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Good Stewards

Jun 15, 2017

This year, Malawians across the country are giving thanks for a bountiful harvest.

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Exciting Times

Jun 15, 2017

The Mission and its outreach and ministries have grown substantially over the last few years.

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Going & Growing Strong

Jun 15, 2017

The work at Namikango is growing stronger than ever before.

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Master Plan/Infrastructure Development

Jun 15, 2017

We recently developed a new contact with a group here called Foundation to Build.

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Bible School Preparation

Jun 15, 2017

We have just begun the groundwork for teaching the Bible School in English here at the Mission campus.

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A 3-Day Meeting of the VSL Leaders

Jun 15, 2017

We had our trainers who are teaching people how to start and conduct the Village Savings & Loans come to the Mission for a three-day refresher training course.

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Doyle & Louise Gilliam

Jun 15, 2017

Doyle and Louise Gilliam were long-time missionaries in Malawi for the mainline Churches of Christ.

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Journey Group (Mentoring)

May 15, 2017

We’ve had our sixth Journey Group meeting this month.

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Deep in the Bush

May 15, 2017

The Bible schools started again last month, with twenty schools teaching the first class of the 3-year program – The Prophets.

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Our Newest Board Member

May 15, 2017

When the Mission Board met in August 2016, David Giles, a longtime friend of the Mission, was added to our Board of Directors. David has experience in Christ-centered educational programs and in building Christ-centered communities in several third-world countries.

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Namikango Visit

May 15, 2017

I was able to make a quick trip to Malawi in April; I had two full days to see the Mission and meet the staff and missionaries.

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VSL Program Growing Stronger

May 15, 2017

The Mission staff members who are working with the Village Savings & Loans (VSL) programs recently returned from a productive 8-day trip to the Northern region of Malawi.

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International Gospel Lectureship

May 15, 2017

Each year there is a conference that takes place in Southern Africa, put on by Churches of Christ in whatever country is hosting it that year.

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Mozambique Ministry

May 15, 2017

Eric and I, along with three of our Malawian Bible School staff, recently went to Mozambique to conduct our annual Teacher Refresher course for our Bible teachers there.

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Learning from Others

Apr 6, 2017

We recently participated in a Camp Meeting in an area about two hours from the Mission.

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Blessings of Rain

Apr 6, 2017

People are praising God as the rains continue to come. During my five years in Malawi, rains continuing into March have only happened one other time.

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Students get results

Apr 6, 2017

The year 2016 had many success stories including the planting of the Mussa church.

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Generations

Apr 6, 2017

Ben and I are often called Roland Hayes’s grandsons even though he’s our Uncle Roland.

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The Best Week Ever

Apr 6, 2017

Last week Namikango Mission hosted the annual Teacher Refresher Course on campus.

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Journey Groups (Mentoring)

Apr 6, 2017

I recently had the privilege of sitting in on a Journey Group here at Namikango.

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Plans for the Year

Mar 10, 2017

This year has started off looking eventful and exciting!

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Staff Vision Meeting

Mar 10, 2017

We began our meeting with prayer and Scriptural study to guide us in planning for 2017.

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Great Timing

Mar 10, 2017

The last month has been a whirlwind of activity for me.

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A Massive Impact

Mar 10, 2017

One of the major challenges with teaching Bible in Chichewa here in Malawi is the lack of resources available in the native language.

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Update on Stanley Mkwanda

Mar 10, 2017

We recently met with Stanley Mkwanda, his wife Tadala, and their daughter who had come to Malawi for a visit after another year at ACC (African Christian College).

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Family Update

Mar 10, 2017

We have been back from the emergency medical trip to South Africa fortwo months now.

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Getting Results

Feb 8, 2017

We recently reported how beneficial the training was for our Agriculture/CHE team.

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Coffee and Macadamia

Feb 8, 2017

In our effort to help Namikango become somewhat self-sustainable, we have acquired Macadamia trees for the 2.5acres that has recently been cleared at the Mission.

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Eric Gephart arrives in Malawi

Feb 8, 2017

We introduced Eric Gephart in a previous newsletter (Sept.2016) and are grateful to announce that he has now arrived inMalawi to begin his ministry at Namikango.

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A Joyful Experience

Feb 8, 2017

As planned, at the end of nine months, Village Savings and Loans (VSL) groups got together for a joyous celebration to see what their hard work of saving, taking loans, and repaying has done.

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Namikango’s New Farming Aid

Feb 8, 2017

The new V-Tractor, which was donated toNamikango Mission by the Malawi Project last year, has already been making its mark.

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Our Trip to Malawi - Conclusion from past two months

Feb 8, 2017

We wanted our team to love the Malawian experience the way the Thiesen family did and they did not disappoint us.

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God was Working

Feb 8, 2017

For those who didn’t know, Braylon became verysick towards the end of last year, to the point wherehe had to be medically-evacuated to South Africa fortreatment.

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Meet Licy Juma – A Different Story

Jan 6, 2017

This is the rainy season time of year for us. With it comes hope that people will be able to make sure there will be food secured for the following year.

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Surprise gifts from Hope 1000

Jan 6, 2017

There are 200 farmers in the Namikango area who have been a part of a program where we taught better ways to conserve water and grow their crops.

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Staff Retreat 2016

Jan 6, 2017

Each year we try and do something with our staff off campus to get away and relax.

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David Livingstone’s Tree

Jan 5, 2017

A couple months ago, I was out with Chitani Bakali,our Bible School Coordinator, on the way to his housewhen he suddenly told us to stop the car as he pointed toa small tree in the middle of a courtyard.

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Namikango "Football' Club

Jan 5, 2017

For years we have been talking about the need for Namikango to have a soccerteam and enter one of the Malawi leagues.

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Our Trip to Malawi - Continued from last month

Jan 5, 2017

The place where we raised our family was at Lubagha Mission, in Northern Malawi. I have wonderful memories of those years.

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Mission Happenings & Updates

Dec 9, 2016

The one provider of electric power in Malawi, ESCOM, has recently stated that power will be available throughout the country at 38% of full operation.

