Our Missionary Assignment Has Three Parts

  • OUR MISSIONARY ASSIGNMENT HAS THREE PARTS: 1.) Assist with building the National Ministry Center of the Church of God in Malawi. 2.) Participate in the training of pastors and leaders. 3.) Provide encouragement and minister to the Church of God congregations in Malawi.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Living and Giving

The new church folks built this structure to host people from five churches who gathered to welcome them.
A new church is cause for celebration! Different churches rented trucks to transport people for this day of JOY welcoming new brothers and sisters to the CHURCH OF GOD MALAWI REGION!

Choir members in matching outfits waiting for their chance to sing!

A picture of one of the Women's Choirs, we had many choirs share with enthusiasm and a welcoming spirit for the new church.


Monday, April 13, 2015

From North to South Delivering Relief Supplies in Malawi


 We are glad you're here!
Our March / April newsletter didn't give us the time or space to share with you the videos and information that I believe will touch your heart. 

Ladies unloading the last of 100 bags of maize. The average weight of the bag is 110 lbs. Click Here


Leaders of our churches in Chitimba, Livingstonia in the Karonga District in Northern Malawi. 

Bibles in the Tambuka Language, Plastic Sheets for roofs, and maize with some happy pastors!

Training and teaching Pastor's and Leaders in the North of Malawi.

Evaluating water damage to foundation on a burnt brick and mud mortar home.


A hike of 30 minutes brought us to the top of hill where we met a Pastor and his family in front of their church. 

  • In the Southern District of Chikwawa we were able to purchase maize and iron sheets for roofing.

Church under a couple trees http://youtu.be/g6eOv64zmXM
A great rhythm section praising the Lord http://youtu.be/AwppOajIsW0

Have a Blessed Day! We look forward to posting more soon! God bless you!
Tim and Josie Vickey







Monday, March 30, 2015

Check out our quick video high lighting just some of the places and faces that God is at work!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Disaster Relief in Southern Malawi

In Southern Malawi delivering supplies: Maize, Ufa (corn flour), Plastic Sheets for roofs and windward sides of homes and Mosquito netting.

We are getting much better at
tying and untying supplies.

The finances that you have supplied for relief supplies are being delivered and put into use every day. We have worked to immediately get into affected areas and share God's blessing with hurting people. These supplies are going to sponsored children and families at the Mtewa Church in Nsanje district. 
Unloading a full truck is always a joy, with a lot of excitement and anticipation. 
Our focus is upon the Lord and how He provides for all of us. The times of distribution are an opportunity to tell of Christ and His love and how He is our Sustenance and true Hope. 
We were also able to distribute maize. No one seemed to mind the bare feet and child playing in the food!
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These kids came and stood by the car as we left. We were able to help them with some things but the need continues.
Thank you for your generous giving that is making a difference in the lives of every person you see in these pictures. Pray for the people who we didn't have food for. We will return again, and again and as many times as we are able to, to bring hope in the Lord.


Sincerely,
Tim and Josie Vickey

If you would like to donate to support us in this ministry make a note of our Project Number: 42.10089.
Contact Debbie Taylor at (800) 848-2464 Ext. 2129 or email her at Dtaylor@chog.org

The Disaster Relief Project number is 45.04502. 
You may contact Stephen Lewis (800) 848-2464 ext. 2198

The P.O.Box for both of these projects and persons is PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46018
Just designate your giving and it will be utilized to address this suffering. Thank you.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Disaster Relief for South East District of Malawi

Disaster Relief for
South East District of Malawi
 Saturday January 24, 2015 we visited the rain and flood ravaged villages in the Mulanje area of Malawi. This area received a month of rain in just three days completely washing away crops and destroying homes. We are traveling to the Southern District Tuesday the 27th. 

We have been able to deliver corn flour. These are 10 kg bags about 22 lbs of corn flour in each bag. One bag per family. This is the staple of their diet that makes Nsima. 

