Impressions of Malawi


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Angie Knight from the USA came to Malawi to work as a Communications Intern for two months. Here she talks of her impressions of Malawi. 

In future issues of Malawi Amoto we will see Angie’s reports on some of our projects


I was in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, for two months, but I was not in the poor parts. I took day trips to the villages, but I didn’t live in them. I visited rural sites, but I was based in a suburb of the commercial capital. It can be easy to disregard my observations; after all I was only there for two months. It's true, I have a very limited understanding of Malawian life. But my primary ministry was not to the poor parts of Malawi, or the villages. My ministry was the missionary.

In action: Angie taking photographs at a STUM training event in Salima—with some young admirers!

My role was to observe and capture the heart and impact of the work the missionary was doing, to hear the story of God working in Malawi and to find a way to articulate and share the story to others; my gateway to Malawian life was through the missionary’s ministries. So, thank you.

Thank you to you the missionary, who let me come alongside you and for answering question after question; thank you for thinking through and telling me the story of how you ended up here in the ‘warm heart of Africa’. Thank you to you, the supporter of the missionary, for being part of the advancement of the Gospel and the furthering of God’s diverse Kingdom; thank you for seeing and encouraging God’s servants in financial and prayer support, and for believing in what the missionary is doing.

Everywhere I looked in terms of ministry, it seemed to be a time of transition. The mindset of SIM is to equip the local church, to fill the needs of a community, and to proclaim the Gospel while doing so. Malawi is no exception. The mindset of the missionary must be establishing/encouraging a sustainable programme that can exist without the missionary, and it is.

Until Malawi, until I met the team here, I had not seen a group of people so dedicated and sold-out for God’s timing. In each ministry, in each family unit, the question was never about where you thought you were headed or the direction you wanted the ministry to go, but in what direction God was heading. Look at Jo and Tiyamike, look at Jacky and Hope for Aids. Andrea and the women at Naotcha, Jolanda and the Wells of Joy team, Nico and Humphries in their planning, book-making and teaching, Watson in mobilising Malawians and his work with Viji in ministering to the Indian community within Malawi. Think of HJ and his country reports, Ian in his coverage of ministry, trying to get Malawi more publicity, Lindsay in creating resources for teaching. See the work that Wadi does now since taking over from Steven, and think of the work he did before. Look at the Wheatleys, and how they loved so well, the Voight’s in being transparent about their reservations and obedience to their new ministry, Pete and his heart for the youth of Malawi, Mike in every decision he makes, in every meeting he has, Stephanie, Ruth and Megumi in training up the next class of pastors. Think of Helen in organising and caring for a diverse and spread-apart team, Carolyn in supporting the team in every way she can. The Morris family who, with two teenagers, came half way around the world to help the growing number of pastors, Marilyn retiring in Malawi and still providing pastoral care for the local church, Jim and his work with STUM and encouraging the vision of training the leaders of the leaders of the next generation, Diane and Alicia and Barrett serving in healthcare in a country where people are dying of curable diseases because of the limited care available, Jean and her heart for the clinics and lives she’s been a part of, Bryanne in relationships and teaching of her children. Abera and Bizunesh stepping out to reach the unreached, and the Smiths teaching sustainable agriculture and sowing seeds of faith on the Mozambique side of the lakeshore.

As a communications intern, I got to see ministry in action, all types of ministry. I got to hear the story behind the stories, and see first-hand the fruit of endurance, and the frustrations of the present, and hear the vision and hesitations of the future. I dare you to take a step back, widen your eyes beyond your individual ministry. I dare you to step out of your world and into your brother’s or sister’s, to step into the shoes of the fellow missionary and see the world how they see it. One of my favourite aspects of Malawian culture is the relational core, greeting everyone when you enter a gathering, showing your face at events, and asking how someone is doing. I’m not convinced the same idea is carried over by azungu [foreigners] in their daily ministry, but I can see how the simple act of showing your face could encourage and strengthen the reality that you’re not facing obstacles or trials alone.

Malawi is a welcoming culture, that feels like an island in southern Africa. SIM Malawi is a family that might be spread out but it cares and supports each other. I got to meet the whole of the SIM Malawi team, a privilege most short-term associates do not get, but I also got to observe most of the ministries based out of Blantyre, along with one in Salima. I could ask questions to see how lots of different ministries and stories connected, but don’t let that end with Ian or me. Communication has been the world’s struggle since the Tower of Babel; do not wrestle with it on your own. The Lord can use you to change lives for eternity, but the Lord can use a team sustainably to change a nation toward Him.



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