Seeing The Shanty Towns of South Africa For The First Time

Poor American = Rich African

The experience of seeing the shanty towns in South Africa for the first time. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) “Stop the car” I yelled out to pastor Malvory as we drove down a steep hill in East London, South Africa. He pulled over to the side of the road wondering what was wrong. It’s been said that a picture speaks a thousand words and did this one ever! I didn’t want to miss this one. Quickly, I grabbed my camera and jumped out of the car to click one of the most profound pictures I had even taken in my life. There, sitting on the top of a hill, was a beautiful church shining in all her glory. Surrounding the perimeter of the church grounds was a huge block wall that must have been at least 10 feet tall. On the other side of the wall was some of the worst abject poverty that I had ever seen. Jesus said that a city set on a hill cannot be hid; likewise, it was obvious that this church was not hid from this community. The ultimate question I had…was the community hid from this church? A fence or a wall conveys the message “say out!” It says, “We’re here and you’re there. You stay on your side and we’ll stay on our side.” As I pondered the immense perplexity of the scene, I couldn’t help but wonder what was that church doing to reach the multitudes on the other side of this wall? Were they proactive and reaching out to a lost and hurting world on the other side of the wall or were they an island unto themselves? Were they impacting these needy people or were they now an isolated, insulated, inoculated institution completely oblivious from the obvious plight of the hurting outside and below them. I still wonder to this day. The reaction cannot be described adequately with words when a person sees the poverty of Africa for the first time. As a westerner, one realizes very quickly that the poorest of poor in America is wealthy in comparison to the majority of Africans. I remember driving down a road in Malawi with pastor Malvory years ago. I had an empty 2 liter bottle as trash so I asked pastor Malvory what I should do with it; he simply replied, “Throw it out the window my brother, they can use it!” Although I was puzzled, I threw the bottle out the window. The bottle had hardly hit the pavement before someone rushed over and grabbed it. I was amazed to say the least. What we count as trash in the western world, they count as treasure and utilize almost everything. We complain about having to get up from the table to get a glass of water; yet many Africans don’t complain about walking miles to get contaminated water. It’s been said that the greatest crime in the Sahara Desert is to know where the water is and not to tell. I believe that the greatest crime in modern Christendom is to know where the “Living Water” is and not to tell. May we cross the street to the other side and rescue the perishing; care for the dying!

