“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together” Psalm 98:1 & 7-8
The lake of Malawi was beautiful, we were astonished by what we can see of God’s Glory in creation. Once again I realized how wonderful and important it is to have a relationship with God. If we walk in His ways then the work we do, no matter how big or how small, will be to His Glory.
Praying for the Holy Spirit
We went to a city in Malawi. The Sunday morning church service was interesting. The founder of a big ministry in Malawi preached. He did say “Jesus, the Child of God, died on the Cross for us. You are the reason why we’re here and there is no healer like You” Then he emphasized on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and repeated many phrases very loudly. The PA speakers were giving trouble going on and off so the pastor prayed for the speakers and commanded it to work. Unfortunately it did not obey... He then said that “our aim is to welcome the Holy Spirit” Then they all prayed and spoke in tongues. It was a bit chaotic and I was thinking about the text saying God is a God of order and if you can’t interpret then rather pray in your room. We were introduced and Daniel had a chance to say that he can see they are all eager for the Holy Spirit to work in the church, but he would encourage them to work for the up building of the church.
Staying focused on God
Abrie gave a sermon in the evening service about Jesus healing the blind man (“bland mine”). It was sharply to the point. Afterwards the Pastor said that they’ve learned from it and can see that we must see God, what we do should not be for others to see but to point others to Him.
This time the speakers were working and the pastor loudly announced that this message is also for those who sit in their houses around the church. Today when they hear this message they will know they must make a decision.
The Warriors of God
Talita and I led the Sunday school. Almost all the children knew the Bible stories and could answered our questions. They greeted us with their “Warriors of God parade,” which is their way of learning to recite Bible verses and remember doctrine from the Bible. It was great to see how many of them knew Bible verses and were excited about sharing it.
Learning Greek and building friendships in Malawi
The pastors’ cousin goes to Bible School and he taught me the Greek alphabet song. It was awesome to spend time with him and his brother. Just while washing dishes we had such meaningful conversations. I was surprised by their faith and knowledge, they surely are brothers in Christ.
One pastor who led the Discovery Bible Study at the end of the conference sent this message: “My request is that God increase us at Rehoboth Church. We should reach to people’s needs, they should be saved. Have their freedom in Jesus Name. Our city is good, God is helping us.”
Alieske van’t Foort
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa