We are sad to report that on the night of 16th November 2018 we received the shocking news of the sudden and unexpected death of Chiyembekezo, the chairman of the group of trustees for the work in Malawi. He was a lovely, gentle man whose name in Chichewa means “hope”. John says that he had not been sick, but that evening had gone to hospital complaining of problems with his throat and died whilst waiting for attention.

Chiyembekezo was a very good friend, a true brother in the faith, a man with whom Julian and Caroline have shared their lives for over 8 years. He leaves his wife and 3 children, the youngest of whom is about 7 years old. Needless to say, Chiyembekezo will be greatly missed. His leaving us means that there is likely to be a huge gap in the work. Please pray for the team left behind that they will find their solace in the Lord, and will rise up to cover the work that Chiyembekezo was doing.


Chiyembekezo working with maize

Jesus taught that unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds (John 12:24). Firstly, He was talking about the importance of His own upcoming death, but we have seen the application of this verse to the lives of all of us as His followers. We take comfort too in the fact that the resurrection of Jesus marks His victory over death. He promised that he who believes in Jesus will live, even though he may die. One “day” we feel sure that we will meet Chiyembekezo again.