Meeting Malvory Peffer For The First Time

ETI & God’s Love In Africa Unite

A friend once asked me what it was like when I met Brother Malvory for the first time and how God moved the two of us to work together. Proverbs 20:24 says, “Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” It was in 2007 when I was invited to go to Africa with a church group. Although the LORD has allowed me to go on numerous trips to other countries, this was my first trip to Africa. I had been praying and seeking God’s face concerning whether I should go or not, and actually had some earthly reservations about going, but still felt He wanted me to go. I didn’t want to go on a “glorified vacation”, but wanted to work hard. My plea to the Lord was, I want to be God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time for such a time as this, to be used to greatly impact His Kingdom! As we arrived in Africa, we were met with a nice combie (big van) to pick us up. We stayed at a very nice bed and breakfast and a hotel while we were there and it was comfortable. We helped teach some pastors at a church; it was wonderful, yet something seemed missing. Little did I know that God had entirely different plans for this trip! Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” As the group split up and went different directions, God sovereignly planned that I would go way out into the country where tanother pastoral training conference was taking place. Although it wasn’t much of training, the LORD allowed me to have one hour to share, train, and inspire these pastors to be sold out/passionate witnesses for Jesus. As I went back to my seat, I heard a voice behind me say, “My brother, I must speak with you!” As I turned around, there stood before me a man with a smile as big as he was with a glimmer in his eyes. As we began to speak, I found out that this man had been through the fire! He lived and grew up under the evil apartheid system where 20% of whites ruled the 80% of blacks. This racist political regime seemed to discriminate and permeate almost every facet of this man’s life; yet, going through the fire he did not get burned, but came out as refined gold. “What a man of God” I thought. Pastor Malvory was a man of fervent prayer and had been in the ministry for over 30 years. As David and Jonathan’s heart became knit, so our hearts immediately became knit together; we both knew it! Shortly after we met, Malvory said to me, “My brother, I believe that in this life, God brings some people into our lives for a reason; He brings some people into our lives for a season; and He brings some people into our life for a lifetime…My brother, I honestly believe He has brought us into each other’s lives for a LIFETIME!” This was evident as our hearts resonated with the same passion, the same goals, and the same love for people and the lost. We wanted our lives to make an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God! Malvory then said to me, “My brother, how about if I take you around and let you see the ‘real Africa’ and how most of the people really live?’” I then got permission from the person who was leading the trip. That afternoon, in a few short hours, little did I know, my life would be radically changed forever! Malvory took me to a little two bedroom house where an old lady watched over and took care of 25 AIDS orphan children. My heart just melted and broke as I held and hugged these little children with the sentence of death upon them. We shared the Gospel with them and numerous kids invited Christ to come into their hearts. Malvory then took me to several AIDS hospices where many of these people were in the last stages of this ravaging disease. We shared the Gospel with them and several gave their hearts to Jesus. We went to squatter camps and saw the most deplorable conditions imaginable. I remember going into a lady’s house (if you could call it that) that was built out of trashed wood, metal, or anything that would hold it together. She had a sheet for a door, no glass in the windows, a dirt floor and was laying on a cot eaten-up with AIDS and close to death. After praying for her, we left and I was changed. After musing on all that the LORD had shown me, how could my heart not be changed? I went there to minister, but I was ministered to! It was this turn of events that the LORD used to begin ETI’s great work in Africa! Since then, GOD has set a fire in our hearts that has not gone out; but on the contrary, has intensified into a raging inferno! Since the day that God set up this divine appointment for Malvory and I to meet, He has allowed us to train many pastors, do open air preaching, preach and encourage believers at a myriad of churches, preached in prisons, public and private schools to tens of thousands of kids, with principals, teachers, over-comer groups, AIDS clinics, orphanages, on the streets, etc., etc. We know and are confident that this is just the beginning! We have determined to let the size of our God determine the size of our goals (Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 118:23; 1 Corinthians 1:31). The open doors are incredible and we are asking the Lord to continuously rise up warriors to join our army with their time, talent and resources. The time is short; the needs great! Malvory and I are faithfully praying, trusting, and believing that the LORD of the harvest is going to bring us many laborers to help bring in this vast harvest! Will you join us?

You Have Been Called

To A Battleground, Not A Playground

2 Timothy 2:4 – “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”God has called us to a battleground, not a playground. The great theologian R.A. Torey once said that, “99% of Christians play at Christianity.” Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, said that only 2% of Christians in the western world consistently and faithfully share the Gospel. That means 98% are AWOL, nowhere to be found. You and I are to be resolved, focused, completely sold-out to the One who was completely sold out for us! Many believers say they would die for Jesus, but not many are willing to live for him! May you and I be valiant warriors; men and women of great character, virtue, integrity, and honor who are resolved to live every day of our lives for an Audience of One! May we run the race with patience, passion, and perseverance. May we finish well. To hear the words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”…it will be worth it all! May we be a warrior for Jesus!
Goliath’s Fall
The lines are drawn, the armies thereShouts of war fill the air…The brave, the mighty going out There’s always a cost…..and blood no doubt! Warriors dressed in full array They’ve been there forty nights and days… And still the strongman stands unbound With no challenger within his sound. Would that God would show His hand! Would that there was one true man! To look in the face of nine feet of death… And never EVER lose one breath. Then one fair boy, surely not a man— Kind of rudy in face and probably tan, Heard the Name of his God being blasphemed from afar… Said “That one taunt is enough- he’s gone to far!” With the Name of the Lord and a sling in his hand David met Goliath—the strongman of the land! He said, “The Lord doesn’t deliver by sword or spear!… The battle is the Lord’s and His power is here!” The zeal of the Lord launched that stone in the air! It had proved itself before against the lion and the bear! “This uncircumcised Philistine is no different..” David said, “For like the others soon this one too will be dead!” The sound of a thud…a sword out of sheath… And David with a head and no body beneath! The Philistine army was now on the run… And it’s just as he said—“The battle’s been won!” There’s a sound that is heard by those that don’t fear, And it’s only heard by those who are near, Weak souls camped out with the likes of King Saul, Will never be mighty and probably will fall. The Lord’s warriors go out into enemy land, Full of the Spirit—His weapons in hand! Never a doubt…never thinking of defeat, In this war there’s no such thing as retreat. Yes… There’s a sound that is heard by those that don’t fear, And it’s only heard by those who are near, A distinct sound…not much like it at all— It’s what true warrior’s hear…….when Goliaths fall! (Poem by Steve Griffin)

It’s not Ability; It’s Availability!

