First, let me say this. I am not a pessimist, a fatalist or a racist. I am just an honest guy. I care about Africa as I do the rest of the world. Being a Christian, I cannot reconcile these things with the Christian faith. I raise this issue to provoke us Africans (particularly African Christians) and the rest of the world to think about some of the deep underlying issues which might help explain why Africa hasn’t developed – and why it really doesn’t seem to be developing at a rate proportional to all the aid and investment that has been made in Africa since the end of colonialism. Continue reading
I am working on a new edition of a book entitled, William Murray of Nyasaland which should be released in a couple of months or so, Lord willing. The book is centered on the Rev. Dr. William Murray of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) in South Africa who went to Malawi as a missionary in the late 1800’s. It’s an interesting read. One of the most remarkable things in the book is the transformation which the gospel has brought to Malawian life and culture. It’s quite powerful to see how far we have come as a people because of the gospel. I share with you this long excerpt from the book.
This was what life was like in Malawi before the arrival of the missionaries as reported by the then Evangelist Namoni Katengeza who became the first ordained minister in the Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (C.C.A.P.):
Look out for the book coming out in a couple of months. God bless!
It is a given fact that most Malawians are fully aware of the wonderful spiritual heritage that Malawi has received from Scotland through Dr. David Livingstone who was the first missionary to come to Malawi. Later, through his efforts and appeals to Christians back in Scotland, many of them (especially college students), followed his steps to Africa where they laid their lives down for the Lord, His Gospel and His people in Malawi. As a Malawian I am humbled by this and I give praise, glory and honor for such men as David Livingstone and his colleagues for their passion and commitment to see the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spread to my home country. Through their sacrifices people like me have received and are now experience salvation from sin and its eternal consequences and have come to know Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of our lives. To Him be all the praise, glory and honor now and forevermore! Amen!
You are here reading this post. The title of this post has drawn you in for one reason or another. Perhaps you outraged by the assertion that this title seems to suggest at face value. Perhaps, you are one of those skeptics who has always thought this to be true but have been afraid to say it for fear of being labelled a pessimist, fatalist or worse still a racist, especially for those of you who are not African. Whatever the reason, I am very glad you are here. Get a cup of tea or coffee (or whatever you like), sit down and let’s talk.
Yesterday, after our morning worship service, I had the wonderful privilege of talking with John Campbell who is visiting some relatives in town who happen to be members of the congregation that I serve here in New Westminster, British Columbia. As we talked, he shared with me how the LORD used his time in Malawi in the early 70’s to bring him back to Himself. John lived in Malawi for two years and worked as an engineer with a Canadian volunteer organization. Little did he know that the LORD would use his time in Malawi to bring open His heart to the gospel.
I asked John if he would share this wonderful story of God’s redemption in his life with us on camera and he kindly agreed to do so. Thank you John!
A number of things resonated with me as John and I talked after the morning service. These are the things that made me think that this story ought to be shared with a broader audience:
1. How wonderful and amazing is the LORD in His ways – especially with regards to the salvation of sinners and the forgiveness which He offers through Jesus Christ (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33-36).
2. The way John talked about Christ as a Friend – a real personal and trusted Friend who is always with him everywhere he goes.
3. John also said something that resonated with me when I asked him about his hope of glory. Without missing a beat and with a smile on his face, he said, “I can’t wait to get there!” He goes on in the video to explain what he means by that, “I certainly don’t fear death…” How wonderful!
4. Finally, he shared his concern for Canada which has become so secular and very much against Christianity. He expressed a strong and passionate desire to see the people of Canada who have turned their backs against the LORD being brought back to Him. Canada is a wide open mission field indeed and we definitely need help here!
I hope that you will watch the video yourself and get a glimpse of what John and I shared today. Please pray for us as we continue serving the LORD here!
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