Someone once said, “The strength and character of the church is in its men. Men have the responsibility of leadership in the church as well as in the home. Their character is everything. It’s the all important thing. Where a church’s men are strong, the whole church will be strong. Where a church’s men are weak, the whole church will be weak.” Continue reading ” The Case for Strong Men’s Discipling Ministries in the Local Church”
Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of the new and updated website for Joy to the World Ministries. Many thanks to Church OS for their hard work in helping us with the work on this new site. They have really been terrific. May the Lord continue blessing their work. Through this, we hope to share with you what the Lord has been doing among us in the past, what He is doing now as we look forward to what He will do in the future.
- Join us in praising the Lord for His love towards us which love was demonstrated in the death and resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Pray for and with us regularly as we continue to labor for the gospel that we may maintain and work towards the vision that the Lord has for us.
- Spread the word concerning this work and recruit others to join us in doing #1 and #2 above.
- Give financially to support this important work for the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the various regions where we are working and beyond.
- Stay tuned. We will be posting regular updates on this site, so please come back and visit often. We want you to walk with us through the journey ahead as we apply ourselves with the Lord’s help to the task of “Taking the Whole Gospel, to the Whole Man and to the Whole World.”
Sharing some of my experiences when I travel back to the Mother-land – the beautiful continent of Africa. Enjoy and be blessed!
“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!!
On behalf of Joy to the World Ministries, I am pleased to announce that plans for the Fifth Annual “Chosen Generation” Missions Conference are under way. Here is more information about the conference:
Theme: “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” taken from the Fourth petition in the Lord’s Prayer. Since 2009, we have been studying the Lord’s Prayer at these conferences (one petition at a time). This year, we have built the conference around this theme. I am very much looking forward to this conference. I trust that the Lord will do some wonderful things in our midst. I encourage you to come to this conference. Pray and plan to be there. Bring your family and friends. We are going to have a wonderful time together in fellowship with one another as we feast on the Word of LORD and worship the LORD of the Word!
Venue: The Namoni Katengeza Church Lay Training Center (Chongoni) in Dedza District – Malawi
Dates: July 4-8, 2011 – I hope this will suit many of you who are students. If you are working, I hope you can plan ahead so that you can have some time off work to bring your family and friends to this conference.
- Mr. Elliot Khembo – National Director, Joy to the World Ministries, Malawi
- Mr. Hussein Latif – Missionary among Muslims in Malawi
- Mr. Confex Makhalira – Board Secretary, Joy to the World Ministries, Malawi
- Mr. John Joseph Matandika – Missionary with Joy to the World Ministries, Uganda
- Rev. Stephen Roberts, Missions Director, Joy to the World Ministries, USA
- Rev. Charles Morris – President, Haven Ministries, USA
- Dr. David Reimer – Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity, Scotland
- Rev. Fletcher Matandika – Founder & President, Joy to the World Ministries