Malawi Facts

Malawi is about the size of England with a population of about 11 million.
It is known as the “warm heart of Africa” because of the gentleness and friendliness of it’s people.  It received it’s independence from England in 1964 without bloodshed.  Prior to that they were called Nyassaland.
It’s first president, Hastings Banda went to school at Indiana University.  Unlike many nations it is very pro-western and pro-American.
The official language is English, but most of the village people speak Chicewa.
The Malawian Kwatcha is their monetary exchange.  The exchange rate as of Aug. 2010 was $1 equals MK 150.
It is mostly agricultural.  It is considered one of the poorest countries in the world.  Most of the villagers have small one acre farms that are farmed by hand.  Malawians are considered very hard workers.  Countries like South Africa love to hire Malawians. 
During the 1950s four Americans moved to Malawi to do mission work.  They were Doyle Gilliam, Wendell Welks, John Tesen, and Jim Judd.  Their work resulted in conversions of thousands.   At about the same time several Malawians developed into powerful preachers and leaders.  Makawake, “the blind man that sees souls”, Mahonga and Kassilika, “the marshall Keeble” of his day. 
These men now are gone, but Malawi now has 4,000 churches of Christ.   As far as I know they have the largest per capita number of churches of Christ in the world. 
What they lack is leadership.  Each Malawian preacher serves between 10-20 congregations.  Often their training comes from Bible Correspondence Courses.
The great need now is for a branch of Sunset School of Preaching to be established in Malawi to train preachers.  Priestley Nkhonjera was chosen to attend Sunset for training to head up the new school.  Priestley will have finished his schooling in December.  We have been given 150 acres of land by the chiefs in Dedza district for building the school. 

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