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Mission to Malawi 2022-April 29th-last blog?-Pastor Ed

April 29th, the final day if the LORD allows

6: 42 am here so it is almost 1:00 am for my brothers and sisters back home in Kentucky. 

When I have said “LORD willing” people are always kind to say that its going to all work out, or no worries it will work.  I don’t say that out of fear, or worry about what will happen, but I say it to remind myself that this is in the LORD’s hands, regardless of which way it turns out.

I want to continue to find my peace in His will for my life, not my own. Do I look forward to being home and seeing everyone and sharing all the details of the trip with those that are interested, yes! 

But as our Savior said, not my will be done, but yours LORD.

I didn’t blog yesterday, because it always gets hard as the time comes to an end. I know I am where God has called me to be at HPFBC.  I am around wonderful people that love me far more than I deserve to be loved. 

My beautiful daughter and amazing son are also waiting at home for us upon our return, but none of that takes away the pain as I leave.  There are brothers and sisters here as well, that love us despite all our flaws.

There are brothers and sisters here in desperate need of the Word of God, desperate need of church polity, desperate need of understanding the context, content and intent of the bible.

They are currently in need of food until the next harvest season.  Janine and I have been talking and it takes roughly $15.00 to purchase a bag of corn.  One bag will feed a family for a month.  So, for $180.00, we could make sure at least one family can eat until the next harvest season. 

This verse keeps popping into my head-2 Corinthians 8:14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.

We are all of the same body, all the household of God, I wouldn’t let any brother or sister back home go hungry, so why would I here. 

I have seen poverty, I know from an eyewitness perspective what starvation does to people, so I can’t just turn away.

But I also have good friends here that labor hard for the kingdom of God.  I think of Sanuel and Stanley and their families.  They will be in my prayers because even through we plan to depart, they stay and continue the work, to God’s glory.

Ovi, Lita, Jessica, Aimee and Ethan, [oh can’t forget sheepie], will also remain and continue in their labor for the LORD.  Each time we come we are blessed to link arms with them and get just a small taste of the ministry, I get a little glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. 

A small window into all the work that is done here on a daily basis that is necessary for the Mission in Malawi to continue.  I get to know each one of them a little bit more each visit, get just small glimpses of the challenges that they face, the obstacles they have to overcome on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

I don’t know how most of us would do if our power were to go out on a regular basis, for hours each day, sometimes for 7-8 hours. 

What would we do if our water were undrinkable, if it was hard to find the food that we were accustomed to?  But they do so with God’s grace, and laughter at times, after all this is Africa. 

Sorry, just the rambling thoughts running through my head right now. 

We got tested yesterday for Covid.  The test we need to not only leave Malawi, but to gain entrance into the USA.  The same test that took 15 minutes at home, took 1 ½ hours yesterday for just three of us!

First you have to go to the accountant to pay for the test, take the paperwork to the clinic so they can swab you and provide your email and phone number.  Then you wait for the test to be emailed to you. 

We did this yesterday at 8:00 am, it is past 7:00 am today, we are to head back to Blantyre today by 10:00 to get some lunch and be at the airport on time for the first of three flights, and we still have no test results.

The next team that comes [a team of 14] will face this same task.  If it took 1 ½ hours for three of us, how long for 14?  Will an entire day be lost.

But God, love those words! He is in control, so we are not anxious, we do not worry, though Pat may struggle with Karey being out more than these two weeks! LOL.

When we leave the mission house, I don’t know that we can receive emails, I don’t know that the test will arrive, but we will continue ahead, trusting in our LORD, and we can do so with confidence because Isaiah 55:8 tells us that:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

My way would have been for us to already have the results! Ha, I know that God laughs at my plans, but praise be to Him that He is still at work in me!

I will either talk to you Sunday, or be blogging later, but either way is good, because God is in control.

So long for now my Malawian brothers and sisters, we will meet again, this life or the next.

Blessings in Christ