A Global Ministry Synergy for Churches
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building. 1 Corinthians 3:7-9
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Introduction Background Vision, Mission & Values Malawi Malawi Youth The Malawi Local Church Malawi Schools & Sports Strategic Background Global Ministry Synergy Partnership & Programs Smile Stones Governance & Management Call to Action
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Introduction Footprints of Hope is about energizing and engag-
The Church in Wales is very small and has signifi-
ing the church in the global north in global ministry
cant social and spiritual issues that it has to ad-
and facilitating church ministry partnerships with
dress in her local community yet on several
the church in Malawi focusing on youth ministry.
occasions it has responded to the needs of the people of Malawi by giving and showing wiliness
As the saying goes in Africa, it takes a village to
to travel to offer hands on support to the church in
raise a child, Footprints of Hope is a vision born
out of a strong belief that with practical support from churches around the world, the Home Grown
The birth of Footprints of Hope offers not only the
Church in Malawi can effectively fight poverty and
church in the UK but also the church in the global
other problems that rock the country alongside
north a global ministry opportunity to be part of
making disciples .
community transformation in Malawi even as they see themselves spiritually grow and flourish.
Working with Churches in South Wales, UK, Lotan Matewere found Footprints of Hope after being inspired by both the outcome of his work and the love and willingness to support the church in Malawi shown by his friends in Wales upon hearing about the challenges Malawi faces and the work that the church in Malawi is doing.
Footprints of Hope therefore provides for the longevity and expansion of the very ministry to which Lotan and family are called.
Missio Dei Footprints of Hope is created and will run for the sake of Missio Dei. Missio Dei is a Latin theological term that is translated as "Mission of God" or “sending God.” It speaks about Mission being God’s mission and that God created and owns the church for that mission.
Background A small church with a big heart for the Lord Lotan Matewere’s family, including his wife Trisa and their three children live in and are serving the Church in the Rhondda Valleys of South Wales. The family is part of a small church called Acts Community Church; a small church with a big heart for the Lord and the community in which it exists. The family has lived in the Rhondda Valleys for more than 12 years. Previously, soon after the family moved to Wales, Lotan served with Sporting Marvels as Youth Development Worker seconded to Bethel Baptist Church in Ferndale where he was running youth and children’s work and preaching in the church.
Missio Dei expresses and gives the church her purpose as missionary. As God the father is one with the son and the spirit, God created the church as both the object and the instrument of reconciliation. “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17: 20-21
The other arm of his work saw him delivering the Mighty Marvels program in four primary schools around the area and supporting other workers working with high school children. The Mighty Marvels Programme curriculum is a 36-week carefully designed course that conform to the Wales’ Key Stage 2 National Curriculum of RE, PSE and PE. The emphasis is on inculcating important life principles, character values, healthy lifestyle and good citizenship. The story of Footprint of Hope begun around March 2006 After learning on BBC about famine in Malawi caused by severe floods that had destroyed crops, two of Lotan’s friends, Steve Evans and Paul Harris who were church leaders at Bethel at that time wanted to find out what the Church could do to help the people of Malawi. At that time Malawi was going through a really difficult time with some reported hunger related deaths. Knowing that the country already has to put up with other major problems, mainly poverty, it was next to impossible to give a right answer as to what kind of assistance one can give to help. Looking at how small Bethel Baptist Church was with the majority of the membership being over 60 years old, there was no best response one could give to such an offer other than appreciate the heart. The end result was that Bethel Baptist Church organized a fund raising activity at which money was raised and sent to Capital City Baptist Church in Lilongwe to help with its relief work. One of the schools that Lotan worked with, Llyn Y Fforwn, got wind of what the church had done. The school organized their own fund raising event from which the money raised was sent to the same Church but to help out with the church’s school project. What was shown through this was something really special. Bethel was a small church but chose to pursue this ambitious project to make an impact for the Lord in the Church’s own local community as well as further afield. The heart and faith to be love in action spoke loads to the vision of Footprints of Hope.
