What a journey has been our life together–the maturation of our faith, our service to Christ’s Church, our love for one another and our two precious sons, and our sense of Call to serve God in the least of these within whom Christ dwells and towards whom Christ showed such divine and humble compassion, hospitality, loving grace, servanthood.
Way back in the late 1980’s, during our dating days, we dreamed of serving others together in a nation such as Malawi—a nation filled with such blessed children of God, yet lacking so much of God’s intended good gifts of simple sustenance. By the grace of God, the time has arrived as doors have opened for us to serve in the Central Church of Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in the capitol city of Lilongwe, Malawi, from January 15th through December 15th, 2023.
Deb will be volunteering her services as an RN and I will be volunteering my services as a theology instructor and occasional guest preacher in local churches. We are so grateful for this opportunity not just to serve our neighbors in Malawi but to learn from them how it is the people of Malawi can be so warm and gracious and faithful (this we know because Chuck experienced these gifts of the Spirit at work in and through the people he met in Malawi when he spent a month there in 2000), despite having such limited resources such as potable water, electricity, and income with which to buy necessities of food and clothing.
We are not yet retired, not yet drawing on Social Security, and won’t be receiving payment for our services in Malawi, so we are asking you to prayerfully consider donating some level of financial support for our year of mission services. Our projected expenses are $35,000, and the breakdown of expenses is listed on the Give to the Mission page. Thank you!
The need is great. As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:20: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God’s appeal was being made through us.” We are grateful for and excited about this amazing opportunity to learn from and serve with others in such a grace-filled nation of the world.