In Nyasaland, present day Malawi, a tract of land belonging to Chief Makwiro awaited the pioneer missionaries to built a station. Chief Makwiro sold it to a German farmer who set up plantations of, loquats, citrus trees, coffee, eucalyptus and other plantations. He also built houses of brick and iron roof in the large tract of land. However, the German farmer sold the land to Seventh Day Baptists at 2,500 pounds who in turn sold it to the Foreign Missions Board after realizing it wouldn’t be as productive.
The Plainfield Mission, as it was known, was renamed Malamulo Mission in 1907 with the arrival of W.C Rogers. Elder Rogers summoned the native teachers together and came up with the name Malamulo Mission which means ” the mission of the Commandments or the mission of Laws”. The first term of the school registered sixty students with about two hundred enrolling in August of 1907 . W. C Rogers wrote about this ” To God’s blessed care we give the praise for the fact that so many of those who came to us that year, naked and ignorant as only poor Africans can be, are this moment faithful, intelligent coworkers with the European members of the staff”
The opening of the mission consequently paved way for development of out schools in the region. Brother S. M Koningmacher arrived from America with his wife and went out 100 miles north of Malamulo to open an out-school at the newly acquired Matandani station. In 1911, Brother C Robinson, took charge of the mission owing to Brother Rogers’ deteriorating state of physical well-being from the hard work at the mission.
A year after Robinson’s arrival, Miss E. Edie joined the staff to help out with the work in regards to the girl boarders at the school. Brother Robinson extended Brother Rogers’ handy work and in 1914, three stone buildings were erected to free up the crowding in the boy’s dormitory.
Membership to the school rose to above 700 in by 1922, four years after the first camp meeting held by the natives there. The school was registering more students and membership rising exponentially. Many students were turned away and the issue of overcrowding was once again imminent.