Key Beliefs 1. Jesus is the hope of the Church 2. The Church is the hope of the world 3. The youth are a window of hope for Malawi
Vision Together with the church to bring HOPE to the hurting world forever and ever!
Mission On one hand, to spark interest and engage churches in the global north in Global Ministry and on the other hand, to empower and support home-grown churches in Malawi to together reach and equip young people in Malawi for leadership and excellence in life.
Primary Mission Aims: 1. To mobilize prayer for the Church
2. To facilitate Global Ministry partnerships between churches in the global north and the church in Malawi 3. To put a Church based youth worker in front of adolescents in Malawi to support them in their spiritual, social, intellectual, physical and career development
Core Values ● God and His Mission: God is drawing people from every nation to himself in Jesus Christ. ● The Local Church: The local church is at the heart of God’s mission in the world. ● The World: God is at work in the whole world, we all have to be part of it. ● Prayer: As Martin Luther said, Prayer is a strong wall and a fortress of the church. It is a goodly Christian weapon. ● Partnership: Ministry has to be done in cooperation and collaboration among churches to bring hope to the world. ● Youth: The youth are not only for the future but are God’s gift to the church and the world
MALAWI A country gifted with natural beauty, peace and natural resources and yet like a crawling nightmare riddled with poverty, poor education standards and spiritual superficiality among many other problems. Malawi, with Lilongwe as her capital city is a small beautiful country in South East Africa sharing borders with Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Popularly known as the Warm Heart of Africa, the people of Malawi are warm, friendly, open and welcoming to visitors. The country is slightly smaller than England. Lake Malawi is a well known feature about the country. It is the third largest lake in Africa covering almost 1/5 country. It has more than 500 species of fish. The Lonely Planet website, www.lonelyplanet.com, describes Malawi as follows: “Apart from the legendary Malawian friendliness, what captures you first about this vivid country is its geographical diversity. Slicing through the landscape in a trough formed by the Great Rift Valley is Africa’s third-largest lake: Lake Malawi, a shimmering
mass of clear water, its depths swarming with colourful cichlid fish. Whether for diving, snorkelling, kayaking or chilling out on beaches and desert islands, a visit to the lake is a must.” Rough Guides has listed Malawi as number 3 among the top 18 countries to visit in the world in 2018 and number one in Africa. Rough Guides is a travel guide book and reference publisher, owned by APA Publications. Its travel titles cover more than 200 destinations and have its headquarters in London, the United Kingdom. Topping the list is England’s Newcastle while on second position is Civil Rights Trail, USA. Cosmopolitans, another travel guide, have also listed Malawi among the top 15 holiday destinations to visit in 2018. Beautiful as the country is,like a crawling nightmare, Malawi is riddled with poverty; illiteracy, spiritual superficiality among many other problems.
MALAWI IS BEAUTIFUL AND YET RIDDLED WITH MANY PROBLEMS
Pervasive Poverty Some 50.7 per cent of the population is classified as poor, namely those with income below the poverty line of $1.25. The poverty level is higher in the rural areas than in the urban areas, according to the most recent Integrated Household Survey (IHS), which was conducted in 2012. In Malawi today, unemployment among adolescents and young people is a big challenge. A substantial proportion seeks work in the informal sector. More young men (60.3%) than young women (36.5%) reported being engaged in some form of work. The majority (65.8%) work in the agricultural sector, which is seasonal, lowpaying, and dangerous. Nearly 40 % of children and adolescents between ages 5–17 years are child labourers.
