Clayton & Micah Chancey

Supporting the Church in East Africa

There and Back Again

It’s been awhile since we updated our blog! We finished the work in Malawi and are currently back in the States to debrief our elders on the ministry there before going on to Kenya. Our original plan was to go straight from Malawi to Kenya, but this time back home is allowing us to spend the holidays with our family and friends, for which we are so thankful.

Thank you so much for your continued support through giving and prayers on our behalf! We hope you had a wonderful time of Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a blessed Christmas. 

Thanksgiving with Micah’s family in North Carolina

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Continued Sustenance

We’ve battled hard with discouragement this week, but we’ve also had friends come alongside and encourage us – for which we are very thankful. The Lord has also uplifted us through our own prayer and studies, especially Clayton’s study of 1 Kings 19. If even Elijah could grow lonely (v10) and weary (v4) in his ministry, then we know we are not beyond temptation. Yet it was the restoration (v7) and revelation (v11-12) of Yahweh that put Elijah back on the path of ministry. Pray that we would be laser-focused on Christ and His Word, and that we would gaze beyond the earthly, into the eternal.

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Chicken Feet

Thank you for praying for diligence in our studies! For us, the best time for concentrated study is before the sun comes up. So we’re trying! But keep praying for us, because neither of us are naturally morning people…

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Freely, Freely

I used to sing a song in church that went: “He said, ‘Freely, freely, thou hast received / Freely, freely give.” The lyrics were based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:

“These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them… ‘Proclaim as you go, saying “The kingdom of heaven is at hand’… You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff.’” (Matthew 10:5-10)

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I Bless the Rains…

… you know the rest. In celebration of the first rain here in Malawi, Clayton has been singing this incessantly all week.

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 3

God is the one who called us into fellowship with Christ (1 Cor 1:9), demonstrating His all-exceeding power by making fools out of the world through the Cross (1 Cor 1:18). Having been welcomed into the Church by the pure power of God, would we dare operate within the Church in our own power? May it never be! Our power is not our own (1 Cor 1:26-19), our spiritual understanding is not our own (1 Cor 2:16), and our ministerial success is not our own (1 Cor 3:6-7). More than that: we ourselves are not our own (1 Cor 6:19).

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Pachiyambi Mulungu…

Micah memorized her first Bible verse in Chichewa this week! (It’s written at the bottom). Hint: the title of this post is: “In the beginning, God…” Also this week:

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 2

The Church is built by God. Scripture describes God as the architect (Isa 28:16, Matt 21:42-44, Rom 10:10-12), Christ as the cornerstone (Ps 118:22-23, Acts 4:11-12, Eph 2:20), believers as the building blocks (1 Pet 2:5-6, Eph 2:22), and the Church itself as God’s temple (2 Cor 6:16, Eph 2:21-22, Rev 3:12). Jesus promised in Matthew 16:18“I will build My Church.” Nothing in heaven or on earth can prevent the slow-moving, but inevitable progress of the Church that belongs to Jesus Christ (Dan 2:44, Matt 13:31-32, Rev 11:15). Self-important men are no exception.

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Ana Amuna ndi Akazi

Chichewa for “sons and daughters.” Words you will hear enough times throughout the reading of Genesis to never forget them! Here’s some other stuff we did this week…

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 1

The Church belongs to God. Scripture describes Him as planning it (Matt 25:34, Acts 15:14-18, Eph 3:4-7, Rev 13:8), purchasing it (Acts 20:28, Eph 1:7, 14, 1 Pet 1:18), building it (Matt 16:18, Acts 2:39, 47), preserving it (Jn 10:14-15, Eph 5:26-27), and indeed, owning it (2 Cor 4:5, Eph 1:22, Titus 2:14, 1 Pet 2:9). The Church – in both its universality and locality – exists to glorify Him (1 Cor 6:20, 10:31, 1 Pet 2:9-12, 4:11, Rev 15:2-4). That’s why division in the Church is so serious (Rom 16:17, 1 Cor 1:10, Eph 4:1-6, 1 Pet 3:8-9). That’s why humility in the Church is so important (Phil 2:5-13, 1 Pet 5:5-7). God does not share His glory with any man (Isa 42:8), and the Church – along with all the people, possessions, and programs within it – exists for God’s glory.

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