Ever wonder what happens to a One-Day Church after the crew puts up the structure and leaves?
A One -Day Church
Ever wonder what happens to a One-Day Church after the crew puts up the structure and leaves? When the crew finishes building the frame is actually the beginning of a new era. From that moment on, the congregation takes the wheel. They work together to paint their version of perfect onto the blank canvas provided.
We recently returned to Malawi, where just a few years ago Maranatha Volunteers International built more than 1,000 churches. We wanted to know: What has happened since then? The drive through Malawi is beautiful, and confusing. The rolling hills feature lots of cornfields, but not many street signs.
When we finally arrived at the Kaphentenga Adventist Church, what a beautiful surprise! Maranatha crews built this frame on May 25, 2011, and a lot has happened since then. Local elder Edward Khatsalira was there to give us an update. The believers worked together to build their church with handmade red bricks, baked in huge, hand-hewn, outdoor ovens.
After they completed the walls on their church, the congregation held an evangelistic effort and baptized 22 new members. Now this church is full of energy every Sabbath (and many weekdays), with 55 baptized members, plus 40 children.
Sometimes other members of the community ask to use the beautiful church. Khatsalira tells about a funeral held recently. Something about the Adventist service touched the hearts of one family who attended. They have attended every Sabbath since.
ASI and Maranatha Volunteers International collaborate to fund and facilitate the One-Day Church and One-Day School project. Since the project’s launch in August 2009, more than 4,500 One-Day Churches have been built around the world.