Fletcher Matandika
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It is no longer a secret that Malawi ranks #1 among the poorest countries in the world with a GDP of $226.50. What a shame! Why? Because Malawi as a country is not poor. Malawians are poor but Malawi is not poor. The Lord has blessed us with many precious resources. Malawi is blessed with intelligent and hard working people. We have never had a civil war. And yet! And yet! We remain dirt poor. 

Over the past week, this has hit me like never before. It's maddening and disheartening. The poverty is very disheartening. Almost hopeless. What is maddening is the corruption at high levels of government that has to a large degree plunged the nation into such a dire state of poverty. Sometimes I wonder if things will ever change for the better in Malawi for it seems that things keep getting worse with every passing year. 

"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:21-24 ESV) The situation is bad in Malawi, but it is not hopeless for "our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth" (Psalm 124:8 ESV). 

As an organization, all of us at Joy to the World Ministries, are concerned about the economic welfare of Malawi as a nation. We are determined to pray and work for the economic transformation of this nation. But far more than that, we are resolute that with the Lord's help, we will not waste any opportunity to pray and work for the spiritual transformation of this nation, one village at a time and one person at a time, for that is of far greater importance.

So, brothers and sisters, please pray with me on behalf of this nation. Hope in the Lord with me for the sake of His people across this land. And as the Lord enables you, partner with us in the great task of "Taking the Whole Gospel, to the Whole Man and to the Whole Worldbeginning right here in Malawi. Yes, beginning right here in Dzuwa Village and going from here to the nations! for what is impossible with man, is possible with the God (Luke 18:27). As we labor together in the Lord, we shall overcome some day.

Blessings in Christ,

Fletcher Matandika
International President
Joy to the World Ministries