by Dan Sargent
Above is a picture of our Publications Committee meeting held on the 15th of September. In front of Pastor Mweete is the LightStream device we received from WELS Multi-Language Publications. Simon is in charge of the device and we have uploaded materials and videos from MLP and have been making them available to all our pastors to download on their laptops and smart phones. We are now organizing to get materials for the 500th Reformation Rallies we will be holding in the country and the device will be used to make materials available to at least one rally most likely in Lusaka. (Last year’s rally in Lusaka had over 600 people attending. We expect even more this year.) We hope to get more devices in the future so all of our seven districts will have one. We will also be taking the device to Kenya on our visit there in October to share our materials with the new group we are working with.
by Dan Sargent
[ Following is very recent information from Missionary Sargent about a trip to Kenya. ]
Made first visit to the Sudanese refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. They are organized into two congregations. I had the LightStream with me on our visit. A few people had cellphones, but not many. Pastor Peter Bur has been training leaders in Nariobi.
We are in Fellowship talks with the Lutheran Congregations In Mission For Christ. Went to Nairobi for a Doctrine Committee meeting with the LCMC Council. On the way we had a puncture.
Road side service.
Shine your shoes as you wait? Three Lutheran pastors share the gospel message and news about the Lutheran Church with the group that gathered around the visitors getting their shoes polished.
by Rob Wendland
Technology in Malawi is still hard to come by, hard to maintain, and expensive. We have a few technological applications that we are using:
- Pastors graduating from the Seminary in Lusaka are given a laptop that is loaded with files from
Northwestern Publishing House — from essays from the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary essay files, to commentaries, to pastors’ resources. The Malawi pastors use the computers and the information to remain grounded in the Word, to have resources for personal and corporate Bible study, and to help them with ideas and information to carry out their various Word-based ministries in a scriptural way.
- Arriving in Malawi in June 2017, new Missionary of Communication and Publications John Roebke received an updated version of the
LightStream device from Northwestern Publishing House. John plans to take the LightStream to pastor’s conferences throughout the country to distribute items related to the conferences and pastors’ reference material to the delegates. When I leave the field in November, I plan to send up the LightStream you [the Christ in Media Institute] gave me a few years ago so that John will be able to use the two of them.
- John also set up a listserve named
Friends of Africa that anyone may join, and also a
FaceBook page. John initially reached out to those who formerly served here or who have supported WELS ministries in Africa in the past with this invitation:
Friend of Africa, Friend of Christ
You know Africa. You know it's not just an exotic tourist destination, or a place where millions endure poverty, disease and warfare. You know that Africa may be a place where sin and Satan exert influence, but that Africa is also the place where God's Kingdom is coming in power and might! You or someone you know personally has served WELS World Missions in Africa. You have heard former missionaries and medical workers and volunteers tell the stories of Christ's light dispelling the darkness and gloom. You may have even served on the front lines yourself. Although you live on the other side of the planet, thoughts about Africa are never far away. You remember the names and the places and faces of people you love, and you pray for those who have slipped away. Your African experience is unique, but the work that is currently going on is familiar to you. Recognizing that the current African mission teams stand on the shoulders of giants, the WELS One Africa Team is inviting you to join us in our current struggles. We have created an African missions blog called welsfriendsofafricac.com to feed you the latest news updates and prayer requests directly from the mission fields we serve in Africa. There is no cost to join this blog, and you can unsubscribe at any time you wish. We only ask that if you like our blog, please recommend it to other mission-minded friends of Africa.
[ To subscribe to the Friends of Africa Listserve please click this link. ]
There is hope and things are progressing, albeit slowly in Malawi for the time being. Our immediate goals are to get the pastorate more up to speed with technology and then to continue developing from there.[ The man in the photo above accompanying the Friends of Africa invitation is Vicar Mendevu, pictured in front of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lilongwe, Malawi. Now Pastor Mendevu, he is pictured below with his family in front of his parsonage in Kalama. ]
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