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”.