As I read the Christmas letter from Pastor Kay Day, our mission person in Malawi, I was moved by her account of the struggles and needs of the people of that precious nation. I am passing on to you one paragraph of her letter to give you and all of us some ways to pray for our sisters and brothers in the Lord in our partner church there. This Sunday we will be praying for our three major international missions at Bethany: our Kawiya partners in Malawi, our ministry with Steve Brewer at Tapestries of Life in Mexico, and our mission with Pastor Pierre in Haiti.
Here is the paragraph on life and needs in Malawi:
This has been a challenging year in a number of ways. Malawi is going through difficult times. Fuel is in short supply and we sit in long lines when it is available. This is due, in large part, to a shortage of foreign exchange, and the devaluation of the kwacha. Prices for everything have increased by at least 30% and in some instances have doubled. This July, peaceful protests were held against the government. They erupted into violence and the police killed 20 people and injured many more. It was a frightening time in peaceful Malawi. Tensions between the government and human rights groups remain high. Tensions within the Synod have been high as national politics have invaded some church decisions. New elections were held in August and things are quiet now, but many are cautious in expressing opinions on anything. All of this is unprecedented and unsettling. And yet even in the darkest times, the spirit of hope and trust in God’s grace and goodness, regardless of circumstances, pervaded the church. This is an encouragement and testimony to the faith of the church here. For that I praise God.
See you on Sunday as we pray for our world near and far,