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Our Trip to Malawi

Dec 9, 2016

The day finally arrived for my trip to Malawi – Monday, July 11, 2016.

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“Our Man of Peace”

Dec 9, 2016

In the middle of September, two Bible school staff members went to the Malawi/Mozambique border for an outreachprogram, taking a couple of our Bible students along.

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Getting the Staff Trained, Having Fun, and Making a Large Impact!!!

Nov 21, 2016

We recently sent three of our staff members to Crown Ministries nearby in Blantyre to receive training in several different areas such as conservation, agriculture, finance, business and life skills like bee-keeping and mushroom growing.

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On The Go

Nov 21, 2016

For the last few months, we have been traveling through the United States, on our first official furlough after 2½ years in Malawi.

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“An Amazing Testimony”

Nov 21, 2016

We recently held an important church gathering for churches in the Zomba district, the district we are in, and one of the larger districts in Malawi.

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Maternity Shelter Toilet Renovations

Nov 21, 2016

We are finally beginning renovations on the Maternity Shelter toilets. This was an item we had received approval on from the Board a year or two ago but had not yet started. It is urgent now and we have finally moved ahead with this.

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Pure religion is to visit the widows . . .

Oct 18, 2016

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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Camping at Camp Meetings

Oct 18, 2016

During this time of year, the dry season, we are out every weekend in the village holding camp meetings – 2-3 day seminars where many churches in an area gather to hear the word of God, and enjoy fellowship.

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Small Stoves Making a Large Impact

Oct 18, 2016

A couple years ago we purchased some new stoves, called “rocket stoves” for our kitchen on campus.

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Mozambique Students Progress Report

Oct 18, 2016

We have two Bible School Centers in Mozambique at Milange and Gurue.

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Joining the Namikango family

Oct 18, 2016

My goal is to travel to Malawi towards the end of this year, stopping in Nairobi, Kenya in order to wrap up loose ends there.

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“The Best Yet”

Sep 13, 2016

Several have said it and I heartily agree this was the best Board meeting yet.

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A Blessing to Serve

Sep 13, 2016

I am richly blessed to serve on the board for the Namikango Mission in Malawi, Africa.

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Introducing Eric Gephart

Sep 13, 2016

We are glad to introduce Eric Gephart to all of you.

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"I get excited when..."

Sep 13, 2016

Jesus prayed that his disciples would not be taken out of the world but instead they be in the world not of it.

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Egg Money for Jesus

Sep 13, 2016

For several decades every issue of this Namikango bulletin contained a list of the previous month’s contributors, complete with the dollar amount of their donation.

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A Wonderful Reminder

Sep 13, 2016

As we come near the end of our furlough, we couldn’t be more grateful for what God has done during our time here.

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A Light in Dark Times

Aug 17, 2016

The people of Malawi have had a very difficult harvest year. This leads to a variety of other difficulties.

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Their Childhood Home

Aug 17, 2016

My family and I just completed a memorable trip to Malawi, Africa.

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On Furlough…

Aug 17, 2016

We’ve been in the states for about a month and a half and are really enjoying the change of pace.

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Effie & Febbie Retire

Aug 17, 2016

We honored two distinguished ladies who had dedicated themselves to the successful running of Namikango Maternity Clinic.

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Meet Mervis

Aug 17, 2016

Mervis Tanganyika has served as the Accountant Assistant for Namikango Mission for the past year bringing with her the privilege to call herself the first full-time woman staff member.

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The New Pit

Aug 17, 2016

The new Placenta Pit has been constructed and is adding value to the place already.

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Hunger Situation Updates

Aug 17, 2016

Doreen Daison, a young mother of two, in her late twenties, lives in a village of about 100 families.

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Who would have known?

Aug 17, 2016

It is always good to see how creatively God works beyond our capacity – even in the “small things” that we do.

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Village Bible Schools – Looking Ahead

Jul 18, 2016

We have many Village Study Centers and we want to keep them up-to-date and accountable. It is important that the leaders in each study center share in the responsibility of maintaining their school. Our agreement is that the Mission will support them for three months and the study center will support itself the next three months.

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Good Driver is a Necessity ... not a Luxury

Jul 18, 2016

Thompson Matebule has been the faithful driver for Namikango Mission for the last ten years. As the Mission driver, Thompson's responsibilities include transporting both the Mission staff and maternity patients to and from the Mission.

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Noted Primary School Continues to Raise the Bar

Jul 18, 2016

At the end of each year we take the opportunity to visit Ntonda Primary School to encourage the teachers for the work they do. This year several of us went and had a wonderful time meeting the teachers and students.

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Hunger for God’s Word

Jul 18, 2016

We have had weekly Bible studies here on the Mission with some of our key staff team. Recently, we moved to include a broader range of Mission employees – guards, cooks, and grounds workers.

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Seeking and Practicing Unity

Jul 18, 2016

During the Teacher Refresher Course for our teachers, we had earlier this year, we were able to witness what God was doing in reconciling several brothers from different churches.

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Amazing Answer to Prayer

Jul 18, 2016

We set a goal to help with the terrible hunger situation which was at its worst in our immediate area. Our supporters met the goals we set, and we were able to distribute large amounts of grain to widows, orphans, and the elderly . . . to those who could not help themselves.

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New Additions Around Namikango

Jun 21, 2016

We’ve had two recent purchases this month that will be making an impact on both the Bible School side and on the Maternity Clinic side of the Mission.

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Bible Schools Up and Running

Jun 21, 2016

The Bible School on campus has begun for another year. We have 8 returning students plus three new students. These three studied in a Village Bible Center near their home. This will be the fourth year of study for them and they wanted to finish at Namikango. This shows a serious desire to learn and we welcome them.

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A Journey not soon forgotten!

