Sunday September 30th

Good morning and good day, we had a great Sunday service, I finished the last installment of “Compassion” I think that was number 206 (hyperbole) and I hope it was effective because here in Malawi it is really needed. Rackson preached and his topic was compassion as well but he got a lot more response than I did and do. He is a very good evangelist and loves doing the work of such.  Grace was not able to attend, she was taken to the hospital yesterday for Malaria and now home resting.

I slept late this morning I did not get out of bed till 0630, that is the latest I have slept since I have been here. As you know we went to dinner last night at the Indian Club. We ordered at about 1600 and were done at 1930 with the ice-cream. It is the most fun I have had in a long time, we and I mean all of us played air-hockey, ping-pong, fuze-ball, and small table pool in between our servings of food. I cannot tell you how good the flat bread is. Both Liz and Johnathan told me it was the best time they have had in Malawi, that made my heart so glad. The food and table conversation was just great. A man would have to be very fast to get ahead of Harry.

On the way home he asked John when he needed to be ready for church, John said 0720 and that it was a small church far away maybe 20 or so in attendance. Without missing a beat Harry said maybe John should start later, we got to laughing so hard I thought we would leave the road.

I might be predigests but I think the choirs at Bible Way are about the best I have heard and it is like ours as they sing not to entertain but to praise the Lord-not a lot of loud singing and moving but just great harmony and reverence for what they are doing.

Well I got to go as the person who is translating the OT is coming and John would like us present.

More about the Jesus Film September 29th

Last evening was our scheduled appointment in the village of Nmadzi and we left well before sundown as natural light is needed to set up. Almost all Jesus Film presentations are the same the only differences are the distance to the village and the local Evangelists who will be making the verbal presentation during the opening and closing remarks. Nmadzi  is about 40 minutes away from where I am staying. All the equipment must be hauled to site and set up in an area large enough to hold a lot of people. A few days before the film flyers are passed out to the area after permission is given by the Chief.

Upon arrival the truck is unloaded and the equipment is set up and the generator is fired up and we are in business.  The crowd begins to show up early and gospel music and pictures are shown and a mood of reverence is encouraged by the staff. At first the children come but later as it gets dark the adults come as the work is done at home and in the fields.

Opening remarks are made and thanks is given to the Lord and to the person who is making the film possible, in this case Bible Way Baptist Church (Milton, FL). The film is started and the people get comfortable for a two plus hour presentation of the life of Jesus. It starts in the very beginning in Genesis to establish sin and its consequences, the promise of Abraham and a complete picture of Jesus from birth to His resurrection and ascension into heaven, all from the book of Luke. The film is paused at the crucifixion and a salvation message is preached after which an alter call is made. Then the film is resumed till the end at which time tracks and John and Romans are given to those who have made a profession of faith in the Lord.
A follow up visit is made to the area and bible studies are offered and many times a church will be planted in that village.
From start to finish is about 5 hours depending on drive time, same for cost. The longer the drive the greater the cost of fuel. I think this is one of the best ways to get the Gospel to the people, hundreds were reached last night many, many tracts were passed out and many bible studies were made. This work is truly a blessing not only for the people of Malawi but for those who present the work. I know my heart is made glad. I want to thank all who made these three film presentations possible, may God bless you and keep you.
Because of the Cross, Bro. Chuck Miller
 Bible Way Baptist Church
Milton, Fl
William B. Wright, Pastor   

Getting ready for Jesus Film September 29th

Here we are getting ready for the Jesus Film, we are the three Amigos or the three stooges your pick:) We are off to the village of Nmadzi and the Lord was magnified. We did not look so clean and nice when we got home.  The ones of Harry with the kids are while we were waiting for the rest of the team to get there. We had a miscommunication and were late as they were in one place waiting and we were in another, three stooges I think. When we did all get together, we were in a place we did not find suitable so we moved a few minutes to a different location that turned out to be much better and a lot safer to be in the dark.

