And he (Jesus) said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade” (Mark 4:30-32).
This parable came to mind this week as I was reflecting on how the Lord has blessed the work of MRN in the past few months. I vividly remember not so long ago sitting with my brothers who are now board members of MRN sharing the vision and praying together for this work. It was like a small seed being sown, and although MRN has not yet grown to where we pray it should be, I am still thankful for God’s blessing upon our labors so far. For sure I can echo the words of the Psalmist and say the Lord is establishing the work of our hands, and we are glad and humbled.
As I write to you now, apart from the two young men we have recommended to study for pastoral ministry at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Lord willing, we have three other young men who are interested to do a church plant internship with me in Malawi. Our hope and prayer is that through the internship, the Lord would confirm his call upon these young men and eventually lead them to pastor good and solid Reformed churches in Malawi. What a blessing!
Also, through our fellow laborers on the ground in Malawi, Bentry Mhango and Rev. Tom Van Mannen, a Reformed Bible study group is meeting in Lilongwe the capital city of Malawi. This is the beginning of efforts to plant a solid Reformed church in that city. MRN is coming along to support the initiative. These are all exciting developments. Yet we cannot take credit from the One who loved his Church to the extent of dying for her. Christ alone is worthy of all glory and praise. He alone is building the kingdom and while it might seem like a small seed for now, we are assured that it will grow and bless the people of Malawi and beyond.
So, I would like to thank you, our partners and supporters, for your prayers and financial support. Please continue to stand with us.
May the Lord bless and keep you.
Your fellow servant in Christ’s Vineyard,
Rev. Confex Makhalira
Founder and Board Member of MRN