Jun 21, 2016

We returned mid-May from our journey to South Africa. As expected when traveling by road across Southern Africa, there were many interesting events – some planned and some not. Some of the highlighted events from this season include the All Africa Missions Conference (AAMC) where we were encouraged by past colleagues plus old and new friends serving across Africa, and a real highlight as we rejoiced at the birth of our second daughter - Lily Rae Hayes. But a brief article can merely list events, and that could never tell the real journey we had.

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Hunger Relief Efforts

Jun 21, 2016

Our effort to bring needed food to starving families continues. We are now reaching about 3,000 families and would like to double this. There are some 6,000 or more families nearby who are still in extreme need.

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Our Trip Around Africa

May 22, 2016

One of the blessings of living in Africa is the opportunity, every couple years, to get together with missionaries from all over the continent. And the venue for the AAMC (All Africa Missionary Conference) this time was the not too shabby destination of Cape Town.

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2016 Teacher Refresher Courses

May 22, 2016

Each year we have the week-long teacher refresher course on Namikango campus to refresh our Village Bible Teachers on the courses to be taught for the year before they head out to teach.

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The worst in a hundred years

May 22, 2016

"Some (of the people) in our village have only a small amount of seed to eat." One of the students told me this when I asked how the harvest was going in his village.

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A Note from Justine

May 22, 2016

We are overwhelmingly loved by so many who have been actively praying for us in our time of travel and transition. We are thankful for our time in South Africa. We got to attend the All Africa Mission Conference and were able to meet up with our former teammates from Nairobi.

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The Heart of the Gospel

Apr 18, 2016

During the last several weeks we’ve had the opportunity as a team at Namikango to discuss what kind of team we’d like to be. We’re going through a wonderful series called “The Beauty of Partnership” which is a Scripturally based study for cross-cultural teams.

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"The hunger situation here is very bad."

Apr 18, 2016

While the Northern region has had a few good rains and is waiting for the harvest, people in the South (our area) have not only lost last year's crop in the flood, but the crops they hoped to have this year did not produce.

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Mission Board Responds to Hunger

Apr 18, 2016

The Mission Board sent word to Ben to proceed immediately with the purchase of grain. We trust the funds will be raised and available to meet this need. Our generous, compassionate supporters have never failed to provide in time of need.

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VSL Training - Getting a good idea started

Apr 18, 2016

After many months of preparation, last week marked the first training session for those who will be leading the way in getting the Village Savings & Loans (VSL) started.

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From North Malawi to South Africa

Apr 18, 2016

Last month we made a trip to the northern area of Malawi. This month both Ryan’s family and our family are headed to South Africa for the All Africa Missionary Conference, which is being held this year in Cape Town.

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Remembering Philes Fraide (Friday) Nsalira

Apr 18, 2016

From 1991 to 1994 he attended one of Namikango's Village Bible Schools. After completing his studies, he became one of the Bible School’s active teachers. He began fulltime work at Namikango on 1st April 2001. He began with clerical duties and soon grew into outreach programs both in Malawi and Mozambique.

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Trip to Northern Malawi

Mar 11, 2016

For the first time in the three years that we’ve been here, we made a trip to the Northern part of Malawi. Three of us – Ryan, Chitani Bakali, our Bible School Coordinator, and I made the trip; we were newbies to this part of Malawi. We had the opportunity to meet old friends and new acquaintances as well. After spending some...

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Coffee and Macadamia Trees

Mar 11, 2016

Over the past several months, we have been preparing land for one of our future sustainability projects here on campus: Coffee and Macadamia. Several years from now we hope to have up to 20 acres allocated to cultivating these crops, but for this year we have begun with a 2 acre plot. We have spent several months clearing this...

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Community Health Evangelism

Mar 11, 2016

Under Ryan Hayes’ leadership, Namikango Mission is reaching out to local communities and sharing ways for them to address their own problems and needs and to find solutions without relying on outside help. This is now being done through seminars with local people, including church leaders and even local Chiefs. At...

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Prisoners Gain Notoriety

Mar 11, 2016

The only maximum-security prison in Malawi is located in Zomba, the town where Ben and Ryan Hayes and their families live. This prison, which is 10 miles from Namikango Mission, was built in 1935 intending to handle up to 340 hardened criminals. 20 years ago it was condemned as unfit for humans, yet it remains in...

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Hunger Continues – Our Grain Supply is Now Gone!

Mar 11, 2016

We had hoped the hunger situation would be over by now and that new crops would be sufficient to relieve the problem, but conditions are far...

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Hunger Relief Efforts

Feb 16, 2016

We are nearing the end of our initial hunger relief effort and it has been a long, hard year, especially for those who saw their homes and crops washed...

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World Radio

Feb 16, 2016

The Mission has been broadcasting the Good News over a local Radio station each week for many years. The Mission staff prepares the messages and World Radio...

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How to succeed?

Feb 16, 2016

Imagine living in a third world village and you want to "excel," to "succeed in business." Would you go down to...

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A Word of Appreciation, Goodbye Good Friend, To my dear Brother Bisani

Feb 16, 2016

My family and I are very thankful to God for the 10 years I served the Lord at Namikango Mission and for all the support I received. I am grateful to have been part of a godly team.

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Planning for the Year

Feb 16, 2016

To start the year off well, 10 of our key staff members who serve as heads of different departments...

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Doing Good Long After We Are Gone

Feb 16, 2016

In recent times I have been amazed to see how much the faith of some church leaders...

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My Bout with Sickness in Malawi

Jan 15, 2016

Malaria. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, in Malawi, it is the number three killer, following HIV/Aids and respiratory infection, taking an...

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A Battle for Millions

Jan 15, 2016

Malaria is a deadly, mosquito-borne, disease that affects millions in Africa and around the world. It is transmitted by a mosquito that has bitten a person infected...

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The Image of Christ

Jan 15, 2016

At the end of each year, a special meeting is hosted by the Blantyre Church of Christ. Over 2,000 people attended this year and Ben was a requested speaker...

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Goodbye to a Good Man!

Jan 15, 2016

January 5, 2016, marked a bittersweet day for Namikango Mission. Bisani Mphongolo ended his service for Namikango Mission at nearly 10 years to the day.

