A Malawian high school student passionately preaches the gospel.
Gift Milonde Michael has two favorite Bible verses. The first is Matthew 28:19-20, where Jesus commands, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit….”
The second is Jeremiah 1:9 which states, “Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth.”
These two verses have given him the mandate, and the confidence to preach the gospel. Gift explains, “I like to preach the word of God to everybody.” Gift preaches to people he meets walking along the street. He preaches to people at church. He preaches during outreaches. He has even started going door-to-door preaching the Good News of the gospel in order to “share the love of God with them”. Gift has a real heart for lost souls and confesses that he loves preaching “to many people who are in bondage and who are in darkness.”
Gift Milonde Michael, of Ntaja Malawi, is 18 years old. This remarkable young man hasn’t even finished high school. Although he has two years left of school, he is already considering becoming a missionary after graduation. It is his desire to teach sound Biblical doctrine to people living in rural villages. He also dreams of one day preaching the gospel outside of his home country. Though the future is always uncertain, he declares, “For myself its very difficult to say what will I be after my secondary school. But what I think and desire is only to serve my God after my education.”
Currently, OM Malawi is working to mentor and disciple Gift and two other high school students. For this Gift is thankful. “I can say that three quarters of my spiritual education is from OM,” he admits. “It (OM) is the one organization that encourages me and makes me stand firmly in [my] spiritual life.”
Recently Gift and the other students took advantage of an opportunity to earn money by helping OM Malawi complete landscaping work at the ministry base. Though the work was difficult and included swinging a pick axe in the hot sun all day, Gift is thankful for the hard earned money and states that it will help him pay part of his school fees and buy a few much-needed pens.
Gift Milonde Michael is an encouragement for the future of missions in Malawi.