2017 Off to a Massive Start

Dear Friends and Family

I greet you in the mighty and merciful Name of the King of God’s Kingdom, Jesus Christ.

“He [the Son of Man] was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshipped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His Kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
Daniel 7:14

I hope you are well and that you had a restful and blessed Christmas time with friends and family. I hope that you have had a good start to this new year.

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May 2017 be a blessed and prosperous year for you!

I am excited about this new year and there is much I need to tell you about (it has been a while since my last update and so much has happened).

GWC

I am trilled to announce that I have been accepted at George Whitefield College to study for a Bachelor of Theology degree which is a 3-year program.

George Whitefield College - Morris House

George Whitefield College – Morris House

I started studying GWC’s Explore Course in January 2016 and completed 2 Modules passing both with distinction. These part-time studies gave me such a thrill and excitement as I gained vast increases in my knowledge about God and the Bible – I found that there was so much I didn’t know and yet needed to know in order to be more effective at my missionary work. This inspired me to pursue full-time studies so that I may be a more responsible preacher (and to know God more and know how to please Him better).

I enrolled and have been graciously accepted at George Whitefield College; it is with great excitement that I look forward to learning and studying about our Great God.

I praise God for His hand in my application process to study next year at George Whitefield College and for His provisions of financial assistance from our church which has generously agreed to pay my tuition fees.

I pray that God will quicken my intellect and cause me to have a smooth transition into this academic environment and also that God will help me to give adequate attention to the Vision and Priorities of High Light Africa through these next 3 years of study.

Solar-Powered Jesus Film Kit

I am pleased to announce that High Light Africa is now the proud owner of a Solar-Powered Jesus Film Kit which has been made possible by our generous financial supporters and partners. This is a completely mobile and off-the-grid system particularly designed by myself to present the Jesus Film in remote rural villages. This kit is currently capable of accommodating an audience of 200 people, but can be easily upgraded for more viewers by simply adding more speakers.

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Jesus Film Box

Jesus Film Kit

Jesus Film Kit

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Jesus Film – Solar Charger

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Jesus Film – Speaker

Jesus Film - Projector

Jesus Film – Projector

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Jesus Film – Tripod

Jesus Film - Screen

Jesus Film – Screen

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Jesus Film – Poles for Screen

High Light Africa – Malawi

As I will be focussing on my studies for the next 3 years, I thought it prudent to set up High Light Africa (HLA) in Malawi where we have co-workers and colleagues who can continue with the vision and priorities of HLA whilst I am otherwise occupied.

Rev. Barnet Phiri, who is a long time friend, ex-bishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Malawi, passionate about Evangelism, a great leader and preacher, humble and selfless, and a local indigenous pastor in Malawi has graciously agreed to and accepted the role of being the director of High Light Africa – Malawi (HLA-M).

Over the last few months, Barnet and I together with a lawyer from our church have been formulating and constructing the Constitution of HLA-M. This will be the legal document that defines and regulates our organization in Malawi. This hard and diligent work is almost completed.

We are hoping to formally adopt this Constitution at the founding meeting we plan to hold in Malawi in April 2017 on our next Mission to Malawi. We will appreciate your prayers and support in this regard.

High Light Africa expanding to Malawi

High Light Africa expanding to Malawi

TCC Ministry

Renée and I are thoroughly enjoying being part of our new church – Tokai Community Church (TCC). We are blessed to sit under the clear teaching of the Bible and also to be a part of the life of the church. Renée has been leading the Girls Teen Connect group since October and I have been privileged to be included in the music team where I play guitar on some Sundays. I also help with maintenance at our church.

I was privileged to join John Shane with some of the outreaches he is conducting in the Westlake Village in Steenberg. John has been running the Soccer Club where the boys of Westlake are invited every Saturday morning to play soccer at a lovely soccer field that he (John) has arranged for them. There are normally between 20 & 30 boys who pitch up (sometimes even more). At half-time, John usually gives them a short encouragement/exhortation from God’s Word. I was once given the opportunity to speak to the boys from the Bible.

I also joined John on a couple of Sundays at the Westlake Community Fellowship which is a small gathering of believers and their kids who gather to worship God and to listen to the Word being preached.

Camping Trip

Over Christmas Renée and I went camping with some friends at a bush-camp near to Greyton. It was a wonderful time of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Camping at Champagne in Greyton

Leg of boar roasting over the fire

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We enjoyed many camp fires

As for our plans in 2017:

Besides for my upcoming studies, we also have plans for some missions this year. During my study break in April I plan to conduct a mission (with Renée) to Malawi. And then during my July study break I plan to conduct a mission (with Renée) to DRC.

