Why Hebrew in Malawi?

HebScript“So you’re telling me that you’re going to one of the poorest countries in the world in Africa to train pastors how to effectively translate the Old Testament (given to the nation of Israel between 1406 BC to 400 BC) from the original Hebrew?”



That’s a good question. It all starts with Jesus’ mission for the Church:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

There are Christians in Malawi right now because people went and made disciples and immersed them into the family of the Triune God. However, the job doesn’t stop there. There must be teaching them all that Christ commands. That’s where the local church and pastors preaching from the text of the Bible comes in.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 3:16-4:2)
In Malawi, there is the need for equipped preachers to teach their people what the Scriptures really say so that they can live in accord with them. Many claim to identify as Christians in order to say that they are not Muslims but their understanding of the gospel of Jesus and His claims on their lives is shallow. In Africa, Jesus is often preached as someone Who will make you healthy and wealthy. That is simply not true and can be countered only by a true knowledge of all that the Scriptures say. God’s design is to have a gifted man empowered by the Holy Spirit preaching the Scriptures accurately.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
There is a right and a wrong way to handle the Scriptures, and each preacher will have to give an account of himself to God for how he did handle them. Thus, the need to train men to handle the Scriptures well.
“Ok, but aren’t translations good enough to preach?”
Yes and no. Since the New Testament writers often quoted the Old Testament (Hebrew) Scriptures in Greek, we have inspired precedent for translations of Scripture carrying the divine authority of the original. Thus, learning, teaching, and preaching from a good translation (one that reflects the original as closely as is reasonably possible) is completely valid.
That being said, lack of widespread knowledge of the original languages is one factor that led to the spiritual darkness of the Middle Ages. Knowing the original languages brings a specificity, so that a pastor can argue for truth and against error with complete conviction. Listen to Mr. Luther on this point:
Without languages we could not have received the gospel.
Languages are the scabbard that contains the sword of the
Spirit; they are the casket which contains the priceless jewels
of antique thought; they are the vessel that holds the wine;
and as the gospel says, they are the baskets in which the loaves
and fishes are kept to feed the multitude.

If we neglect the literature we shall eventually lose the
gospel. . . . No sooner did men cease to cultivate the languages
than Christendom declined, even until it fell under the undisputed dominion of the pope. But no sooner was this torch relighted, than this papal owl fled with a shriek into congenial gloom. . . . In former times the fathers were frequently
mistaken, because they were ignorant of the languages and
in our days there are some who, like the Waldenses, do not
think the languages of any use; but although their doctrine is

good, they have often erred in the real meaning of the sacred
text; they are without arms against error, and I fear much that
their faith will not remain pure.
(Quoted by John Piper in Brother’s We are Not Professionals, 103-104).
“But, why the Old Testament? Isn’t the New Testament good enough?”
Again, yes and no. The New Testament is absolutely sufficient to give true and saving knowledge of Christ and instruction in how to obey Him. But we must recall 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which says all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable. That includes the roughly 75% of your Bible that is the Old Testament. Here is what Jesus has to say about the Old Testament:
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44)
How is a Christian transformed into greater Christlikeness? Beholding the glory of Christ.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Jesus Himself said He is to be seen in the Old Testament. Seeing Him and His glory in the Old Testament and the New Testament changes us. I can attest that over the last few months at The Master’s Seminary, I have seen Christ’s glory in the pages of the Old Testament so clearly that it has changed me. The Bible is true. The Gospel is true. Christ and His Kingdom are true. We are starving ourselves of Christ’s glory if we do not know our Old Testament, and we need pastors who know their Hebrew well to help us see with 4K resolution the glories of God the Son.
This is why I want to go to Malawi. I want to help my fellow Malawian MDiv students to see the glories of Christ in the Old Testament with the kind of precision that knowledge of Hebrew can bring. I plead with you: There is a need in the Church, by God’s grace alone, Ashley and I can help meet it. Would you send us?
Please pray for financial and prayer support we desperately need to go. The time is short. We need around $30,000 before we leave in June. Please pray for us daily and ask the Lord if He would have you partner with us financially for the spread of the gospel in Malawi. Please fill out the form at the end of this link:


Here it is! The big news about NEXT BIG ADVENTURE!




In a really exciting turn of events, Chris has been given an opportunity to teach Hebrew Exegesis at a TMAI (The Master’s Academy International–the international arm of the Master’s Seminary) in Malawi, Africa for one year. As the long-term teacher for that class transitions to Malawi, God has put it on our hearts to serve the Church and training center during this transition time. The center is the Central African Preaching Academy (www.capamalawi.org).


Chris loves the languages (particularly Hebrew) and is passionate about helping people understand them for the sake of their future ministry so this opportunity fits well with his passions and current skill. In Malawi, he will be able to help with training men, many of whom are currently pastoring, and will likely also be able to earn some seminary credit. Ashley has also been offered a role as Director of Development to help with things like U.S. & Malawi communications, donor relations, conferences/events and publications/translations. We are both very excited to be able to work and serve this ministry while we’re there!


Although it’s not as expensive to live in Malawi as it is to live in LA, it’s not free either. Financially, the total amount needed is about $30,000 for the entire year (including transition costs). Malawi is a cash society and access to foreign funds is difficult, so we will need to take the funds for the entire year with us. Yes, this will be a big challenge but we are trusting the Lord to provide what we need to do what He has called us to do!


We desire your partnership in the joy of gospel ministry! Would you pray for us daily in this endeavor? Every part of it is too much for us and we need God’s strength! Would you also prayerfully consider financially partnering with us (of course this would be above & beyond what you would usually give to the church)?


We are so grateful to have leaders at Faith Bible Church & Grace Community Church supportive of our desire. We are planning for Grace Community Church to be our official sending church but we still need to receive official approval from the elders there (Lord willing the first week of April) so we can begin to receive support from people. If you are willing to pray and/or able to give, please fill out this form (https://mullinsadventures.wufoo.com/forms/mullins-to-malawi/) to let us know so we can contact you with details for where to direct contributions when that information is available.


Specific prayer needs:

  • Faith to trust in God’s provision and strength for this. And that God would provide!
  • Ashley’s health: that the drugs for the RA would be effective and acquirable.
  • Grace in the transition from here to there and back again in a year.
  • More and more Malawian pastors to preach the Word of God in the country.
  • Grace to encourage and effectively serve the long-time missionaries in Malawi
  • For Chris to be able to teach Hebrew well so that the Malawian pastors can use it practically in their ministries.

Our Adventures So Far…

It’s been an incredible year for Chris and I! Actually, it’s been incredible since we met in 2012. Our story so far in brief…

3/2012 – Met!

7/2012 – Started Dating!

12/2012 – Engaged!

c & a

6/2013 – Married!


9/2013 – Chris started working as a teacher at Eastern Washington University as a Math Instructor

9/2014 – Chris & Ashley start to consider full-time ministry by joining the Aspiring Men program at Faith Bible Church (he took Greek & Hebrew there!)

9/2015 – Chris plans to attend Seminary in fall of 2016

2/2016 – Chris accepted at The Master’s Seminary!

8/2016 – Chris & Ashley move to SoCal and start seminary-life. Due to his Greek & Hebrew at FBC, Chris was able to test out of first level classes for both and jumped into Hebrew Exegesis his first semester of seminary. This is pretty unusual – but God was using it to prepare him for our NEXT BIG ADVENTURE! Details coming soon!