By Samuel Malasa Banda
Their motto screamed; “Make No Little Plans here”, their theme questioned: “What could be?” while their kindness and attitude towards work summarized it so lightly; It would be so easy to touch lives across the world with the message of Christ if we all strived to make bigger plans in life. That’s the best way to describe the Oral Roberts University missionary (ORU) team that visited Cornerstone Ministries Malawi.
The thirteen member missionary’s team comprising nine girls and three boys arrived in Salima, Malawi on Thursday 19th May and spent two days.
The team spent their Friday at the Cornerstone Christian High School construction site handing bricks to the builders and clearing the bush on the 6 acre land that is to be the new home of Cornerstone.
Though the bush clearing is an intense task, especially to someone who has never undertaken it before, the team showed its commitment by tirelessly giving all their energy to the work.
Team Leader for the ORU missionary group, Benjamin Sherrill hailed the vision of Cornerstone saying he is thrilled by the great plan that this ministry has. “Together with my team, I am glad that we have taken part in clearing the future of a Malawian child”, he said.
During the stay, their involvement in the after school program also brought overwhelming excitement to kids in the program as one standard five learner exclaimed; “Today I have been taught Math by a white person”. (Referring to one of the missionaries who taught in the after-school program classes)
Commenting on her experience at Cornerstone, Mia Flores, a 19 year Theology student at ORU, said she was delighted by how staff at Cornerstone operate to change student’s lives, “The connection that teachers have with their students show how much the teachers care about their learners and it’s a beautiful thing to see”.
Grateful for the team’s Great Spirit, Cornerstone’s Executive Director Danneck Falinya, hailed ORU for the continued trust in the ministry by sending their teams to Malawi.
“Since 2013 we have been receiving missionary teams from the Oral Roberts University and their presence continues to be a motivation to us, he applauded. “Furthermore, we have been inspired by their hardworking spirit and kindness.” Danneck concluded.
Before departing for Lilongwe, the team spent Saturday morning at the magnificent Lake Malawi enjoying the scenic beauty.
Imagine, what could be if we all strive not to make little plans in life?