Namikango Mission

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35 Years Later...

Aug 6, 2014

by Kirk Hayes

I first spent time at Namikango Mission in the Fall of 1979 when I stayed with B & Ruth Shelburne and their family. Lendal & Peggy Wilks and their children were missionaries there also. Since then, the Lord has provided me the opportunity to travel back to Namikango in 1997 while we were living in Kenya and then more recently in the summers of 2013 and 2014. Susan and I have just returned from three weeks with our sons and their families in Malawi.

It is encouraging to reflect on how the Lord continues His great work through Namikango. On one of our Sundays there, Ben, Ryan, Rodrick & his wife, and I traveled to a church in the Phalombe District near Mulanje. They were finishing up a weekend camp meeting as we arrived.

I was struck by the similarities of this outing and the one I had experienced 35 years earlier –

While there were notable similarities, even more striking were the differences – primarily, instead of being with Uncle B or Lendal, I was accompanied by two of our sons to this meeting! What an immense joy it was to hear Ben and Ryan teach and preach to those gathered there. Benjamin even preached in Chichewa since he has been there long enough to learn the language. Another difference was seeing a mature Malawian leader Symon Katete helping lead the service; Symon was young like me when we were there in 1979.

The Lord is loving and faithful. For 53 years He has been guiding and blessing the work done through Namikango. It calmed and steadied my heart to see how God continues to raise up men and women from Malawi and the U.S. to carry on this great work of His.

Jeremiah 6.16: “This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”