Lake dream helps lead sisters to Christ

By Lee Forland | Malawi in Southern Africa

Representative image by Thought Catalog, via Unsplash.

Hawa* and Aisha* never expected to learn anything about Christ beyond what they had heard within their Muslim faith. One day, that all changed.

The two sisters had a dream that they had visited a large lake and had been swallowed up by a wave. Fearful of the dream, they initially decided to avoid Lake Malawi.

At the same time, the Africa Evangelical Church (AEC) National Youth Camp was underway near the lake. Hearing singing, Hawa and Aisha couldn’t help but become curious. When they reached the lake, they were met by pastors who shared the gospel with them and prayed for their safety. The two women then decided to join the rest of the camp to participate in the speaker sessions.

Fun on the beach. Photo by SIM Malawi.

Over four hundred AEC youth came from across Malawi to assemble for the week-long camp, focusing on enriching their relationships with Christ under the theme: “Your identity in Christ.”

With times of devotion and speaker-led sessions – as well as sports and visits to the beach – the event presented numerous opportunities for young people from the AEC to hear the gospel and bring them closer to Christ, while also givingem an opportunity to meet and encourage one another.

Keynote speaker Fostance Mtolo, an AEC pastor and SIM Sports Friends ministry worker, said: “It was a real joy to share with so many young people to help them understand that their true identity is established in Christ, and that what the world says about their status and appearance does not define who they really are. They learned that Christ chose them, loves them and has forgiven them, and that their identity is anchored in Christ.”

One young attendee, Joyce, had been born into a church home, but had felt like she was living a lie. She acted as if she was a believer but, inside, she did not feel that she was truly following Christ. After listening to the speaker sessions, she decided to make a new and true dedication of her life to the Lord.

Amazingly, Hawa and Aisha also learned that Jesus was the true son of God, and that He loved them and had died for their sins so that they could have eternal life. Before they went home, they both made a decision to accept Him into their lives.

One of the camp pastors rejoiced at the opportunity to share the good news with the sisters. He marvelled: “Given their Muslim heritage, I don’t believe they expected to ever learn what Christ had done for them. I am glad that we were able to bring Christ into their community.”

 

Pray

•That this ministry will continue to be a blessing for Malawian young people.

•That God will continue to provide the funding needed to support youth discipleship activities.

•For the safety and health of AEC pastors and their families.

 

Give

To give to support youth ministry in Malawi, please click here to find your closest donation office and quote project number #96658.

 

Photo by SIM Malawi.

 

*names changed for privacy

SIM Asset Publisher Portlet

Asset Publisher

SIM Asset Publisher Portlet

Asset Publisher

Related stories

How are shoeboxes bringing joy to children in Namibia?

In April 2023, SIM Namibia partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to distribute 7,200 shoeboxes boxes through their programme called Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The children’s faces were beaming as they opened their gifts, a tangible expression of God’s love.

Kenya floods emergency and SIM’s response

Devastating floods have caused widespread casualties and displacement in Kenya. Since April, torrential rains have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. This nationwide emergency has caused widespread devastation, affecting homes, farms, businesses, and vital infrastructure. In the wake of this crisis, we are determined to bring hope through Christ's restorative power and healing. SIM is working alongside churches and partner groups to support families affected by this crisis.

Refugee mum founds renewed hope through Sydney gardening club

Kay, a refugee living in Australia, once lived a life consumed by depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Medication and hospital visits offered little relief, and  her children were taken away by the authorities. Freedom to Flourish, a Sydney ministry of SIM  using counselling and creative activities to help refugees heal and find God's love, became her lifeline.

Sendu’s story: How a Zambia youth center ignited a young man's faith

A gentle nudge from an auntie helped transform Sendu Limande’s life and turn him into a powerful force for the gospel.