Malawi Mission Trip – 2011

Posted: March 18, 2011 by pastorerichann in Church, Missions
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This Sunday (March 20 @ 10:15am worship) at Cornerstone Community Church in Chariton, Iowa (120 Northwestern Ave – 641-774-5683) we will have a very special presentation of the recent Mission Team trip to Malawi (Africa). I’ve already heard some great reports, and I’m looking forward to hearing more. You might know that our Africa trips are connected with Gospelink, which is a Christian para-church organization.

GL is committed to meeting various needs in the name of Jesus Christ in several nations in the continent of Africa and elsewhere. Concerning spiritual needs, Gospelink has the vision to provide as many people as possible the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ and to help them grow spiritually. As noted on their website, it’s estimated that between 15 – 25% of the world’s population is currently beyond the proclamation of the Gospel message. Of the world’s 6.8 billion people, there are over 1.2 Muslims; 1.o2 billion who claim to be non-religious; over 800 million Hindus, and 775 million Buddhists and followers of Eastern religions. By their own profession, the followers of these religions do not recognize Jesus as the Way (John 14:6), and hence, do not have a saving “justification” through Him. Gospelink is committed to raising up national, indigenous preachers to minister in places that are closed to the traditional, western missionary. Mission trips through Gospelink include the encouragment and support of national preachers, as well as working first-hand to witness and minister to people in the sponsored countries. The first nations Gospelink sponsored were Zambia,

Zimbabwe, and Malawi. In the year 2000, GL expanded to include Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo – and in 2002, the work also moved to Mozambique. In 2003, Gospelink began helping national preachers in Russia and Ukraine. In 2005, the construction of the International Bible College began in Kazemba, Zambia. In 2007, the work of assisting indigenous pastors in Ethiopia and Vietnam started. That same year was the beginning of the Malawi Agricultural Training Center which assists with hunger relief and equipping. It’s amazing that through GL’s multiplication of indigenous pastors – since 1998 roughly 5 million people have come to Christ. The recent trip of the Cornerstone team included building numerous wells for people groups who were without healthy drinking water. As trip leader LaVerne Tueth describes, there are numerous wells which could be functional in these areas if there was just the know-how, tools, and willingness to fix them. This is a significant part of what the Cornerstone team accomplished while in Malawi. This “safari” – of sorts – brought with it the “living” water of Jesus Christ, as well as literal water for drinking. With eyes of faith remaining open to see what God desires to do through us, there is much which can be accomplished for Christ through His willing followers.  

Along with a vision for work throughout the world, there is much that can be accomplished right here in our own locale. There are people everywhere with needs, and along with the physical needs there is the universal need of Christ’s love, hope, peace, and eternal salvation. Concerning our current emphasis, know that there is still time to give “outside the box” directly to Gospelink, as well as to Cornerstone missions.

Just two summers ago I was in Zambia and I can personally attest to how God is using Gospelink to reach and change lives. People can also give of themselves to reach others for Christ and express Christ’s love somewhere today in the vicinity of where they live.  Go today, and God will use you as you’re willing to be sent. “Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.'” (Isaiah 6:8 NKJV)

Your Fellow Servant in Christ,

-Pastor Eric

 1 – 5 -4  The Big Charge until Jesus returns:

1 Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

5 Functions (Evangelism – Worship – Discipleship – Fellowship – Ministry)

4 Results1) Numerical Growth (God’s increase of His church – Acts 2:47; Acts 4:4; I Cor. 3:7) 2) Spiritual Transformation (God’s work of changing a believer – Rom. 12:1-2) 3) Ministry Expansion (Transformed believers with new ministries – Rom. 12:6-8) 4) Kingdom Advance (God’s constant work, expanded around the world – Acts 13:1-3)

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