Malawi: more than 37,000 decide to follow Jesus at Andrew Palau mission
Love Malawi Festival proved to be yet another powerful example of God’s grace and favour over Andrew and Wendy Palau’s ongoing evangelistic work, reports the Luis Palau Association.
“Uniting more than 2,250 local churches for two weeks of evangelistic ministry, this campaign helped saturate four cities with the clear Good News and led more than 37,922 people to indicate a decision to follow Jesus Christ!
“In total, combining all events during the two-week campaign, more than 150,000 people were reached in person with a clear gospel message.
“Many more were reached through an extensive media campaign, including national television broadcasts of Andrew’s messages from the prisons as well as the final weekend’s evening messages, on one of Malawi’s top national television networks.
“Wendy also joined Andrew in preaching the gospel at several of the events, including one of the prison outreaches (a first for Wendy) and at a women’s dinner (with the first lady of Malawi sharing her testimony).
“This recent campaign focused attention in and around the city of Blantyre and was built off the tremendous impact of Andrew and Wendy’s previous campaign in Malawi in 2016.
“After experiencing great growth in church unity and significant impact of the Gospel in the city of Lilongwe in 2016 – as well as exciting outreaches in the large refugee camp known as Dzaleka – it was pure joy that the national leaders, including the current president of the nation, invited the team back for renewed efforts in Blantyre and the surrounding area.
“The entire campaign included more than 50 outreach events and culminated in a massive three-day festival in the heart of Blantyre, complete with live music from Don Moen, Brandon Burke, and several local artists; action sports (with the partnership of The Stunt Dudes, and a children’s area (led by local churches).
“Andrew shared the Good News with the crowd each night, while more than 1,800 local believers (who were trained by our team) helped counsel and follow up each new believer at the festival.
As is the case in all Palau campaigns, ministry partners stood with us to help saturate the city. Empowering local evangelists and believers with tools and opportunities, they helped spread the Word in prison outreaches, eye glass clinics, school assemblies, sports tournaments, visits to orphanages, and through evangelistic dinners for key groups of individuals.
Andrew and Wendy also invited 8 partner evangelists – from 7 nations – to help spread the Good News throughout the surrounding area, partnering with local churches to hold evangelistic festivals and gatherings in the cities of Mulanje, Luchenza, and Balaka.
One of the local leaders had this to say about the entire campaign:
“Thank God for the Love Malawi Evangelistic Outreach; a great outreach initiative almost unparalleled in planning, ingenuity, spiritual intensity, relevance and faithfulness to the core Gospel. I have seen the hand of God at work in various spheres.
He has used ordinary skills and talent whether be music, BMX, or motor bike displays, to glorify Himself and call men and women into saving faith in Christ. God really knows how to market His work using His humble servants.
Some of us wrongly convinced ourselves that the days of mass gatherings are over. We couldn’t have been more wrong. God is still at work and continues to roll out His gifts and ministry effects to faithful men and women who are prepared to give up all for the cause of Christ.
Andrew Palau, Don Moen, and EAM Malawi, the organizing team, the church fathers [and of course the bikers and musicians] have delivered an extraordinary ministration so faithfully that I am literally speechless. I can only say glory to God. May God richly bless you all.”
This festival comes on the heels of a busy season of ministry for Andrew and Wendy, including God-honouring campaigns in Central Florida and Eastern Oregon earlier this year. We are also excited to be working with local leaders in planning for festivals in Manchester, England; San Jose, Costa Rica; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Karachi, Pakistan; to name a few.