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Master Plan for Years to Come

Sep 9, 2015

by Ben Hayes

The EMI (Engineering Ministries Intl) team of volunteer engineers has not stopped working even though they left the Namikango campus two months ago. Since their visit, we have continued dialogue and email, trying to decide what will be included in the final report they give us: which is a master plan of the Namikango campus for the years to come. The expertise that has gone into this is astounding, as it is not only looking at buildings needing to be repaired or replaced, but also potential water sources to accommodate the future needs, waste management, electrical power sources, and so on. As you can imagine, to get all of this thoroughly reviewed and compiled in a couple months is a huge task. Though there will undoubtedly be adjustments as we go forward, the proposals we receive from EMI will be a strong, solid foundation of key components for what we hope to see at Namikango in the future.

This master plan will be incorporated into the film that Jerrod and his crew did back in April, combining all of the work, the dreams, and the vision of the missionaries, the staff, and the Board of Directors, into one tangible resource to guide us to wise decisions for our future. We are really excited to see things come together in the next few months.

The Bible School is coming to an end for the year, and we are now heading into the dry season. This means we will be out visiting churches every weekend for the coming months. The places deep in the village will now be accessible with vehicles, places where we could not go during the rainy season. This forms an important part of the work we do at Namikango, as it provides opportunity to teach God’s Word, and more importantly, it enables us to maintain and build relationships with many of the existing churches with whom we are affiliated. When we make these weekend preaching trips out into the villages each year, we usually have a theme for the meetings, and this year we are spending our time delving into the Gospel and that its applications are not just for those who have recently accepted Jesus, but The Gospel is for all of us, as we continue to be made into His image.

Blue Gum Tree Disease

Blue Gum trees (Eucalyptus) are a very prevalent tree throughout Malawi, though they are not native to Africa. They grow quickly and provide a good source of shade, as well as firewood for many people. Since these trees grow tall and straight they are in high demand to be used for rafters and roof support, especially for churches.

On the negative side, these trees use a ton of water and are not good when grown near gardens. Recently a disease that attacks these trees has hit Malawi. It is significant enough that the govt. has responded and urged great caution, warning that cutting and burning of trees that have been infected is dangerous. There have been some deaths resulting from ingestion after having touched the infected leaves. Many trees in the southern region have been affected by this disease, including trees here on the Mission campus.

On the negative side, these trees use a ton of water and are not good when grown near gardens. Recently a disease that attacks these trees has hit Malawi. It is significant enough that the govt. has responded and urged great caution, warning that cutting and burning of trees that have been infected is dangerous. There have been some deaths resulting from ingestion after having touched the infected leaves. Many trees in the southern region have been affected by this disease, including trees here on the Mission campus.

While the removal of these trees may mean the possibility for the better growth of other vegetation, it may also mean significant deforestation here. And the removal of huge areas of trees is a serious problem that already exists in Malawi. A way of preventing the spread of the disease or curing infected trees is being looked into, but in the meantime, please remember to keep this situation in your prayers.

Mission Workers

Several of the major events of the month includes; the interns visit and the community health evangelism training which were highlighted in the bulletin last month. In addition, we’ve had three new staff members come on board: a Bible teacher and two community health trainers. (More on these individuals to come later).