Preventable and Treatable Diseases In Malawi, as adolescents and young people grow up, they face many health challenges that can keep them from developing to their full potential. Health problems affecting them include but not limited to, sexually transmitted infections, Adolescent pregnancy and child marriage, Violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation, Mental health problems, Harmful traditional cultural practices and other general health problems common in Malawi such as malaria. Poor education standards Basic quality education is a fundamental right for every child enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since the elimination of primary school fees in 1994, Malawi has achieved nearly universal access to primary school. However, apart from increasing access, the removal of school fees have had little pos-
itive impact on retention, class repetition, attainment, and skill acquisition. The education sector faces a number of challenges such as lack of qualified teachers, inadequate classrooms, and shortage of teaching and learning materials, poor sanitation facilities among others. Spiritual Superficiality The church in Malawi is numerically growing everyday but as they say, church growth and leadership in Malawi like the rest of Africa “is a mile wide and an inch deep.” Prosperity gospel and syncretism have taken pre-eminence over sound doctrine. Also, though not as strong, the church in Malawi faces the threat of radical Islam movement developing in east Africa. Further to that, the church in Malawi is also affected by the extreme economic challenges affecting the local communities. .
Similarly, enrolment in vocational and tertiary education remains
extremely low , w ith no more than 2.2% and 1.0% of young people aged 15-29 graduating, respectively. In addition to the low educational attainment rate, young Malaw ians experience poor education quality, resulting in a large share of students w ithout functional literacy and numeric skills.
Adolescents, urban youth and young w omen are less active. Despite an increase from 67% in 2012 to 71% in 2014, the female participation rate remains low er than that of males (79%). Young Malaw ian w omen face important difficulties reporting and seeking help for w idespread sexual, physical and emotional violence.
The Malaw i National Youth Policy of 2013 defines young people as
Violence against w omen increased betw een 2004 and 2015; 30% of
boys and girls from ages 10–25, regardless of marital status,
w omen aged 15-29 had experienced violence as of age 15 in 2004,
economic status, and parity.
rising to 38% in 2015. Among w omen aged 15-49, 21% had suffered sexual violence, 25% emotional violence, and more than 33% physical
Footprints of Hope focus is on 10 to 19 year olds defined as
“adolescents” by UNICEF “This large number of the adolescent population therefore presents Youth make 40 % of Malaw i’s total population (16.3 million people) Malawi with opportunities to secure its future competitiveness by The size of the youth population is projected to increase to 9.3 million by 2025 .
effectively investing in the skills and education of young people. Investing and securing the adolescent population is an effective way
The majority of the population is under 65 years of age. This is a great
of consolidating the gains achieved for children in the early and
opportunity for the country’s development, especially if these young
middle years of life.” UNICEF
people are healthy, fit and active. According to OECD Development Centre (2018), “Youth Well-being
“Youth are the window of hope for the development of this country. As
Policy Review of Malaw i”, EU-OECD Youth Inclusion Project, Paris.
such, they need proper care and guidance to ensure that they remain
A large share of young people drop out of school very early and do not acquire basic skills.
healthy and productive. Young people have needs and challenges that affect their growth and development. However, many young people and the adults around them either are unaware of these needs
Only 35% of the students in primary education complete the cycle. As a result, enrolment in secondary education decreases to no more than 18%.
or what to do about them. Others have problems accessing services that address their needs.” C.V. Kang‘ombe, Secretary for Health in the M inistry of Health, M alawi
The Malawi Local Church The nature of the present day church in Malawi is such that the initial missionary work pioneered by a Scottish Missionary by the name of Dr David Livingstone has given way to a growing indigenous church movement with her own Malawian unique leadership and liturgical visage.
This church has big potential to positively influence attitudes, values and behaviours and provide leadership. It has a grass-roots network which means it is trusted by the people; is accessible; is owned and sustained by the local community. About religious organisations like these, OECD Development Centre (2018), “Youth Well-being Policy Review of Malawi”, EU-OECD Youth Inclusion Project, Paris, “said that, in terms of social capital, religious groups play a central role in providing support to communities and youth in Malawi.” Religious affiliations are widespread among Malawian youth and play a central role in providing support to communities. Faith-based organisations are seen as valuable community resources and contribute greatly to individual social capital. The biggest challenge this church has is that the same economic problems that the communities face, affect the church as well and is in need of sound doctrinal grounding. Therefore, by being part of the global ministry synergy, the church in Malawi would be strengthened to effectively make an impact in her community, enjoying the cooperation and interdependent ministry of the global body of Christ.
