Saturday, August 14, 2010

One month here!

It's crazy to think that I have been in Malawi for almost a month now. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about a few of the things I have been doing here and some of the people I have met.

We have been staying with Rutherford and Tsaihai (silent T) with their kids Chris and Choconde. We also have some of their cousins staying in the house: Esimay, Emilay and Kyembay. They are really great people and have been very hospitable to Drew and I. Chris is out of secondary school (like our high school) and is looking to go to university. Chiconde is in primary school (our elementary school) and is on break right now. Kyembay is going to school and so is Emilay soon hopefully. Esimay works in the city. Rutherford is a bishop for Grace Christian Fellowship, so he does some traveling along with Tsaihai to different churches in the area. He has also started a bible college that Drew and I have been teaching at in Nsaru, which is about 45 minutes from Lilongwe, the capital.

We have been teaching 4 guys at the college: Emmanuel, Leman, Shadrick, and Rodrick. I am teaching Acts and the book of Numbers-Ruth and Drew is teaching Speech and Church History. The guys have been very attentive to our teaching and been a great encouragement to Drew and I. The term will end at the end of August so pray that it goes well and the students finish well.

When we are not teaching, we have been working on the demonstration garden for Foundations for Farming and trying to get it set up. It has been slow coming but some youth have come to help us build the fence and really get things going. We have also been working on a soccer field for the youth in the area by setting up posts and clearing the field to play. Please pray that we can work on the garden together with the youth and really make it something special and profitable for the youth in order to help their families and themselves.

On the weekends we have been going around to churches preaching and gathering youth leaders for the conference we will be holding at the end of September in Nsaru. We have had great feedback from the pastors of the churches about the need for youth ministries and ways to evangelize to the youth in Malawi. Please pray that we can get the right people there, ones that are passionate about youth and that it will be a huge success and a great support to the people of Malawi.

Also pray for Drew and I as we head to Zambia (right next to Malawi) on August 31st to visit some missionaries there and look at potential next steps in the country. We will be there until the 8th or 9th of September.

Thank you so much for the words of encouragement everyone has sent. It has been a blessing to me and a huge support as I continue the work God has laid before me. I love you all and can't wait to see what God will do next. Blessings.

His hands and feet,
Josh Kaminsky