News Update March 2011

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Mission Malawi!

Jamie went to Malawi recently to join in a crusade run by the Full Gospel Church in Khwidzi. Pastor Yunusu Banda along with the Elders of the church and visiting Pastors Watson and John welcomed Jamie and Alistair to as they joined in the work. The pair from the Isle of Wight (UK) arrived a week before the crusade and participated in Sunday worship, a prayer walk around the villages and in all the services of the crusade. They were greatly blessed to see so many attend a showing of “The Passion of the Christ” movie and moved by the way people responded. During their visit they were able to visit the Fishers Trainers and Senders evangelical team. In talking to one of the Christian teachers in Lilongwe a suggestion was made to begin a WAYSIDE organisation in Malawi.

Giving Up or Going Forward?

During 2010 SENT was not at all sure that it would be able to do any more work in Africa. After Jane and Jamie left Ethiopia in August we had only one further assignment; leading an in-service training course Gondor, in the north of Ethiopia. True, I did have the opportunity to return to Zambia in August and work with a small team that wanted to set up a teacher organisation called WAYSIDE, and to run a conference for this new organisation, but it did look as if we were running down the work rather than building it up. However it was never my plan to build, only support those who were already building.

The work in Zambia was an excellent way to see God fulfil many of the promises He had given years before. The result was an energetic and enthusiastic gathering of teachers determined to explore the idea of teaching from a Christian perspective. There were many schools represented at the conference but not as many as I would have liked to have seen. Perhaps that is in the future. The planning of the conference and the establishment of the organisation that would become known as WAYSIDE was a joy to me as I knew each of my fellow team members well and therefore we were able to enjoy being together, praying together and learning from each other. At the end of the time I was able to spend with them I felt refreshed and encouraged myself —even ready to go on and further the work with SENT.

Later the following year I had an invitation to go to Malawi to preach. When I responded to this invitation I was also able to meet up again with teachers from Lilongwe. I explained what had happened in Zambia and the response was a positive desire to have such an organisation in Malawi. Perhaps by working together the teachers in Zambia and the teachers in Malawi could work together to discover more about the Christian heritage they share, and encourage one another in the task God has given them.

Torn Veil Banner

THE TORN VEIL is the banner I hang over the entrance to my prayer cabin. It reminds me of the cost the Lord Jesus paid in order to bring us into His kingdom. It represents the curtain that hung in the temple at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. The curtain was torn in two and that is why the Torn Veil Banner is in two parts. In Hebrews (9: 1-9) we are told that the curtain represents His body so I had the curtain made up in the colours described in Exodus 26: v1. Blue stands for heaven, purple for royalty, red—or crimson—represents our sin and His blood and yellow –or gold— represents His glory and divinity. The torn banner over the door reminds me that in order to come into His presence, I have to come through the cross.