MALAWI SCHOOL’S SPORTS Sport, physical activity and play are important to the social, health, spiritual and educational life of people. In Malawi however, even though the importance is acknowledged, schools don’t take the area of sports and physical activity seriously because exams are not given on the subject. More emphasis is placed on core examinable subjects. Apart from that, most schools don’t teach it because there are no infrastructures for sports and there are not that many qualified teachers to teach sports and physical education. The country does not have a teacher training institution in Sports and P.E. There is need to implant the value of sports into the general Malawian mindset to influence government policy and the inclusion of sport and P.E as a core part of the school system and people's life styles.
STRATEGIC BACKGROUND “Concerns raised by past missionaries to Malawi offer a perspective about making good use of missionaries as well as making good of the work that the missionaries would have done while in Malawi.” shown their love for the Lord and us by financially supporting some churches in Malawi. On top of the generosity that we have seen, for the past three years we have been discussing about taking a group of Christians from Wales on a short mission trip to Malawi. Apart from the common fears to do with safety, health and having to separate from loved ones, the question that I am often asked is about what work they are going to be doing in Malawi. These are genuine concerns and offers a perspective about making good use of the missionaries and as well as making good of the work that the missionaries would have done while in Malawi.
The proverb, in Chichewa, ‘Mlendo amadza ndi mpeni wakuthwa’ and in English, ‘visitors bring with them a sharper knife’ explains why Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa. The people are warm and welcoming to visitors. They believe that visitors bring with them rare wisdom that, if taken heed of, they will be able to do impossible things. Between 1999 and 2005, working at the African Bible College in Lilongwe Malawi as Sports Director and with the Baptist Association of Malawi as the Youth President, I was privileged to welcome and assist mission teams from the west to effectively serve alongside the local churches. Upon completion of their work, one question that the missionaries would always ask me was about how the work they had started was going to either be completed or sustained. Fast forward to the present, between 2005 to date, I and my family have been living in South Wales here in the UK where we have been serving the churches in the surrounding areas in different capacities. Over time we have built wonderful relationships with the Christian community to the point that some have
Through its unique operation strategy, Footprints of Hope will endeavour to encourage and support churches in the UK and the Global North to participate in global ministry by giving their time, resources and spiritual gifts to the work that Footprints of Hope would have been undertaking with Malawian churches. At the heart of the work of Footprints of Hope in Malawi will be a Youth Ministry, whereby Footprints of Hope places a Youth Worker in a partner church to serve as a Youth Pastor. Among some of his or her roles, the Youth Pastor will run church youth clubs, support local schools in sports and student’s wellness activities as well as running holiday clubs. Footprints of Hope partner churches in the UK and the global north will be encouraged to support the youth pastor and to send short term missionaries to work alongside their partner churches at the holiday clubs and other work that would have been identified and agreed upon during the course of the partnership. It is my hope and prayer that many churches and mission minded individuals and organisations will partner with Footprints of Hope in this vision.
Paul Harris and Steve Evans, Lotanâ€™s Welsh friends wanted to know what Bethel Baptist, small church in the Rhondda could do to help in Malawi.
First short term missionaries to Malawi from Christ the King Church, North-bay Campus in Washington USA
Curt Denton sandwiched by Lotan and Chris Banda at Lake Malawi led a group of teenager from Oklahoma on a sort mission trip to Malawi. He wanted to know how the work started was going to be continued and sustained.
Pastor McPherson Jere of Area 23 LLCC is one of the key leaders of the a home-grown church in Malawi.
Stanley leads Church Youth and children activities at Area23 LLCC
THE GLOBAL MINISTRY SYNERGY STRATEGY Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) The church however has gone through tremendous transformation over the years. The suggestion of world missions to local churches is often met with indifference, a sense of being over burdened and doubt. The Global Ministry Synergy strategy (GMS) is fresh approach to world missions. It brings together churches situated among people living in situations of poverty, powerlessness, and oppression and churches from affluent parts of the world in a shared expression of the Mission of God. Mission flow through the church from God’s love for the world to which he sent his only son to save. It is a central theme in scriptures describing God’s activity throughout history to restore and heal creation culminating in the Great Commission where Jesus passes on the baton to the church to take further.