May God bless you thoroughly and perpetually!

In His service – and loving it

Michael & Renée Watson
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b

michael@highlightafrica.com
renee@highlightafrica.com
www.highlightafrica.com

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Happy New Year!

2016-year-end-greetingWe thank God for all He has enabled us to accomplish in 2016. We are excited for 2017 and the potential that lies ahead.

Thank you for your support during 2016. Without faithful supporters we would not have been able to accomplish much at all.

May God bless you and cause you to be a blessing to others in this New Yew that lies ahead.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael and Renée Watson

“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b

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A Fruitful Studious Frenzy

Imminent Exam

I am so enjoying learning about Jesus and His mission here on Earth, I excitedly find myself so wrapped up in my studies that time seems to stand still and speed up at the same time. I am thoroughly enjoying this rush of knowledge about God. My brain feels numb and jelly-like as I press on diligently in my studies because I desire to do well in my Explore the Life of Jesus exam coming up on Monday. I not only want to do well in my exam, but I want to remember this and apply this for the rest of my life!

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My study station

Application to George Whitefield College

I am busy filling in my application forms for George Whitefield College as I plan to pursue a Bachelor of Theology degree starting next year.

When I started the Explore Course earlier this year, I was ‘blown away’ by the amount of knowledge that came rushing to my attention from the pages of the study book and I realized that I am lacking the critical theological training that would cause me to be effective in my missionary work. This whet my appetite to know more about our Great God and to know more intimately the Scriptures which are the revelation of Himself which He has given to mankind.

Though I am benefiting greatly from the Explore Course, I believe that I would benefit more intensely from full time studies at GWC.

Please pray for me as I prepare my applcation and that I will receive a favourable response from the College.

Mission to Malawi

In 3 weeks, I will be heading out to Malawi for a 18-day mission trip. I am so encouraged by the way that God has provided for the needs of this mission up to this point. My heart is overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness. I still don’t have all that is needed, but I trust that God will continue to provide until all resources will be available.

I will be ministering in various locations in Machinga District, specifically among churches that are in dominant Muslim areas. I have been working with these churches for a number of years and I praise God for the faith of these believers who worship God giving thanks to Him for the immeasurably valuable gift of eternal life they have received through Christ.

I praise God for His provision of funds to purchase Bibles for these believers, many of whom are from a Muslim background and can’t afford a Bible of their own.

Please pray that God will have His hands on the preparation of this mission, for the schedule as it is being arranged, for the people I will be ministering to, for the preparation of my teachings, and that God will continue to provide what is lacking to make this mission effective and a success for His glory.

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Malawi Mission – September 2016

May God bless you and fill you with the knowlege of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

In pursuit of the knowledge of Christ

Michael Watson
http://www.highlightafrica.com
michael@highlightafrica.com
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b
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Kids, Bible College, and a Mission

Dear Friends and Family

I hope that all is well with you and all those who are dear to you.

Renee and I are both doing well, though we have also both just recovered from the flu (Renee is busy kicking out the last of it now).

Kids Holiday Bible Club

During the school holidays, Renee helped out at the Holiday Bible Club for the week of Epic Explorers – an exciting kids’ program run from our church (www.tokaicommunitychurch.org). These young kids were so full of energy, by the time Renee came home in the afternoons she was pretty exhausted! Renee had a lot of fun helping out with this program.

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Warning: This will make you tired

Islamic Studies Completed

I have just completed a 2-week course at the Bible Institute on Islamic Studies to better understand the many Muslims both here in SA and in Malawi so as to have a more effective approach to present the Gospel.

The Bible Institute is situated on the rugged yet beautiful slopes of the Kalk Bay mountains. BI has been training pastors and Gospel workers for almost 100 years.

I was blessed to study in this beautiful part of the world.

I have learned a great deal and feel dynamically better equipped to continue the work of preaching the Gospel to Muslims.

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Beautiful view from the BI campus

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I took this picture on the way to BI one morning – Stunning!

 

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One of 3 mosques we visited during our studies, this one in Kalk Bay

 

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The Oldest Mosque in South Africa, in Bokaap

 

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Bokaap is very colourful!

 

 

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Certificate from Bible Institute

 

 

Exams Coming Up

I am now frantically working at completing my studies in the Explore Course (from GWC); I’m busy with the second module: Explore the Life of Jesus. My exam date is at the end of August.

I am happy to announce that I have received good results for my last exam, Explore the Bible. I received a High Distinction with a mark of 94%. I praise God that I have been able to succeed and do well.

