Mission Highlight: This week, Janice shared the third out of six Malawi trip Mission Highlights since our church's team of eight went in May. Hands at Work is an organization that mobilizes the local and global church to serve the most vulnerable in Africa.
Janice shared about how powerful and effective our church's prayers over the trip, along with the prayers that they prayed in Malawi with our brothers and sisters at Hands throughout the trip, which made the mutual encouragement and team unity unreasonably good. She wanted to encourage our church to continue and grow in prayer.
Janice compared this trip to her previous secular trips to Africa where she felt uncomfortable about her role in the foreign aid industry. However, this trip was so different. This time, they asked our team to please refrain from "trying to help" but to give of ourselves and some encouragement in the Lord. And although the villages of Mcheneka and Mphunzi had less material wealth than anywhere she had seen, God was there, and we have brothers and sisters there. They opened up their lives in sharing what God has done and was asking them to do, and our team shared and sang songs about the same Jesus that saved all of us, and the ways we saw Jesus through them.
She shared about a Chichewa song about surrendering everything to God, and how hard that could be, especially in the midst of suffering. However, all our suffering, our differences, our acts of service (including caring for the widow and the orphan), all find their place at the feet of Jesus.
Then she led us in prayer, thanking God for not cringing from our brokenness but inviting us to seek him in it, even as he promises to one day fully heal us. God in Heaven, you are so different from us. She prayed for our brothers and sisters in Malawi, that he would build them up. She also prayed for the most vulnerable and exposed, that we might build a wall of protection around them. Let's continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Malawi and grow in our encouragement and support of them!
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