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 .

Summer 17 has begun!

Summer has begun!

We are thrilled to say that the first team of summer 2017 took off Thursday May 19! These bright, smiling faces are headed to Africa! 

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We have been praying, planning, and looking forward to this very moment for an entire year! 

Our team is prepared to follow God's call and serve, love, learn, and laugh with our Malawian friends. The pure joy that emanates from our children is contagious...we know soon our team will be experiencing that joy and sharing their own. 

There is no moment like pulling into the Grace Center and having a welcoming party sing praises to Jesus and expressing how happy they are to see you. Soon, our first team will experience just that! 

So, they're having fun and experiencing the joy of Jesus...what can YOU do?

1. Pray! 

2. Pray again!

We want to bathe our team and our staff and children in prayer. While praying over Karen before she left God gave me the words peaceful, joyful, productive, and Spirit-filled. Pray with me! 

Set time aside to pray over the summer ahead, pray the blood of Jesus over our team, pray for clarity and direction for our staff and team members as they dive into their projects and grow relationships. 

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates as our team gets settled in! 

Posted on May 19, 2017 .

Growing Healthy Kids and Futures

Think back to the last week...how many different types of foods did you eat?

In the last week I have made Mexican food, Italian food, traditional American breakfast, burgers, fresh veggies, lots of salads, and more. What have you had? What special meals do you have planned coming up?

In America, we very rarely have the same TYPE of meal back-to-back much less the exact same foods BUT...

A really good meal in the villages of Malawi looks like this:

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Nsima with greens or beans. No variation. Super special moments call for goat or chicken and sometimes mornings are marked with porridge but rarely is there variation from these exact food much less types of foods.

Culturally Malawians often expect every meal to include nsima or it is not a meal.

What does this mean for their nutrition?

90% of a Malawian family's diet is corn based with plenty of calories but limited nutrients. The greens that are often eaten in the villages with nsima are low in available nutrients too.

What's the GOOD news?

Our local community in Malawi has seen a HUGE improvement in our children's hemoglobin levels (iron in their blood) and overall health according to out health checks! Woo hoo! Our anemia feeding program is working and the community is getting educated as to what eating meat and a variety of fruits and vegetables will do for their health.

Clean plates and big smiles bring our hearts joy! Imagine how many more plates of food and smiles the future holds as we increase the Grace Center!

Clean plates and big smiles bring our hearts joy! Imagine how many more plates of food and smiles the future holds as we increase the Grace Center!

More good news: Our gardens and farms are producing a variety of vegetables and our children in Timothy and Patricia's Homes are being fed a balanced diet.

As we add the land of the Grace Center our ability to grow these, very necessary, foods only increases!

Our corn goes towards nsima for our kids but the sale of it also goes towards meat and healthy variation...a ground breaking concept in Malawi! 

Join us as we raise the last 1/3 needed for our land purchase! What better way to say Happy Mother's Day to the mother figure in your life than donating towards healthy, happy kids and their futures in her honor?

Posted on May 4, 2017 .