How has the work changed since the move to Chiphazi (October 2011)?
The main focus of the work is still to see lives changed in and through faith in Christ and following him in discipleship. Travelling to villages for group bible studies and proclaiming God’s word is still a priority, but the ministry has developed in response to great needs in Malawi.
The farm has become the centre of operations, offering as it does the opportunity to ‘Farm God’s Way’, using mulch and crop rotation to try and get the best out of the land, and show Malawians a different way to farm from the one they’ve been used to. Most years, the crops grown by subsistence farmers don’t provide enough food to last the year, so The Joseph Project feeding programme means we can help supplement the diet of the poorest and most vulnerable of the people.
Other team members have moved onto the farm alongside Julian and Caroline. John and Betha, Cameron and Victoria between them look after eleven orphans and in June 2013, another home will be completed for more to move into.
Nearby in Mphalale, the church building has recently been extended to cater for the growing congregation, and this building has also been used as the venue for the Church Leaders’ Conference, now held bi-annually.
The work in Lilongwe is now overseen by Biliat, a local and very capable man. There are several congregations that he visits regularly to lead worship and the leaders of these churches join him for weekly teaching and training.