An important person accepts Jesus after listening to the radio
Amos shares a report he received a report from one of listener from Machinga says: 'I was really a man who was proud of being a Sheikh and I was so zealous in worshiping the unknown God. I used to hate Christianity but from nowhere one day I came across a friend of mine who introduced me to AudioBibleTeacher that he was listening to. But while listening to this radio station I found the Way of Life radio program which touched my heart for the first time in my history since I was a hard liner in those days and nobody would come near me since I was a high profile person in my Religion. But the Way of Life radio program has reached me today thru the airwaves and now I know the truth about Jesus through listening it. And then there is nobody who can fool me today since Jesus is in me and He is mine'
A trip to Niassa - October 2016
It is interesting that at this same moment in time when one door seems to close for a while, God opens another door increasingly wide for ministry; this time among other prisoners, the Yao population of Malawi as well as the much larger Yao population across the border in Northeastern Mozambique. The capital of the Yao people, is in the small rural community of Chikonono in Niassa Province of Mozambique. Their tribal king even lives there, in his “palace” and he is called Sultan.
Kees was invited to come to Lichinga, the capital of Niassa Province, to work with the staff of the one-year-old FOT radio station. This station is in the middle of an almost entirely Muslim world. Amos has known the founder of FOT Radio, Bright Sonjera, for a number of years through a common connection of TWR. Since FOT started broadcasting on FM with powerful equipment and a 45-meter-high antenna, they have used Amos’ programs with a tremendous impact. The station has a staff of about ten Christians who are all just volunteers without any pay.
Kees and Amos went visiting a number of FOT’s “listener clubs” which became a real eye-opener. People were excited to meet Amos, and when Kees was allowed to preach about God’s love and introduce the ABT, the people everywhere became very happy; they wanted to know that God LOVES them, and long to get to know the Jesus of the Qur’an.
Twice Kees stopped the car along the road just to ask an Imam, or just three older Muslim men, if they had listened to FOT Radio, and if they would like to be able to listen to the Bible about God and Jesus. The people always responded with excitement.
We returned to Blantyre, Malawi on Friday, 7 October, and Amos wanted to meet up yet with a couple of YWAM people along our path who have been working in a rural chiefdom Itepela of fifteen smaller villages with some 11,000 people; for ten years now. The chief has become a Christian while he initially had fought hard against them About 300 other Yao people are members of house churches in these fifteen small villages. The pastor, one of the YWAM-ers and Pastor Pedro, hold frequently classes for the local Mosque teachers so that most, teach about the Jesus of the Bible in the Mosques. Pedro just about wept when Kees offered him the assistance of the Audio Bible Teachers. Kees and Amos gave him the last 12 of ABT's they still had as they can use them with high results in large quantities. Kees plans on bringing them another 300 of ABT's. These will be programmed for Mozambique with the Chichewa and ChiYao programs, while adding a Portuguese Bible.
There is A sense that a huge revival is brewing here among the people of Niassa Province as each ABT can do just about the work of a missionary.
A tough mission trip to the North of Malawi
Pastor Danileck Mitepa and Kees Hoek returned Sunday night from two weeks in the far North of Malawi and had a very fruitful ministry among prisoners, teaching them about Healing the Wounded Heart, helping them with individual personal prayers for forgiveness for not having forgiven in the past those who hurt and rejected them, rather than loving them. Also instruction was given everywhere about God’s plan for men to be Prophets, Priests and servant Kings of their families.
The response has been overwhelming with the tip of the iceberg showing 279 inmates who Danileck could baptize. Satan’s hand was however again clearly visible. The evil one hates what we are doing in Jesus’ name to the people he used to be able to fool. The first visit was planned to be in Chitipa in the NW tip of Malawi, but the car could not negotiate the incline of the road, so they had to back down hill and first minister in Karonga, where the engine thermostat that controls the radiator fans was disabled. When the team went up hill to Chitipa and they had the biggest challenge of this two week long trip. In the middle of the night a very drunken man tried to back his car out of the parking lot first ramming the entire side of the car of the owner of the lodge, who was with him in the car, then he made a violent turn hitting the left front wheel of Kees’ car so hard that the front of the car was pushed over 1.5 meters, pushing it into a wall. The shock absorber was bent and needed to be replaced. So Kees wondered how and when the car would be drivable again out of this highly rural area. Kees also suspected that the drive shaft to the wheel had to be damaged. They prayed and prayed some more. In the morning they had to go first to the police station to report the incident. This all was biting into the time for ministry at the prison.
