Open Door Missions, Inc.
Friday, April 26, 2019
A Southern Baptist Outreach

Malawi Missions

Open Door Missions; Malawi

    

       Since 2013 we have made 6 trips to Malawi.  Each trip has had its own set of challenges and its own set of rewards. And, through all of the challenges, God has blessed our ministry in Malawi above and beyond anything we ever expected.  It reminds me of what God told us through His prophet, Isaiah, in Isaiah 55:8-9; which says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. 

 

          I remember the first trip Dan Prior and I made to Malawi in 2013. One of our prayers, as we prepared to go was, “Oh Lord let us be like a small stone thrown into a pond.  That ripples of the Gospel of Christ would begin to spread across Malawi, Mozambique, and ultimately across the continent of Africa as we splashed down in the tiny village of M’Gona, Malawi.”

 

          Well, let me tell you, God had bigger plans than the ripples Dan and I prayed for. In fact, God has accomplished what might be compared to tidal waves in Malawi and Mozambique.  Plus, He has opened up new doors for us in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. Let me share some of the things God has done in Africa; mostly in Malawi and Mozambique.

 

          In 2014 we were able to start an elementary school for the children who lived in M’Gona, Malawi.  A family from the Minden, LA area made it possible for us to buy school uniforms for all of the children and other donors made it possible for us to buy school books, school supplies, and Bibles for the children to use. There are now approximately 100 children who are learning to read and write English from an English Standard Version Bible.  Our hope is that God will prepare and raise up pastors and missionaries from Maranatha Open Door Elementary School.

 

          Open Door Missions has four Jesus Film projector systems in Malawi and these films are doing wonders in Malawi and Mozambique.  In just six years, we estimate that 90,000 people have watched the Jesus Film and approximately 26,000 have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord, Master, and Savior.  While many of the new Christians combined with existing churches, many others needed churches to attend.  This led to the start of at least 20 new church plants that we know of and possibly many others that we do not know about.

 

          Each year that we have gone to Malawi, we have held a pastor’s conference.  In these conferences there are usually 100-125 pastors who come from miles away.  Many of them travel for 2-3 days just to come and learn everything they can in three days.  We teach them the basics of evangelism and discipleship, pray with them about the challenges they face as pastors, and make sure that each pastor leaves with a new Bible in their native language, Chichewa.

 

          The last trip, in July of 2018, was a little different from the first 5 trips.  In December of 2017, Open Door Missions was invited to come to a United Nations refugee camp, located in Dzaleka, Malawi.  This was certainly God leading us to join Him as He ministered to the refugees in Dzaleka because no one enters a United Nations refugee camp without an invitation and we knew no one who lived there.  In fact, we did not even know there was a United Nations refugee camp in Malawi.  So, it was definitely a God thing.  In Dzaleka we held several one-day conferences; one for church leaders, one for married couples, and one for young people.  We also held Sunday worship services in one of the camp’s churches and held an outside evangelism event.  Plus, we showed the Jesus Film each night we were there.  In all of our evangelism and outreach events we had approximately 2000 people who made public professions in Jesus as their Lord, Master, and Savior in just 6 days.

 

          And, God continues to open doors for Open Door Missions in Africa.  While at the refugee camp in Dzaleka, Malawi, I met a young man named John Mulepa.  John is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to as the DRC.  John had escaped to Malawi when a tribe, who lived a few kilometers from his village, raided his village one night and killed his father, mother, one brother, and four of his sisters.  John was able to escape with four of his sisters and lead them to the safety of the United Nations refugee camp in Dzaleka, Malawi.  I told you all of that to tell you this; John has asked us to pray about going to the DRC with him and help him witness to the tribe that killed his family about the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Also, on December 4, 2018, Open Door Missions was extended an invitation from Pastor Alfred Manda to come to Garneton Baptist Church, which is near Kitwe, Zambia.  Pastor Alfred has asked us to come to his church and duplicate what we have been doing in Malawi; hold a pastor’s conference and train pastors in evangelism and discipleship.  We are, at this time, praying about God’s direction and leadership in what to do next.

 

         As you can see, God has been busy working through Open Door Missions as we strive to follow His leadership in Africa.  If you are wondering how you can be involved, let me give you some suggestions. (1). Please pray for Open Door Missions.  As we know, the Bible tells us that all things are possible through Christ Jesus, but prayer is a critical factor in any mission effort.  (2). You can pray about going with us on any of our mission trips.  You may contact me at either brotherlavelle@yahoo.com or 318-355-5743 for more details about the trips to Malawi.  (3). You can pray about supporting our mission efforts financially by giving to Open Door Missions.  If you feel led to make a financial contribution, you may do so by sending a check to;

 

Open Door Missions

 

P. O. Box 4546

 

Monroe, LA 71211

 

and make sure you write Malawi Missions on the memo line.

 

A slave to the Master, Dr. Lavelle Spillers.      

 

 

     So the question is “How can you help Open Door Missions take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and dying people of Malawi and Mozambique?” First, we covet your prayers! We believe that nothing significant is ever accomplished for the Lord without prayer. Second, consider making a charitable donation to Open Door Missions for the Malawi Mission. It is a long way to Malawi, and getting things from here to there is very expensive. Third, consider whether or not God may be prompting you to join us when we travel to Malawi yearly. It would be a blessing for you to experience this beautiful country and the wonderful people for yourself.

     If you would like more information about the Malawi Ministry or how you can get plugged in, contact Brother Lavelle Spillers, at 318-355-5743 or brotherlavelle@yahoo.com.

A slave to the Master, Brother Lavelle Spillers.     
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