I just returned from Malawi, Africa where I was able to spend time reconnecting with the leadership teams of our 3 church plants. While our story in Malawi began in 2002, due to the pandemic, this was our first time all being together in several years. My hope in visiting was to not only bless and encourage our pastoral teams, but to help reestablish our partnership in hopes of greater cooperation in mission for whatever lies ahead. Everything I experienced exceeded my expectations and I am confident in more and more goodness to come.
Upon landing in Blantyre, I was immediately met by the presence of God. Flood was hosting a worship night for young people, and the auditorium was packed! I was reminded of my own experience of Flood San Diego back in my college-aged days. God is so good! I also got to meet Sibusiso. He attended one of the leadership outreach conferences that a short term team from San Diego hosted back in 2017. At that event, he dedicated his life to the Lord and now sits on the Leadership Team for Flood Blantyre!
I also got to experience my first Ufulu Festival. The festival is a music and arts outreach that not only celebrates Malawi’s independence day, but is a creative gathering to reach young people for Christ. The festival started humbly in a parking lot in 2014. It has now grown to meet in a large soccer stadium and welcomes over 20,000 people! After a day filled with hip-hop and Gospel artists, I was moved watching Pastor Yami share the Good News. It immediately reminded me of the way Pastor Matt shared, in the exact same stadium, back in 2004! The baton of ministry has truly been passed, as our church’s faithful commitment over the years helped raise up a generation of dynamic Christ followers passionate about leading others to Jesus.
My trip concluded with a pastors retreat on the shores of Lake Malawi. I was able to lead the team through spiritual practices to help us connect with God, ourselves and each other. We spent time celebrating and considering what is next for our movement of churches … including another church plant! I first visited Malawi in 2005 and it has been a joy to coordinate our efforts over the years. I am grateful for the many who have given and served over the years to make this all possible, including my trip. Your continued giving at Flood will continue to support this Kingdom effort as well! I look forward to seeing us send teams, specialists and missionaries to further this exciting work. If you have any interest in learning more, please connect with me!
Pastor Adam Klekowski
Adam began coming to Flood as a college student and joined the staff in 2003. He is married to Corrie and has three children - Eva (12), Ania (10) and Walt (7). He enjoys traveling, running, yoga and baking out his stress!