What We Can Learn From Malawi This Christmas

This October, a group of Life.Church pastors, including Open Network Team Leader Kyle Kutter, journeyed to Malawi to see our global mission partner HOPE International in action.

If you missed the updates from his trip, you’ll want to go back and read them here. And, to learn more about our approach to global missions, watch this conversation with Life.Church Missions Leader, Jeff Galley.

In this short video, Kyle shares what moved him the most in his recent trip to Malawi—and it’s something you need to hear as we move into the Christmas season.

Did you catch that? Because Kumbukani followed the call God placed on his life, his obedience created a path in which Margaret found the Lord.

Pastors, every day you’re creating a path in which the lost find Jesus. We pray that as we get closer to Christmas, that fact creates a burning passion in your heart and a hunger to see people born into God’s Kingdom this season.

This Christmas season, we’re all pointing people to Christ. Whether it’s supporting global mission partners through year-end giving, serving in your local soup kitchen, or working with a local mission partner to organize community toy drives, remember that the local church is God’s “Plan A” for introducing a lost and hopeless world to Jesus.

We’re not building our individual churches this Christmas; we are building God’s Kingdom.

Pastors, lead strong this Christmas. Point people to Jesus and cheer each other on. We’re not building our individual churches this Christmas; we are building God’s Kingdom. Just like Kumbukani was encouraged by a group of pastors who poured into his life, we can offer that same encouragement to other pastors in our cities. When we encourage others, we may never know the Kingdom impact it makes, but make no mistake, the impact is there! Each one of a us is a call, text, or act of kindness away from drawing someone closer to the heart of Jesus.

We have no idea how God will use our faithfulness. The only thing we do know is that obedience is our responsibility; the outcome is God’s. Lean into that and prepare your heart for all God can and will do through your church this Christmas season.

As you prepare for Christmas, know that we’re here to help. Check out our post 5 Must-Have Resources for Christmas to learn about resources and apps for your church this holiday season.  And, watch our series of videos to learn new tips for welcoming new attenders to your church.


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