Paul and Helen Jones are from Port Perry and are serving as missionaries with Emmanuel International in Malawi Africa. They are an essential link between Bath Road Baptist Church and the churches and projects that we support in Malawi. We are sure thankful to have such good friends in Malawi.
We are pleased to provide support to several pastors and church planters in Malawi. We have been amazed at their passion to spread the good news of Jesus as evidenced by their sacrificial living. Many travel over 50km by bike or walking to visit churches in their care. They do this while also farming for a living. While providing for some of their needs we have also provided motorbikes and bicycles in an effort to make their work easier and more effective. It is a blessing to know these people and to have a part in their ministry.
Pictured is Moses Sungani who was a pastor and church planter in Malawi. We were pleased to be able to provide 100% of the needed support for Moses. He planted over 20 churches in his area and was also busy with evangelistic work, church leadership and pastoral work for many years. Our church bought him a brand new motorcycle to help him in his effort because, although approaching 70 years old, he was pedalling almost 100 kilometres on a single speed bicycle to the furthest church he was aiding. Moses now rests as he went to be with Jesus in 2011.
Suffer the little children… What a blessing to help support Mai Mganga as she cares for a number of orphaned children in Malawi.
Many of the church buildings in the rural areas have grass roofs and sustain serious structural damage through the rainy season. To put a roof on, timber must be purchased to build trusses, which must be treated with chemicals to prevent the termites from eating then. Corrugated steel is then mounted on top of the trusses. This simple solution makes the church buildings far more useable year round and durable for many years. These cost about $1200.00 to $1500.00 a roof depending upon the size of the building.
“Goat projects” have been started in 30 centres in Malawi. The Pastors in the churches have identified the widows in their own churches and some from the general community and these ladies are joined together in a “Widows’ Club”. They are trained to raise goats; each Widows’ Club has a male goat available to breed with the female goats. The first offspring must be given back to the church and it in turn is given to another impoverished widow. All other offspring can be used for the financial benefit of the widow and the orphans that she supports. The widows are enabled through the offspring to stabilize their financial situation and to send their children to school. As you can see, for every one goat purchased, numerous families are helped over the years. This project is also expanding to try and help the impoverished pastors of 270 churches in the rural areas. Most of them are subsistence farmers with a very minimal income. Even if the church members tithe, there is usually very little with which to help the pastor. A goat can be a huge help to the pastors and their families. These goats cost $80.00 each which includes delivery, days of training etc.