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March 2018 Update
Greetings from Zomba, Malawi!

I hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to spring. For those of you in Northern America, you had a really interesting winter, and I’m sure you’re looking forward to consistently nice weather! Here in Malawi we are still in the rainy season, which means a lot of rain and green vegetation everywhere. Towards the end of this month farmers will start considering the corn harvest.

A lot of exciting things have been happening at Namikango Mission this year. Although only two months of 2018 have passed, there is so much news to tell you. Check out some of the highlights below!

Leadership Seminar
At the end of February, the Bible Department of Namikango hosted another leadership seminar for churches in the Zomba district. This seminar was a huge success, with over three hundred leaders from the churches attending. We provided lessons throughout the day, and I taught on the roles of a leader in the Church of Christ. You can read more about the seminar here.
Building Projects
As you know, we are in the process of creating an English Bible School at Namikango. Part of developing a school is building the physical campus, which has started this year. We have several building projects happening at Namikango. You can read about the classroom block that is being constructed here, and about the campus fence being constructed here. We also just finished construction on a well and water reservoir for our coffee fields!
Christmas
In December I celebrated my first Malawian Christmas. It was a great holiday spent with the team and some visitors. For new year’s, I was able to spend it with a cousin of mine who was passing through Malawi. It was great to catch up with him and show him what life is like on this side of the world. You can read more about thathere.
Power!
In my last newsletter I mentioned the electricity problems we are facing here in Malawi. We continue facing those electricity shortages, which make it difficult to cook, work, and complete homework. In January I purchased solar panels for my house so that I do not need to rely on government electricity. This has been a huge blessing and has greatly improved the quality of life here. If you would still like to give to this need, you can do so here!
Furlough
I will be coming back to the states on furlough from May 18 to August 18. I am really excited to come back and visit with you and meet my new nephew! My travel plans are still forming, but I would love to meet with you and hear what has been happening in your life, and to share the exciting things happening here in Malawi. I will share more information soon!
Additional News
Do you like seeing pictures of life and ministry here in Malawi? If so, you can check out my Instagram account here (or follow me at eric.l.gephart). I try to post new photos weekly! If you would like to stay updated on what’s happening on a weekly basis, check out myblog. If you would like to receive the Namikango Newsletter by mail, click the blue button to the right to sign up.
Prayer Requests
I want to thank you for partnering with me in this exciting ministry here in Malawi, and for all the ways you support me. As always, I’ve listed some prayer requests on the right, so we can continue praying for each other. And speaking of prayer, if you are interested in receiving prayer requests and praises via email, click on the blue button to the right to send me a quick email letting me know you’re interested.

And now, may we continue seeking and finding God among the poor, the lonely, and the outcast, and may we actively take part in the Kingdom of God within our communities.

Eric