Malawi cyclone victims receive ‘the greatest gift’

Ministry outreach to cyclone victims in relief camp at Chikwana, southern Malawai

By Edward Mikwamba

National Repentance Malawi (NPM) and Great Calling Ministries yesterday ministered at a relief camp for cyclone victims in Chikwawa in southern Malawi and people were very receptive to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ

The team’s visit was inspired by a discussion in which they noted that groups had been bringing physical support like bread, maize and beans to the camp but nobody was bringing spiritual support. They noted that while physical resources last a short time, the Gospel is the greatest gift to mankind.

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People in the relief camp had lost blankets, clothes, cooking utensils — everything — when flood waters swept away part of their village. It was a very hard time for these people who had lost so much in back-to-back cyclones during the past two months since the start of the rainy season.

Pastor Abott Nkomo of NPM preached a powerful message from Genesis 12 that God is moving us from our current place to a place of confident hope.

People received the greatest gift

Rev Edward Mikwamba of NRP told the people that it was very good that they received various donations from aid agencies “but we have brought you a very big gift that will last for eternity — and that gift is John 3:16 — For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

He told them they had brought a small quantity of relief items but God would multiply them as he had done with the few loaves and fishes which fed the 5 000.

He said thousands of people from the area flocked to the place where they were preaching. They sang choruses, the Gospel was preached and more that 300 people received Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. People repented of their witchcraft and many sins and were healed of illnesses.

“By God’s grace we bought maize and milled it and gave it to people there to use at the camp. There was a miracle — there was a surplus and there was enough for the people. We also handed out clothes which had been donated,” said Mikwamba.

“Another miracle — somebody stole flour from us but when we preached the Gospel he received Jesus and returned it to us. We blessed him with some cash for his upkeep and it was very good,” he said.

He said they also cut witchcraft ties in the area whereby some people contolled crocodiles to kill people.

The ministry team also distributed tracts which Christian Literature Association had given to them for free. They also handed out some Bibles that had been donated as well as books on counselling, leadership and life skills

They also treated about 100 children with snacks, showing them the love of Jesus.

“We also saw 10 chiefs — men and women. They received books, Bibles, clothes and flour. They also received Jesus Christ and we prayed for them,” said Mikwamba.

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