Malawi means “flame” in the national language of the land, Chichewa. Certainly the Spirit’s fire can be witnessed at work in the WELS’ largest foreign mission. Since our beginning in 1963, the Lutheran church has grown to more than 40,000 members in 120 plus congregations served by 28 national pastors and aided by four missionaries. The good news of Jesus Christ is proclaimed in both rural and urban communities from the north to the south of the country.

An extensive pastor training program works to provide more national pastors for the future. Work is progressing to develop the Lutheran Church of Central Africa (LCCA)—Malawi Synod into an independent sister body of WELS. Indeed the Spirit’s fire is burning brightly in Malawi, Africa.

Mission update

In September 2016, all pastors and delegates from all over Malawi will gather at the Lutheran Bible Institute campus for the LCCA-Malawi Synod biannual convention. With last season’s bad harvest following on the heels of 2015, many Malawians are hurting. Christian Aid and Relief recently gave a generous gift of maize to national pastors.

Mission Statistics

Baptized national members: 41,400

Organized congregations: 118

Missionaries: 4

National pastors: 27

National evangelists: 2

National vicars: 1

Bible institute students: 4

Seminary students: 9

Watch an interview of Mrs. Chikwatu, wife of the Dean of Students at the Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI) and Mrs. Mwakatika, wife of one of the LBI Professors as they describe their supporting role at LBI.

Download the latest Missions factsheets.

Praying for Malawi

Dear Jesus, Lord of the Church, we ask you to bless our brothers and sisters in Malawi. Raise up leaders to shepherd your flock in this place. Give these leaders of our sister church body the courage and insight they need to lead their people as they bear witness to your name. Give the peace of eternal forgiveness to hearts and lives that struggle with hardships that we seldom experience.  Use these many witnesses to spread your Good News in this place.


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