This was my third trip to Malawi, Africa but my first ever “soul-stirring, life-altering revival.” I’m not sure I can express my feelings entirely, but here are a few things I want to share.
The people who live in Katsekera are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. They wake up and spend the day working just to live another day; but they do it with a thankful heart and a joy-filled spirit. They don’t see what they do not have; instead, they use what they do have to the fullest extent possible. What a lesson there is to be learned here!
During our visit, we were served so well by these hardworking people. I remember seeing Chauncey, coming to prepare food for us before sunlight, her 110 pound frame chopping wood with amazing accuracy and without as much as a sound. Our needs were met with a smile with never a complaint. We never ran out of water to flush the toilet. Oh, did I mention that they built a toilet just for us? We had electricity in a guest house with bunk beds that were also built especially for us. Just thinking about the sacrificial love shown to us makes me cry tears of gratitude.
One of my favorite experiences in Katsekera was the sewing class. From the generosity of others, we were able to provide each woman with a sewing kit that included needles, thread, threader, scissors, pins, pin cushion, buttons, and material. I came prepared to teach basic stitching techniques and how to combine pieces of material to make larger items. God was definitely in this class with us and the women had a ball. They all made infinity scarves while talking and laughing like we would do at a gathering with our girlfriends.
This is my prayer for the people of Katsekera…Precious Lord, our Heavenly Father, today I give everything I have and everything that I am to You. I joyfully bring my possessions, my gifts and my talents to you to use however You choose. Lord, I want to honor You with every part of my being. Lord, let Your will be done in my life and in the women’s lives in Katsekera. Lord, be with us. Lead, guide and direct our footsteps so that nothing we do is in vain or with the wrong intent. I ask these things in Jesus name. Amen
By Cherilyn Washington