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Karey McGlinchey, Day 4

Malawi Day 4

Hebrews 12 came to me this afternoon as I was studying for tomorrow. Verses 1-3 say “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

This morning the men had to deal with a hard situation in one of the churches. Sin. It hurts. It affects the one sinning but also those around them—sometimes it hurts the testimony of Christ. And for those trying to live godly lives, it can be discouraging to watch people mired in it. It was one of those mornings. But while the men had a meeting to try to work this out we women went with Samuel hut to hut visiting. We saw what we now call the devil goat hut (you’ll need to read last year’s blog or ask me when we get home for that story) as well as several women we were familiar with from church and past year’s visiting.

Elizabeth is an older woman who was “overwhelmed” because we were the first uzungu (white people) who had ever visited her home. We were so honored to be treated so kindly. She shared her testimony of salvation and introduced us to her two daughters. While they claimed to be believers their testimonies were a little weak so Janine used the evangecube to share the gospel with them and we asked some pointed questions to try to help them understand fully that the only way of salvation is through Jesus Christ. This is pretty much what happened at each of the homes we visited today. Now we pray that the Holy Spirit gives understanding and that the seeds we planted will grow and mature until they know they are saved. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Samuel who not only translated for us today, but he also helped us to understand not just what they were saying but what they actually meant. He led one group of women through the Roman’s Road, helping them to find the verses and read them themselves in the Chichewa Bible. He has been a real blessing to us as usual this year!

Circumstances kept us from making it to the Bible Club this afternoon so we came back to the house and discussed our plans for tomorrow. Tomorrow possibly 200+ pastors and their wives will come to the compound for two days for teaching. Ed will teach the men and we women will teach the women. We are teaching principles found in the books Disciplines of a Godly Man/Woman. Since many of the illustrations used in the books do not apply or even make sense to the Malawians, we have stripped the books down to scripture and explanation. I am eager to teach—as usual. Please pray that as we teach we will be able to make it understandable and while giving them much to think about, it won’t be overwhelming for them. They have never had a training like this with so many pastors and their wives! Hopefully it will go well and can become an annual thing (that’s just my thinking—Ovi has said nothing about that.)

Another delicious dinner from Lita tonight and debrief. There is still sorrow over sin, but there is also hope and excitement about this conference.

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