What an amazing day of worship! We were invited to go to church in a village today about 45 minutes outside of Lilongwe. A friend I met back in April when I visited here came by this past week, and he is the pastor of 6 churches in this village. Today all 6 churches met together for a combined service. We left our house at 9 this morning and didn't get back until 3 this afternoon!
Our truck, provided by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, has 5 seats in
it. Our friend and his family, 5 more people, show up and say we are all
going to fit into our truck. The saying here holds true that there is
always room for 1 more! We are really glad they rode with us because they
shared lots of information along the way about culture and places that we would
We arrived at the church around 10 and there was already a large crowd there.
The deacons in the church met us at the truck and greeted us and carried our
Bibles, diaper bag, chairs, etc. We got seated and the pastor began to
introduce us. Some of this was in Chewa and some in English. I am
picking up bits and pieces and then realized that he said I would be bringing
the message today! He had mentioned this on the phone
earlier in the week, but then I thought he was just joking or would have me
stand and say something short. I'm glad that I came prepared!
The singing and music in the village was incredible. Several choirs
sang and they made some of the most unique instruments. One guy made a
guitar out of an old metal gas can that he shoved a piece of wood into and tied
strings on. Another guy made a steel guitar out of wood and used a glass
medicine bottle to slide on the strings to make sound. The sound from
both of these instruments was unlike anything I have heard before.
During the singing I went over and asked the pastor how long I should preach
for and he said 1 hour max. I also asked if he would be translating and
he said he would be. I preached from Numbers 21:4-9. The Holy
Spirit was really moving and 5 people accepted Jesus Christ today! Praise the Lord for new brothers and sisters!
One of those 5 people was the senior chief from the village. This is
really a big deal for the chief to make a decision like this. He has
requested a meeting with the pastor now to learn more about Jesus! Please
pray for this village and the churches to have a desire to reach others in the
One of the church members prepared a meal for us at their home after the
service. It was very nice to spend more time with them and share a
meal. He made a comment that I will never forget. He said they were
so encouraged by us coming today and sharing because a lot of the times people
forget about the villages and they need to hear about Jesus too.