Located in the village of Petembe and surrounded almost entirely by farms is our newest church. This work was started in 2020 by Pastor Simion from Mpyupyu, a pastor we’ve been working with from the very beginning of our ministry in Malawi.
As a parentheses, this work with the pastors hasn’t always been easy and, at times, we saw very slow change and growth but, praise the Lord, some of them have assumed the Great Commission and today they are going out to different villages in order to preach the Gospel and birth new churches!!! That’s amazing, that’s the Great Commission at work!!!
It was a great joy to be with them last Sunday and I was able to encourage them from Peter’s words found in his last epistle, chapter 3, verses 10-18. The author, Peter, was one of Jesus’ first disciples, someone who was ready to forsake everything to follow Him (Luke 5:11). Peter was fully dedicated to his Lord, as proven by his well known confession of faith in Matthew 16.
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.Mat. 16:16
When many of Jesus’ disciples left Him because of their unbelief and rejection of the Saviour, Peter famously said:
Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the Holy One of God.John 6:68-69
By the way, in John 6 we find a very sad verse – probably one of the saddest in the NT – interestingly enough it is vs. 66, so John 6:66 (666?):
After this, many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.John 6:66
I ended with Peter’s last verse in his 2nd Epistle:
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.2 Pet. 3:18
Would you pray for this church, for these people? Pray they are the people Peter intended his letters to:
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.2 Pet. 1:1
Pray they grow in faith, in grace and in knowledge of Jesus. Pray they be a testimony in the village and beyond!
In the near future I will post a link to a Youtube video I’ve done here in Petembe!
Check this map to see all the places we work in, here in Malawi: Malawi Ministry Locations.