Are You Available?

God’s not looking for ability; He’s looking for availability! His eyes “run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). He’s perpetually looking for a man, a woman, a child, a young person that He can show Himself strong through. His eyes are constantly searching for that individual who desires nothing more than to live their life for an Audience of One. The Apostle Paul understood this very well when he proclaimed, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). Paul was a God-pleaser. He understood that God longs to use what the world despises and esteems as nothing when he said in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. The annals of recorded history reveal numerous God-pleasing men and women: David Livingston, Dwight L. Moody; Charles and John Wesley; Martin Luther; John Calvin; Charles Haddon Spurgeon just to name a few. The hall of faith in Hebrews 11 reveal a plethora of such sold-out saints who refused to cave in to this world’s enticement, but chose rather to live for the eternal, knowing what they did in this life was going to echo throughout the eons of eternity. The great man of faith, George Mueller, who took care of over 10,000 orphans, saw God supernaturally provide for all these orphans once said: There was a day when I died, utterly died — died to George Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends — and since then I have only to show myself approved to God. The great theologian Matthew Henry once said, “If Christianity be worth anything, it is worth everything.” If Jesus is worth anything, HE is worth everything! Is HE worth everything to you? You see God’s not looking for your ability, He’s looking for your availability! How available are you to God? Years ago, a little boy could be seen walking down a hot Mediterranean beach. The tide had washed in tens of thousands of starfish and they were dying in the hot Mediterranean sun. A little boy could be seen picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean as fast as he could. The sweat was pouring off his face, he was exhausted, but he was relentless. His untiring compassion for the starfish kept driving him to throw in just one more. Well, an old man could be seen walking down the beach, and as that old man got closer and closer, he began to realize what the little boy was doing. Finally, when he got up to where the little boy was, he laughed and shook his head and said, “Little boy, little boy…Stop! Stop! What are you doing! The old man continued on…He said, “Look down the beach…What do you see?” The little boy said “Starfish.” The old man said, “Now, look down the other way…What do you see?” The little boy said, “Starfish.” The old man said, “Son, you can’t possibly make a difference in the lives of all these starfish, you might as well forget it! You’re wasting your time, just go home.” That wise little boy stooped down, picked up a starfish and looked up at the old man, and then through the starfish out into the ocean. “Kerr-plunk!” He then turned and looked up at the old man with a big smile on his face and said, “Made a difference in his life! Friends, you and I might not be able to reach all the multitudes, but everyone we do reach, we make a difference! This little boy was available and every starfish that hit the water was grateful! GOD is not looking for ability, HE’s looking for availability. If you make yourself available to GOD, you will see a side of GOD that you could never imagine! You will see HIM do what Ephesians 3:20 says; HE will do “exceeding abundantly above all that you could ask or think”!

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Soul-Winners Handbook

 

For Your Training Use (English, Español, Areyòl Ayisyen, Hindi)

The document available on this page is truly a time tested document as it has been revised several times over the years since it was first written. This book is really all you should need to use in regards to handouts for your evangelism training sessions. It is clear, concise and life changing. We are in the process of translating the workbook into various popular languages, if you would like to offer your translation or proofreading services in translating these over then please contact us about this. We are unable to offer compensation for these services but do challenge you to pray and see if God would allow you to extend this workbook to your countrymen. In order to view or print this document you will need some sort of PDF reader. There are many different ones available for different computer operating systems, iPads, and even cell phones. You can look here: http://www.adobe.com for a free PDF reader for whatever device it is that you will be downloading this document with.  

The ETI soul-winners handbook.

Donating To Our Ministry

Methods Of Donating To E.T.I.

