There’s always more ministry than there is time. Especially here in Malawi. We try to stay intentionally focused on church ministry, because we realized a long time ago that if you try to do everything, you won’t do a good job at anything. One of the great things about church ministry is that the church is involved in different ministries, and members of our church head up different outreaches and projects throughout the Lilongwe area. We’ve mentioned the prison ministry before, but another one that Matt got to visit recently is a children’s ministry in the village of Chinsapo.
Two dear ladies from our church, Grace and Mirjam, hold a kids’ program in this nearby village every Thursday afternoon. They have about 150 in the younger kids’ program (up to 10 years), and about 100 in the older kids’ program (11-18).
The ladies include Bible stories, skits, songs, and coloring or activity time in their programs. This all sounds fairly normal until you remember they they hold these programs under a few large trees in the middle of a village, with very few resources but an abundance of creativity and love. Sometimes the ladies bring something special for the kids. Right now our church is collecting warm clothes and blankets for the kids as we approach the winter months.
Grace actually lives in this village, so has great opportunities to build relationships and shine the light of the gospel in her every day life. Both Grace and Mirjam are active in the church as well as the Ladies’ Bible Study, so we’ve gotten to know them well. Neither of them would claim or aspire to hero status for what they do every Thursday afternoon; rather, they have put to use the gifts, talents, time, and opportunities God has given them for this ministry. We’re thankful for them, and glad to come alongside them as a church to help and support them in this work.
Please pray for these ladies when you think of them. I know they would appreciate it! And if you’d like to hear more of what they do, you can check out Mirjam’s blog.