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Praise God for good marks!

 

Upcoming Mission to Malawi

I am planning to go on another mission to Malawi as soon as I have finished writing my exam in end of August. I am looking forward to it as are our friends in Malawi who are eagerly awaiting our arrival. I plan to continue the program of evangelism training in the rural churches with a specific focus on Muslim Evangelism. You can read more about it here: www.highlightafrica.com

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Upcoming Malawi Mission

If you would like to partner with us financially to help with the costs of this Mission, please follow this link to find our banking details: www.highlightafrica.com/support/

Thank You

I appreciate your prayers and support. May God richly bless you!

In His service – and loving it!

Michael Watson
www.highlightafrica.com
michael@highlightafrica.com
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b

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A ‘Spy’ on the Wall!

Dear Friends and Family

I hope and trust that you are doing well. Renee and I are doing well as we excitedly follow the path the Lord has set before us.

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.”
Romans 12:11

SIMstart

I have just completed a week-and-a-half enlightening and uplifting training with SIM at the regional office here in South Africa. This was a great privilege for me as I have been seeking God’s guidance for the way forward for me as a missionary.

SIM is a mission agency that has been sending missionaries into the field since 1889. Initially called Sudan Inland Mission, but now Serving in Mission. I really got a sense of their professional, devoted experience and I have come to admire their passion, vigour, love, and effectiveness.

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SIM website

Cart before the horse

The SIMstart program is really designed for new members of SIM who have already passed through the 4-month application process. SIMstart provides these new members with the initial training of the core values of SIM and equips them with vital skills and tools that every missionary needs in the field. I, however, was not a new member. So I kind of ‘jumped the que’ – I was referred to as the ‘cart before the horse’.

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SIM website

Spy on the Wall

Once I was actually called (in jest) a ‘spy on the wall’! I suppose this was because I was there as an outside observer and they knew very little about me. This underlined the absolute privilege I was in the midst of – not supposed to be there, and yet I am the proud beneficiary of delightful exposure to the training of this esteemed mission organization.

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Spy on the wall

Lessons Learned

I learned a tonne of lessons from my short time at SIM during the SIMstart program. I met a few passionate missionaries who are just joining up as memebers and I was inspired by their bravery and commitment to God’s call to forsake all and follow Him.

Though I have been serving God as a faith missionary for more than 10 years and been through the vigorous missionary training at Frontline Fellowship, I still learned so much during my short time at SIM that I feel somewhat like an amateur.

Love and Family

One of the biggest things that stood out to me is the love and warmth I felt from the staff – it felt as if I were welcomed into a huge loving family. This came out as one of the things they hold dear to themselves, they are a family and love and care for one another dearly.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

In a Nutshell

God really used my short time at SIM to challenge me to more devoted service to His Kingdom. My resolve to study Theology next year has been bolstered and encouraged by all whom I met and spoke to at SIM. SIM is a great mission agency, they conduct their responsibilities with professional zeal, with love and focus. I would certainly consider joining this family when I am done with my studies.

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SIM website

Coming Up

I would appreciate your fervent prayers for me during the next month or two I have much on my ‘plate’ and I’m going to need God’s help to be successful at these tasks.

Muslim Evangelism Training

In July, for 2 weeks, I will be attending a Muslim Evangelism Training Course at the Bible Institute of South Africa. I am really looking forward to this because this is one of the areas I want to focus on in Malawi.

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Muslim Evangelism Course

Exam and Persistent Studies

As you know by now, I am fervently studying the second module of the Explore Course: Explore the Life of Jesus. My exam date for this is end of August which means that I only have 2 months to get through this study material. I am thoroughly enjoying the wealth of new knowledge I am getting and how this draws me to deeper worship of God Who has revealed Himself through the Scriptures.

Malawi Mission

I am planning on visiting my beloved friends, brothers, and sisters in Malawi in August (or September) after I have finished writing my exam in August. Please pray that God will grant me wisdom in planning for this mission trip and specifically for a team member as I feel that it is unwise to travel alone. Pray also that God will provide the necessary funds to make this possible. I will soon provide more specific details.

Thank you for your love and support. I appreciate you keeping in touch with me, for encouraging me and for praying for me.

God bless you all!

Michael Watson
michael@highlightafrica.com
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” Psalm 85:9b
http://www.highlightafrica.com

 

 

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Thrilled by Knowing God

Dear Friends and Family

I greet you in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ!

I hope and trust that you are doing well.

“Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8

Train the Brain

I have been very busy these last few weeks studying for an exam I wrote last week. I still don’t know what my results are as the exam will only be marked on 20 June. The course I’m studying is called the Explore Course and the first module is called Explore the Bible. This was the module for which I wrote the exam which went pretty well and I am confident that I will get a good mark.

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Pressing on

I have already registered and collected my study book for the next module, Explore the Life of Jesus. I am really looking forward to going through this module. I am thoroughly enjoying the rush of new knowledge and information about God and the Bible which deepens my worship and adoration of this great God whom we serve!

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Wealth of Valuable Knowledge

Ever since joining our new church Tokai Community Church (TCC) I have been thrilled by the clear sound Bible teaching that draws me to know God more and to serve Him relentlessly with greater fervour than before. Similarly the midweek Connect group (Wednesday) and Bible study (Thursday) have also driven me to know and understand God and His Word better – it is a breath of fresh air! And I am thoroughly enjoying it!

Dispel Ignorance

This has caused me to start prayerfully considering studying a degree course in Theology at George Whitefield College. My main motivation in doing this would be to know God and His Word better in order to be in a better position to not only serve Him better, but also to teach others better. As you know, I am passionate about helping folk understand the Gospel and know God through Jesus Christ, but I have found that I have SO much more to learn.

“For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”
– 1 Timothy 4:10

Muslim Evangelism Training

In July I will be participating in a 3-week Muslim Evangelism Training course at the Bible Institute. As I am seeking to work among Muslim people in Malawi and train Christians to reach their Muslim neighbours with the Gospel, this is a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in this area.

Botshabelo Mission Trip

I have just returned from a short Mission to Botshabelo with TCC. Please read more about it on the High Light Africa website where I posted a short report. Here is a link to the article: Demolition, Construction, Fun, & Fellowship.

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Botshabelo Mission – video report

Thank you for your constant love and support.

May God thoroughly bless you!

In His service – and loving it!

Michael Watson
michael@highlightafrica.com
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b

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Studies, Website & News

Mind Bursting at the Seams

I have recently (in February) started studying an entry level theological course at George Whitefield College called the Explore Course. This course has given me vast amounts of knowledge and is helping me to better understand the Scriptures. My mind has been so bombarded with new enlightening information, I am overly excited about these studies and I marvel at the way my knowledge of God is growing in leaps and bounds! I am writing my first exam at the end of May.

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Go for the Big Haul

Having started with the Explore Course, I have realized how much it has benefited not only my knowledge of God, but also my worship of Him. I am prayerfully considering doing a degree course through George Whitefield College. I think it will not only help me become a better Bible teacher, but also help me to find more opportunities to serve in the South African context.

Website Upgrade

As you may know, at the beginning of this year I registered a website (www.highlightafrica.com) to serve as a platform for the missionary vision which burns in my heart. I am very grateful to Philipa Jane Farley (www.philipajane.com) who volunteered her services as a Digital Strategist and Web Developer to make this website better.

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Upcoming Mission to Botshabelo

I am going on a short mission with our church (Tokai Community Church) to help our partner church Holy Trinity Botshabelo in Bloemfontein.

Last year, thanks to a large financial donation, Holy Trinity Botshabelo was able to build a brand new church building! This was an awesome gift from God’s people and truly has made a huge impact on the believers of Holy Trinity Botshabelo. In February I was privileged to be part of a team from Tokai Community Church that went up to Holy Trinity Botshabelo to join them in celebration for the dedication service of their new church building.

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In the last week of May, we will return to Holy Trinity Botshabelo with a team of handymen with our tools ready to serve. The main focus of this mission trip will be to build and install some built-in cupboards in the new building and help with any other maintenance issues the may have.I am really looking forward to this opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters in this way. I am grateful to God for making it financially possible for me to be part of this team. Thank you to those of you who support my missionary work with your finances and your prayers.Please pray that God will make us a blessing to those whom we will serve.

I am also hoping to return to Malawi during August if all goes well with the Irrigation Project.

May God richly bless you and fulfill your deepest desires.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael Watson
michael@highlightafrica.com
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b

 

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Wrapping up… Mission to Malawi

Dear Friends and Family

I greet you in the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ.

I hope and trust that you are doing well and flourishing in the Faith.


My recent mission to Malawi in March this year was such a rich, invigorating, and inspiring experience that I have endeavored to share with you some of the bliss, blessing, and bounty that I have enjoyed through my missionary adventures.


Without wanting to bore you (if that were possible) with information you may have no interest in or clutter your inbox with bulky mail, in this email I have just included short samples of the available picture-rich, exciting, and interesting reports that I have written for your edification.