It’s 11:30PM on a Tuesday night and I’m tired, it’s been a very long day. I started the day out early doing the work I do when I am not out on the Mission Field, its outside work in the hot Florida sun and I really need a shower. The sun makes the work twice as tiring and I must admit – I want to go to bed. Right now I just can’t sleep…at least not until I complete this so I can send it off to the person who manages my web site. It’s my prayer that God will fill your heart with compassion for the continent of Africa as He did mine when I first started this ministry called Evangelism Training International. I once read about a little boy who wasn’t afraid of monsters, dragons, or ghosts. You know the kind that hunkers down under a little boy’s bed or inside his closet. What frightened this little boy is much more terrifying-and it isn’t make-believe either. This little boy was once afraid of Arab slavers as they are called. In a story about this little boy who is now a grown man who goes by the name of Bok, author Stephen Brown in his article titled: Slavery in Islamist Sudan spoke of the atrocities committed by Bok’s Muslim captors: “The Arab militias were told to kill the men and enslave the women and children,” said the now 28-year-old Bok, who was himself captured and enslaved that day, to an audience of 80 people at the University of Toronto recently where he had been invited to speak. For many long years this Sudanese man was kept, and abused, by his Muslim slave owners. You might wonder how Bok managed to survive his life in captivity at the hands of his harsh master and Bok will be the first to tell you it was his faith in God. By now you are wondering just what the story of this young man from Sudan has to with our ministry. Please allow me a few more moments of your valuable time to explain. Well over a decade ago I was employed by a church local to where I live here in Central Florida and was happy with my position within the church. Or so I thought. Although I was teaching and evangelizing I noticed an empty feeling in my spirit. At times I dismissed this as fatigue but as time went on I realized it wasn’t something that was going to go away on its own. Prayer has been a part of my life since I became a Christian and so I took this feeling of emptiness to the Lord in prayer. Soon enough God gave me a vision to teach and preach to those on the continent of Africa, a calling I have followed and loved for many years now. My travels to Africa have given me an opportunity to not only share the love of Jesus with the inhabitants of this vast continent but also a challenge, and a joy, to teach African nationals our evangelism training techniques so they may in turn teach their fellow countrymen to witness to the many lost people of Africa. These trips we make between the United States and Africa are long and grueling and yet always fruitful. It’s one thing to see soul-winners who have gone out and led someone to the Lord for the first time. But it is especially rewarding to see the joy on the faces of the clergy and laypeople we train as they train their congregations, friends, and family alike. This pastors and lay people love the training we give them but they love teaching their own people even more. If I could paint any picture for you it would be that of these pastors with their deep dark skin and pearly white teeth showing from the smiles on the their faces as they train their own flocks. As I mentioned earlier, travel to and from Africa is tough and demanding, both physically and mentally. But there’s one more thing that travelling to Africa is – its costly. Without boring you with a lot of facts and figures allow me to just say that travel to and from Africa is the biggest expense in Evangelism Training International’s budget. You know, when it comes down to financing a ministry such as ours I have to be perfectly honest with you – it is hard to find faithful contributors to our ministry. Everyone in America is feeling the squeeze of the floundering economy – ministries like ours are especially feeling the crunch. But our work must go on – and it does thanks to people who give sacrificially to finance our work in Africa. I say “give sacrificially” because your ongoing gifts to ministries such as Evangelism Training International are to be done above your tithe to your local church. One should never give their tithe to any ministry other than their home church; gifts beyond your tithes are called sacrificial because you generally give up something from another part of your budget for ministries such as ours. Some Christians in Africa and elsewhere in the world live in fear of arrest for attending Christian worship services in their countries because of the oppressive Islamic influence within the governments of their countries. Beloved, ask yourself how faithful would your church attendance be if you could be arrested for just for attending worship services? The good people of Africa are so open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ that it makes my heart ache. Do you know that, unlike in the United States not only are we allowed to teach in public schools but are requested to do by the school administrators? What hinders us in our quest to train pastors, ministers, and laypersons about sharing the Gospel of Christ in Africa? Financial resources. Without the funds to travel to these countries in Africa then we are unable to fulfill our God-given calling. The all-inclusive training we provide through our ministry cannot be completed via mail outs, email, or even Internet video streaming. We must be in the same location (room/hall/building) as the trainees so that we can conduct true hands-on training of the African nationals. In turn these people return to their hometowns and begin to train those in their ministries. But again, without the funds to permit us to travel the training sessions won’t take place. I urge you to prayerfully consider making a tax deductible gift of ($25, $35, $50, $100, or more if at all possible to Evangelism Training International so that we may continue our work in Africa. Even a gift as small as $15 from you right now would be a great help to our ministry and any gift we receive will be greatly appreciated. Whatever contribution you can send, please send it today. For all you do, the prayers, the encouragement, and especially the financial gifts please know that you have my heartfelt thanks. Thank you and God bless you!
Donations Obviously you know that an organization like Evangelism Training International exists solely off of charitable givers such as yourself. Although our ministry is run in a fashion similar to a business we are not able to generate income on the training that we offer. We have a Board of Directors that oversees our operations regarding the business and administration aspect of our ministry. These dedicated folks are business owners, deacons, pastors, and other individuals who offer their services to our ministry. We are a Florida based and authorized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization which means you can be sure that all of your donations are tax deductible according to the Internal Revenue Service. Donations are sought for various mission trips that God leads us to, please see the links under the “PROJECTS” tab at the top of your screen. Each of these trips has different requirements regarding the financing of the trips that our leadership team takes overseas. Of course the bulk of donations that we are in need of are of the monetary nature because it takes money to purchase plane tickets, for food and lodging, printing and shipping services, and even some local transportation needs. Everyone is clamoring for money in these very tough economic times, even the Federal government wants more money. But there are other ways in which you can help us realize the goals that God has set forth for this year. There are various other needs which you may be able to help our ministry such as printing services, New Testaments for our trainees, gifts cards for stores like Wal-Mart or even restaurants, and so forth. We invite you to contact us via email, phone, or regular mail service if there is something you wish to donate to our ministry. Donate Online  
Donate by Mail: Evangelism Training International P.O. Box 1250 Ocoee, FL 34761 Donate by Phone: 407.443.8590 Matching Gifts Did you know that you could multiply your donation to E.T.I.? It’s true, the program is called matching gifts which most of you have heard of before. For those of you who have not heard of matching gifts before it is a program where a company or organization matches dollar-for-dollar the donation that you make to Evangelism Training International. Many times a person’s employer will be willing to participate in a matching gifts program because they also receive a form from our ministry for their tax deductible donation. Using the matching gifts system donors such as yourself can double or possibly triple your donation to our ministry depending upon the method the company uses to match your donation. Some companies, the majority of them, will match your donation dollar-for-dollar. You give $100, they will give $100. There are some very charitable businesses who actually double the donation that you make, it is rare but there are some out there that will donate $2 for every $1 you give to our ministry. Some companies will make a donation in cash to match hours that you, as an employee, do as volunteer work. Say you volunteer at a nursing home or Meals On Wheels then your company will donate a certain amount of money to our ministry for the time and effort that you spend on your volunteer work. While we are on the subject of matching gifts this would be a good time to ask you if the company you work for would be interested in participating in a matching gifts program with Evangelism Training International. Perhaps you might be the owner or manager of a company and would like further information about participating in matching gift program with our ministry. If so, please use this address or phone number listed below to contact us to request our Matching Gifts Program form. Evangelism Training International P.O. Box 1250 Ocoee, FL 34761 Phone: 407.443.8590

