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Unit B1 Strangford Business Park, 19 Jubilee Road, Newtownards, Co Down
United Kingdom

Serving In: Evangelism | Printing / Literature |


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Malawi may be one of the poorest countries in the world, but it is rich in opportunities for Gospel witness.

Stephen & Gail Harper have been involved in Malawi since they were commended to the Lord’s work there in 2003, and co-founded Southern Africa Literature Trust (SALT) to facilitate the ongoing, rapid expansion of the Gospel Literature ministry and other aspects of the work there.

During 2019/2020 SALT has facilitated the publication and distribution of around 4 Million Gospel Calendars / Tracts and also produces materials for the growing Bible Correspondence Course ministry, and other teaching materials.

Our annual Malawi Gospel Outreach (MGO) has proved to be an extremely useful evangelism event, with hundreds of thousands of Seed Sower texts distributed and tens of thousands hearing the Gospel preached in the open-air. Annual Bible teaching conferences have contributed to strengthening believers and establishing local assemblies in various parts of the country.

SALT has recent procured a much-needed site at Saidi (Southern Region) and has begun developing residential, admin and storage facilities for the various aspects of the work. This long-term plan will enable us to progress several key aspects of the work, particularly accommodating Bible Teaching conferences and visiting outreach teams, and facilitating children’s work, including the new Postal Bible School effort which is currently under development.

SALT has an active Prison Ministry and widely distributes Gospel literature with hygiene packs, and was also able to help with reconstruction of homes for victims of Cyclone Idai which caused widespread destruction in the region during early 2019.

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May 2019 News

Posted on May 10, 2019

May 2019 Update In our April 2019 and March 2019 news we reported on our visit to Malawi in February and the well-publicised serious weather-related crisis that befell the region recently. This month we want to update you on some of those issues and give you some matters for thanksgiving and prayer. Flooding We continue to monitor the situation closely with a view to providing targetted long-term assistance but in the meantime have been able to provide immediate food relief and temporary housing to some of those affected. One example is Brother Green, a faithful distributor of our Gospel Literature who has attended some of our Bible teaching conferences.  His wife has been very poorly after a complicated childbirth, and we were deeply saddened to learn that his home had completely collapsed, meaning that he and his little family were having to share a small, dilapidated building with another family in a similar situation. We have been able to provide food and a temporary house and propose to help with reconstruction costs in the coming months. We have been able to provide 5 Tonnes of Maize flour for distribution in some of the prisons directly affected by the cyclone – the prisoners rely upon food which they grow themselves in the prison farm, but much of the crop was destroyed by the storm. We are liaising with the prison authorities to prioritise further assistance of this nature, and see this as a wonderful opportunity to show the sincerity of our intentions to help the prison population. You can read more on our website:  https://southernafricaliteraturetrust.com/malawi-flood-relief/ Literature

Consignment of Seed Sower Texts arrived safely in Stellenbosch The believers wasted no time in starting to distribute them – petrol pump attendant reads John 3:16
  Please pray that the Lord will bless his word and enable us to further meet a little of the demand in South Africa.
Our  2019 Malawi Gospel calendars are now completely finished. Calendars are always popular and provide excellent opportunities.  We hope shortly to print a further supply of Gospel Tracts as our stocks are also well depleted. Vehicle We had opportunity to purchase a used Toyota Land Cruiser during our last visit, and we are still awaiting completion of the change of ownership. Please pray that this will be resolved very soon.  We also hope to have the mechanic begin work on overhauling the engine of our Isuzu pickup. Please pray that he will do a good, reliable job. Land Although we have sent funds to enable the seller to have a survey done to delineate the plot for sale, this is still outstanding while the family resolves a probate issue. We understand there is no dispute, but the matter will cause a little further delay to the proceedings.  Our former landlord at Thondwe has recently become more difficult, and we will be much happier when we are able to remove the storage container still on his land. Visit God willing, our next visit is now likely to be in August, when we expect to lead another Malawi Gospel Outreach This is a great opportunity to get involved in the spread of the Gospel, so please watch out for the information when it comes. Local Workers Please particularly remember Emi(lian) and Lore(dana) who have had health and other difficulties recently. Their circumstances mean that they will probably have to leave Malawi this year, and that will bring its own stress. Prison Packs We send a huge thank you to all our volunteers, assemblies and individuals around the UK who have been busy assembling hygiene packs. We delivered over 110 cartons (almost 3000 packs) to the shipping company just before Easter, and these should depart for Malawi in the next couple of weeks. We are sure that these will prove to be a great blessing in the work.
God willing, we expect the next shipment to be early Autumn, so please get in touch if you would like to participate in this effort. We hope to significantly increase our Gospel Calendar circulation above the 350,000 we distributed this year, and are exploring the possibility of producing these in N.I. and shipping them along with the hygiene packs. Please pray for this important effort. Yours,   SOUTHERN AFRICA LITERATURE TRUST Previous News Updates: April 2019 March 2019