It is hard to believe that three years have gone by since I moved to Malawi and began working with Namikango. So much has happened in the last few years, both in my personal life and in ministry here in Africa. These have been wonderful years, and I am so honored to get to struggle in ministry with Namikango. I have been stretched in ways I didn’t even think possible three years ago. I have been able to witness big victories for the mission here, as well as weather unforeseen storms and issues in the ministry.
As is typical with a lot of my missionary friends spread across the world, much of my time is usually spent behind a computer trying to make budgets reconcile and handling staff issues and requests. But the real joy in the job comes from visiting “the field.” For my particular line of work, that usually means visiting a church on Sunday to worship with them or during the week to discuss issues. It means traveling to remote villages to take part in events they are holding or to distribute food or literature. But whatever the trip is for, it is always refreshing and good to get out into the sun, shake hands and sit quietly with the people I am here ministering to and with.
I can’t believe that this is my third Christmas in Malawi. It seems only yesterday that I was writing from my desk at Missions of Hope in Kenya. And yet Kenya is very much in the past by this point. As I close out this year and look forward to 2020, I am hopeful and excited for the ministry surprises in store, and for what this fourth year will bring to my desk!