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 44,000 members in 136 plus congregations served by 26 national pastors and 9 vicars 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. Indeed the Spirit’s fire is burning brightly in Malawi, Africa.

Mission update

After 15 years of faithful service to the congregations of Southern Malawi, Rev. Robert Wendland recently accepted a call to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary to teach Old Testament and Homiletics. He and his wife Rebecca and their children will be moving back to the United States in October 2017. Please keep them in your prayers as they transition to their new ministry after being abroad so many years.

The mission is also welcoming Rev. John and Nancy Roebke to the field. Pastor Roebke has been called to serve as the Missionary of Publications for Malawi. He is also part of the new One Africa Team which helps coordinate mission efforts across the continent of Africa. Pastor and Mrs. Roebke have two adult daughters, who are full-time college students in the United States. Pray that God gives them and their family members patience and understanding.

Mission Statistics

  • Baptized national members: 44,248
  • Organized congregations: 136
  • Missionaries: 4
  • National pastors: 26
  • National evangelists: 2
  • National vicars: 9
  • Bible institute students: 10
  • Seminary students: 4

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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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