Together with our field partners in Malawi, Fishers, Trainers & Senders, we at GRNSA desire to:
- Reach YEARLY MORE people using the Audio Bible with the "Look, Listen and Live"- Bible stories and supportive picture books. The AUDIO Bible stories are combined with the audio Bible on the player we use.
- Monitor (Follow up) the exiting groups and strengthen them by:
- Equipping the leaders of groups to be more effective in using these tools
- Training new group leaders for their task
- Encouraging members of the groups to grow spiritually and how to become effective disciples and reaching out to others
- Collecting faulty players for servicing and replace these players with players which are in good working order
- Monitoring the impact and the effective use of the materials and to answer questions of group leaders or members where there is such a need;
- Splitting groups which had grown too big and equip the new groups with extra sets of materials and players.
Motivating the urgent need to visit existing groups:
- There are on this Lake Shore route 24 active listening groups listening through the Look, Listen & Live content. The commentary on one picture is played and it is discussed.
- We find that these groups are growing. The need to hear God's Word in story form is huge. In many places these tools are the peoples' only way to hear God's Word.
- Materials are not given to individuals or leaders. The materials stay the property of our ministry partners, Fishers, Trainers & Senders. They identify and teach new group leaders and form a working relationship with these group leaders who have the use of these materials for as long as they continue to use these evangelism tools productively and responsibly. The relationships are built on co-ownership and co-responsibility of the project. THERE IS NEED FOR REGULAR MONITORING!!!
- We need R6,500.00 to do one such trip plus R14,000.00 for replacement materials bringing the total to R20,500.00.
General Information on some of the towns on the Lake Shore route:
- SALIMA: Population: 340 327; Land area: 2196 square km; Languages spoken: ChiYao and ChiChewa; Faith Orientation: Christian, Animistic & Muslim. (National Statistics 2008)
- NKHOTAKOTA: Population: 301 868; Land area: 4259 square km; Languages spoken: ChiYao ChiChewa, Tumbuka, Tonga; Faith Orientation: Christian, Animistic & Muslim. (National Statistics 2008)
- NKHATA BAY: Population: 213 779; Land area:4071 square km; Languages spoken: ChiChewa, Tumbuka, Tonga & others; Faith Orientation: Christian, Animistic & Muslim. (National Statistics 2008)
- Travelling to and within these mentioned areas along the Lake Shore entails:
- 865+km on the main road (with local transport) from Lilongwe via Salima, Nkhotakota, Nkhata Bay and returning back on the in-land via Mzuzu to Lilongwe
- 240+km on bicycle rides within the villages of Salima, Nkhotakota and Nkhata Bay to follow up/monitor groups and motivating the establishing of more groups
- Not less than 15 days to accomplish such a monitoring visit effectively and to visit these rural areas
- Our co-workers have to stay over in local rest houses with plenty mosquitoes.
- Till present we mostly sent out only one person, the FTS Media Officer, Dallion Chitekwere. But for him to carry all the broken as well as new audio equipment plus picture books and his own person travelling bag is not easy. It is therefore our hope that we can send another FTS worker with him on his journey.