We couldn’t believe this was our last day in Malawi! A good devotion led by a DTS student (who had a one-way ticket out to DTS from Holland and was just hearing from God on what to do in November when it finishes), on the stories in 2 Kings and the command for Jehoshaphat to dig ditches, then in 1 Kings on the widow’s oil. We were encouraged to think about obedience and not only when God tells us something easy.
This was followed by a breakout praise session led by ‘da lads’, the African boys, who really know how to move. But we also shifted into the presence, and worshipped as well, before interceding for India. Being on the African continent, it makes many countries seem more accessible, and YWAM have 600 bases around the world. I have finished reading Loren Cunningham’s ‘Is it really you, Lord?’ which is a readable ‘history’ of how Loren followed God’s leading to see thousands of young people paying their way to do mission work.
At the end of the prayer, Colin and I were prayed for as we return to Blighty, and a guy called Tristan who had just arrived from Colombia and was here for a couple of days was also prayed for. There is an efficient method of prayer they use here where everyone prays at once.
We had a quiet morning collecting coffee from Blantyre’s answer to Edgcumbes, chatting to Chris, and I obtained a laptop for our DTS session in the afternoon. I was wanting this to go well as I hadn’t done this sort of thing focusing both on teaching and on being a Christian.
Colin spoke first, and then I did. He focused on his journey into social work, and how there had been some ‘Kaboom’ moments, such as when after lots of pestering by friends at university agreed to go to a Bible study; also later on some unusual careers guidance when after working as an electrical engineer, he heard an audible voice saying ‘Go into social work’.
After giving the group a short break I spoke; I had planned a lot, but felt some of it was too specific perhaps for people who already know they want to teach. So I made the point that we will spend 90,000 hours of our life working, and will encounter some of our greatest challenges in work as Christians. Then I talked about Jesus being a great teacher, and did a bit on how when you reach children or young people, you need to do it wholeheartedly to win them, and to honour God.
After the session, Tom who is the main DTS leader with Sarah his wife, emphasized that it’s not always easy for young Africans to get work, and some come to DTS from being unemployed. Also that not all of them will have completed formal schooling themselves.
With this sort of input we just have to trust that God sowed some seeds! We finished our final day with a braai – Chris got some large beef fillets, and Colin and I got to spend more time with Chris and Hannah’s good friends Daniel and Suzy.
A quick cup of coffee and debrief with Chris, and it was off to pack for an early start. I am now signing off, sitting in Addis Ababa airport at 11:15pm local time, waiting for our final flight home.