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An Experience Beyond Words

Aug 1, 2019

When my father, Roland Hayes, was still living, he would talk about taking us back to Namikango Mission where we lived as young children. God called him Home when he was 66 years old and he never got to see that dream realized.

But this past month, God did allow it to happen; Daddy's dream came true. My oldest son, Ricky Lewis, is presently living and working in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, which borders Malawi, and I was privileged to travel to Africa to visit him and his family and to visit Malawi as well.

Ben and Ryan were such gracious hosts for us and filled us in on all the work going on there. As we toured the Mission grounds, I saw the house where I spent three years of my childhood, and memories flooded my soul.

Some of the amazing things we saw were:

-the new Administration Building under construction with 20 offices for staff

-new Mission classrooms

-the Maternity Clinic, where I got to meet a brand-new baby boy named Success

-the expectant mothers waiting in the Guardian Shelter

-the growing Coffee plants and Macadamia trees

-the soon-to-be coffee production building

-the new classrooms at the Ntonda primary School

We met numerous men and women faithfully serving the Kingdom of God in Malawi. One of my favorite visits was with Brother John Katete and his son, Symon. John was one of Daddy's first Bible students there. He became a faithful worker on the Mission for many years. His son, Symon (whom my brother, Rodney, and I played with as children), continued John's work at the Mission and is there now. When showing them old pictures of when we lived there, John said, "I know I am coming to the end of my life, and I am so excited that I will see my brother, Roland, again soon." We rejoiced together in the glorious hope we share because of Jesus!

God has been faithful to go above and beyond anything my father could have imagined 55 years ago. The verse in Ephesians 3:20-21 came to mind while we toured the Mission:

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

Praise God, He allowed me to be a first-hand witness to His marvelous work in Malawi in the very beginning and today alongside my son, his wife, and seven of my precious grandchildren. What a Blessing!

By Sharon Hayes Griffith