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[[File:Malawi1.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Source: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LocationMalawi.svg Wikipedia Commons]'']]   [[File:Malawi2.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Source: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LocationMalawi.svg Wikipedia Commons]'']]       [[File:mi-map.gif|300px|thumb|right|''Source: [https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mi.html CIA World Factbook]'']]     <h3>Introduction</h3> The Republic of Malawi is located in southeast [[Africa|Africa]] and was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by [[Zambia|Zambia]] to the northwest, [[Tanzania, United Republic of|Tanzania]] to the northeast, and [[Mozambique|Mozambique]] on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Its size is 118,484 km<sup>2</sup> (45,747 sq mi) with an estimated population in 2009 of 15,028,757. Its capital is Lilongwe, the second largest city is Blantyre and the third largest city is Mzuzu. The country is also nicknamed, "The Warm Heart of Africa."
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= Introduction =
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The Republic of Malawi is located in southeast [[Africa|Africa]] and was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by [[Zambia|Zambia]] to the northwest, [[Tanzania, United Republic of|Tanzania]] to the northeast, and [[Mozambique|Mozambique]] on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Its size is 118,484 km<sup>2</sup> (45,747 sq mi) with an estimated population in 2009 of 15,028,757. Its capital is Lilongwe, the second largest city is Blantyre and the third largest city is Mzuzu. The country is also nicknamed, "The Warm Heart of Africa."
  
 
Malawi was first settled during the 10th century and was colonized by the British, who ruled the country from 1891 until 1964, when it gained independence.
 
Malawi was first settled during the 10th century and was colonized by the British, who ruled the country from 1891 until 1964, when it gained independence.
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According to the 1998 census, 79.9% of the population is Christian, with the [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic Church]] and the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian making up the largest Christian groups. There are also smaller numbers of Anglicans, Baptists, Evangelicals and Seventh-day Adventists. 12.8% of the population is [[Islam|Muslim]], with most of the Muslim population being Sunni. Other religious groups within the country comprise around 3% of the population, including Jews, Rastafarians, Hindus and Baha'is. Atheists make up around 4% of the population, although this number includes people who practice traditional African religions.
 
According to the 1998 census, 79.9% of the population is Christian, with the [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic Church]] and the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian making up the largest Christian groups. There are also smaller numbers of Anglicans, Baptists, Evangelicals and Seventh-day Adventists. 12.8% of the population is [[Islam|Muslim]], with most of the Muslim population being Sunni. Other religious groups within the country comprise around 3% of the population, including Jews, Rastafarians, Hindus and Baha'is. Atheists make up around 4% of the population, although this number includes people who practice traditional African religions.
  
<h3>Anabaptist Denominations in Malawi</h3> The [[Ibandla Labazalwane Kukristu e-Zimbabwe |Zimbabwean Brethren in Christ Church (Ibandla Labazalwane Kukristu e-Zimbabwe)]], in cooperation with [[Brethren in Christ Church |Brethren in Christ]] World Missions, launched a missionary outreach to Malawi in the mid 1980s in the southern and central areas of the country. In 1987 a second ministry was inaugurated in central Malawi among a largely Islamic tribal people who live near Lake Malawi. By 1985 some 200 Christians (13 congregations) in Malawi asked to become part of the Brethren in Christ Church, giving rise to the Brethren in Christ Church in Malawi.
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= Anabaptist Denominations in Malawi =
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The [[Ibandla Labazalwane Kukristu e-Zimbabwe |Zimbabwean Brethren in Christ Church (Ibandla Labazalwane Kukristu e-Zimbabwe)]], in cooperation with [[Brethren in Christ Church |Brethren in Christ]] World Missions, launched a missionary outreach to Malawi in the mid 1980s in the southern and central areas of the country. In 1987 a second ministry was inaugurated in central Malawi among a largely Islamic tribal people who live near Lake Malawi. By 1985 some 200 Christians (13 congregations) in Malawi asked to become part of the Brethren in Christ Church, giving rise to the Brethren in Christ Church in Malawi.
  
 
The Malawi Brethren in Christ Church is committed to a variety of ministries. Leadership is comprised exclusively of Malawian personnel, with short-term leadership training carried out by North American missionaries. A key priority of the church is leadership training and it encourages women in ministry. Formal leadership training is centered primarily at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi.
 