We delivered plastic sheets for covering the roofs and providing relief from the driving rain. We brought mosquito netting to aide in the prevention of malaria. You can see the buckets for water and there are some plastic plates in that pile as well. On this trip alone we brought in over 1 ton of disaster relief materials and supplies. 



It is heartbreaking to say but the children on the left in the foreground are watching the children in the background receive supplies and there is not enough to go around. The children in the white shirts are sponsored children and the others are not. We brought extra food and distributed it to as many families as possible. Thank you for helping each and every life!




Turning aside hungry families and children was hard enough but we were not prepared for the destruction that we were to witness in house after house due to the intense rains and inadequate shelter,....
This husband and wife were happy to be alive as they slept in the room right behind them. When the wall fell, in the middle of the night it fell outward rather than in sparing their lives. 
The wall fell in on this house but both mother and son are ok. You are looking through the front door of the house in the left hand side of the picture. 







This mother, son and baby were startled when their house collapsed during the day! They are carefully trying to preserve any bricks they can and hope to get help to rebuild soon. 




There was just no end to the destruction. I took this photo from inside looking through the front door to mother and baby behind the house. 
The lady on the left cannot walk. her legs cannot hold her up, so her husband has been carrying her across the street everyday while he goes and looks for piece work in the fields that are left. The lady in the center is her friend and keeps her eye on her protecting her from the rain. When the lady on the left was asked where her home was, she pointed across the street to the structure below.
This is their house. They are still using the room behind me for sleeping.
This house even has corrugated metal roofing but the driving rain disintegrated the mud bricks. They are using the poles to hold it up, still living inside, working where they can and praying for assistance. The plastic sheets protect further damage from the driving rains. 
This Pastor and his wife were sleeping in the room behind them.  During the night the wall fell out! Praise the Lord! They were not harmed in any way but need assistance in rebuilding. 

We were able to give a bucket, plastic sheet, plates and mosquito netting. We didn't have any more food left but they were happy and encouraged that people care enough to donate to them. 

This is one of two churches in this area we saw completely collapsed. 

This church ministers to many many children and they don't have the money to rebuild. They will use the poles to erect a grass structure and place the plastic sheets on top to hold services and activities for the children.
We were walking through one village to another and there was this lady, with the red head wrap,  unrolling the  plastic sheet to put on her roof. When she saw Josie, she ran and thanked her with a joyful laughter! What a great surprise for us and for us to be able to share with you the impact of the prayers and dollars that you give being put to immediate use!
How can we express to you the utter devastation of homes that we saw? We had this grandmother and grandaughter sit where their house had been. It had completely collapsed. Gone. They are living for now at the neighbors house behind the crowd of people until their house can be rebuilt. 
Everywhere we go there are children. Always a crowd and always smiling. We talk and sing and share and encourage as we are able. We bring hope in the name of Jesus. We bring blessing in the name of Jesus and we thank you for enabling these communities to start to recover.
This is one of those moments we wanted to share with you! PURE JOY! We had walked and talked and shared with each other and as we prepared to go we just experienced the joy of being alive! Amid all of the devastation God gives us life and breath and a new day. Praise the Lord for His mercy and provision!!
These are just some of the children from one of the collapsed churches. They have hope to see us again and to have help to rebuild their church. It is the center of activity in this small community so when we came to their village to see their church it was a real encouragement! Pray for them. Pray for us as we minister and seek the funds to continue to encourage hope in these communities. 
As I am writing this the rains are falling again and I think of the families that are living in homes with no walls. No door that locks. No security. The men are missing from many of these photos as they are seeking any kind of day labor.

Tomorrow we are going to another community and the reports are that the refugee camps are getting so ridden with crime that people are trying to return to their broken homes rather than living in the camps that were meant to be a refuge. Pray for these hurting people. Pray for the faces that you see here. Every person is capable of a smile but sometimes the pressures of life seem to steal the smile and steal the joy of the Lord. Pray for us as we encourage the people and point them to the Lord.

Thank you for your generous giving that is making a difference in the lives of every person you see in these pictures. Pray for the people who we didn't have food for. We will return again, and again and as many times as we are able to, to bring hope in the Lord.

