Sallee Mission Trip Report 1997

Malawi Trip 1997
(Faith & Victory : September 1997)

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” Jer. 32:27. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isa. 41:10,13. These scriptures as well as many others were given to me during my daughter’s recent battle with malaria.

On July 3rd, of this year, the Lord helped my daughter, Karen, whom He had burdened along with myself, to make a return missionary trip to the country of Malawi, Africa, where Bro. Michael Smith and I had visited last summer. It was such a thrill to drive down those now familiar roads and into the village again where we were so enthusiastically received by the people I had come to love so much. It was like coming back home, yet we were in a strange land. Even the native truck driver we had hired to take us to the village was deeply moved by the love he saw the people had for us. There is nothing like the love of God.

We found that the work has grown considerably since we were there last year. The number of congregations Bro. Failos is now working with in Malawi has doubled from eleven to twenty-two. There are also many congregations in the neighboring country of Mozambique that he is trying to help.

This year, due to the increase in transportation cost and an impending food shortage in the country, we were not able to travel around from congregation to congregation and have services. Instead we had a meeting at Msikita Village where we were staying. It was attended by all who could come from the various congregations we had visited last year, as well as the new congregations, and many from Mozambique. The people either walked or came by bicycle, some a very long distance, sleeping out in the bush at night. Their attention and response to the Word was very good. One day we had a baptismal service in which fifty people were baptized. We had visitors to the village daily, bringing offerings of rice, eggs, chickens or garden produce.

We took 150 Bibles with us to distribute but there is still a great need for more. Another serious and growing need is food. The maize crop which is their main food source failed this year. It will be the spring of next year before another crop will come off, so starvation may become a reality to many people. Maize is available in the neighboring country of Mozambique, but the price is going up. The people are very poor and will not be able to buy an adequate amount. We are considering ways to help those that we can with this problem. It is very difficult to know how to deal with it. Please help us pray for guidance in this matter.

On July 22nd, our work with the people was cut short when Karen came down with malaria. The natives say that when you get malaria you either take medicine to live or you die, unless God heals you. There are over a million deaths a year in Africa from malaria. We knew we were dealing with life and death. I told those we were staying with that in the States we always pray and trust God to heal, and that God would do the same for us in Africa. I began to fast and pray, and sent word of our predicament to our family who was attending the National Camp Meeting at Monark Spring, MO.

Although we were allowed to stare death in the face a number of times, God was faithful to His Word and was with us every step of the way, performing miracle after miracle. Each time we made a move by faith, God worked another miracle. Space does not permit us to enumerate each step of our journey and every special visitation and answer to prayer. We were not alone in the battle. As the word got out, prayer chains were started all over the United States with people praying around the clock. When we got back to the States the Lord burdened ministers to come and stay with us and help “…turn the battle to the gate.” Isa. 28:6. All glory goes to God who has given us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. He broke the power of this affliction and gave Karen life and not death. Glory to His holy name. Though still weak in body, she is gaining in strength. Please continue to pray for her and praise God for what He has done.

Words cannot adequately express our appreciation to all who labored in prayer, losing sleep and laying aside food to help bear our burden. By the gracious giving of many people, all our expenses have been met during this time. God bless you each one. Thank the Lord for victory. No, there is not any thing too hard for God.

Please continue to pray for the saints in Malawi. They are dear people, worthy of our love and care.

-Bro. Bob Sallee

 

 

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