If you have some time, check out Part 1 [The Timing] of this post!
Malawi is a small country, landlocked in southeast Africa. According to Wikipedia, it’s nicknamed, “The Warm Heart of Africa.” Seems inviting, right? Well, it is, but at the same time it isn’t. Malawi is also among the world’s least developed countries. The nation of Malawi most definitely has many needs. They struggle to have an independent economy, proper education and health care that actually cares. But again, I didn’t even know Malawi existed until God brought an opportunity for me to go there, about 2 months ago. The Lord had been working in a way, as He always does, to make all the puzzle pieces come together at just the right time. Something thrills me about going somewhere I don’t know much about…or really anything about…
To my surprise, statistically speaking, Christianity is the religion practiced by the majority of Malawi. Though the gospel has reached many souls in the nation, there are many villages of people who hold on to traditional African beliefs. They may claim Christianity as their religion, but a relationship with Christ may be lacking. Many cling to forces that are mere wannabes, to give hope and healing, rather than putting their faith in Christ, who is THE real deal. Islam comes in second place of religions practiced there. Thankfully, we know that Jesus Christ is the only way, the definite truth, and the giver of life.
The nation is full of people, some old, but much more young, called Malawians. They give high regard and show much respect to their elders. I was told that it is a nice gesture of respect to bow slightly and to hold the elbow of my right arm with my left hand when shaking an elder’s hand. You may need to read that line a few times… 🙂
Just a few days ago, I was wondering how in the world I was going to communicate with anyone while in Malawi. I was encouraged in thinking, “It’s okay P, laughter is a universal language!” I was ready to get down and dirty serving and loving the people there with just a smile and a little laughter. And of course, God has a greater sense of humor, and said, “Sure, P, smile all you want, but you can also say ‘Hi!’ because their national language is English…” Oh the little joys of the Lord being with us always! Though many of the people from the tribes won’t be speaking English, with no language study or preparation other than prayer and vaccinations, God really is taking care of it all. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up some lines in Chichewa, which is the nation’s common language.
It’s clear that America and Malawi have remarkable differences, but here’s what they have in common: they are countries full of souls! Sure, in Malawi, the people may live a completely different lifestyle than I do here and have unique customs, but that doesn’t change Jesus’ command to me. It also doesn’t change that whether I’m in America or Malawi, I’m just passing through before heading home! As thrilled as I am to go somewhere new for a little while, I’m even more thrilled to take His good news to souls who are desperate for the hope that I have. The Lord has shown me that there truly is hope for every soul. He saved me.
These are Christ’s last words to us, after He was resurrected and before He ascended to His throne above –
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. | Matthew 28:19-20
Not only did Jesus command us to GO, He gave us everything we need to do what He’s called us to do. And that’s why we can confidently go out as the beautiful feet that take the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations, declaring His glory and marvelous works!
God’s call to His children is simple: “Go, and make.” So whether there or here or anywhere, we must go, and we must make. No matter what nation or what type of people, all nations and all types of people are included in what Jesus commanded us to do as His disciples. Obedience is required as disciples of Christ. Go to the souls who desperately need Him, which is every soul, whether believing or not. And make disciples of Jesus Christ, who are committed to following close behind Jesus, calling Him Lord and living a life given to Him as Master.
Malawi, I’m comin’ for ya!
For our Come Awakers who are confused by the title 🙂 – Malayalees are the people from the South Indian state of Kerala. The Come Awake team finds its roots in Kerala. But for now, we’ve pitched our tents in the U.S. and call Heaven home.