“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; to be worshiped above all lesser gods, for all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before the Lord; strength and joy in the Lord’s dwelling place” — I Chronicles 16:25-27
Simply, sincerely, we are grateful to God, being renewed each day by God’s grace and purpose for us up to now and until we leave.
The Bike Malawi Five met with our spouses for an American-style breakfast of apple pancakes and scrambled eggs a couple of Saturdays ago, celebrating the effort that went into the trip, the support of our families, and giving thanks for the opportunity to tell our story in the months ahead, praying that our bicycling efforts will move Malawians to donate to the causes for which we rode.
The next gathering of the Bike Malawi Five was at Bella’s this past Friday evening, an excellent restaurant that recently opened just up the hill from us here in Nkhoma. Betty wanted to hear all about the efforts of the project, and, in the process, honored us with one of the most generous acts of kindness and generosity we’ve received here in Nkhoma. The meal and dessert were exceptional; an outpouring of joyfulness, thoughtfulness, and charitableness.
Then, this past Sunday, the General Moderator of all the CCAP churches of the five Synods in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, invited me to preach and for us all to speak and be present in the Kaning’a CCAP church in Lilongwe, of which he is the Pastor. Got up at 3:45am, left at 4:30am, for the 1st service at 5:30am, the 2nd service at 7am, and the 3rd service at 9:30am. Rev. Nkhoma and his elders extended the most gracious welcome, and thanksgiving, and hospitality imaginable. The Rev. inquired of the congregation if they were “moved” by our 1100km bicycling effort and told them the account information of each mission-cause will be available on the church’s social media. We were then treated to an opportunity to engage in extended fellowship with the Rev. and elders over an extravagant, delicious lunch.
An off Sunday, August 27th, before three more speaking engagements in September. We are blessed. We are grateful. We are prayerful that Bike Malawi will “move” Malawians to donate to love and serve Christ in their Neighbors in need.