Cycling for transformation in Malawi

Over an eight-day period, 18 Ride2Transform cyclists travelled 690 kilometers, participating in a personal journey with the Lord and praying for the country of Malawi.

Over an eight-day period, 18 Ride2Transform cyclists gave out 92 audio Bibles from Davar Partners International and cycled 690 kilometers, participating in a personal journey with the Lord and sending up hundreds of prayers for the country of Malawi. 

On 23 May, people from four countries came together to physically and spiritually break ground in what is the fourth poorest country in the world. As each of the cyclists set out on their journey to raise awareness and support for three major projects, they were united in the common goal of covering Malawi in prayer.

The team’s route took them through the beauty of God’s creation, along lakeshores, past magnificent tea plantations and rolling hills, through the mountainous regions of Mulanje and Zomba, and to beautiful green lands and swamplands in Mangochi.

On the second day, the team took a break from cycling and joined the workers of Scripture Union and OM Malawi to set up a radio station amongst the Yao people. As they rested beside Mt. Mulanje, the team prayed for breakthrough in surrounding communities, the Yao tribe territory they would soon cycle through, OM Malawi schools, and for protection and provision in Burundi and Nepal. 

As the sun rose above the horizon on day four, the team made the 110-kilometer ride to Ntaja, where the OM Malawi base is located. The team walked the grounds of new school buildings under construction that will enable OM Malawi to reach more students in the community with education and discipleship.

On day five, the team cycled 64 kilometres to and from the local Yao village of Chisopi. One of the cyclists on the team typically makes the trip once a week, as he has planted two churches in the area, and the team wanted to make that journey alongside him during the tour. It was an honour and blessing for the team members to see the work being done to shine God’s light in the village of Chisopi.

In each of the seven towns the team travelled through, they witnessed the work God is doing through ministries in Malawi. The team prayed for Crown Ministry, Radio Lilanguka in Mangochi, OM Malawi, and other local missionaries.

By the time the cyclists had finished their 690-kilometre trip along the lakeshores of Lake Malawi, their unity as a team had grown, and they carried with them memories of people they encountered during the ride.

The Ride2Transform cycle tour broke ground through prayer for the country of Malawi. Organisers are planning a tour next year, from 4-12 June, which will include a team of local OM workers who will accompany the cyclists and minister through prayer, training and encouragement along the route.

Are you looking for an African adventure that will enable you to use your gifts for the Lord and give you an opportunity to share about His love with people you meet? Check out OM’s opportunities to serve in Africa.

 

By OM International