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Karey McGlinchey, Day 7

Malawi 4/27

This morning we talked about 2 Corinthians 7 where Paul talks about his letter of reprimand to the Corinthian church. As with Paul, we should not shy from correcting sin when we see it in fellow believers, but it needs to be done in love with the intent of reconciliation both to God and men. We discussed how worldly grief leads only to death but “godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret,”.

After devotions we went to 3 villages near to each other for Bible clubs. I think there were over 100 children at each one (though some children ran from one to the next in order to try to get more candy). Still they sang loudly and they listened carefully as the girls talked about creation and how much God loves us, then as Janine and I taught about the fiery furnace and the lion’s den. After each lesson we gave out sweeties (candy).

At the third village there were many children who came only to get more candy. Samuel and Ovi asked those who’d come from another village to move away so we’d have enough sweeties for this bible club but they refused. They even asked the kids in that village to point out who they were but they refused to do that. So no sweeties were given out at the last village. It was sad, especially for some of the really little ones who really didn’t know what was going on, but I think it was a lesson they needed to experience and probably won’t forget.

We came back to town and had lunch then walked through the indoor market and bought some fruit. The market is interesting and they have some amazing looking fruit and vegetables. When we got back to the mission house most of us (all the girls anyway) took short naps. When we woke, Anderson, the chief of police who we met last year was here for a visit so it was good to catch up with him. He has been instrumental in Hope for the Future getting into different police departments to have Bible studies and pass out Bibles. We enjoyed an evening talking and laughing over dinner again.

It has been wonderful working with this team and seeing each one’s talents being used by God. Even some of our weaknesses are being used by Him! He stretches us and uses us for His glory when we have willing hearts. I am so very grateful to be part of this team and to be able to experience His work here again.

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