Evangelistic Outreach: Project Namibia 2013

Project Namibia 2013

It has been reported that over 90% of the citizens of Namibia are professing Christians and yet crime within the church is rampant. News reports indicate the pastors as well as other senior church officials have been found mismanaging church funds running into millions of dollars (Namibian dollars, not US). Other pastors have been caught up in crimes such as rape, counterfeiting US money (in the millions of dollars US) and for running scams of one sort or another. All of these crimes have caused a serious degradation both morally and spiritually. In short, Namibia needs Jesus. Only Jesus can convict these ungodly pastors and church leaders of their many sins. Only Jesus can bring Light into the darkness which these fallen Christians have allowed into their country. This is where ETI enters the picture when it comes to introducing people to the Gospel. We can train Namibians to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone and everyone they desire to share it with. Our biblical approach to training foreign nationals in evangelism is a tried and tested method. Our training teaches people how to train others in evangelizing their friends, families, neighbors, or even their co-workers. The drawback is that we must be able to go to Namibia in order to conduct these training seminars. As you could well imagine, it takes money and other resources to put these training sessions on. While some ministries shy away from discussing financial matters regarding their trip, we here at ETI are glad to make a general outline of expected expenses for prospective donors to read. These figures presented below are estimated based on research as well as our experience in conducting similar trips into the areas where the Project Countries are located. Once you have read these figures we would like to us to ask you to pray for God’s guidance about your own participation in our trip the Southern Sudan. Perhaps you or the company you work for may be interested in sponsoring our trip to Southern Sudan. Or perhaps God’s leading you to sponsor a certain portion of our trip such as the Bibles and supplies or even the vehicle rental.

