Since 2007 St. Peter’s Baptist Church has been in Partnership with Chikondi Baptist Church located in Area 49, Lilongwe, Malawi and also with Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) also based in Lilongwe. We are grateful to God for these links and rejoice in all he has done through our Partnerships.
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Chikondi Baptist Church
In 2006, on a vist to Malawi, one of our church members, Alan Westwood, was approached by Pastor Noah Banda of Chikondi Baptist Church and asked if our church would consider entering into a partnership with them. This was agreed by the church leaders and the first team went out in August 2007. Team members were involved in witnessing in the Nsanhkani area (about 10 miles north-west of Lilongwe). Many responded to the Gospel and were baptised in the local river. Edene Baptist Church was established and we were able to purchase land for a building. Since then teams have visited every year and have built on this initial foundation. On each visit we have been involved in training local Church leaders, building up the local Churches and further evangelism. Since our first visit, there are now 60 new Churches in Nsankhani and the surrounding areas.
From the beginning of our partnership we have been concerned to try and address the full range of needs in the area; social, health, educational, as well as spiritual. In 2008 we started a school sponsorship programme and each year sponsor around 100 students, thus enabling them to complete their secondary education. At the start of 2011 we agreed to support a local programme to train men to pastor the churches in their villages. Pastor Lawrence Benedictu is the pastor at Edene Baptist church and he has been able to complete 3 years at a Bible Seminary.
Our visits are an annual encouragement for both them and us. It is great to see our Malawian colleagues energetically getting on with the work of building strong, self-sustaining congregations.
Evangelical Association of Malawi
Our further Partnership with EAM came about via a personal friendship with Rev. Francis Mkandawire, General Secretary of EAM, together with his wife, Annie, who founded her own area of ministry namely “Hope Missions”. In particular, via EAM, we have been active in supporting a project run by a consortium of churches in the small town of Ntchisi about 50 miles north of Lilongwe. We have made micro-loans available to people living with aids (PLWA), thus enabling them to start small businesses of their own. Hope and self-respect has returned and today the joy of the people is wonderful to experience.
Below is a video of some worship songs taken by one of our teams during a visit to Malawi.