Agriculture and Food Security
We have decided to continue with just a single
demonstration plot for this planting season owing to the difficulties
with transport and our ability to visit more than one plot on a regular
basis. The demonstration plot in Chapsinja therefore continues and
we will seek to train even more farmers this year in the Farming
God's Way methods and principles which have seen such significant
success in the last few years.
Our relationship with the government in this area also
continues to flourish and the officials have identified Chief
Chapsinja as a lead farmer and are seeking to work with us to train
more farmers in these methods on a potentailly larger scale.
Please pray for us, and Chris in particular, as we
continue this relationship. Pray specifically that the heart of the
methods rooted in God's creation and purpose will shine through and
not just the pure science itself. We believe that for many small-scale farmers capturing the sense of working in harmony with God and
creation is vital to ensure that this doesn't just become yet
another fad farming methodology.
Discipleship and Evangelism
Often when human wisdom, strength and capacity would
suggest something is either impossible or at the very least
improbable, it is then we find that God is faithful, consistent and
strong and this is certainly our testimony with regard to the work
in Evangelism and Discipleship as we have had one of our busiest
In addition to the showing of the Jesus Film, we have
had two large-scale outreaches in July and August of this year and
saw many people give their lives to Christ as a result. The
churches in Chapsinja and Kayabwa continue to grow and following our
church plant in Biwi we had a baptismal service for in excess of 20
individuals in October this year.
Unfortunately the situation with regard to fuel and
transport has meant we have been unable to provide as much support
to the young Christains as we would like and the youth Bible Study
in particular has suffered as a result. It is our heart to see a
Pastor placed in Chapsinja like we have in Kayabwa with Likoko so
that we can ensure there is more support on the ground for these new
Christians in these growing churches. Please pray for the funding to
enable us to find and support the right person for this.
For Malawi! Pray for our key diplomatic relationships
with the UK, Germany, Norway, the EU, the World Bank and the African
Development Bank. Pray for our leaders and President that the issues
would be resolved and we would once again benefit from the critical
budgetary support as a nation.
For the economic situation here which is resulting in
the lack of foreign currency and fuel and crippling many businesses
and small-scale aid agencies as a result. Please also pray for the
harvest in 2012 that God will provide supernaturally and that there
will be enough food for everyone.
For blessings on those who support us and increased
financial support over 2012. There is so much that God has laid on
our hearts to do and we are trusting everything to His
For Chris as he continues to teach the villagers about
the 'Farming God's Way' organic farming methods. We pray for God's
blessing on the crops of all those who take part in the training and
for people to willingly change their farming practices in the long
For the new church plant and nursery school in Biwi
and for all the new Chrisitans there. Pray that God would encourage
and uphold them as we continue to work into this new area.
For the resources to employ a pastor for the church in
Chapsinja in order that there would be someone always there to work
with us in our projects and to be a focal point for the link between
Hope Missions and the community there.