Bolivia (MNN) — The "warm heart of Africa:" it's a nickname
fitting for the people and gorgeous landscapes of Malawi.
It's also a picture of the body of Christ there, where
believers are passionate about Him and are doing what they can to take the
Gospel to those who have not heard it.
For Grace Ministries International, they're seeing a
rewarding change as a result of their team's approach. According to Titus and Kristy Lloyd, God has
been using the children's ministry at Grace Church in Malawi to begin bringing
both children and parents to Christ.
According to the Lloyds, working with children
is seen as a punishment, culturally. Typically, leaders will get sent to work with children
when they have done something wrong. Yet
this age group is the focus of the 4/14 Window. The age when a person is most
likely to come to Christ is between the ages of four and 14 years old. Changing this mindset has been a big
challenge among the leadership at the church, and while there has been some success,
there is still a ways to go.
The ministry is still fairly young. GMI began work in Malawi 11 years ago. Two Zambian Bible School graduates were sent
as short-term missionaries. In January 2005, Rev. and Mrs. Kennedy Simtowe, GMI
missionaries to Zambia, moved to Malawi to strengthen the work by establishing
a training center and expanding the evangelistic outreach and church-planting
The Lloyds joined the team not long after and are working
with the newly-formed National Council of Grace Churches in the areas of
administration, finances and children's ministries. Titus is working to
establish the head office for the All Africa Grace Fellowship and Harvest Time
Missions, as well as starting a computer school and Internet Cafe. Kristy is
focused on home schooling their children and administration of the school in
Several churches have been planted in Lilongwe and several
elsewhere, plus 20 preaching points which will eventually become church plants.
Keep praying for wisdom for the teams as they encounter cultural
issues that interfere with outreach. Pray for vision and mission to move the church forward.