Rainy season brings more Malaria

I received a phone call from Rackson this morning and thought I would pass it along. He called to tell me a little 8 year old girl from the village who attends Bible Way Baptist, her name is Maria died last night from Malaria, it is the rainy season in Malawi and this will happen over and over again. Her Mother is the lead singer in Bible Ways woman’s singing group and her father works as a cook at the Mapanga orphanage. Rackson got the call last night as he was having dinner with John Fullford the missionary who is handling the work there in country. He gave Rackson all the money needed for the coffin and the transportation and food for the funeral, John at best is poorly supported and I know this money came out of his personal account, what a blessing he is to the work. I pray often that God will bless him and his family. You can read about John in the Malawi newsletter that I send out every few months. What a work he is doing. Pray for me and pray for Bible Way Baptist Church in Malawi.

News from Malawi and Rackson!

I received this e-mail from Rackson over the week-end and I wanted to keep everyone updated on the happenings in Malawi and how Rackson is doing now that he is back. I edited it a little so as to be better understood. One thing it doesn’t say but he told me when I called is that HE paid for the casket out of his pocket and the church and family paid for the food. That is the custom there that the family of the one who died pays for the food for all who attend. In Malawi a funeral is a big social event both for the family and the village. The child who was 5 years old died of Malaria, it killed her in two days, village children have no resistance to disease due to poor diets. Anyway Rackson has little support and yet he is willing to pay for a casket because Margret’s mother and father are members of Bible Way Church in Malawi. I would hope this touches your heart and you would like to help in the work. No amount is to small when the Lord is in the work. God bless and keep you.

Hie (Hi)Dad
Things is going good here but Last week Friday we GATT(had a) funnel(funeral) at Bible Way. a little Girl called Margret she died on Thursday and we have a funnel(funeral) service on Friday and many people come, and more than 600 got saved in that day,
and we have bean (been) praying for the land next to good Samaritan, and John tell me that God is answer our prayers to buy land next to us This is very good.
Things is very hard for soul winning now because we have more problem with Mazda so sometimes we can walk if Mazda is not (running) good,
But God is Good To me and My family and my Ministry,
I miss you Dad, Grace she is very Happy with the staff (stuff) i brought to her.

Your Son

I just got off the phone with Rackson, not a bad connection at this time of day. Malawi is seven hours ahead of us (CTZ) so he was winding up his day at the Children's home. He called me just as he was entering the village where Bible Way Baptist Church is located. He is working with the local pastor visiting members of the church and inviting others to visit next Sunday. Bible Way is a very important part of the village life as it is a place where many may meet and have a safe and comfortable place to worship and learn more about Gods plan for the saved and what one needs to do in order to get saved. This is Racksons' strong suit and what he loves to do. Many have asked about Rackson so I am sending this update and including a few of the pictures he sent back. The first thing we got for him was a camera and boy did he ever use it. It was on his belt always. He got to use it while attending an American Marriage, funeral, church services (local and around the southern states), Naval Air Museum, Creation Museum, at the beach, on a boat fishing, Blue Angel Air Show, when he first saw ice, snow, the ocean, at an underground waterfall (Ruby Falls), Rock City, The Tennessee Aquarium, Malls (the size of a small Malawi city) and pictures of everyday life we enjoy here without giving it a thought. Most of what we did will be updated soon so please come back. He received many wonderful things from churches we visited and all got back to Malawi packed in suitcases without a loss of a single item, boy is God good to his children! That is not a question but a statement. He is doing the work of an Evangelist and he is doing it all the time. My only regret is that we could not raise more for his support. I lost count of the number of souls saved while he and I were working together in Malawi but it was in the thousands and I was slowing him down because of age and legs. He will continue to work as long as he has petrol money and can get to the villages, if no money, then he will walk as far as he can in a day and preach Gods word, that is just the kind of young man he is. He has been a blessing in my life and I know he has been one in the churches he visited while here in America. I am sending a few pictures he sent me. I hope you enjoy them and think on the work that is taking place in Malawi and want to take part in that work. Rackson has few needs outside the normal food, clothing and care of his family which consists of his wife Grace and their two children and his two brothers, who he is trying to make sure get an education along with food and shelter.