We had an overnight gathering for the blind people. Lorries picked them from different locations and we expected about 800 blind people to come. It was wonderful when nine hundred came including 80 new blind contacts.
It was two years since we had been together and it was so wonderful to be able to catch up and hear many testimonies. One blind lady was so excited as she had never been on a lorry before. She had been given soap and clothes and said how grateful she was for them. She hadn't had soap for nearly a year. She went onto say that one reason she came was because she had been told she would be fed and that pleased her as with covid restrictions she hadn't been able to go out scavenging for food and was often hungry.
Yes, she was pleased with all she had received and then became quite animated. She told us that she had never fully understood that Jesus loved her and died for her. So she was going home as a Christ follower as she had asked Jesus into her life. She concluded by saying her troubles though still there, felt as nothing as she had peace in her heart and knew Jesus was with her.
Our brother Charles is crippled and struggles every day. He sits in Blantyre in his wheelchair. He cannot stand and sadly his family do not take real care of him. We had noticed his wheel chair was broken so decided to take him a new one.
He was so happy when he saw us and the motor coming but when he saw the wheel chair he was beside himself with joy. He kept shouting ‘Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus! YOU have done this for me.’
It was very moving to spend time with Charles but it made me very sad to think of all the Christians in Blantyre every day who go past Charles and as in the Bible story of the Good Samaritan ‘walk by on the other side!’
As a result of no harvest people don’t have money to buy new clothes. During my recent visit we were able to provide clothes and soap for I should say over three thousand people. Goods had arrived just before the lockdown but were unable to be distributed because of the restrictions.
Some of the older orphan lads helped me to sort and prepare packages. They worked so hard and we had a great time chatting, laughing and praying together.
We were able to give clothes to over eight hundred blind people and many who received only had the clothes they were wearing. How pleased they were to receive. Look at the smile on this little lads face. His mummy and daddy are both blind and love the Lord Jesus.
Before I went to Malawi I was given some special wound dressings so was not surprised when a number of people with ulcers came for help. Just a small wound can become a large ulcer because so many have no clinic with medicines to help them. This has become a real danger and fills folks with fear.
The chief of Lapson’s home village came and stayed for ten days as he had an enormous wound on his leg. What a delightful man; I helped baptize him at Easter ten years ago. After prayer and daily care a big change occurred and the wound began to heal. He was able to return home with a bag of dressings and medication. He continues to heal. I noticed he was struggling to read and gave him a Chichewa New Testament in a large font. He took it and began to read and I could see the tears of joy running down his cheeks. He was thrilled to be able to read his Bible. On a follow up visit he was found sitting reading his New Testament. How wonderful! Please continue to pray for complete healing of his wound. Also pray for Alifa who fitted and her heel was badly burnt. There has been a vast improvement and she is being given dressings on alternate days