Saturday, June 16, 2007

Activities in Mzuzu

In Mzuzu, the largest city in Northern Malawi, with over 100,000 people, the rest of the Osborne members were also busy. Divided into two teams, a construction team and a first aid / sewing team, they worked independently in the morning, but came together in the afternoon, to do additional ministry. The construction team helped pour a concrete floor for Mzuzu Baptist Church, and build a foundation for a building at FOMCO Orphanage, where they also installed a basketball goal, all the while taking breaks to spend valuable time playing, singing and telling Bible stories to the orphans.

Meanwhile, the ladies offered first aid training and AIDS seminars at two of the secondary schools in Mzuzu, where they also gave much needed school supplies. Several area hospitals were also visited, with medical supplies being donated at each location. Stuffed animals and toys were given to children in the pediatric wards as well. Sewing machines were donated to the women’s guild of Livingstonia Synod, and to the Kanjika Club for People living with disabilities. Here the Osborne ladies gave sewing lessons on the new machines, and stood back in amazement at how quickly the women of Malawi learned.

Both teams participated in a soccer game with several young men at a local field. This lead to an opportunity to speak to these guys after the game was over. We also went out onto the streets of Mzuzu and shared the Gospel, preached in two separate prisons, and concluded the trip by participating in a “Persevere in Purity” youth rally.

Over the week, dozens of people prayed to receive Christ in the prisons, on the streets, and in the churches. Many more committed to remain pure until marriage for themselves, for God, and for their future family. Others were given much needed medicine, and various forms of treatment. Hundreds were, no doubt, encouraged. Thanks be to God who allowed us to be a part of what Christ is doing in Mzuzu, Malawi.

Rob Robbins