I can’t believe that it has already been a month since we sent our first update announcing the launch of Malawi Reformation Network (MRN). We have been very encouraged by the response we have gotten from you. More importantly, I personally have been encouraged to hear many people say that they are praying for MRN. We do not take prayer for granted because there is nothing more needed in our work than the prayers of the saints.
Often, when I think of the state of the church in Malawi, Revelation 3:1-6 comes to mind. The church in Malawi has a reputation of being alive, but she is dead. For sure that does not apply across the board. There are a few good churches and some brothers and sisters there who are growing in Christ and working out their salvation with fear and trembling as God works in their hearts to will and to obey. But we still need revival and reformation if the church in Malawi is to have a true reputation of being alive.
So I would like to ask you to continue to pray for awakening and reformation in Malawi. Two weeks ago as I was praying for Malawi, Ezekiel 37 came to mind, where the Lord showed Ezekiel the vision of the valley of dry bones. Then he asked Ezekiel: “Son of man, can these bones live?” The natural response for Ezekiel was to say, “No way.” But Ezekiel, knowing the power of God, responded, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then the Lord wrought a miracle. The dry bones became alive. Then in reference to the spiritually dead Israel, God promised to send his Holy Spirit and revive his people. That’s what we also are praying and hoping for Malawi.
In addition to praying, we are also working hard by God’s grace to see an answer to our prayer. As I write to you now, MRN has already identified two men who are interested to come and begin their study next Fall at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) while also doing a pastoral internship at University Reformed Church (URC). Our board will be interviewing these men through Skype on Wednesday, November 14. After that they will also be assessed by PRTS as to their readiness and ability to study at the seminary. So pray for the board, PRTS, and these two young men, Madalitso and Promise, that the Lord will go before us all and help us to discern his will regarding them. We hope this is the beginning of the Lord answering our prayer for revival and reformation.
Another exciting thing has taken place this month: we have partnered with National Christian Foundation (NCF) so that they will be receiving all the financial support that is given to MRN and managing it on our behalf. This is very helpful for our fledgling organization and it will also make it easier for us to comply with the Federal regulations regarding funds given to a charitable organization like ours. We are excited and thankful for what the Lord is doing and we can’t wait to see even greater things in the coming months and years if Christ tarries.
Other items we would like you to pray for are our governing board and advisory committee. We are currently searching for godly men who can fill vacant spots on our board and advisory committee. Pray that God will give us men who love Christ, his church, and the vision that Christ has given us. We will also have a night of sharing the vision and work of MRN with the members of University Reformed Church on the evening of Sunday, November 18. Pray that all will go well and URC’s excitement and love for this work, as the home church and one of the key partners of MRN, will continue to grow.
Thank you for being part of MRN. May the Lord richly bless you in Christ.
Your brother in Christ,
Rev. Confex Makhalira
Founder and Board Member of MRN