Project Namibia 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

Project Namibia 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

  • Project Namibia: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($3,500)
  • Project Namibia: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($700)
  • Project Namibia: Airline Transportation. ($3,200)
  • Project Namibia: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • Project Namibia: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor complete Namibia trip*. ($8,600)
  • *We will be doing two trainings: one on the west and one on the east side of Namibia.
  • These trips also include other misc. expenses not limited to:
  • Different pastoral training materials.
  • Evangecubes, wordless books, etc.
  • Printed handouts

Relevant Facts About Namibia

Namibia is quite large in land mass but it is rather sparsely populated located on the southwest coast of the African continent. The low population, in the area of the low 2,000,000 mark (about the size of New Mexico), is attributed to Namibia’s harsh geography. There is the coastal Namib Desert, as well as the central semiarid mountains, and the famous Kalahari Desert east of the mountains which make life so difficult. In regards to other capital cities of the other countries in Africa, Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek with a population of less than 250,000 is quite small. The spoken languages of Namibia are English, Afrikaans, German, and indigenous languages of course. The two main religious preferences are Christian and indigenous beliefs. With a higher than normal literacy rate of 84% combined with a GDP per Capita of $6,900 (USD) there is a disappointing statistics that reports the life expectancy is only the age of 49.

Evangelistic Outreach: Project Malawi 2013

Project Malawi 2013

Malawi is one of many tourist spots in Africa that tourists flock to on a regular basis. With terms like the warm heart of Africa, or another well-known description is Africa for beginners. There’s a beautiful lake there, appropriately named Lake Malawi that has been nicknamed the lake of stars. It is reported that Christianity plays a role in the lives of those who live in Malawi, but it is a tainted relationship for many. It is recorded in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted– you may well put up with it.” As prominent as Christianity is to them as they also make it a habit of practicing certain African rituals along with “Christianity”. Malawian men profess to be Christians and yet they practice polygamy extensively and in religious activities known as Gule Wamkulu. Gule Wamkulu is a secret cult as well as a ritual dance where men dress up in masked outfits made of straw and wood. The make themselves out to be various African wild animals, dead spirits, and even people representing slave traders of old. The majority of these characters are clearly meant to represent evil beings. Along with this watered-down Christianity you can find Islamic cultists due to the numbers of Muslim citizens living in Malawi. Unlike the usual disputes that occur between Christians and Islamists there are rarely, if ever, any sort of confrontations that occur between them. The reason for this is because Malawians place an emphasis on deity worship and is unconcerned about what the form of the devotion is that they practice. It’s safe to say that you can see where the Gospel is sorely needed in Malawi to combat the encroachment of godless religious practices from condemning people to an eternity in hell. And it needs to be said that where Christianity already exists there needs to be more training that is biblically based. The course materials used by ETI is all Bible-based from the start to the finish and we don’t allow anyone on our mission trips to use anything but our biblical materials in our training sessions. There are a great many challenges to proving these evangelistic training sessions in Malawi, but there are also great rewards. Once you have read these figures we would like to us to ask you to pray for God’s guidance about your own participation in our trip the Southern Sudan. Perhaps you or the company you work for may be interested in sponsoring our trip to Southern Sudan. Or perhaps God’s leading you to sponsor a certain portion of our trip such as the Bibles and supplies or even the vehicle rental.

Project Malawi 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

Project Malawi 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

  • Project Malawi: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($2,500)
  • Project Malawi: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($500)
  • Project Malawi: Airline Transportation. ($3,300)
  • Project Malawi: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • Project Malawi: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor Malawi trip. ($7,000)

Relevant Facts About Malawi

With a population of over 12,000,000 Malawi is about the size of the state of Illinois population-wise so it is a good sized country. Its capital city is Lilongwe with somewhere around 600,000 residents. Language is English along with Chichewa and the major religions are Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Muslim. The life expectancy is quite low at 39 is understandable when you consider the GDP per Capita is but $600 (USD). The literacy rate of Malawi is mid-range at 63%. Also a notorious exported of cannabis known as Malawi Gold, in Chichewa, it is called “chamba”. Chamba, known as one of the most potent psychoactive pure African sativas, is known as the best chamba one can find in the entire world. Chamba is so popular that the tourism and economic profit is such that the drug is considered to be one of the “Big C’s” as a Malawian export. These are: Chambo, known worldwide as Tilapia fish. Chombe which is tea and of course we have Chamba known by the more popular moniker of “Malawi Gold”.