Missions History in Malawi

1963: Missionaries Raymond Cox and Richard Mueller move from Zambia (then Rhodesia) to Blantyre, Malawi (then Nyasaland), to begin the Lutheran Church of Central Africa (LCCA).

1964: Six Malawi men were confirmed and became charter members of the LCCA.

1966: Missionary John Janosek arrives in Blantyre. Mission work expands from the southern region of Malawi to the central and northern regions. Missionary Janosek retired in 2004 after having served 40 years in Africa.

1970: Medical mission work begun at Senga Bay, on the shores of Lake Malawi.

1976: Deverson Ntambo, Malawi’s first national pastor, is ordained and installed at St. Peter’s congregation in Lilongwe. (Pastor Ntambo was called to glory in 1998 while serving Our Savior congregation in Zomba.)

1980-1982: The Lutheran Mobile Clinic leaves Senga Bay and begins to serve outlying stations from Lilongwe, Malawi’s new capital.

1981: The Lutheran Bible Institute opens in Lilongwe. Before this time, all Malawi students must travel to Zambia for both Bible institute and seminary training.

1992: The Lutheran Church of Central Africa becomes two self-administering conferences due to increasing size, difficulty of travel, and differences in circumstances.

1996: The Lutheran Church of Central Africa—Malawi Conference elects a national chairman, Pastor Frackson Chinyama. From this time on all national chairmen are elected from the national church.

1997: Pastor Daison Mabedi is installed as the first national principal of the Lutheran Bible Institute in Lilongwe. He serves there until 2005.

1998: Two WELS Missionaries, Richard Warnke and Ron Uhlhorn, are called to start urban and mass media ministries for the mission.

1999: The Lutheran Reading Room opens in the city of Blantyre beginning urban outreach in the city. The Lutheran Reading Room leads directly to the formation of Beautiful Saviour Lutheran congregation, which opens its own church building in Blantyre in 2005.

2000: Lay missionary Bill Meier is called as a permanent business manager for the mission. The call allows pastor trained missionaries to focus full time on Word work.

2004: The urban church, Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Church, opened their new church building in October 2004. The building accommodates the church, Christian Reading Room, conference room, and offices. The church is situated opposite the main market in the city of Blantyre, Malawi, Africa. One aspect of ministry that operates out of the church building is the Christian Reading Room. It reaches out to the English speaking community with Christian books and periodicals.

2005: Exploratory visits into the neighboring country of Mozambique lead to concrete plans and a timetable of WELS missionary outreach and expansion into that country. Six individuals from Michigan Lutheran Seminary’s Project Titus assist Beautiful Savior congregation in inner city Vacation Bible school and outreach.


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