For many local churches, the change in both their immediate environment and the globe causes too much stress to think about global missions. Churches are getting smaller and smaller and have more and more of the older generation. Some churches can’t do it because they are barely surviving. Other churches, backed by Acts 1:8 would rather focus exclusively on their local community and hope to progress from there or because their local community has more needs or because they don’t have much themselves. The Global Ministry Synergy (GMS) is a ministry strategy to assist local churches to engage with the changes in the Christian movement and the global environment to effectively bring hope to world that desperately need hope.
Traditional Missions vs Global Ministry Synergy Traditional Missions
Source of mission movement
Here to there Us to them
Here to there and there to here We together
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Holier than thou Formal Education Condemnatory Control
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Brotherly honesty Experiential Learning Curiosity Mutual trust and Faith
Knowledge monopoly Superiority of culture
Shared Knowledge Cultural relativism
Product o (e.g. Number of churches planted)
Process/Journey o (Transformed and flourishing churches and communities)
FoH Church Partnerships are opportunities for churches in the UK and the global north referred to as Sending Partner Churches (SPC) to join hands with the Church in Malawi, referred to as Receiving Partner Church (RPC) in an ongoing global ministry. Footprint of Hope wants to help churches in the UK get excited and engage in global ministry in partnership with churches in Malawi.
●Support the Receiving Partner Church in her ministry as would the sending partner church. ●Represents the Sending Partner Church serving within and alongside the Receiving Church ●A positive role model for the youth ●Run Youth Work in Receiving Partner Churches ●Organise Holiday Clubs and other activities ● Support local schools with sports coaching and wellness activities
Footprints of Hope will also support the churches in Malawi to
PRAYER PARTNERSHIP • The Soar – Quarterly FoH Newsletter with praise and prayer news items • Prayer Request Emails for urgent matters • Prayer Emphasis Week (FoH will promote a week each year dedicated to praying for the church) SENDING PARTNER CHURCH (SPC) ● Host Footprints of Hope Speakers and activities ● A Test of Africa (Special Church Service with a Africa touch of worship run by Footprints of Hope in for Sending Partner Churches) ● Support Youth Pastors in Receiving Partner Church ● Send Short Term Missionaries to Malawi when they can
RECEIVING PARTNER CHURCH (RPC) ● Ministry hub for the Youth Worker ● Run Holiday Clubs ● Host Short term Missionaries
We hope that the Sending Partner Churches will see this as a tool to use to help their members grow spiritually and in knowledge of the world and other cultures than their own ● Held between June and July annually ● 14 Days long ● Time to learn about other cultures ● Time to serve and share ● Time to make friends ● Time to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation through a visit to the lake and game parks and other attractive places ● Time for reflection over self, own church, own community and own country ● Time for prayer
The role of The FoH Church Ambassador is very important to Footprints of Hope. This is someone with passion to see their church participating in Global Ministry and being used further afield transforming lives. The Ambassadors has the most important role of being the liaison person between Footprints of Hope and The Sending Partner church. They have access to news, training, and support resources, and helps Footprints of Hope understand the ministry and needs of the sending partner church for prayer and other forms of support that might be need. With the Ambassador as the church link between Footprints of Hope and the Sending Partner Church, information flow is smooth.
A test of Africa will be packaged for Sending Partner Churches. It will: ● Be an African Themed Church Service ● Be African themed children’s activities ● Involve Malawian + other African Diaspora ● Involve Malawi Touring Group Preaching, worship, storytelling, dance, African drums etc)
MORE THAN YOUTH WORK
Even though the focal point of partnerships initiated by Footprints of Hope is C h u r c h S c h o o l a n d Yo u t h w o r k , t h e r e are other areas of ministry the partner churches would agree and venture into during the course of the partnership.
