Africa Outreach 2013

Kurt Dahlin Wednesday, July 17, 2013
 
Our American team this 2013 harvest season was 12. We also had 11 team members from the Blantyre Foursquare Church in Malawi that we served with over the course of three weeks. The first week tour we went north to 4 villages in the cold highlands of Zomba. The second week we broke up into two teams. The big team went to 3 villages in Ntcheu north east of Blantyre. The third tour of duty the big team went south to 3 villages in the east bank of Chikwawa. I was able to take a small team to 2 villages in Phalombe to the east on week two and finally on week three we went as far south as you can go in Malawi then west, high into the mountains to Lulwe and the little Nayukaka Primary School.
 
Collectively we were able to show the Jesus Film in 13 villages. In addition, my team showed the Passion and the Nativity films in two places for a total of 15 evangelistic outreach film showings. We estimate the viewers reached over the three weeks with the gospel to be about 7,000. It is hard to number the amount of people saved—since not everyone that raises their hand to receive Christ as savior is sincere. However, in a crowd of 1,000 almost everyone will raise their hands when asked to receive Christ as Savior and the sinner’s prayer sounds like a beautiful water fall.
 
Romans 1:16-17
16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." NIV
 
Romans 10:9-11
9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. NIV
 
I figured when it was all said and done it cost us $6.71 per person to bring them the gospel, follow up materials, hygiene training and Bibles. Sometimes people complain about spending money on evangelism—like it was their money to begin with. In this case we were able to bring the good news to over 7,000 people for under $7.00 per person. During week two the Big Team showed the Jesus Film in a village and the Chief prayed to receive Christ. He was a Muslim. The next day he came to a 3 hour follow up Bible Study.
 
How much is one soul worth? We can’t put a price on the spiritual growth that happens in our team members and in the Africans. Miriam is 19 years old. She was a young new translator for us last year and did a horrible job. This year she was number one servant. She said she remembered my coming to Malawi when she was 5 years old and always wanted to go with us. Violet is 18 years old and was a rookie team member from Blantyre. She said, “My life is changed forever by our working together.” One of the church leaders that we are helping go to Bible School reminded me of the time we came to his village at least 10 years ago. There was no church. We showed the Jesus Film in a field on the top of a mountain. He gave his heart to Jesus and has been a valuable and faithful servant of Jesus every since. He is studying the Bible and wants to plant a church. Davis Galero, was just a young translator 20 years ago and is now the senior pastor of the Blantyre Foursquare Church and on the Foursquare National Board.
 
Our mission itinerary is set by the will of God and the vision of the Malawian Foursquare Church. We like rural evangelism because very few people are going outside the city to reach the ends of the earth. I like to be where electricity and the roads run out. I like to camp in an Africa village and show them the entire life of Christ. If they have seen a movie the Jesus Film is the one. If they haven’t then I am glad to introduce them to Jesus the Christ the Son of God. We have structured our mission sorties in such a way as to be in Blantyre for Sunday service. So we also preached at 3 church services in the city. One Sunday service was Skyped to another church in the San Fernando Valley.
 
Usually we will do a follow up Bible teaching session each night after we show the Jesus film. The next day we invite people to come back for additional follow up instruction. We developed and publish a special life of Christ booklet that we use as beginner training the next day. We had 1,000 books printed and gave away about 600. There is always plenty of opportunity for Children’s ministry the next day. Our team was able to do 2 to 3 hour follow up teachings in 10 villages to at least 1,800 kids. Kids are a major focus of our ministry. The future of the world is in the hands of children. The future of Malawi depends on the next generation.
 
This year we launched our Homemade Hygiene training program which we taught in each village. We showed them how to use wood charcoal and ash for better health and sanitation. We had 100 colorful posters printed and 100 student guides. I had published 500 leaflets describing in pictures how to make a homemade rehydration solution to self-treat cholera. I also had 500 leaflets printed with a 9 picture grid of the training topics. One village Chief told us that they had a new strength and a new hope as a result of our visit and gospel teachings and hygiene training. That is a priceless testimony.
 
 We made up packets of 20 health posters which we gave out to 10 schools. We had our nurse with us again this year so they treated wounds and various illnesses in 8 villages in conjunction with the health training.
 
We purchased and gave out 23 bibles are a reduced cost.
 
We paid to finish the roof and have 3 new floors installed on the New Beginnings Secondary School. The school is a mission of the Blantyre Church established in 2004. It is thriving and growing. They made their own bricks and built three new classrooms from their funds. We felt it was a good investment to help them finish their new building.
 
We also paid to have the school walls plastered, the walkway around the school cemented and electricity installed. It will be a school we can all be proud of. Next we want to help them build their own desks. At $45 each we can have a beautiful desk made for the school. We will put your name on it.
 
We had the sign painted for the Foursquare Church in Blantyre. It had been practically invisible for years. I was in town and found a guy painting signs for Rainbow Paints. He completely re-painted the sign with the best paint for only $50.00.
 
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Next summer 2014 marks the 20th year of Africa Outreach to Malawi. Many of you who have come with me over those years have seen the benefits of long term partnerships with short term missions.
 
We are already making plans for next year. The Blantyre Foursquare Church is the playground for hundreds of city kids. I would like to host a week-long Vacation Bible School at the church to reach those kids and so many more that live close by. We could do Bible drama, crafts, movies, soccer, skateboard classes, volleyball, concerts, puppet shows, etc., along with hygiene training. With proper planning we could reach and teach a thousand kids.
 
This year on our tour in Phalombe our team traveled extensively through the rural heart of southern Malawi. We found town after town that would be fertile soil for Jesus Film evangelism. It could be that we develop a special SWAT team to go “as the Lord leads” to small towns in the Malawian countryside. We will continue with our strategic village outreaches, first aid clinics and Homemade Hygiene training. The Harvest is truly plentiful. If you feel the Lord calling you to become a laborer in the ripe fields for the summer outreach 2014—please call Tressa for more information: 310-376-1900
 
I would like to thank you for your prayers and generous financial investment in eternity. None of this would be possible without the support of so many friends.
 
Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. RSV
 
1 Corinthians 3:7-9
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God's fellow workers; …RSV
 
I feel like a nuisance sometimes constantly asking for your prayers and financial partnership in expanding the kingdom of God. However, I also know that as you bless others; God will bless you.
 
God’s Beggar,
Kurt Dahlin