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Stefanie Sherman, daughter of GMI missionaries Steve and Barb Sherman, started her travels for the summer making ministry videos for GMI missionaries by visiting all the missionaries in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. She took lots of video footage of their ministries and family life–enough for five videos!

Then she was off to Africa, the place that is very special to Stefanie because she was raised in Tanzania. She was very excited to return to that continent and do something special there. She is spending a total of five weeks between Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania with the missionaries who are like family to her. Here is her schedule:

Malawi: July 2-16

Zambia: July 17-23

Tanzania: July 24-August

Stefanie does have some prayer requests for what she calls her “crazy journey” so I would like to share those with you:

  1. Safe travels (luggage, connections)
  2. Good time management and scheduling
  3. Good work ethic for her
  4. Good health and adequate rest
  5. That God’s will and direction for these projects would be what she walks away with

One of the videos Stefanie did while she was in Paraguay can be seen below. As you enjoy this video created by Stefanie, consider being a part of the team to strengthen the church in Paraguay by giving to the Paraguay Land Project.

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GMI missionary Givemore Nyakambiri wrote to the home office saying he and his wife, Sylvia, are taking their 5-year-old son, J-Nathan, to the hospital today (June 6) to begin the Delayed Intensification Phase of chemotherapy for his leukemia. He will have to stay in the hospital for two weeks under close observation. The doctor says that this will be a very tough round of chemo for him. Sylvia will again be staying with him all night. Givemore will try to be there during the day so that Sylvia can go home and get some sleep.

Please pray for this family especially during the next two weeks:

  • Pray for wisdom for the doctors as they administer the chemo and help J-Nathan to be as comfortable as possible through the side effects.
  • Pray for strength and understanding for J-Nathan as he is so young and doesn’t know why he has to be so sick.
  • Pray for Sylvia as she stays in the hospital all night and sits upright in a wood chair to sleep or possibly can sleep on J-Nathan’s bed if he isn’t sharing it with another sick child.
  • Pray for Givemore as he tries to balance his schedule of working and taking care of his family that is separated for these 2 weeks.
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Brook Seekins was scheduled to leave for her new field of Malawi last Saturday and was doing her last-minute packing when she received a call from her travel agent informing her that her flight for the next morning was cancelled. He had already started looking into other flights. The next available booking was two days later. So Brook enjoyed her extra couple of days with family, watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and getting a couple more nights of good sleep.

On Monday morning, February 12, she left Ohio and is now safely in Malawi where Bill and Sue Vinton are helping her get settled. She is thankful for all your prayers.


  • The luggage arrived without problems.
  • I had empty seats next to me on my 13-hour flight so I could lay down and get some sleep.
  • Finding out my flight was cancelled early enough so that I could enjoy the time.
  • So many people praying for me
  • God’s grace through this past year of transition
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Many of you have heard that J-Nathan Boyd—the five-year old son of some of GMI’s newest missionaries, Givemore and Sylvia Nyakambiri—was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The Nyakambiris had just returned from visiting churches in the States to Malawi, where they are assigned to serve for a time before ultimately moving to Mozambique, when they received the diagnosis. Doctors have started treatment which could last 2-3 three years. This news is devastating for the Nyakambiri family as they begin to come to terms with the diagnosis and continue to look into various options for treating their son over the long term.

Over the past several days many of you have compassionately asked how you can help the Nyakambiris in addition to heartfelt prayers you are already offering. The biggest need at this time is monthly support. It was very encouraging to them that during their short, two-month visit to the States they were able to raise just over half of the monthly support they need to live and serve in Malawi and then in Mozambique. Given the length of their stay, we are so grateful for the way God’s people have graciously given towards their ministry through GMI. However, they are still about $1,000 short of their monthly support goal. If they are fully supported this will give them some peace of mind and flexibility as they determine the best treatment options for J-Nathan. Furthermore, it will help offset the increased expenses associated with J-Nathan’s prolonged hospital stays such as more frequent travel, extra food costs, and other expenses incidental to his care.

While special gifts are certainly appreciated to help the Nyakambiri family, we ask that you consider giving monthly as well. There are a few ways you can make a gift towards the Nyakambiris’ ministry with GMI. First, you can give online by clicking HERE which will direct you to their page on the GMI website. There is a donation button at the bottom of this page. You can also mail your gift for the Nyakamibiri ministry to GMI at PO Box 9405, Grand Rapids, MI 49509. You could also call us (616-241-5666) to set up your monthly donation and/or make a special gift. Another way to give is by downloading a “SIMPLIFLY YOUR GIVING FORM” and sending it to GMI to facilitate your monthly donations. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email ( or call the office.

We ask you to pray for this family which has left their home country of Zimbabwe to serve with us in Africa. The Nyakambiris are a wonderful, godly family dedicated to serving the Lord, and we are glad they are part of the GMI family.

Pressing towards the goal,

Jeremy Clark

Executive Director


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“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me –the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20;24).

It is with great joy that we share with you our move to the southern part of Malawi in Machinga district to reach the Yao people group with the good news of God’s grace.

In our three years of ministry in Malawi the Lord has on many occasions connected us to Muslims and over the past months the Lord has placed a burning desire in our hearts to reach the Yao (Muslims) with the gospel. The Yao people group is 99% Muslim. There are about two million Yaos in Malawi and they are one of the least reached people groups in Southern Africa. After much prayer, thoughts, and a few survey trips, our family is moving to Machinga (Yao Land) so we can share God’s love with them as we live among them.

This is a great opportunity the Lord has given us not only to encourage pastors and church leaders from the southern part of the country where most of our churches are, but also to work with them in reaching the Yaos with the gospel of God’s grace.

We will be living in a rural (village) setting, but there is a good house for us to live in and we will be using solar power for lights. You can see a picture of our neighborhood to the left. Near where we will be living there is a small trading center (market) where people from different villages come to sell foodstuffs from their gardens. There are some small shops where we can buy groceries and for major things we can access them in a nearby town called Lionde which is about a 45-minute drive. We also have access to good water.

As a family we are so excited to be part of what the Lord is doing in the Yao Land. Mercy and I are determined to follow the leading of the Lord in reaching the lost even if it means being out of our comfort zone. We have counted the cost and we still say “we will go.” Acts 20:24 has been more meaningful to us these days. Please pray for protection, wisdom, and guidance as we seek to make relationships with the Muslims. Pray that we will be quick in learning the Yao language, which is totally new to us.

Our prayer is that one day there will be Yaos around the throne of grace giving praise to the LAMB. We cannot thank you enough for your partnership in this. Because of your prayers and financial support we can go!

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Pastors Mathews Selengu (Grace Churches of Malawi National Council Chairperson and Lilongwe Bible School final year student), Davies Balala (pastor at Chisiyo branch and Lilongwe Bible School second year student), and Joseph Asong went to Mauni, which is about two hours northeast of Lilongwe, on Thursday, June 15. They opened a new Chichewa Bible School Centre and taught the first 15-hour course: Methods of Bible Study. Eight students started the course and all eight sat through to the end. Given the brevity of the trip, we did not engage in evangelistic activities because the students needed all the time to catch up with homework and prepare for exams.

Please pray for the beginnings of this Bible school: pray for more students to attend and complete the courses; pray for wisdom and the ability to communicate well for those who teach the courses, pray for spiritual growth for all who are involved in this Bible school project.

* (The picture above is of the first class of students at Chichewa Bible School Centre.)

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