The Malawi Brethren in Christ Church is committed to a variety of ministries. Leadership is comprised exclusively of Malawian personnel, with short-term leadership training carried out by North American missionaries. A key priority of the church is leadership training and it encourages women in ministry. Formal leadership training is centered primarily at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi.
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In 2011 Anabaptist groups in Malawi included the [[Brethren in Christ Church |Brethren in Christ]] Church (Malawi), also known as Mpingo Wa Abale Mwa Kristu, and the [[Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (CGC)|Church of God in Christ, Mennonite]] (Holdeman).
 
In 2011 Anabaptist groups in Malawi included the [[Brethren in Christ Church |Brethren in Christ]] Church (Malawi), also known as Mpingo Wa Abale Mwa Kristu, and the [[Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (CGC)|Church of God in Christ, Mennonite]] (Holdeman).
  
<div align="center"> <table class="vertical listing"> <tr> <th>Denominations</th> <th>Congregations
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<div align="center"> <table class="vertical listing">
 
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<tr> <th>Denominations</th> <th>Congregations<br />in 1990</th> <th>Membership<br />in 1990</th> <th>Congregations<br />in 2000</th> <th>Membership<br />in 2000</th> <th>Congregations<br />in 2003</th> <th>Membership<br />in 2003</th> <th>Congregations<br />in 2006</th> <th>Membership<br />in 2006</th> <th>Congregations<br />in 2009</th> <th>Membership<br />in 2009</th> </tr>
in 1990</th> <th>Membership
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<tr> <td>Brethren in Christ Church (Malawi) Mpingo Wa Abale Mwa Kristu</td> <td align="right">25</td> <td align="right">420</td> <td align="right">20</td> <td align="right">1,540
 
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</td> <td align="right">30</td> <td align="right">3,500</td> <td align="right">40</td> <td align="right">6,763</td> <td align="right">46</td> <td align="right">4,002</td> </tr>
in 1990</th> <th>Congregations
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<tr> <td>Church of God in Christ, Mennonite</td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right"></td> <td align="right">4</td> <td align="right">184</td> </tr>
 
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<tr> <td><strong>Totals</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>25</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>420</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>20</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>1,540</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>30</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>3,500</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>40</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>6,763</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>50</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>4,186</strong></td> </tr>
in 2000</th> <th>Membership
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in 2000</th> <th>Congregations
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in 2003</th> <th>Membership
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in 2003</th> <th>Congregations
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in 2006</th> <th>Membership
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in 2006</th> <th>Congregations
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in 2009</th> <th>Membership
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in 2009</th> </tr> <tr> <td>Brethren in Christ Church (Malawi) Mpingo Wa Abale Mwa Kristu
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</td> <td align="right">25
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</td> <td align="right">420
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</td> <td align="right">20
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</td> <td align="right">1,540
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</td> <td align="right">30
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</td> <td align="right">3,500
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</td> <td align="right">40
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</td> <td align="right">6,763
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</td> <td align="right">46
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</td> <td align="right">4,002
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</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Church of God in Christ, Mennonite
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td align="right">4
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</td> <td align="right">184
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</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Totals
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>25
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>420
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>20
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>1,540
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>30
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>3,500
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>40
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>6,763
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>50
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</strong></td> <td align="right"><strong>4,186
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</strong></td> </tr> </table> </div>
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= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
"Background Material on Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Related Churches in Africa and the Countries where they are Found." 2001? Web. 17 April 2011. <span class="link-external">[http://www.mwc-cmm.org/MWC/Material/WFSbackground.pdf http://www.mwc-cmm.org/MWC/Material/WFSbackground.pdf]</span>.
 
