It has only been recently that I have realized we are at war in this world. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” I take these words to mean that we are literally in a combat zone between Heaven and Hell. There are forces that want to keep people in the dark, confused, discouraged, condemned. I have also come to realize that those of us who follow Jesus are the foot soldiers in this war. We carry the sword and shield of light that brings understanding, encouragement and forgiveness. Jesus also said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
God has used Y-Malawi and our partners to do some amazing things in Malawi. While we may be winning a battle, the war goes on. As we approach the end of 2019 our supply lines are thin, we need reinforcements. If you are considering a year end gift this year, we could really use your help. We need more Bibles for pastors and churches. We need at least one more vehicle, so Field Officers don’t have to walk. We have dreams of building a new Rice Mill that will also serve as a worship center. The new preschools lack furniture and learning aids. We have started raising goats to provide people an income, but we need more stock. Frankly, we just need a little cash reserve too so that we are not scraping the bottom of the barrel week to week.
You don’t need to go to Africa to make a difference in this war. Some are called to the front; some win the day with their support. Neither is more important, neither can do without the other. If God has gifted you to be a gospel patron, I hope you will consider helping us. No gift is too small. Everyone can be a part of this. You can send us a check to Y-Malawi at 2105 Foothill Blvd., Suite B312, La Verne, CA 91750 or make a donation on-line by clicking below.
“What the heck are these trips I keep hearing about?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? Well keep reading.
Vision Trips are a key part of Y-Malawi’s vision. A vibrant and thriving Christian community that embodies both the Great Commission, and the Great Commandment. An awakening of the church in America.
On trips we witness the incredible work God is doing in Malawi! We get to experience the work of the Holy Spirit as we minister to village churches and the local Malawian ministries who support them. We don’t go to do, or build. Instead, we utilize the powerful ministry of simple presence. We walk together with the people. We pray together, and share our lives with each other. On these trips we focus on “being” rather than “doing.” Experience has shown us that when you put good people together, amazing things happen every time!
Some of the things we take part in include:
Bible training for village church Pastors
Adult Literacy Training in remote villages
Kids Clubs, Youth Cubs, and Bible Clubs
Vocational Training Centers, Fishing Clubs, Savings and Loan Circles
At every stop we share the love of Jesus. We get to know local people at a personal level. We experience their lives, joys, challenges, and accomplishments. We even visit some of the women & girls being empowered through sponsorship. Oh, and we take a photo safari too! Malawi is known as “The warm heart of Africa,” and we get to see first hand the contagious joy of her people as they sing, dance and share their lives.
Stacy said it best, “It wasn’t just a trip, it was a life changing experience.” When asked what she would tell others about her trip Michelle said, “Just do it! Don’t put it off! Go! You will never regret it.”
Do you know who you are today? Would you have answered the same when you were in your teen years. Being a young person has always been hard. It’s especially true in today’s fast paced, technology driven, social media soaked world we live in. Being a teenager can be like swinging at a swarm of bees with a fly swatter. Even when you do your best, there is going to be a sting here and there.
More than 60% of the population of Malawi are youth. Malawi is a young nation, in no small part due to the ravages of HIV/Aids during the early part of this century that killed so many parents. Now those children are growing up. They are coming face to face with many of the same questions that young people all over this planet have always faced. Who am I? Why am I here? Am I loved? Do I have value? What is my purpose in life?
Dare to Discover is a program that Y-Malawi partner Nkhoma Youth runs several times each year. The program is interactive and helps bring questions like these out into the light, so that young people can deal with them. Using the concepts presented in the Bible, students are challenged to dare to discover what God says about them. They learn why He created them, how He loves them, and how their life matters. They learn that they can make a difference. They learn that they can have hope when the world they live in, sometimes seems like a dark night.
Greham is 17 years old. He had a difficult childhood and fell in with the wrong crowd. By age 15 he had dropped out of school. A friend had the courage to invite him to Dare to Discover and it changed Greham’s life. Now back in school, he is doing well. He will start High School next year and is planning to become a Mechanical Engineer.
