CFA works in many areas of Malawi that are extremely rural and receive little outside support. Many of the pastors in these churches have little to no formal Bible education or spiritual leadership training, yet they're passionate about their work and hungry to learn more. Over the last few years, CFA has partnered with other ministries such as Exodus Vision to bring training to these rural pastors through pastoral conferences and Bible study resources. Many of the pastors who attend these conferences walk, bike, or bus to the conference from miles away, some coming as far as Mozambique. Throughout the training, they are encouraged by fellowshipping with other believing and growing spiritually. Click on the right and left arrows to move through the slideshow.
Many of the pastors had never owned a Bible before and had no way to acquire one, so they were overjoyed when they not only received their own Bible, but also a few Bibles to take back to their congregation to give to leaders in their churches. Their joy was overwhelming as they thanked us over and over again for the Bibles that will transform their churches as they dig deeper into the Word of God.
Over 120 pastors and church elders attended the pastoral training held by CFA in 2016. These pastors came from miles around to attend the conference, many sleeping on reed mats on the church floor during the week of the conference, others biking or walking from miles away each morning and evening.
During the conference, a CFA team member led the men and women through Bible studies and discussion.