Malawi District Superintendent Chris Nkhata and representatives from the Malawi headquarters church had the opportunity to visit two branch churches this past weekend, and sent this report.
Greetings in the Name of the soon coming King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ. We thank God for His grace and divine protection under the current COVID-19 environment. The Malawi congregations are safe, though the country has experienced an increase in coronavirus cases due to political activities that prevailed until a new government was ushered in with elections at the end of June.
We thank God for enabling us to visit our two newest Malawi branches, located in Nsanje and Maraka, near the Mozambique border.
Our first stop was on Saturday, July 4, at the Nsanje branch where Pastor Danken welcomed us. We held a church service with a sermon centered on “Jesus, the Light of the World,” using Scripture references from John 8:12 and 12:46, and 1 Peter 2:9-10. Though the congregation was small due to many working in the fields at that time of day, there was a spirit of revival upon us, and a fervent altar service followed.
After the prayer service, a meeting was held to formally welcome the congregation as part of the Apostolic Faith family. During this time we announced the intention, Lord willing, to hold special meetings in September 2020. The purpose would be to encourage unity and revival in the Spirit among our branch churches. The saints were overjoyed to hear this news.
The next morning, Sunday, we traveled by motorbike to the Maraka branch in Kembo Village. Upon our arrival, we found people waiting for our visit, including Pastor Madi who warmly received us. Also there to welcome us was the village chief’s top representative.
After exchanging greetings, we began a church service. The topic of the sermon was “Jesus’ Royal Bounty,” with text taken from 1 Kings 10:1-8, 13; and Matthew 12:42. The message brought out that One greater than King Solomon was in the Kembo village, who could answer any hard questions a person might have. Also, that God would give from His royal bounty such things as salvation, sanctification, the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and healing to those who would repent, believe, and do His will.
The Spirit of the Lord was felt strongly throughout the service, and a wonderful prayer session followed with the altar being well attended. The chief’s representative was among those who prayed at the altar and also the many who were anointed and prayed for afterward. The next day, he called to say he had been healed instantly and wanted to know when we could return to the village.
During our visit, it was formally announced that Pastor Madi had donated land for the purpose of building an Apostolic Faith Church in Maraka, and Brother Chris accepted the gift on behalf of the Apostolic Faith Church of Portland, Oregon. This announcement was known ahead of time by the congregation, and they had already purchased twenty-six corrugated sheets and begun molding bricks for the structure. We left this village with such joy in our hearts.
We thank God for the opportunity to make this trip, and pray He will provide a safe environment for the September special meetings. Also, that He will have mercy on our generation and halt the pandemic to allow us to function freely again.
As we praise God for the forward movement of the Gospel in Malawi and look to Him for the safety of the saints there, let’s also remember to pray for the completion of the church building in Maraka.