Starting in December 2012, the Mission and Stewardship Committee began to support the Rev. Timothy Stone and his wife Rachel as they begin their work in Malawi, Africa. Tim and Rachel both hold degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University. Tim also earned a master’s degree in biblical studies from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and completed his doctoral studies in Old Testament at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Rachel received a master’s degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago. She also trained and received certification to be a doula, a childbirth assistant. Their sons, Aidan and Graeme join in this new adventure.
Malawi is a Pennsylvania sized country in south eastern Africa, with much of its eastern border on Lake Malawi. Malawi has more Presbyterians than the entire United States but only has 1 pastor for every 5,000 church members.
Tim is teaching Old Testament and Hebrew at Zomba Theological College, a ministry of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, helping to increase the number of pastors in the four synods within Malawi. Rachel plans to use her gifts as a writer and teacher in the service of Christ’s church and to teach others in child birth practices.
Both Tim and Rachel cite Isaiah 55 as a key Scripture that guides their lives. It’s a passage they will rely on in Malawi. “We love Isaiah 55 for its invitation to everyone-even people with no money- to “come to the waters” and its peaceful vision of God’s renewed creation,” Rachel says. “It reflects God’s ideal that everyone be fed-both with literal bread and the Bread of Life.”
Pray for Tim and Rachel in their life in Malawi. Their mission is one of great need, a teacher and a childbirth assistant in a special mission of God’s work.