June 12-29 I am blessed with the opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for a while, to visit the Diocese of Southern Malawi (southeast Africa) which has long been a partner of the Diocese of Texas in global mission. Many of you may remember when the then Bishop of Southern Malawi, James Tengatenga, preached at St. Michael’s.
I will be part of an 8-person team from our Diocese which will spend a week in Blantyre, Malawi, each of us living with a host family. We shall visit an orphan and senior feeding program, water wells, literacy programs, schools, and gardening programs in the area. We shall join in their Sunday worship services.
The second week we shall learn more about the culture and geography of Malawi. I am particularly interested in visiting the Diocesan Seminary as Bp. Tengatenga indicated that they would be open to my teaching there as part of a future sabbatical. This trip can be a “scouting out” of that possibility.
Please keep the people of Southern Malawi, the seven other “pilgrims,” and me in your prayers. On the home page of the Diocese of Southern Malawi I cannot help but note that Malawi was evangelized in 1861 in response to Dr. Livingstone’s call for such. Bp. Mackenzie led a team there, but the bishop and most of his team died of malaria within a year.
Our Hymn 529 puts it well:
Join hands, disciples of the faith
What e’er your race may be!
Who serves my Father as his child
Is surely kin to me.