Now what?

Our last team is heading home to America today. We have had a blessed summer filled with learning and adventure and A LOT of Jesus! 

It is hard to see Summer 2017 come to a close and to say goodbye to our precious kiddos and friends but like all good things it must come to an end. 

Our last team has said their goodbyes and is heading home today. 

Our last team has said their goodbyes and is heading home today. 

Transition times can be rough. I remember boarding the plane when I left Malawi for the first time and I was at a complete loss on how to transition from Malawi back home. When our teams leave Malawi they take lots of joyous and beautiful memories with them but they also take heartaches and hard goodbyes.

When walking around Malawi you see many of the difficulties life in a third-world country. People are HUNGRY. People are BROKEN. People are STRUGGLING. At the time, you see it and process pieces of it but the true JOY of Malawi covers some of the pain temporarily. 

Our community has many hardships, but their love of Jesus and their sweet, community spirit overcome. However, the hardships and struggles of people you've come to know and love weigh heavy on your heart when you're no longer there actively serving them. 

So, now what?

Now, we continue. CONTINUE is the word for our teams as they transition back AND for you as you support them and our friends in Malawi. 

  • CONTINUE to pray. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective and that is very most any of us can do for the ones we love.

  • CONTINUE to love. It is okay to be vulnerable enough to love. Love can be hard but it is SO worth it! Jesus' life taught us that pure love sustains us and changes us into who God intends us to be. 

  • CONTINUE to sponsor. We still have MANY kids who need sponsors. Our ministry works because people commit to our children and make a HUGE difference in their lives while building a personal relationship...there is a child waiting for that connection with you!

  • CONTINUE to talk. Sometimes when we reach the end of a phase or the beginning of a difficult transition we want to clam up and bottle those hard-to-process feelings. DON'T! Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us to speak up for those who have no voice. It is a good and healthy thing to speak about your experiences in Malawi OR to speak about a passion God has given you (even if you were not in Malawi with us this summer). 

  • CONTINUE to share. We LOVE seeing pictures from our team members summers! We will continue to share pictures and we want to see yours! Even if you haven't been to Malawi we want to see your smiling face and walk through life with you...that's what community does! 

Let's pray over our teams and friends as we transition:

Dear Heavenly Father,
You ARE a good, good father! We see your goodness and your love. We realize we do not deserve your unending grace so we do the only thing we can in response to such love; we worship and adore you! 
Please be with our teams who are returning home Lord. Thank you for safe travels for everyone so far this summer Jesus, please continue that with our last team. Father, please bind their hearts to you and show them their purpose that you have for them. 
Help us to CONTINUE Lord. May we continue to serve you in all we do.
We love you and praise your Holy Name.
Amen!
Posted on July 26, 2017 .

Bringing The Light

You save the humble
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.
 With your help I can advance against a troop;
    with my God I can scale a wall.

Psalm 18-27-29

Right now in Malawi, our final team of the summer, the evangelism team, is wrapping up a successful summer of ministry and fun! We are thankful for the ways God has shown himself this summer!

Singing, dancing, preaching, serving, teaching, and praying...our teams and staff have lifted the name of God all summer long and made HUGE steps to sharing the name and heart of Jesus.

However, the work is NOT complete.

The coming days have more that need to be completed and God's light needs to continue to be shown into darkness after our teams have returned. 

Sometimes, sharing The Light looks like a prayer said over children and giggles shared in love and laughter.

Sometimes, it looks like freedom obtained for a boy who had been tormented with darkness for years.

Other times, it is completing the tasks God has given us with grace and transitioning home, leaving our staff and church members to complete the good work Jesus has begun.

Join us in prayer today that The Light will continue to be shared and God will pour out his power and blessing over our team, our staff, our kids, and our community!

Posted on July 21, 2017 .

Transformation, Transition, and Trust

Great news of smiles, giggles, hard work, and tearful goodbyes from our first team. We are thankful for the medical care, clothes, love, attention, and joy our team members shared with the children and staff of the Grace Center over the past couple weeks. 

Medical Team and Community Health Evangelists

Medical Team and Community Health Evangelists

 

Just as we are saying see ya later to one team our next has arrived! That's right: the education team has landed in Malawi! 

The joy on Abusa's face says it all! 

 

Are you wanting to join in on the fun but you're not headed to Malawi? SPONSOR!

Sponsorship is a great way to connect with our kiddos and play a HUGE part in our programs! Click the link below and choose your sponsor child or message us on Facebook and our team that's in Malawi will choose for you and get some pictures! 

Another BIG need we have for those of you at home is PRAYER

Our teams are serving, our kids are growing, our staff is working hard BUT there are still obstacles. We need you to pray, pray, pray! We TRUST the Lord to complete the good work he has started and we know part of our role is to pray and wait on him.  

How can you pray?

-Prayers of thanksgiving for Pastor Phiri's safety in a recent car incident.

-Prayers for completion of our 5th and 6th grade classrooms

-Prayers for a complete and quick solution to our bed bug problem! (We are making progress and sealing the walls well but we want this to COMPLETE.) 

-Pray for our team members headed home from Malawi now...may their transitions be smooth and their processing go well. 

-Pray for our new team members who just arrived.

-Pray for our kids as they adjust to the changing of teams and all that involves.

 

More great news: the transformation does not stop with people! Our campus is transitioning daily and transforming before our eyes as the new 5th and 6th grade classrooms are being built. It's amazing to see God's plans in action isn't it?

Stay tuned for more updates from Malawi and like us on Facebook for live shots of our teams and kids all summer long!

Posted on June 9, 2017 .

A Legacy To Write Home About

While our teams are in Malawi for the summer you have a very unique opportunity to join in on the fun! 

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As our kids and team are getting to know one another or acquainting and bonding, stories of YOU are making their way to our kids. You have played a role in shaping the lives of those currently in Malawi or you have in the past or will in the future. 

NOW is your chance to act and make this time personal for you too! If you sign up as a sponsor today our team members can 'introduce' you to your sponsor kid. 

Posted on May 24, 2017 .