Please find here below 4 excerpts from the respective reports that I have published on my website. Just click “read more…” to read the whole article.

I hope and trust that these reports will be a blessing to you.


Bibles for Believers

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Very Few Have Bibles

Shockingly, only about 5-10% of these rural believers have a Bible of their own; in many homes there isn’t even one Bible. These folk are poor and struggle to afford the vital food for their physical survival. To put it into context, for the price of 1 bag of corn (50kg – feeds a family of 4 for 1 month) you could buy 3 Bibles. So it is really not easy for them to be able to afford to buy a Bible.

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Food for the Famished

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Forlorn Ambassador

One old man I saw particularly broke my heart – he was probably in his sixties, thin and hunched over, shuffling along the rough gravel road, bare-footed, after evening twilight, still looking for food. He stood in the way of our vehicle as we were navigating around the ditches and trenches carved into the road by the flash floods which also damage the drought-stricken crops. I will never forget his forlorn eyes as our bouncing vehicle lights flashed across his face capturing the image in my mind of a desperate soul…

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Perplexing Paradox of Peace

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Requirements for Entrance

Together we discussed the Bible, searching for answers and guidance on how to be righteous enough to enter God’s Kingdom. The only answer we could find to this pressing and pertinent question was: Righteousness comes as a gift from God through faith in Christ Jesus.

When we found this answer, there were great smiles and grins of excitement (almost ecstasy) on the glistening faces of these hearts now gripped in the clutches of God’s wonderful Message of Grace – “This is Good News! We’ve got to tell somebody!”.

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Rands and Kwachas; Treasures in Heaven

Finance Report

Financial Report: Malawi Mission – March 2016

God has used various individuals to provide the funds needed for this Mission and for this I am immensely grateful. This report serves as an accountability structure, not only for me to be transparent, but also so that you may be informed as to the various expenses that a mission outreach of this nature involves.

I came back from Malawi with my pockets empty and my bank account almost at zero (literally). I joyfully spent all that I had received – finances, energy, teaching…

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I hope you have enjoyed reading my Malawi Mission reports.
Thank you again for your interest and your support.

May God richly bless you and fill you with His peace.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael Watson

“That His glory may dwell in the land.”
Psalm 85:9b


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Malawi Mission: ACCOMPLISHED

Dear friends

I greet you in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ – Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, and Lord.

I hope that you are doing well and are in good health.

Teamwork

It is with joy that I am able to report that my recent Mission to Malawi has been successfully accomplished. I am amazed at the incredible way that so many of you got involved in supporting this mission. I certainly would not have been able to accomplish this without your help.

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

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I will soon publish a mission report and a financial report.

I was able to keep my Facebook Page: Watsons Missions updated whilst in the field. If you would like to see some of the pictures and videos I posted you could find them there.

Prayer Request

Please continue to pray for the people in Malawi as they are facing a particularly harsh hunger season this year. We find it difficult to comprehend a ‘hunger season’ – we think we’re hungry if we’ve missed lunch. These folk miss many meals – some go for days without food. The hunger season normally lasts about 2 months, but this year it will be much worse, lasting more than 6 months!

Each time you eat a meal, please remember to pray for those who are struggling to find food.

Thank you

I am immensely grateful to all who got involved in various ways to make this mission a success.  Thank you very much to those who helped by donating funds, those who prayed, and those who encouraged.

May God bless you abundantly and perpetually!

In His service – and loving it!

Michael Watson
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” Psalm 85:9b
http://www.highlightafrica.com

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Mission to Malawi – Ready, Steady, Go!

Dear Friends

Greetings in the mighty and merciful Name of Jesus!

I hope you are well. I trust that you are vibrantly and fruitfully growing in your knowledge of the mystery of God: Jesus Christ.

“My goal is that they may…have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Colossians 2:2, 3

I am happy and excited to announce that I am just about ready to embark on the Mission to Malawi that I have been preparing for, praying for, and trusting God for the finances needed to accomplish this 4 week Mission. I want to thank all of you who joined me in prayer and also a big thank you to those who deposited funds into our account. I now have all the funds I needed to pay for the foreseen expenses and even a little extra to cover any unforeseen costs.

God has proven Himself yet again to be faithful, gracious, and generous. God has used you (the body of Christ) to do this.

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Mission to Malawi - March 2016

I will appreciate your continued prayers as I embark on this Mission.

In HIS service – and loving it!

Michael Watson
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” Psalm 85:9b
http://www.highlightafrica.com

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