his training there. He is a well-trained pastor with evangelism at the core of his ministry. Through him, we can clearly see that the training is extremely beneficial and necessary in order to build the mission churches and maintain the spiritual well-being of the members.
This decision came about, not just because of the lack of trained pastors in the mission churches, but also because of current leaders entering old age. There are some pastors that are getting quite old and in need of help with managing their churches. They also have invaluable knowledge and many years of experience which cannot be lost but must be conveyed to these new young pastors. The ideal would be to have them complete their year Certificate and then join the church of the pastor they will be taking over from. They will work under their senior pastor as assistant and youth pastor.
|Left: Mr. Davie Sabola presenting the EE Flip chart
Right: Mr. Davie Sabola standing at one of the church buildings during a visit
We will encourage these young pastors to start with youth programs like pastor Daston Kapata has done, and therefore, to involve him in the youth work training of these young assistant pastors. He makes use of Sports Evangelism Youth Outreaches. We use sports as a tool to evangelize the youth. Because young people do not always attend church meetings, sports is a great way to reach them. This ministry has expanded into having a few Free Baptist Teams and having young people who have accepted Jesus into their lives and hearts and now share their testimonies and help me with the outreaches at events or practice.
It is very important that the young people be reached so that the Africa Mission work can continue.
The two churches that we have identified are the Namitupa Free Baptist Church in Mulanje, Pastor Brighton Kapata. The second church is the Biriwiri Free Baptist Church in Ntcheu, Pastor Milliward Kamenya.
New building for Mamburu FBC
We are thankful for the provision of a new building in Mamburu village for this congregation. They were put out of their building in Mingwa village because the owner wanted to repurpose the land. The new building have been completed in September 2021 and provisions for the roof were made. The building was completed in November 2021.
|Left: Church leaders standing in front of the newly made bricks ready to start the new building.
Right: Pastor Daston standing in front of the building ready to be roofed in August 2021.
|Mamburu church roofing completed November 2021|
New Roof for Mwamadi FBC building
In November 2021 there was a storm that badly damaged the roof of Pastor Daston's church building in Mulanje. There's not much to be saved as most of the roof sheets were badly damaged by the strong wind. The rain season is starting and the building desperately needs a roof to not cause further damage to the building by the rains. We are very grateful that God has provided for this building to be repaired in such a short time.
|Damages caused by the storm to the Mwamadi church building|
|Roof fixed in December 2021|
Parcels for the Pastors
We received donations and were able to send a parcel to each pastor in Malawi and Mozambique.
Donation Packets for
Pastors from Malawi - Biriwiri | Diwiza | M’bindo | Kasupe | Mwamadi | Namitupa | Magabwa | Chitambi |
Pastors from Mozambique - Mbinzi | Chisulu | Kamwendo
Packages consisted of:
- Chichewa tracts for outreaches 4kg
- New Soccer Balls for Sports Evangelism
- Acer laptop, charger, internet USB for Pastor Kapata
- EE3 Evangelism Leaders Training Manuals
- EE3 Small Booklets 1/2 box for Evangelism training and outreaches
- Chichewa Tract booklets 1kg for outreaches
- Clothing Packets for each Pastor