ACTS Community Church provides Lotan and his family with a spiritual home and has been with them through it all. Bethel Baptist Church is where it all started. They have sent support to Capital City Baptist Church and to Mponela Baptist Church and have engaged Ferndale Community School in support raising. Bethel Wattstown Church supported Ngona Branch of LLCC in response to a visit Pastor D Maganga made to the Fellowship. One of the first mission partnerships initiated by Mr and Mrs Duane Vis under Footprints of Hope is between Christ the King Church, North-bay Campus in Washington USA and Lilongwe Living Christian Church in Area 23. The partnership continues to grow. Christ the King Church supports the children’s ministry at Area 23 Lilongwe Christian Church and has managed to send two short term missionaries to visit the church.
Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tonyrefail has supported Lotan and Trisa in different ways and Phil Lewis, the pastor, participated in the Swansea marathon to raise support for a multipurpose youth centre at area 43 Lilongwe Christian Church. Here is a note from the church: “I am now pleased to report real progress. We have succeeded in fabricating and fixing on the roof six of the twelve trusses that are required to roof the building (see photos attached). Your donation financed the production of one of those six trusses. We are now raising funds for the remaining six trusses and for the roofing sheets. Please remember us in prayer as we enter this phase. Once again thank you for planting the seed at Living Christian Church. May the Lord richly bless you. I will give you an update when we achieve the next milestone for the church. (Area 43 LLCC)” Pastor Dick Maganga
GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OTHER PROSPECTIVE PARTNERS
The goal is to setup and register Footprints of
• African Bible College Malawi
Hope as a charity in the UK and Malawi
(recruiting full time and intern
according to the laws of each of these countries.
super marvels as well as volunteers in Malawi) • International Sports Leadership School (sports leadership training)] • Caleb 14:24 (church leadership training) • Sporting Marvel (General Support, Youth Ministry and School Sports and Wellness Curriculum development Support)
A Steering Team A Steering Team to help steer Footprints of Hope from start will be formed comprising of at least 3 to 5 Christian brothers and sisters to whom Lotan will be accountable. The Steering Team role is to provide support, guidance and oversight advice to ensure the success of Footprints of Hope implementation.
• Mission Agencies (send missionaries to work as youth pastors) • Elroy Duckitt – Training for the Marvels • Grant Adams – Pastoral Support. • Univerity of Gloustershire (Sports Malaw) - School Sports & Short Mission trips FUTURE PLANS
Manager The Manager will be responsible for overall operation of FoH, communication and documentation, support raising and implementation of projects. He will develop strategic plan for FoH as will be agreed upon and directed by the Steering Team after the first meeting
● Register in the UK and Malawi as a charity
The strategic plan, among other areas will focus on:
● Hold Global Ministry Conference in the Rhondda and Malawi
1. Governance Structures , partnerships and programs
● Build a Youth and Christian Resource Centre in Malawi ● Adapt the GMS strategy to other geographical areas and in other areas of ministry
2. Human resource recruitment, management and development
3. Support raising and management 4. Website and social media use 5. Monitoring and Evaluation 6. Communication and Publicity strategy Council of Reference FoH will also ask a number of people who are senior leaders with varied skill and perspectives from the UK and across the world, to act as a Council of Reference. They will provide FoH with advice and ongoing friendship. Malawi Steering Team Malawi Steering Team will be formed. Its major function is to work with the Manager to implement and manage strategies for Malawi. Initially before registration of FoH as a charity in Malawi, FoH will use the administrative facilities of Lilongwe Christian Church Upon appointment of the Youth Pastors, a Lead Youth Pastor will be appoint among the team to lead the team.
1. Become Prayer Partner 2. Become a Church Partner 3. Support Super Marvels 4. Host â€˜Taste of Africaâ€™ 5. Host FoH Speaker 6. Start thinking about taking a short mission trip to Malawi
7. Become a Volunteer
Footprints of Hope 125 Duffryn Street Ferndale CF43 4EH RTC Tel: 01443 856 479 Mobile: 07539544897 email@example.com www.footprintsofhope.co.uk
Published on Mar 13, 2018