Wednesday 29th

This was an interesting day as it started so nice, water and Escom, time enough for coffee and a false belief it would last. John was up early about 0430 getting ready to leave for Nsanje with Bro. Dave at 0600. It was not long after that that the power and water were off; breakfast was cold cereal and hard boiled eggs with bread and butter or jam. We had a good wisdom search devotional and I lead singing which was great as I have Van Gogh’s ear for music but we got past that part.

Class commenced at 0800 right on time and we finished up where we left off yesterday. Had a test and called it a day at 1130. Beings how John was gone there was no afternoon classes which was fine with  me as I had Wednesday night bible study and needed the time.

John called late and said he arrived and was getting things going and will spend the night there and come home late Thursday, better Dave than me. Dinner was outstanding, we were expecting several families to visit but I think they found out I was the “special speaker”. They missed cold sliced roast beef, Cucumbers in a white sauce, fresh salad hot rolls and all the trimmings followed by chocolate cake and hot coffee. I had all I could eat, waited 2 hours and took my blood sugar, guess I had better be good tomorrow.  

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Chuck has tried to be friendly with these protectors so he has had to give up beef jerky! Don't they look harmless compared to Stormy!

Monday 27, August 2012

After a wonderful and fulfilling Sunday it is now back to the less exciting but certainly important work of teaching the Word of God to students who are enthusiastic to learn. I am on lesson five of seven and it has been almost two weeks. I guess it will be a little longer to present these lessons than I had planned on, time is not an issue here but understanding is. We have covered the church as the Body of Christ; Christ is the Head of that Body. Positions in the church and gifts of Spirit to all the members, how love will define a church, The roll of the Pastor in the local church and today’s lesson on the responsibility of giving as God has prospered.

This morning we had both Escom and water and now we have nether but the sun is up and bright so it is of no consequence. Liz fixed breakfast and it was a homemade bagel with cheese, egg and ham it was so good even the clown would have been proud. I am not sure what the Lord has planned for this afternoon but it is sure to be an adventure, everyday is. What a joy to talk with the Pastor yesterday, boy Skype is nice when you have Escom.

Lunch was on your own, I have crackers and chicken salad fruit and water, we were about done when the Escom came back so Liz fixed a nice slice of zucchini bread with soft butter boy how good does it get. This afternoon one of the students will be selected to preach for the first time, a five minute lesson with an outline to be provided to the instructor (John) I will be setting in just to be there.

I have decided that doing more than one lesson and then testing is not for these students, they need a test for every lesson , not a problem as I can write a fairly even test that truly lets me know what they have learned and yet not wash them out. John has set the standard of 70% s passing but requires the student to look up the correct answer so they in essence know all the answers.

Going for a walk with Liz and Jonathan this afternoon just to see what animals we can see, I know we will see lots of , Maybe I‘ll bring a camera.Till next , time Charles of Africa

Saturday Soul winning

Bible Study

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Soul Winning Saturday

Saturday 25, 2012

Saturday in Malawi is not as in America, there is no sound of people getting ready for the weekend chores, with the exception of Sunday all days are the same, business as usual. I was up at 0515 and because of the light on the computer I knew we had Escom, the next question is do we have water? We do  after putting on the coffee I took a quick shower with hot water and had a nice shave, with hot water and started planning the day leaving the hard part up to the Lord. It is my intention to go soul winning at Njuli in preparation for Sunday, I challenged the members last Sunday for each to bring a guest,  going through the village will help and I know the Lord will prepare some hearts to hear the Word for the first time and with much expatiation confess the Lord as their Saviour.

We are to meet outside the gate of the compound and we will all board the lorry(ugh) and head off, starting time 0900 Malawi time (+/- 30minutes). I will take along besides tracts and a bible, water, beef jerky, energy bars and  hope Rackson can carry all that he thinks I am an old man. You know the kid might be right. And as planned nothing goes as, went to town to pick up the SUV it was ready; I had the pleasure of driving back as John was driving the lorry.
We started out for Njuli about 10:00 it was wonderful to be doing my first love, we visited about a dozen church families and about 3 times that many non members. Something new is happening around Njuli, because of the new road construction there are many new laborers in the village and so we stopped and visited and invited them to church tomorrow. It was hard going but it all came back to me and I was on my game with son Rackson. The one family with the baby on the mother’s lap with me sitting on a long bench, they under the teaching of Rackson came to the Lord, I prayed this morning for the Lord to give us just one soul to save.
It was hot and dirty but what a blessing. Came home and took a cool shower and some hot food and time to relax with the good book and plan for tomorrow, I am teaching and Rackson is Preaching.

The first two hours of the day are the busiest with showers, dressing and morning bible reading and prayer then “wisdom search” (devotion)with the family and then the treat of the day, breakfast. Institute starts at 0800 and is over at 1430 with lunch and other chore in between. John has asked me to prepare as many off topic lessons for the Institute as I have time for, what a blessing for me I am not sure how it will be for the students. With one instructor it is difficult to add anything to the day as you are plumb worn-out at the end of the day, with two you can get a little break and so do the students. I was assigned only one topic The Doctrine of the Church and that was 7 class hours which will become 12 by time I finished, the students know English reasonably well but not Chuck English. So we shall see what the Lord lays on my heart for these young men.     

Wednesday Bible Study

Just finished a wonderful dinner it was later than we expected, the family that was to come had some Escom problems so John had to go and help the “experts” do the new wiring so services started about an hour late. It went well, I think they liked it because it was short. I had cookies after dinner and I can’t wait to see what my blood sugar will be. Everyone is setting around shooting the breeze and I need to study for tomorrows class. The water is off so I plan to get up early and if Escom is on I will heat water and dip and scrub, thank God we have fresh water for coffee, I didn’t get any till late afternoon but it made my headache go away. It was a great afternoon, God is so good to us.   

Pictures from church Sunday at Njuli

Children at Bible Way Njuli

Ladies Choir 
Children's choir

Chuck, Rackson and Rackson Jr.

Wednesday 22, 2012

God is good and he is good  all the time, I woke up late (0620)and did not have the chance to make coffee be for the Escom went off (0623) but we had the hot water in the tank so a shower was available to those who didn’t shower last night (I did).

As we were preparing for morning worship John said I could have meat with my morning meal but it was still frozen but the good news the milk is warm, I might be in the wrong hotelJ, cold cereal and applesauce is fine with me. There are a lot of people right here in Malawi who start the day without food of any kind. It is good to be a child of the King.

I have the early morning to get ready lesson three “The Doctrine of the Church” I have till 0930, John asked if I would do mid-week service for the students and  several  of the missionary families that will come at 1600 this afternoon to John’s house. None of the local native churches have Escom so we meet in missionary homes to worship and are done before dark. I am humbled to do so as these missionaries have little opportunity to have someone provide to them as they are always providing for others, my title is “Up a tree without Christ”  from Luke 19. I’ll let you know how I did, maybe J. Till next time.

Love God and stay close.