“GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD”
We give thanks and praise to the almighty God for making the 5th Annual Missions Conference July 4-8 a success at the Kamuzu Academy, Mtunthama Kasungu under the theme, “Give us this day, our daily bread” taken from the fourth petition in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:11). This has been one of the most productive and fruitful conferences. We give glory and honour to God for taking us to new heights and a step further in advancing the call to awaken the passion for missions not only in young people but even in pastors too.
PARTICIPANTS: This year’s conference registered 150 residential participants with a few operating from their homes. Participants were a combination of youths, laymen (elders and deacons) and pastors from Pentecostal, Evangelical and Presbyterian Churches in Malawi. We were encouraged also to have a missionary from Papua New Guinea, Gabriel Pondrun, serving here in Malawi; Mr. Hussein Latif, a Malawian missionary serving among the Muslims in Mangochi. These two were a great encouragement to the participants.
GENERAL COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS:
- This year’s conference registered a high number of pastors in comparison to the previous conferences. This is a great development because it is these pastors who will be instrumental in transforming their churches as regarding to missions work. After training these pastors it is evident that they have realized there is work to be done in regard to missions and have embraced the call to missions hence will be in the fore-front in their churches advancing this cause.
- This year’s conference has made a great difference as the participants agreed with the organizers to set the course for missions in Malawi. This was supported with a special offering on each of the conference days. By the end of the conference a enough money was raised and some pledged by the conference participants to support work of missions in Malawi. Following this, two faithful men responded to the call into local missions in a Muslim-dominated area in Mangochi District where they will be working for a month – the month of August this year. We thank God for this amazing response.
- During the conference, a local mission’s body was prayerfully chosen comprising of 10 people from among JTW Missionaries and others. The role of this Missions body will include identifying mission’s fields, receiving, recruiting, sending and supporting missionaries into various mission fields both locally and internationally.
- It has been noted from people who have been attending these conferences in the past that there is a need to follow these annual conferences up with smaller seminars (mini-conferences) at regional level. This is a call that came in from the participants to JTW and has to be considered as it would greatly help participants to keep in touch and encourage each other.
- To keep the focus on missions and the servant self-watch in the ministry. It has been agreed that next year’s seminars will be designed as special classes (running progressively throughout the conference). This will allow the participants to concentrate/focus on their area of calling and will equip them with necessary materials for their particular ministries.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES: Many participants hailed JTW for organizing these conferences and recommended the following issues:
- That we should be conducting follow-ups conferences with participants at regional level (at least once) before the next conference.
- That the missions’ board should be maintained and that its functions should be open to all those willing to serve in missions. Any open opportunities should be communicated to them.
- One participant pledged to continue supporting the cause of local missions not only by praying but also by giving financially.
- Many participants have at least made a commitment to continue attending the coming conferences.
SUMMARY: It was a great JOY to see what God is doing in Malawi in the area of Missions work and to be a small part of it. We are so grateful and thankful to the Almighty God for connecting JTW Ministries with not only Malawian believers but with so many across the world with a common vision of serving the lost world for the sake of God’s Kingdom. We hope to reach new heights and sail into deeper waters in this cause for Christ’s sake.
Speaking at this conference was, Rev, Fletcher Matandika, Dr. David Reimer, Rev. Charles Morris, Rev. Stephen Roberts, Mr. Hussein Latif, Mr. Khembo Elliot, Mr. Confex Makhalira, and Mr. Joseph Matandika.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!!