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Ty Hayes comes to visit

Jan 15, 2016

It was a special time for Ryan and me with the arrival of our other brother, Ty. He lives and works in Mbale, Uganda, where his main responsibility...

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Growth in Bible Studies

Dec 10, 2015

We recently completed another school year at our Village Bible Centers throughout Malawi and at the Bible School on the Namikango Campus. From April to...

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Repairs, Rebuilding, and Supplies

Dec 10, 2015

For the greater part of this year we have been looking at purchasing new classroom chairs/desks. We obtained several quotations and found the best option...

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After the Raging Flood

Dec 10, 2015

Many were affected by the floods the first of the year; among them was our brother in Christ, Bro. Nazombe. He and his family saw their house heavily...

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Praise God! The rains have begun!

Dec 10, 2015

It is time to begin planting maize (corn) for next season’s harvest. And these early rains give a ray of hope to some hungry people. They are hoping that...

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The Flood Waters came and went . . . but Hunger Remains!

Dec 10, 2015

The devastating floods came 11 months ago, but people in Malawi are still feeling the results of it. For many, crops were destroyed, and what food there was...

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"That is where the Guardian Shelter comes in."

Nov 16, 2015

The Maternity Clinic is a great blessing to expectant mothers in our area. But if a lady lives in a village 10 or 15 miles away it may be difficult to travel that...

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Financial Stewardship (VSL)

Nov 16, 2015

Recently, Namikango held a brief three day meeting with about 40 key Preachers and Elders in the surrounding communities. The purpose of the meeting...

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Re-Printing "CHURCH HISTORY"

Nov 16, 2015

We love to know our own history. Where did we come from? Where we are now? And what will our future be? The History of the Church is one of the...

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Meet our Staff

Nov 16, 2015

Chitani Bakali has worked at Namikango as the Evangelism Coordinator and a Bible teacher for the school on the Mission’s campus for the past...

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This BUV is a real workhorse!

Nov 16, 2015

My name is Alex Nunu. I am the Maintenance Foreman at Namikango Bible School. I would like to write briefly about the Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV) – its usage...

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Time for an upgrade !

Nov 16, 2015

For several months now we have been sending our office printers out to be serviced. They are very old and these repairs have had very little long-lasting...

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“I will not be silent!”

Oct 5, 2015

Isaiah 62:6 has to be one of the most powerful passages on prayer in the Bible. “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem. They will never be silent...

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God's Master Design is Worldwide!

Oct 5, 2015

As we head into October, the heat of the Malawi dry season starts to ramp up towards its hottest time of the year. With the way God has designed Africa though...

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A Solid Foundation

Oct 5, 2015

"See, I am doing a new thing…" Here we are, sitting in the middle of something really really big, amazed to even have a part in it; even more, amazed to be...

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Water Wells

Oct 5, 2015

We have two wells on the Mission campus, both of which have been in operation for many years. One of the pumps supplies water to the Bible School side...

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The Old Mission House becomes New Offices for Many

Oct 5, 2015

Many new and wonderful things are happening at Namikango, and one of the greatest blessings recently is the addition of new staff members...

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Mission Happenings - Meet the Staff

Sep 9, 2015

Several years ago in this monthly bulletin we introduced some of the staff members here at Namikango. While some of those introduced previously remain on...

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Master Plan for Years to Come

Sep 9, 2015

The EMI (Engineering Ministries Intl) team of volunteer engineers has not stopped working even though they left the Namikango campus two months ago...

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The much needed Immunization Fridge is Here!

Sep 9, 2015

The Namikango Maternity clinic is located at the Mission in Malawi in an area called Thondwe. It is 10 miles south of Malawi's old capital city – Zomba...

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Three intensive weeks of community health training

Sep 9, 2015

We are very excited to begin a new outreach ministry at Namikango that touches on all the needs of people we work with, physical, financial, and spiritual...

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The Interns did a Wonderful Job

Sep 9, 2015

It seems only days ago that our interns (Jake, Samantha & Taylor) arrived at Namikango Mission. But after six weeks of solid service and learning, they have...

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Looking to the Future with E.M.I.

Aug 12, 2015

The Mission staff, the missionaries, and the Mission Board of Directors have been in prayer for the past two years about the best way to serve in the years ahead...

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Missionary Mom

Aug 12, 2015

Being a mother of three children ages 4 and under, I am busy training them at home. I love being a stay-at-home mom and a homeschool preschool...

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New Intern Program has Begun!

Aug 12, 2015

Namikango Mission has an intern program created largely due to the efforts of Becca Hayes for students to come over for six weeks and learn about mission...

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Namikango Staff Marriage Retreat

Aug 12, 2015

For the last several years, the staff here at Namikango has been asking for a Marriage Seminar. When we knew when Kirk and Susan were coming, we felt...

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Strengthening Marriages at Kara O’Mula

Aug 12, 2015

Kara O’Mula is a Country Lodge, located near the base of the beautiful Mulanje mountain and about two hours away from Namikango Mission. This is the site...

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Namikango Happenings

Aug 12, 2015

The second semester for the Village Bible Schools and for the studies here on campus is well under way. We invited one of our village school teachers to teach...

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Greater Impact

Jul 8, 2015

Soon after our coming to Malawi, one of our staff members talked to us about the future plans for the Mission. He emphasized the need for a strategic plan...

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We’re Excited!

Jul 8, 2015

I would like to share with you my excitement of the future plans for the Namikango Mission here in Thondwe, Malawi. We are approaching three years of being...

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Happenings Around the Mission!

Jul 8, 2015

The time in Zambia last month was a great blessing, and a much needed break. We got to meet several other missionary families in Malawi...

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Around the Mission

Jun 11, 2015

·The Bible Schools continue to progress as we approach the midway point of the school year. In addition, the time for harvest has come. This is usually a time...

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Cultural References . . . “They were eager to serve.”

Jun 11, 2015

Over the past couple years, I have been part of several interviews for candidates applying for different positions at the Mission– ranging from Bible Teachers...

