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January 28, 2010

Starlight Ministries sends mission trip to Malawi

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater’s Starlight Ministries is going global.

The church, an International Pentecostal Holiness denomination, is conducting its first mission trip this year. The church is planning to send seven members to Malawi, a small country in Africa, in the fall to teach Malawi residents about Christianity and provide medical aid, Starlight Ministries Pastor Alton Preston said. Preston will be attending the trip.

The members from Starlight Ministries will act as a ministry support team trained to help in medical evaluation for a second team of about eight medical professionals.

Members from Starlight Ministries taking part in the mission trip range in age from 16 to early 60s.

The mission trip will last for 11 days and is scheduled for Oct. 15 through the 26, Mission Coordinator Wendy Lann said.

Locals from Malawi who attend a Bible college there will go with the mission trip members to aid with language and culture differences.

Preston is no stranger to international ministry. He has already been to the Philippines, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Japan.

“There’s such a spiritual hunger that you don’t readily see here,” Preston said. “Here I’m just another preacher preaching and being an American gives an open door to people in these other countries who still want to hear what we say.”

He said that the areas of Malawi they are visiting have not been visited by missions in decades. The group plans to take a pontoon boat to different fishing villages on Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa.

In addition to teaching about Christianity and having a relationship with Christ, the group wants to respond to Malawi’s health crisis, Preston said.

They will provide mosquito netting to Malawi locals since many diseases there are transmitted by mosquitoes and result in a high death rate for the elderly and children, he said.

Starlight Ministries has had several fundraisers for the mission trip over the last several months.

In December, there was a chili dinner and last weekend, a spaghetti dinner to help raise money.

At 8 a.m. on Feb. 6, Starlight Ministries will have an indoor “yard sale” with items donated from people all over the community. The event is open to the public.

In the early spring, Preston, a certified life coach, said he would like to do a fundraiser seminar with topics such as how to talk to your teenager.

Starlight Ministries, 2123 W. 12th Ave., offers youth group, adult Bible study, Rainbows, Missionettes and Royal Rangers meetings at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Nursery, children’s church and an adult service are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 

Call 405-707-7222 or visit www.starlightministries.org for information.

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