“ I have learned to make believers become disciples rather than converts.” Malawi is one of the least developed, most densely populated countries in the world. That’s why African Leadership graduate Pastor Beston’s focus on making disciples in Malawi is both crucial and a major aim of the Common Grounds Initiative. Explore Common Grounds Malawi with us below and see for yourself.
Common Grounds in Focus: Malawi
Population: 17,377, 468
African Leadership classes: 79
African Leadership students: 1,039
Get to know: Leonard Chipangano, Malawi Country Director
Leonard felt God call him into ministry in the late ‘90s. After graduating from Zambezi College of Ministry, Leonard planted churches in a Muslim-dominated area of Malawi for six years. He then began teaching for African Leadership become becoming Country Director in 2012.
Take a look around: Kauma & Lizulu
One of the biggest challenges facing Malawi is its one-million plus orphan population. But our Common Grounds local leaders are taking action. In Kauma, the Adziwa school works to minimize the stigma of being an orphan. And in Lizulu, African Leadership partner Everton Kamangire oversees the Lizulu Orphan Care project, serving orphans with food, medical care, education and more. The unity between the project, local church, and local chiefs – a focus of Common Grounds – has been a great help “in the smooth running of the project,” says Everton.
Find your Common Ground: A Note from Malawi
Leonard is the driving force behind Common Grounds Malawi. He works tirelessly to fuse the work his pastors do inside the church with the work they do outside the church. “It is bridging the big gap between trained ministers and the majority of untrained ministers, changing the affairs of the Malawi Church,” he says. Leonard sees Common Grounds at work through his student, Pastor Mtendere. Before his African Leadership education, he was just a church elder. Now graduated, “God has used him mightily to impact the lives in his community. Now he is a pastor. And he leads a Pastor’s Fellowship where different churches come together for worship and counseling. He is transforming his community.”
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