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Mozambique Teachers

Jun 11, 2015

Recently, Ben, Ryan, Symon Katete, and Chitani Bakali made the trip to Milanje, Mozambique in order to provide a brief teachers’ refresher course for the...

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Namikango Past

Jun 11, 2015

The land where we now have the Bible School and the Maternity Clinic was at one time a tobacco farm, the Namikango Estate, owned by Thondwe...

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A week of encouragement and rest in Zambia

Jun 11, 2015

This last week, Church of Christ missionaries from all over the South-Central parts of Africa met together at Flat Dogs Camp, South Luangwa, Zambia (“flat dogs"...

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Their Struggles Continue . . .

May 11, 2015

A recent visit to Ntonda School gave us a better understanding about the terrible effects of the recent flooding on the people in this area. Here...

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Food brings hope to the Inmates

May 11, 2015

Zomba Central Prison is a major prison and houses over 2,000 inmates. This Centre is home to men, women, and children. I have visited the prison for...

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“People were running away”

May 11, 2015

We heard a rumor that people were running away from that thing flying in the sky above Namikango Mission. We could hear the loud buzzing from inside the...

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Cause for Real Celebration

May 11, 2015

One of the many blessings of working with Namikango is seeing strong partnerships formed with the surrounding communities. One very good partnership...

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Dr. John Harrison – One who Speaks the Truth with Love

May 11, 2015

Namikango Mission has been honored to partner with the Ministry for Theological Education who has agreed to send a scholar to conduct an annual three-day...

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Recent Mission Trip for Three Board Members

Apr 21, 2015

I just returned from an exciting visit to Namikango Mission in Malawi! B. Shelburne and Shawn Tyler joined me in representing the Mission Board...

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Disaster Response for our area

Apr 21, 2015

The effects of one of the worst floods in Malawi’s history continue to show up as we move through February. While there is much to do in areas beyond...

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UPDATE – Ntonda School Flood Impact

Apr 21, 2015

I wrote about the Ntonda School devastation by the floods last month. The damage was heavy; even Timothy – our Bible teacher, had to move out of his...

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We now have a Mission Library

Apr 21, 2015

In spite of the terrible flooding Malawi has recently seen, we have had some bright spots to begin the year. There is an organization called Theological Book...

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Relief Work Continues

Apr 10, 2015

Earlier this month, Namikango helped those in the area by providing goods needed to help build temporary shelters for people whose homes had been...

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Ntonda Primary School’s Success

Apr 10, 2015

This “little” school began in the living room of a church leader, Brother Garnett Limani, with a few local children. It has now grown to over 1,400 students...

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Fireflies

Apr 10, 2015

Growing up, I remember riding along with my family on a road trip from Texas to Mississippi to visit our relatives. I loved visiting our family there. I remember...

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Flying High – A Bird’s Eye View of the Mission

Apr 10, 2015

This April, Namikango had the privilege of hosting Jerrod Shelton, his sister Carly Shelton, and Donovan Bennett as they began the work on a promotional...

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“Disaster like never before!”

Feb 9, 2015

When I first heard of the flooding in Malawi, I went to the internet to see if there were reports from overseas and local news agencies. I was shocked...

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A Call for Help!

Feb 9, 2015

The Mission staff is using what working funds they have to help in this immediate emergency. These working funds represent salaries, supplies, ect...

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In the Middle of a Disaster

Feb 9, 2015

At Namikango, we have received many calls from congregations we work with throughout the country, requesting aid. In the past, when...

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Ntonda Primary School

Feb 9, 2015

We visited Ntonda Primary School to check out the damage there. The following is a report of our findings there. Not since 1964 have the rains come like...

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Who Needs a Roof?

Jan 9, 2015

Before we moved to Malawi, we had heard about the common problems among the villages and churches. We came to Malawi hoping to equip...

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Refugees . . . 1978

Jan 9, 2015

This “church without a roof” report made me remember (It was 1978 I think) when I visited Malawi and Lendal Wilks, Jim Albright, and I traveled...

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End of Year Reflections

Jan 9, 2015

As another year has passed, and we reflect on it, we see many good reasons to be thankful to God for His mercies and grace. Lillian and I are so...

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Greater Appreciation

Jan 9, 2015

Our time here in the States has come to an end. It’s hard to realize the time has gone by, and even harder when thinking about the goodbyes...

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It Serves a Vital Need

Dec 8, 2014

This old structure is probably as old as the Clinic itself, and you cannot imagine the amount of good it has done. The Maternity clinic opened its doors in...

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November Namikango Graduation

Dec 8, 2014

On November 4th the Thondwe Church of Christ, located here on the Mission grounds, was the location for the 2014 Namikango Graduation. It was a lovely...

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New Clinic Autoclave

Dec 8, 2014

The Maternity Clinic staff is excited now that we ordered a new autoclave. For almost a year, the staff has struggled to use the old autoclave...

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Meet Mervis Tanganyika

Dec 8, 2014

Mervis will be responsible for our office accounting. We are losing Stanley who has been a very valued employee. He will be going away for advanced...

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Giving Thanks

Dec 8, 2014

As the leaves fall from the trees and the winter coats are dusted off from their stay in the closet, we enjoy the coolness and change of weather...

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“Namikango Smile”

Dec 8, 2014

Hello Everyone, If you use Amazon often and want to support Namikango Mission at the same time, visit Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com)...

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Retirement of Rose Wane (Miss Namikango)

Dec 8, 2014

November 26th, 2014 marked the final day of work for a lady who has been called “Amai Namikango” (Miss Namikango). Though her real...

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I Am Amazed!

Nov 5, 2014

I am often amazed at the resourcefulness of the Malawian people. They have no natural products like oil or diamonds or gold to bring wealth and jobs...

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Preacher’s Refresher Course

Nov 5, 2014

We recently had the privilege of participating in a four-day (Monday – Thursday) seminar for some of our village preachers. A total of 40 preachers...

