People are what matters. This is a constant refrain I repeat to myself over and over.” – Jason Helopoulos
While working many years in a Fortune 500 company, one of the earliest lessons I learned in communications was to say what I wanted first. The rationale was that busy people only read the first paragraph (If that) and if interest is peaked, they will read on. With this in mind, I have led with a quote from Reverend Jason Helopoulos. Of course, Jason is so spot-on, and it has now become one of my personal quotes.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
To us, it is such an encouragement that we are “His own possession”, and our hope and encouragement for the world is “to proclaim His excellencies.”
This Scripture is what draws me to be part of the Malawi Reformation Network and to be part of the vision to provide Reformed Theological education to young men from Malawi. Men like Confex Makhalira who love God with all their heart, all their soul, all their mind and all their strength and their neighbor as themselves. Bringing young Christian men to the United States to a solid seminary education for the purpose of their returning home to plant churches in Malawi.
As we who are involved know, and those just getting involved know, the Malawi Reformation Network (MRN) is a new and growing mission effort. Your question, I hope, is for news of progress. But I can’t possibly list everything that’s going on. (Please stay tuned to future posts.)
Here are a few of my most recent efforts. After my first post to the MRN blog, I was led to reach out to our Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARPC) denominational magazine editor, Ms. Susan Tanner, to see if perhaps I could submit my article to the magazine for one of its upcoming publications. This led me into a conversation with the ARPC director of World Witness, Alex Petite. Through conversation with Alex, I was able to explain our mission and vision to train and send men back to Malawi to present the “excellencies of Christ” to a lost and often overlooked nation. Although at this time MRN is not officially supported by “World Witness ARPC” (They have many areas of missions they are currently supporting), we do have the prayers and encouragement of Alex and many in the ARPC, and in the future as we grow, I hope to see a closer relationship with MRN from my denomination.
So, in just a few short weeks God is beginning to open doors and has allowed me to seek prayers and support from several areas, (Grace Presbytery prayers and a few churches) and God has blessed me with words to speak and write asking for others to join us as we remind ourselves that “people are what matters.”