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Rebuilding Broken Relationships

Jun 26, 2020

People in Malawi are thirsty to hear the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. This is true in both the villages and in the cities. Despite the recent hunger difficulties in the villages, largely the result of a pest called 'the army worm' which destroyed crops for many small-scale farmers . . . many people are still showing up at these camp meetings . . . before the virus hit.
The theme for the meetings was, “Loving God by Loving our Neighbour.” This theme is a good one as we can see by the comments and feedback from people who attended.
Yes, many people go to church - but they do not live Christ-like lives. There is a great need for God-centered relationships to be built between people and churches; I am very optimistic that the introduction of this theme of "loving your neighbor" is going to help in rebuilding the broken relationships between our neighbours and between us and God, in families, in churches, and in communities at large.
A camp meeting usually involves three of us staff members. We leave Namikango campus Friday morning for the village that will be hosting the camp meeting, and return late Sunday night. Although it is not an easy thing to leave our homes, we feel gratified when we see people really taking hold of the message being taught. Our emphasis is on how it is impossible to love God without loving the person next to us. As 1 John 4:20 says, “If we say we love God but hate any of our brothers or sisters, we are liars. If we don’t love someonewe have seen, how can we love God whom we have not seen him”. Our love for God can only be seen in the love we show to people around us.
God is at work through these camp- meetings. In one meeting, a lady admitted that she was not living at peace with her neighbour and she vowed to amend their relationship. This shows that the gospel meetings are yielding good fruits in people’s lives. We are encouraged as we see God working in restoring broken relationships. Please pray for God to be at work in all the camp meetings and that we are able to resume them soon.
by Stanley Mkwanda