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New Road Makes Commute Easy

Nov 5, 2014

Let me share a brief report about our nearby roads. The 35 miles of road from Blantyre up to the Mission was torn up and under construction for about two...

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Roderick’s Retirement and Farewell

Nov 5, 2014

It was both an enjoyable and a sad day as we came together to celebrate the years of Bro. Roderick’s good work for the Mission. He and his family were present...

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Do We Dare?

Oct 7, 2014

Namikango Mission has always been tops on my list of worthy Christian causes. Since my oldest brother helped to found it well over half a century...

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End of Semester Celebration for Namikango Students

Oct 7, 2014

Last week was the final week of the second semester for this year’s Namikango students. Our celebration together consisted of much singing, several...

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Brick-making in Malawi

Oct 7, 2014

I will describe our first experience with brickmaking in Malawi. We arrived at Namikango knowing nothing at all on the subject. We needed to build a...

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The Mission Board Meets

Oct 7, 2014

We had a good and forward-thinking meeting of the Namikango Mission Board members the weekend of September 5th and 6th in Houston...

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Hayes Family Maternity Leave – Settling In

Oct 6, 2014

After a month of fun with family in Houston, as well as spending time with our church families, we have made it to Lubbock and have some time to breathe...

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“Off-roading” is not a recreational activity

Sep 3, 2014

For some, “off-roading” is a recreational activity. For us, it is the daily commute to work. For more than a year, there has been major construction on the road...

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Mozambique Visit

Sep 3, 2014

We have for the last four years promised a preaching visit for the Mozambican brethren but never fulfilled our promises due to logistical problems, including...

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Ann Theisen’s Travel Report

Sep 3, 2014

May 30th found me teaching at a village 50 miles from where John and I raised our family at Lubagha Village. I led a lovely class under the trees...

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The Maluwa Family

Sep 3, 2014

The Maluwa family has been hit with 3 major events in the last two years. Any one of these is enough for a lifetime. A major vehicle accident...

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Hayes Family Arrival

Sep 3, 2014

After 23 hours of flight time, we arrived in Houston, TX, on Friday, August 8th, so grateful for the safe travel. Stepping out of Malawi's cold season into...

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A Grateful Graduate

Sep 3, 2014

After 2½ years of grueling study, I finished my Master’s Degree Program in Business Administration in October 2013, but the graduation ceremony...

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Preparing to Leave & Stateside Needs

Aug 6, 2014

Becca and I have been wrapping things up these last few weeks as we prepare to leave on furlough. As always, it seems there are too many...

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Transportation - Special Request

Aug 6, 2014

Justine and I want to make a special request . . . and please note that this request comes after much thought and prayer and...

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Good Things Can Come...

Aug 6, 2014

I had a wonderful opportunity a few months back to travel with a group of nurses and doctors that were going over to work at Blessings...

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35 Years Later...

Aug 6, 2014

I first spent time at Namikango Mission in the Fall of 1979 when I stayed with B & Ruth Shelburne and their family. Lendal & Peggy Wilks and...

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A Joyful Sunday

Aug 6, 2014

There is a congregation in Zomba that had been planted in the early 1970s by Namikango. It first met in a school and later was assisted by U.S. funds to...

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A Different Kind of Power

Jul 10, 2014

Presidential elections can be a volatile time in any nation, but here in Africa they seem to particularly be cause for prayer and concern. Malawi has a rather...

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So much beauty...

Jul 10, 2014

I was greeted in Malawi with bright, sunny days, not what I had expected in June on the edge of winter. The tropical beauty of the Mission grounds...

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Student/Spouse Week and Course Completions

Jul 10, 2014

This week was quite special. Aside from having Uncle B. here, the wives and children of the students of Namikango Bible School joined their...

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Kindles and Departure Gifts

Jul 10, 2014

As a reward for the two weeks of diligent study and for the staff’s completing all of the assigned readings before Brother Shelburne arrived, He provided each office...

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A Special Gift for the Teacher

Jul 10, 2014

The Namikango staff provided Uncle B with a departure gift of a special 50th Anniversary Bible, celebrating Malawi’s independence.

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B's Visit

Jul 10, 2014

The whole of Namikango Mission has been blessed by having B. Shelburne here with us for an extended visit. The essential purpose of his visit was to spend substantial time each day...

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Jolene Curtis

Jul 10, 2014

It is with a sad heart that we inform you of the passing of Jolene Bullock Curtis on June 18th. She was a longtime supporter of the Mission work and was involved in maintaining and updating...

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Something Rare and Special

Jun 11, 2014

We are in the middle of something rare and special here at Namikango. We are beginning a vision plan for the future of the work here in Malawi...

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A Preacher Benefits from Radio

Jun 11, 2014

Preparing for sermons to preach on Sunday requires a lot of patience, study, and prayer, especially when commentaries and other study materials...

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What is an OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR??

Jun 11, 2014

Namikango Maternity Clinic is a 20-bed-capacity Clinic serving a population of 30,000 people in southern Malawi. It specializes in maternal health...

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Thondwe Church Update

Jun 11, 2014

Over the past few weeks, there has been a rather exciting development with Thondwe Church of Christ (located here on the Mission grounds). After...

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Congratulations!

Jun 11, 2014

Mark & Ginger Theisen and kids have recently relocated to Vancouver, WA, to work with a congregation there. Mark reports that it took them 4½ days to...

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Bible School Update

Jun 10, 2014

One of the recent shifts that has taken place at Namikango Bible School is the way in which new students join the program. In the past, a student was

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First Fruits

May 9, 2014

Last year our agriculture expert, Alex Nunu, went to the village of Namisu at the request of one of the local church leaders, Mr. Kalinde...

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Visitors

May 9, 2014

Namikango Mission is consistently blessed by the quality of visitors and partners that come through our gates. Recently, Sam and Nancy Shewmaker...

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The Nesting Drive

May 9, 2014

Before we left for Malawi, I often heard people talk about the "nesting drive" that hits mothers-to-be at some point during their pregnancy, often kicking intor...

