We saw the hand of God in this visit coming to fruition. Frank had raised enough money for one airfare but was unable to get more money until a visit to the State President’s office resulted in the second ticket being funded by the President herself (Mrs Joyce Banda). This was actually organised by the President’s husband and the presentation of the tickets a week or so later is shown in the photo below.
The numbers of students and staff prayed for at the secondary schools ran into hundreds. According to teachers from each of the schools, there was a drastic improvement in behaviour among the students. They said that this showed that the prayers and ministering by the combined team (from the UK and locally) has had a remarkable impact on the lives of most of the students who attended the session. Indeed many gave their lives to Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
The story does not end there! The flights were booked but then the visas were blocked – probably as a result of the tightening up on visas by the British government. To get them their visas we had to write a more extensive letter, plus providing photos of the Kusenis with the team in Malawi and at the school, and, probably more importantly, a supporting letter was supplied by the President’s office.
At the prayer houses, elders gave Frank the names of 50 people who testified to healing, plus others who testified to rededication of life to Christ. This, however, was far from being all those that God ministered to.
As a result the visit planned for June had to be delayed till September.
Example of healing include – diabetes, liver and kidney problems, heart palpitations, pneumonia, asthmatic cough, mental problems, TB & chest pains, arthritis, gout / joint pains, skin disease, and malaria. Also an epileptic child was healed.
While in the UK they first visited Gateshead for a few days and ministered in song and in the Word there.
They spent the remaining time of their visit in Derbyshire. One of their first engagements was two visits to Duffield Meadows School to thank the Staff and Pupils for their help in raising funds for Good Hope School in Malawi.
The pair entertained the staff and pupils with songs in English and Chichewa, their native language. All were totally captivated by their charisma. One young pupil Richard and June met in the street said their performance was “brilliant!”
The second school they visited was Springfield Primary in Spondon, Derby. Again the couple sang and answered questions from the pupils.
Both schools received clocks from Malawi as a thank you for their help and fund raising efforts.
As well as sight seeing in Derbyshire, the couple met several members of Belper Community Church and ministered at one of the church small groups.
The story of how the link with Duffield Meadows school resulted in the T-shirts project for Good Hope school children (described in the last edition) was featured by the Derby Telegraph on June 13th.
Richard would personally like to thank Monica Beardmore for inviting Frank & Miriam to stay at her home whilst she was in Australia. He later found out that they had never been on
their own since their wedding and so this was a honeymoon period for them.
Several people have invited Frank & Miriam back again next year.