Kees had an opportunity to counsel this drunken driver whose breath twelve hours later still was heavy of alcohol. Yes, our Father God is teaching Kees now to try to love our enemies as it is a major part of teaching about Healing the Wounded Heart. When we came back to the lodge a spirit-filled man was waiting for us as the Lord had told him to go and see how he could help us; amazing. He is the local hardware store owner and next to it a carpentry business and a restaurant; quite a businessman. And on top of that he goes weekly into five small rural communities to teach people God’s Word. He has an automotive parts dealer friend 350 km away in the Northern Region small city-capital who happened to have the shock absorber in stock and shipped it without delay before payment could be made; amazing. The time that was lost Saturday morning at the police station was made up Sunday morning at the prison where Danileck could baptize 45 men after the seminar, while the shock absorber was being replaced. The team left Chitipa without any time loss as God did the miracle of providing the urgently needed repairs promptly; amazing. Satan did not stop our God.
But the broken fender could not be replaced there, and the drive-shaft to that wheel was obviously damaged and could not be repaired there, and yet had to complete ministry in Rumphi, Mzuzu, Mzimba and Nkhata Bay, and then back to Blantyre a total of about 1300 km. Danileck and Kees had no choice but to ask Father God to please allow them to make it home before the drive-shaft would fall totally apart. All the way Kees remained apprehensive as a lot of vibration came out of that wheel. The Lord had to be trusted as Kees had no spare time left before he must return to Pretoria by mid-October.
The team made it, and as Kees dropped Danileck off at his home at 8 pm a rapid clicking came from the wheel; would Kees make it back to Wenela Lodge? Just then, Danileck’s new son-in law from Zimbabwe, a person Kees could trust with repairing the car arrived. The wheel was removed and grease was found dripping from the gearbox. The drive shaft bearing was in four small pieces; amazing again. Is our Father good and are Jesus’ words totally trustworthy that we may step on serpents but they cannot harm us? Satan attempted twice to stop us, but ended up the big looser, only because of a God and His Son Jesus Christ who has BEEN GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM AS WELL AS HERE ON EARTH. Oh, how blessed we are by our Father and acknowledge freely that it is the prayers of many of you that make us so fruitful and allowing our Father to glorify His name.
23rd August 2016
10 new cell groups in Malawi
Pastor Danileck is very grateful for the support he is getting and reports from Malawi that he very thankful for the AudioBibleTeachers. At least ten cell groups have been formed through these ABT’s. Even the Prison Commissioner’s wife, who was from another faith, after hearing the teachings on ABT has started her own cell group. These ABT are playing a greater role and right now many from another faith have joined Christianity in different churches. Pastor Danileck baptized these new believers. The Chief Prison Official has granted Pastor Danileck permission to visit all the Prisons of Malawi to distribute the ABT’s, and to go visit especially, the Central and Northern Prisons of Malawi.
An awaking amongst the Yao in Malawi
Amos in Malawi is requesting an additional 40 Audio Bible Teachers as soon as possible. Amos has established 6 more listeners clubs this year. Amos is very thankful for the support for the radio ministry and the follow up is going on very well and the people are responding to our call. And is quite amazing to see how the Yao people are coming to know Christ through AudioBibleTeachers and that many are enjoying the lessons, especially those of the HEALING THE WOUNDED HEART. It is encouraging to note that some of these want to establish a Church in their village after they have listened to the ABT. In Chopi about 85 of them are said they have received Jesus Christ and at Chipande Village about 50 members of the Yao people have joined the club as a result of the lessons on ABTs. There is an awakening amongst the Yao people. Please continue praying for them, so that many may come to Christ as result of our distribution of ABT’s.
15 May 2016