Fishing opens doors to share the Gospel

By April 22, 2009

Malawi (MNN) — Lake Malawi is a fishing mecca. Between Canada and South America, there are 700 species of fish, while approximately 1,000 different kinds of fish reside in Lake Malawi alone. These fish could serve as a food source for the 15 million AIDS-orphans in Malawi, presenting a ministry opportunity for Teen Missions International.

This summer, TMI plans to take 20 young 'fishers of men' on a unique short-term missions trip to teach orphans to fish.

"We hope to be able to go and train orphans how to fish for the sake of food," says Teen Missions' Bob Bland, "but while we're doing that, we also want to be fishers of men."

The Teen Missions team will take orphans to Lake Malawi and supply fishing gear such as line, hooks and bait. Bland says that in the lull of waiting for fish to bite, team members can share the Gospel.

"While they're fishing for fish, we're going to be fishing for souls."

AIDS orphans can eat the fish they catch, as well as sell the extra to earn an income. Teen Missions invites young people over the age of 13 to join them on the Malawi fishing trip this summer.

Trips centering on other activities also travel to 25 countries worldwide. "There are lots of opportunities–" says Bland,  "everything from motorcycle teams to fishing teams…we also have sports teams."

Malawi fishing trip team members will receive training at "The Lord's Boot Camp" in Florida from mid-June to July 5 before departing for Africa. For the next four weeks, the team will minister to AIDS-orphans in Malawi.

Find out more about the Malawi fishing trip by clicking here.

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