Saturday, March 19
Elaine taught the children about miracles and focused on Jesus feeding the 5,000 (John 6) during our second day of Bible teaching with the Malawi orphans. The team distributed toast pieces to represent the loaves and swedish fish to each of the more than 70 students in class. This came after we discussed compassion and Jesus caring for the multitudes in our morning team devotional.
There was much singing and praying with the children at Far & Wide in Migowi. We are praying for their hearts as there is a good deal of darkness in the area. Witchcraft is practiced by many people here.
In the afternoon, Pastor Duncan took us to his ministry's Mothers & Babies Health Center in nearby Msema. The center does not offer anything in the way of medicine, but is a place for more than 100 mothers to gather for encouragement and to work together. The center was built by an Australian group, but is no longer funded. The women are praying for support.
This is a recurring problem and need for much of Duncan's Searchlight Ministry, which consists of four churches (in Migowi, Msema, Ntcheu, and Milatu, Mozembique), a primary and a secondary school, the orphanage, and the Mothers & Babies Center. We are looking at ways God may have us help in addition to our Project 1:27 funding of the orphanage.
We were mobbed by children at the Mothers & Babies center, and Bob saw an opportunity to share a teaching using his Gospel bracelet and then prayed for the scores of children. The children repeated his prayer.
There were so many children around us it was almost overwhelming. But an evening worship with the youth, which rocked with praise music and Spirit-led speaking, again showed us how great is our God. He is big enough to handle all the many problems and challenges found in this remote area deep in southern Malawi.