In 10th grade, Martha’s story is similar to Greham’s. She was running down a bad road when she ran head on into Dare to Discover. Now back in school she is excelling. During last years examinations, she scored 5th out of her class of 100. She has a bright future ahead.
Martha is another example. Just a little more than 15 years old, she might be married today except that someone brought her to a Dare to Discover class. She wasn’t sure about what she heard during that first class, so she came back to a second, then a third. Now she has graduated the program. She not only graduated Dare to Discover, this past school year she passed her 8th grade examination with flying colors. She is one of the best students and has now been selected to go to high school.
God could not be more clear in His word. He loves all people. Age, race, country, economic status, talents, skills, opportunities and abilities, none of them matter because He loves all. All our lives can be changed once we dare to discover this truth and love.
Amina lost both of her parents when she was very young. When that happened, she and her younger sister were taken in by her Uncle. A devout Muslim, Amina was raised to follow Islam. The family was poor but somehow her Uncle managed to send Amina to school. It was in high school that she first learned about Jesus. She attended church with some friends, but it was just for companionship, Christianity was just another faith.
One of the lucky few, Amina graduated high school. Although she had a deep desire to go to college, financially that was not even a remote option. Now 20, and still living in the village with her Uncle, Amina heard about a Bible Study Group hosted by Fishers, Trainers and Senders through Y-Malawi. As she had done with church before, Amina decided to attend. At first it was about finding some new friends, but this time things were different. In this group she learned more about Jesus, she saw people, even other Muslims changing the way they lived because of the love of Jesus. She needed hope, she knew she needed Jesus. One day she could put it off no more. She made a decision to commit her life to Him.
It was not an easy decision. Her Uncle was not happy. Others in the family could not understand why Amina was doing this. At times she was criticized, yet the more she learned, the more committed to Jesus she became. She joined a local church and became even more active in the Bible Study Group. Through it all Amina wondered what God had in store for her in the future.
Then one day a team from America came to visit. During the visit Amina was introduced to a young woman named Emma. When Emma heard Amina’s story, she offered to sponsor her to attend a local University. Emma is a student herself, she is studying to become a nurse. Still, she determined that sacrificing a small amount each month so that Amina could go to college was something she could do. Talking about coming to Malawi and meeting Amina, Emma said, “I realized that experiences and privileges in my life have had a huge impact on where I am today. Sometimes I don’t thank God enough. If I can do this, why wouldn’t I?”
Amina has now been accepted to Malawi Assemblies of God University. When she is not in school she will be working part-time with Y-Malawi, helping other girls sharing her experiences. Her family who once ridiculed her for her decision, now boast with pride that she is attending college. Her Uncle has changed his mind too saying, “Y-Malawi is a God sent angel to this community, please let my other daughters be attending Youth programs done by Y-Malawi too.”
Just one more example of how God is using Y-Malawi to “Open Hearts for Change.”
We don’t often think of goats as life savers, but in Malawi they are. Goats are easy to care for, they eat just about anything. They reproduce frequently. They can be eaten, but more importantly, they can be sold. They can become an income producing business that allows families to buy food, clothes, and pay school fees.
Fishers, Trainers and Senders is a Y-Malawi Partner running a program called “Goat Pass On.” The concept is simple. If you receive a goat, you make a promise to share the first born of your goat with someone else. You pass the goat on. Last month 27 goats were given to Bible Study Leaders and participants, plus some sponsored women & girls. This is a gift many have only dreamed of. The goats are not just life savers, but for many they are life changers.
“Owning a goat is like a dream to me. After this goat has reproduced, the level of income at my home will change and it will easily help me to educate my three girls and two boys who are now at primary school.” – Tulaya Ali
“Initially when we joined the Bible Study Group in 2012, we were not receiving anything. But now our economic life is being transformed too. I am so thankful.” – Khumbizi Stambuli
This is just one more way to bring sustainable transformation. All the while sharing the love of Jesus and changing lives forever.