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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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