On this past Sunday the group of eleven missionaries that are heading to Malawi on July 18 met for bible study, fellowship and to experience many of the foods and customs around the dinner table from our dear friends in Malawi. The meal was hosted by some members of the Malawi Partnership committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery. And yes, if you are wondering, we even had Nsima (a staple in Malawi made of corn flour). Thank you Jennifer, Kay, Judith, Peta and pastor Dave!
It was a great night for the group to get to know each other a little better and to learn more about what to expect in Malawi, and to be sensitive, curious and appreciative of the Malawi culture. Besides Peta and myself, no one in this group has ever been to Malawi yet before. So it is exciting and a privilege to bring this diverse group to Malawi for their first experience. I am so impressed with this group that God has called for this trip. They are of different ages and come from different parts of the city and have different experiences, but the one thing they have in common is their strong faith and willingness to be servants to God and ambassadors of Christ. I can't wait to see how God works in them and through them. To learn more about our trip details and to meet the missionaries of Journey 2013, go to Journey 2013 on the Malawi Partnership website and click on the different sub-menu options. The theme of this year's trip is a hands-on project, evangelism and encouragement of rural churches.
And as if a trip to Malawi with a group of eager first-timers is not exciting enough, we have even more to be joyful about. Back in January, Rev. Dave Carver, moderator of the Malawi Partnership went to South Sudan, along with Rev. Ken White and Rev. Jeff Tindall and a group of Malwian representatives to consider pursuing a tripartite partnership between the South Sudanese Presbyterian Evangelical Church, the Synod of Blantyre Church of Central Africa Presbyterian and the Presbytery of Pittsburgh (PC USA). Is has been evident that our God of abundance is blessing all parties with this amazing opportunity. And so, as a continuation of this new tripartite relationship we will find ourselves in a historic first of a partnership trip to Malawi along with three members from the South Sudan church. What God has in store, only he knows. But I am anxious to see. For more information about the trip to South Sudan, go to Sudan Journey 2013 on the Malawi Partnership website.
God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!