The independent nation of Malawi came into political existence in 1964, after British colonial power withdrew from Nyasaland. It is a land of great natural beauty in South East Africa, with Lake Malawi taking up much of the east, great mountains and valleys that form part of the Great Rift Valley as well as numerous endemic flora and fauna species. Malawi relies heavily on agriculture, with a majority of the population living in rural areas. Tobacco is a key export. Historically, Malawi has had an extremely young population, and problematic population density. Over 65% of the population is under the age of 25, and the average number of children is 5.5 (CIA World Factbook 2017)!
Since 1964, Malawi, surrounded by Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, has struggled. Political corruption, and natural disasters such as floods and drought, wreak havoc on crops. Other national issues surround the use of land for agricultural amidst significant population growth, as well as corruption and an ever present HIV/AIDS presence. It is a country in need of prayer for economic, social and spiritual wellbeing, as AE Malawi work hard to bring the Gospel to Malawians from every sector of society, from the capital city of Lilongwe under Enoch Phiri.
TEAM LEADER: Enoch Phiri
Enoch has been working alongside AE since 1983, catching the vision to evangelise the cities of Africa with AE during the African Spiritual revival of the 1970s and 1980s. Prior to working with AE, Enoch spent 22 years with World Vision as the Christian Witness Coordinator. Enoch is both a passionate and formidable speaker, who speaks regularly as an evangelist on AE missions throughout the African continent, as well as on global tours. He has a passion to see lives transformed in Malawi. Current projects undertaken in Malawi include a Vocational Skills Training Project, and a Women’s Rehabilitation and Retraining Centre at Lilongwe.
PROJECT: Women’s Rehabilitation at Lilongwe
Since 2003, AE Malawi has been running a beautifully transformative programme to restore hope and peace to women in the capital city of Lilongwe. These women come from difficult backgrounds: many are former prostitutes, have been thrown out of home or been victims of neglect or domestic abuse. Others are young girls who have had to drop out of school to care for relatives, or because of there is not enough money to support their education. All of them need love, care and support. The girls and women are taught skills like dressmaking, home design and management and cooking, and about the love of Jesus, because that is what drives AE to do the work we do. For 6 months, in a fully funded residential programme, the girls are trained, growing in a safe community of women. Many begin to regain a sense of self-worth and empowerment through optional counselling. When they leave the programme, the women are gifted a sewing machine by AE Malawi to take their new skills out into Malawi. They are equipped with skills to both care of their future families, start businesses, and make a positive difference to the communities they return to. In 2015, 30 women were trained, and 40 in 2016. In 2017, it is anticipated that 40 women will be mentored and trained.
AE Malawi conducted and participated in a number of missions over the 2013-2016 period, and is looking forward to more missions throughout 2017!
In 2013 missions, 25,728 people were reached and 320 made commitments for Christ, through Foxfires ministry outreach missions. Other ministries included PTC training, leadership training, marriage seminars and a peace and reconciliation programme.
In 2014, missions reached 21,000 people and 1,700 new Christians were welcomed into the AE family. These numbers came from the Lilongwe East Mission (Kauma for Jesus), as well as Foxfires missions. The Malawi Team also participated in the Isiolo Mission to Kenya. Other ministries included PTC training, leadership training, marriage seminars and a Peace Prayers training event with World Vision.
2015 was a very busy year for AE Malawi, with the Lilongwe West Mission (Chinsapo for Jesus), as well as the Eldoret Mission in Kenya and the Port Elizabeth Mission in South Africa. Over 30,000 people were reached with the Gospel in Malawi alone, and there were 3,000 new Christians! Through PTC and leadership training, Foxfires and a youth camp, even more heard the good news about Jesus.
2016 saw the Malawi Team reach 18,400 with the Gospel, while 5,400 were saved through a continuation of mission outreach, PTC, Foxfires and smaller city ministries. By God’s grace, in 2017 these ministries a will continue in the name of Jesus.
February 2017 (Prayer points provided by AE Team Leader Enoch Phiri)
- Praise God for the growing church in Malawi, despite years of struggle against many obstacles, including poverty, corruption, and an HIV/AIDS pandemic.
- Pray for the Women’s Tailoring Project in Lilongwe, that in 2017 all of the 40 women enrolled in the course would growth to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
- Please pray for the Pastor Theological training in Malawi, and that all graduates would be equipped to be better leaders in their home churches.
- Praise God for the generosity that has seen social actions projects thrive in Malawi and its neighbours through AE. Pray that God will continue to work in the hearts of Malawians to raise funds for these projects and more.
- Pray for continued wise and generous leadership of Enoch Phiri, AE Malawi Team Leader and Abel Sauti-Phiri, AE Malawi Office Manager.