"Background Material on Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Related Churches in Africa and the Countries where they are Found." 2001? Web. 17 April 2011. <span class="link-external">[http://www.mwc-cmm.org/MWC/Material/WFSbackground.pdf http://www.mwc-cmm.org/MWC/Material/WFSbackground.pdf]</span>.
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<strong>Website</strong>: [http://www.malawi-mission.org/ Brethren in Christ (Malawi)]
 
<strong>Website</strong>: [http://www.malawi-mission.org/ Brethren in Christ (Malawi)]
 
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Contents

Introduction

The Republic of Malawi is located in southeast Africa and was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Its size is 118,484 km2 (45,747 sq mi) with an estimated population in 2009 of 15,028,757. Its capital is Lilongwe, the second largest city is Blantyre and the third largest city is Mzuzu. The country is also nicknamed, "The Warm Heart of Africa."

Malawi was first settled during the 10th century and was colonized by the British, who ruled the country from 1891 until 1964, when it gained independence.

Malawi's population is made up of the Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni and Ngonde native ethnic groups, as well as populations of Asians and Europeans. Major languages include Chichewa, an official language spoken by over 57% of the population, Chinyanja (12.8%), Chiyao (10.1%) and Chitumbuka (9.5%).

According to the 1998 census, 79.9% of the population is Christian, with the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian making up the largest Christian groups. There are also smaller numbers of Anglicans, Baptists, Evangelicals and Seventh-day Adventists. 12.8% of the population is Muslim, with most of the Muslim population being Sunni. Other religious groups within the country comprise around 3% of the population, including Jews, Rastafarians, Hindus and Baha'is. Atheists make up around 4% of the population, although this number includes people who practice traditional African religions.

Anabaptist Denominations in Malawi

The Zimbabwean Brethren in Christ Church (Ibandla Labazalwane Kukristu e-Zimbabwe), in cooperation with Brethren in Christ World Missions, launched a missionary outreach to Malawi in the mid 1980s in the southern and central areas of the country. In 1987 a second ministry was inaugurated in central Malawi among a largely Islamic tribal people who live near Lake Malawi. By 1985 some 200 Christians (13 congregations) in Malawi asked to become part of the Brethren in Christ Church, giving rise to the Brethren in Christ Church in Malawi.

The Malawi Brethren in Christ Church is committed to a variety of ministries. Leadership is comprised exclusively of Malawian personnel, with short-term leadership training carried out by North American missionaries. A key priority of the church is leadership training and it encourages women in ministry. Formal leadership training is centered primarily at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi.

In 2011 Anabaptist groups in Malawi included the Brethren in Christ Church (Malawi), also known as Mpingo Wa Abale Mwa Kristu, and the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Holdeman).

Denominations Congregations
in 1990
Membership
in 1990
Congregations
in 2000
Membership
in 2000
Congregations
in 2003
Membership
in 2003
Congregations
in 2006
Membership
in 2006
Congregations
in 2009
Membership
in 2009
Brethren in Christ Church (Malawi) Mpingo Wa Abale Mwa Kristu 25 420 20 1,540 30 3,500 40 6,763 46 4,002
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite 4 184
Totals 25 420 20 1,540 30 3,500 40 6,763 50 4,186

Bibliography

"Background Material on Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Related Churches in Africa and the Countries where they are Found." 2001? Web. 17 April 2011. http://www.mwc-cmm.org/MWC/Material/WFSbackground.pdf.

Central Intelligence Agency. "Kenya." The World Factbook. Web. 14 April 2011. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mi.html.

Lichdi, Diether Götz, ed. Mennonite World Handbook 1990: Mennonites in Global Witness. Carol Stream, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1990.

Mennonite World Conference. "2000 Africa Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches." Web. 2 March 2011. http://www.mwc-cmm.org/Directory/2000africa.html.

Mennonite World Conference. "2003 Africa Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches." Web. 2 March 2011. http://www.mwc-cmm.org/Directory/2003africa.html.

Mennonite World Conference. "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches Worldwide, 2006: Africa." Web. 2 March 2011. http://www.mwc-cmm.org/Directory/2006africa.pdf.

Mennonite World Conference. "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches Worldwide, 2009: Africa." Web. 2 March 2011. %20Summary.doc http://www.mwc-cmm.org/en15/files/Members%202009/Africa%20Summary.doc.

Wikipedia. "Malawi." Web. 14 April 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi.

Additional Information

Website: Brethren in Christ (Malawi)


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published April 2011


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Thiessen, Richard D. "Malawi." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2011. Web. 30 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Malawi&oldid=115213.

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