Robson Kamanga, is our Malawian Pastor who leads Mercy Vineyard Church in Mzuzu. We financially support Robson and his church and keep in touch on a regular basis. This is our first church plant!
"I was staying in the Capricorn Park area and was employed in Constantia as a Gardener. I used to pass through Bergvliet and every time I passed by the Scout Hall my heart was stirred. The inner voice in me said, "You belong here". I saw a cross which is planted by the other side of the hall building and I was convinced this was a church. The struggle within me took over 5 to 6 months as I was not sure if the church was meeting there because I used to pass by during the week.
One day I woke up and felt I need to go to that place I always felt I belonged to. This was just to prove if this was in fact a church. I reached the place and there was a church meeting there which was called Mercy Vineyard. A total new name and with only white people in the church and me being the only black person. As I sat there I thought, "God you were not the one stirring up my heart and this place can't be my home, these people are not of my skin."
The message by Derek Morphew that Sunday being my first was just understandable to me as it was the month of justice in the church. As the service continued I started feeling encouraged and relaxed. By the end of the service I experienced God's love in the church and from some people who greeted and hugged me. When I went home I was filled with joy and never wanted to miss any service from the church again. I learnt a lot and grew a lot spiritually.
As time went I felt the Lord saying I need you back in your town to show the people of Malawi what I have taught you. The decision was very tough to make at that point because I felt I couldn't quit my job. And I had left Malawi to come here to look for a better life and now am working. Lord noooooo. But the Lord kept on encouraging me and I started preparing. When I was fully convinced I shared with Mark our pastor and some few other people in the church. Then I resigned from work.
I was with Mercy Vineyard Cape Town for two years before I returned to Malawi. Coming back in Malawi in October 2018 was an exciting moment. In November we started planting Mercy Vineyard Malawi. We are renting a classroom for our church meetings.
We are praying now to get our own church building as we have so many challenges meeting at this place where we are ten churches meeting in one school every Sunday. Church is steadily growing by the grace of the Lord. We would like to reach our town Mzuzu which is in the Northern part of Malawi with the love of Jesus where ever we can.
God bless you and and thanks for your support and prayers.