Saturday, May 26, 2007

Achimwene wanga!

I want to introduce you all to Bentry Chimdimwa Mhango. Bentry is a graduate of African Bible College who recently completed his Master of Divinity - Missions degree at RTS. He excelled academically and socially. In fact, the admissions director of RTS whispered to me at graduation regarding Bentry and students of ABC: "Send us more just like him, please." I told him there are a thousand more like Bentry, academically. But there is only one Bentry. Bentry and I did not meet in Malawi. He was planting churches in rural Mozambique when LeAnne and I were in Malawi. But I heard much about him. I met Bentry in the Admissions Office at Reformed Theological Seminary. He had no idea who I was, so I surprised him with "Madzuka bwanji?" or "How are you this morning?" We have been friends ever since. In many ways, though, we have become more like brothers. You see, like me, Bentry has lost one of his brothers. In fact, this loss happened while Bentry was here, far from his family where proper grieving ought to be. Thus, we have become brothers beyond our common brotherhood in Christ. It was a privilege for me when Bentry asked me to perform his wedding sermon in June. This is a great honor for anyone here, but to be asked by an African brother is humbling and joyous. Thus, Bentry is the reason we are leaving for Africa so soon. We are excited that he will be working with us. He and I have many projects to undertake together, including partnering on several courses and preaching and serving in the Malawian Church. We are also excited about meeting Hluphe (pronounced Shupay), Bentry's soon-to-be wife. She is a gifted computer programmer in Lilongwe and travels the entire nation setting up computer networks for various enterprises. This man of God is one of the reasons we are so excited to be returning to Malawi. Bentry is a kind, gifted man of great vision and I will be excited to learn from him as he forges forward in gospel ministry. Feel free, if you so desire to do so, to help Bentry in his work. You can contact me regarding the best avenues to do that.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Picture of house

This is a picture of our house being built in Malawi. We hope to be moving in as soon as July. We will spend our first month or two in Malawi in another home. One of the great things about ABC is their help in securing housing for those who serve with them. The Lord is good to us.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Pictures of the African Bible College campus

I got this great idea of putting pictures of the campus we will be living on from my friend Amy Louise Stauffacher from San Diego. She and her husband, Bob, along with their two little girls, Nya and Analise, will be joining us at African Bible College in August.

You can click on each picture to enlarge it.

Our house will be where the purple blob is.

April 14, 2007 - Loading the container

We had so much stuff left over that we will be sending a second container at the end of May.

Sam in the warehouse before getting started having a cup of coffee.

Another shot of all the stuff in the warehouse.

Some of the guys that helped us arranging stuff inside the container.

Some of the guys that helped in an assembly line loading uniforms onto the container.


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