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A Teaching Trip to Malawi

May 9, 2014

Now that I’m recently retired, I am able to use my Malawi experience and relationships to benefit Namikango Mission. Two years ago...

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Evelyn Hutton

May 9, 2014

We will remember Sister Evelyn Hutton for the years she served by Jack’s side as a missionary to Malawi, Africa. For five years this faithful couple served...

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A New Experience

May 9, 2014

Have you seen the movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas? I feel like the Grinch when I complain about the noise, Noise, NOISE! I can’t stand...

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"Seek the Kingdom first of all . . ."

Apr 2, 2014

I don’t feel the same about God every single day. Some days there is jubilance, on other days there are droughts. One day I cry out for God and wait for...

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Ryan & Justine’s arrival

Apr 2, 2014

Beyond the joy we feel of having our own family here to work with us, the larger picture is that God is at work in a great way! The selection of this...

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“Soccer/Football/Tennis anyone?”

Apr 2, 2014

This beautiful area was used as a small garden for our family’s personal use, but we only used a small portion of it. After weeds had taken over the few small...

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The Teacher Refresher Course

Apr 2, 2014

Those were the words of Rodrick Maluwa at the end of the week-long, annual refresher course we had on campus for our Village Bible Centres teachers.

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Trees of Namikango

Apr 2, 2014

At the recent annual Teachers’ Refresher Week, I met a fellow named John Katete who had been a staff worker at Namikango Mission for 20 plus years.

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Lessons From Our Children

Apr 2, 2014

It is hard on us parents when our children begin to live what we have taught them all their lives. That is certainly true concerning Rebecca and her family.

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Welcome Ryan & Justine Hayes

Mar 5, 2014

On February 7th, something happened that has not happened at Namikango for almost eight years: the missionary...

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Mission Happenings

Mar 5, 2014

A team from Western Hills Church of Christ in Austin came with Dick and Suzi Stephens of the Malawi Project for a one-week visit.

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Blessed by New Vehicle!

Mar 5, 2014

After eight months of diligent searching, the decision was made for us to purchase a new Toyota LandCruiser. They are ideal for the rough road...

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The Warm Heart of Africa

Mar 5, 2014

Though we are now back home in Texas, part of our hearts are still in Malawi---especially in the form of two little redheads. We had such an amazing...

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Sounds in the Night

Mar 5, 2014

“Hoot-hoot-hoot” go the owls in the large Jacaranda tree silhouetted by the dark night sky. They are just above our bedroom roof. During the cool months of...

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Small World

Mar 5, 2014

After 62 years of marriage, every day is new, special, and different. I love the Scripture that says, “God’s blessings are new every morning.”

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Worshiping Your Ancestors

Feb 4, 2014

John showed up at the church Wednesday to hear what this new teaching was about. Alex Nunu, Namikango’s Agricultural Foreman, had...

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The Inaugural Meeting – Board of Directors

Feb 4, 2014

The two day meeting of the Namikango Mission Board of Directors was hosted by the Quaker Ave Church of Christ on January 24 & 25...

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How do you find common ground in a foreign land?

Feb 4, 2014

I have heard it said that if a person has money and can live a comfortable way, why don’t they? Let me explain. Over here, the...

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Some Major Events in 2013

Feb 4, 2014

2013 was a year of mixed blessings. While some very key Mission staff, Rodrick and Symon, were involved in the worst road accident...

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The Heart of our Work

Jan 2, 2014

At the end of each year, we have a review of the Village Bible Schools. This is where representatives...

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Why are we here?

Jan 2, 2014

Every once in a while, it's good to ask yourself, “why do you do what you do?” If you do some inventory, you might find...

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Dress Code: Don’t leave home without a chitenje

Jan 2, 2014

We often dress casually at our home, and it’s play clothes for the kids. I let them enjoy the Malawian dirt.

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A New Experience – The Rainy Season

Jan 2, 2014

This is the first year for us to experience the rainy season. We, along with the Malawian people, eagerly anticipate it.

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A Man In Good Shape

Dec 4, 2013

"Bisani is one of the more senior members of our staff, but arguably in the best shape of all

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On the Road – Near & Far

Dec 4, 2013

As we were driving back today from what seems like the third or fourth funeral this...

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Language is the way to the heart

Dec 4, 2013

The other day I was walking with Braylon and Brooklyn to the end of our driveway. There were some ladies...

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Boyhood home painting in Northern Malawi

Dec 4, 2013

The beautiful painting just arrived. It looks even better than the photos of it. This is a wonderful...

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A little Mission boy called Rodrick

Nov 1, 2013

The school year at the Mission is over and this is a good time to reflect on the past, recall good things, and remember the...

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Progress

Nov 1, 2013

We are enjoying the end of our Fall season and the beginning of Spring weather here. It is dry season and very hot. The rains...

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What is your passion in life?

Nov 1, 2013

Someone once asked me, “What is your passion in life?” When I was single, I pondered that question and searched to find the...

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From The Quran To The Bible

Nov 1, 2013

Kedson Msosa is a first year Bible Student at Namikango Bible School. He comes from Mangochi, the lake district of Malawi...

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Where is God Leading Us?

Nov 1, 2013

In the last few months, we have been looking ahead to see where God may be leading us. After our first year here in Malawi, we...

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A Blessed Day Indeed

Oct 1, 2013

Many eager Mozambican brothers greeted us, when Rodrick, Bisani, and I arrived at the “Mission Building,” in Milanje, Mozambique. They were ready...

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Blessed and Refreshed

Oct 1, 2013

Our family was treated to a wonderful weekend on Lake Malawi by Dick and Suzi Stephens during their last week in the country. The place we stayed...

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Mission Kitchen Goes Modern

Oct 1, 2013

For many years the Mission Kitchen has used a built-in fireplace for cooking. It has served us well, but is way past its life span...

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Mission News – UPDATES

Oct 1, 2013

By Ben Hayes

Rodrick and Symon since the accident...