Harry as the children are gathering
 Tonight was a wonderful night for a Jesus we had 300 plus adults and 130 plus young/small children. The kids were very obedient during the film and many, many raised their hands and accepted Christ. I don’t know how many but God does and the glory is to the Lord.

September 26th just a normal day!

Let me tell you what Malawi is like, 4 days ago our water was turned off do to a miscommunication. John went Tuesday to the water board downtown Limbe and paid the bill and the reconnection fee and then arraigned to have it reconnected at noon that day. He left to go to Nsanje. No water, on Wednesday so I went to the water board early in the morning to check on why? No water. No answer but was assured it would be turned on yesterday at 1700. Went to the airport to pick up Harry and found out after an hour wait he was going to be delayed for 3 hours, well there was nothing to do but wait and that is what Rackson and I did. Church was to be at 1600 but there was no way to make that as his plane landed on time (delayed till 1500) but he was over an hour in claiming his bags and picking them up and meeting us in the parking lot. We needed to stop on the way home to get some bread, eggs, cheese and what-not so we didn’t get home till well after 1700. No water! So it was camp showers for all who wanted or needed. I fit in both categories as I was on my third day of a five day deodorant pad J up early this morning and on the phone with Rackson and told him to pick me up at 0800 so we could once again go visit the nice people at the Limbe water board. I was told that they came last evening about 1900 but no one answered the knock at the gate and the monster dogs (his words) would not let them in, no kidding. So he left. After describing how the bathroom looked he told me he would go right out now now, I believed him, somebody please hug me. Harry, Jonathan, Rackson and I went to get my passport stamped which cost me $15.00 more dollars (second time) and went to brunch which cost me $20.00. We were off to get some gifts for me to take back to friends in America, that cost me $60.00 and I was ready for the long dry dusty dirty drive home, Got back to the casa and went straight to the bathroom and no water, the man had came and turned the water on but after about 15 minutes the water was cut off for the usual reason and with a blessing it will be on later today. I am going to take a nap, John will be home mid/late afternoon and I pray we have hot water as I know he has not had a shower in three days and has been preaching and teaching and presenting the Jesus film at night down in Tengani (hot dry dust dirty and no water) He will want a nice hot shower and a meal. This could be an adventure, I’ll let you know.

God’s blessing on you all. Bro. Chuck the dusty

Sunday September 23rd

What  a wonderful Sunday, up at 0530 to hot water and hot coffee, yes we had water and Escom and still do and it is 1345. Yesterday we had neither till late in the evening and the water was red with dirt. After a great breakfast prepared by Liz I had time to study my Sunday school lesson and listen to Redeemed before Rackson came to pick me up at 0930.

Church started on time and I was very pleased at the attendance for SS, I guess the weekly reminders about getting to church on time is beginning to pay off. After several songs from the choir and congregation, a few announcements and prayers it was my time. I taught once again on compassion as this is one of the areas the church is lacking and lacking big time. I held the Lord up as the only example to follow and was about 2/3 done when my time was up. I was at a natural stopping place so I will finish up next week, Lord willing.

After the break, announcements, (Bible Way is now Independent, Mrs. Goodman is invited to teach) tithe and offerings, songs from both choirs and prayers it was Johns time to preach. It was a fine sermon and one that was well received as nine souls were added to the kingdom at the conclusion of the invitation. He preached John 6:60-71 titled “ will you turn back” very good lesson. We plan to ask the church committee if we may hold sick call in two week after church. We will close the doors and hold sick call treating what we can and helping in whatever way God directs. This will be so good for the church as it is hoping to grow. Nobody remembered the camera so maybe next week I will send pictures of worship and all the improvements at Bible Way Baptist Church Njuli.

Tomorrow we are off to the capitol, it is about 5 hours one way and the business should take no more than an hour (Malawi time?). We will have lunch and shop for Darcy as Lilongwe has a lot bigger stores for shopping. Till next time, God bless and keep you. Your friend in Malawi.

Because of the Cross, Bro. Chuck