Sincerely,
Tim and Josie Vickey

If you would like to donate to support us in this ministry make a note of our Project Number: 42.10089.
Contact Debbie Taylor at (800) 848-2464 Ext. 2129 or email her at Dtaylor@chog.org

The Disaster Relief Project number is 45.04502. 
You may contact Stephen Lewis (800) 848-2464 ext. 2198

The P.O.Box for both of these projects and persons is PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46018
Just designate your giving and it will be utilized to address this suffering. Thank you.




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Persistent Rains and Flooding In Malawi

GO - DO - BE - 2015
Go! Do what Jesus would do! Be Christ like!

In Malawi with Tim and Josie Vickey
Massive flooding hits many districts in Malawi. President declares disaster and calls for international help.

Shire River Valley: Some of the most fertile soil in the river bottom next to the Shire River has been swept clean by the torrential rains and floods. The crops have either been washed away or under water for a week now. In the areas where the water recedes there is a possibility for replanting here at the tail end of the season. Pray that this will be possible and that the replanting effort is successful to alleviate massive hunger later in the year.


The central region was not spared! Mangochi area homes two days after the rains and the waters had still not receded. 

In another part of Mangochi portions of the road were completely swept away. 














Whole villages are underwater. In the right center of the photo below there is a house with mud walls that collapsed and all you see is the grass thatch roof in the water.

Fields would usually be a carpet of green with crops this time of year. This picture vividly shows the Shire river outside of her banks and the tan areas are where the topsoil and crops are washed away.

 We came across refugee camps set up for those who had lost their homes and everything they own. Tent after tent filled with people with little hope, displaced and hurting. It was heartbreaking.


Another camp further south. There are reported to be twenty seven camps like this in the southern districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje.


The force of the water sweeping across maize and cotton fields ripped vegetation and left it strewn haphazardly. These had been small plots of crops planted between the trees but now it is nothing more than mud, water and debris.

 Areas swept clean of the crops that were once a carpet of green.

We examined where the grass thatched roof of the church had failed. Notice where the rain has soaked the mud plaster during the rains. 

Notice along the roofline where the water has soaked the top of the wall and along the bottom of the wall where the water has seeped up from the floor. The gaps of light are showing the holes in the roof.

 This church is fortunate to have burned bricks, not just mud bricks. Those are what is being pointed out. Holding the burned bricks together is mud as mortar, then the walls are plastered with more mud. When the rain seeps in the plaster falls and the mud between the bricks is exposed to disintegrate as well. (Burned bricks are fired so they are hard, most churches are mud bricks or grass walls and roof)


 Our Southern Regional Overseer, Pastor James Kusowa and our Church Representative, Rev Thole pointing out the deterioration and need for corrugated roofing or at least new plastic sheets to preserve the building.

Josie walking with the children as they point out the impact of the flooding.
















This was just a few days after the huge rains and in moments a crowd of over fifty children came running and playing with Josie as she sang and clapped leading an impromptu parade through the village.

 We had brought ten plastic sheets to cover ten churches in the Chikwawa and Nsanje District. They were received with JOY! Next to me is Pastor Kusowa who will be distributing the plastic to the churches that have been completely leveled. The congregation will build a small structure made of grass and place the plastic sheets over the roof to create a dry place to worship!
As we drove home we saw field after field of devastation. We need your prayers as we seek to help the people replant and rebuild their lives in this stricken area. 

We praise God that we were able to be in the affected area within days of the rain ceasing. We are blessed to encourage and to help the churches and the people in the name of Jesus. We thank you for supporting us with your prayers and finances!
Sincerely,
Tim and Josie Vickey

If you would like to donate to support us in this ministry make a note of our Project Number: 42.10089.
Contact Debbie Taylor at (800) 848-2464 Ext. 2129 or email her at Dtaylor@chog.org

The Disaster Relief Project number is 45.04502. 
You may contact Stephen Lewis (800) 848-2464 ext. 2198

The P.O.Box for both of these projects and persons is PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46018
Just designate your giving and it will be utilized to address this suffering. Thank you.