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“Duck Dynasty” & Namikango

Aug 30, 2013

Who would have thought? Namikango Mission has ties to the most popular (reality) show on cable television! The hit show....

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Shawn Visits Ntonda

Aug 30, 2013

We recently visited Ntonda Primary School, Grades 1 through 7....

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Topping the List of Popular Books

Aug 29, 2013

We have reordered the printing of "A Topical Guide to the Bible." This small book was written some years ago by a longtime missionary in....

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Ntonda School - Growing Pains

Aug 29, 2013

However, while the number of students and teachers has grown tremendously, the buildings have remained the same....

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Victory Out of Tragedy

Jul 3, 2013

This month ended with one of the most exciting events we've had since my family...

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Mission News

Jul 3, 2013

The first semester of the Bible School is coming to a close. At the end of the week all the students...

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Hundreds Mourn Amos Jekete Suwande

Jul 3, 2013

Hundreds of people from all walks of life attended the burial ceremony of Brother Amos Jekete...

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Updates

Jun 5, 2013

Symon is still having stomach trouble...Rodrick also has not recovered fully...

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With Gratitude

Jun 5, 2013

We want to say, “Thank You!” to all of you in a very special way. All the staff wants me to convey their immense gratitude for the way you have responded to our plight...

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Mission Happenings

Jun 4, 2013

The month began with the arrival of the Bible School students; new and old. Everyone was excited to be back on campus...

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Our "Gentle Warrior"

Jun 4, 2013

The month began with the arrival of the Bible School students; new and old. Everyone was excited to be back on campus...

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Bisani’s June Report

Jun 4, 2013

Wilson, Lillian, and I recently attended the Southern Africa International Gospel Lectureship in Johannesburg, South Africa...

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A Looking Glass

May 3, 2013

If a person is around something long enough, it will eventually have an effect on them....

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On The Way Home

May 3, 2013

The road was narrow so we had nowhere else to go. It happened quickly, with a sudden impact and a loud, crashing bang! He hit us head-on....

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Bisani's Report

May 3, 2013

Dear Bro Vaughn, the work pressure here is huge, but, “we aint done yet” and we will keep on peddling!

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Solar Power...We can now see the light

May 3, 2013

“What is the possibility of using solar power?” Well, several have answered this call, allowing us to purchase a major solar power system for the Mission...

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"Intersections of Grace"

Mar 29, 2013

After two weeks of hard work, traveling long days in remote areas, and seeing joyful faces, the Hunger Relief program has come to an end....

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The Zomba Hopsital

Mar 29, 2013

Beep…, beep…, beep… goes the machine in the patient’s room. The nurse rushes in to realize...

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Danger on the Highways!

Mar 29, 2013

I am saddened to report a very bad situation we recently had at the Mission. Two of our senior staff members...

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Change is Underway!

Mar 1, 2013

As we plan for the future of the Mission work in Malawi, some changes are underway...

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Response to Hunger

Mar 1, 2013

Many people are hungry because of the drought a year ago. Some crops were poor last year and people are now feeling the loss...

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Why Was No One Smiling?

Nov 29, 2012

There were people everywhere, almost to the point where you couldn't drive through. I asked Rodrick what caused this lack of excitement...

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A Busy Time

Nov 29, 2012

There were people everywhere, almost to the point where you couldn't drive through. I asked Rodrick what caused this lack of excitement...

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Update on Books

Nov 29, 2012

Previously, these were detailed outlines for the most of the courses and they served well as guides. But these new books are even better...

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A New Road

Nov 5, 2012

There is a path behind the Mission property that has been used mostly as a walking and biking road. The city of Thondwe has decided to widen it...

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How are They Coping?

Nov 5, 2012

You asked how Brother Ben and his family aredoing. In my eyes, they are settling in very welland as usual there is a lot to learn.

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A Changing Season

Nov 5, 2012

Greetings! The heat of the dry season has arrived with increased daily power outages, usually in theevenings. Our supply system is overloaded and electricityhas to be metered out...

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Settling In at the Mission

Sep 27, 2012

Our second month in Malawi has now come and gone. It seems strange; we were in the U.S.A. only two months ago and it feels like half a year has passed.

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Let's Get Acquainted

Sep 27, 2012

I would like to give you a brief look into the lives of just a few of the students in training at Namikango Bible School. Let’s get acquainted with the men you are helping with your support...

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The Boy and the Bucket

Sep 27, 2012

Before serving communion at church, the men came to the front of the congregation to wash their hands; each taking turns pouring the water over the hands of others...

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God is Being Glorified!

Sep 11, 2012

It has been an exciting first month in Malawi, as our family settles into life here at the Mission. Becca has already begun to teach the ladies at the Maternity clinic...

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A Very Busy Place

Sep 11, 2012

I was given the opportunity to speak to the women at the Maternity Clinic during their regular Tuesday morning devotionals.

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They Begged to be Taught

Sep 11, 2012

The Elders in many village churches heard about the ladies studying with me and they started inviting me to many different locations. I had so many requests it was hard to keep up with them.

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50 Year Celebration - What A Blessed Event

Sep 11, 2012

50 years of Namikango being in operation have now come and gone and so too the celebration of this achievement that we looked forward to for so long.

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A Week To Remember!

Aug 1, 2012

The last week of June was one the Hayes family will not soon forget. Ben, Becca and Braylon left Houston on Monday. But it wasn’t a good start. Ben, Becca and Braylon left Houston on Monday.

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From Ben

Aug 1, 2012

This place is beautiful and both Becca and I (and Braylon) are enjoying the new scenery. Saturday we spent some time resting and becoming accustomed with the area, and Sunday we were able to worship...

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Ben On The Go!

Aug 1, 2012

Bro Ben is settling in well (from my view). This is very evident in the fact that he has not waited the customary one month before he visits the villages to preach and teach. Last week he was out in Phalombe...

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Praise and Thanksgiving to God

Aug 1, 2012

Fellow Christians,
We praise God for the 50 years of the Namikango Mission work in Malawi and I ask you to share in celebrating with us in a special way.

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