Please pray for Masiku (Lefani Kaliopa)

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Many of you know the story of Chikondi, Lefani and Herebat from watching East of Mvera. These boys were 3 of the first children we received into full time care and were the first to live in Timothy's Home. The boys won our hearts with their antics and love. However, it is often difficult for children who have been on their own to enter into a disciplined home. Chikondi struggled with stealing and often involved his brother, Masiku, in his acts of thievery. Even after Chikondi left Timothy's Home, he would entice Masiku to steal clothing from the other children, cell phones from the staff or money, if he could. After repeated discipline and counseling, Masiku was asked to leave Timothy's Home and return to his home village for a period of time. During this time his village chief was asked to follow up with him and counsel him on his behavior. He lived with his mother, who has abandoned the boys on numerous occasions in the past. At the end of the discipline period, Masiku refused to return to Timothy's Home. Many of us have grieved deeply his absence and have desperately wanted to do something to help him, but we've trusted our Malawian partners to lead with wisdom and we've prayed fervently for him for the two years he has been gone.

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Over Christmas, Masiku's mother was violently killed by the man she was living with leaving Masiku and a younger brother, named Etifala (age 5) without anyone to care for them. The boys are severely malnourished and sick. Pastor Phiri sent for Masiku to come to the Grace Center to see if we could assist in some way. Over the course of the past 3 weeks, Pastor Phiri has been in conversation with the boys extended family and the village chiefs. As a result of these discussions, the decision has been made to move Elifati and Masiku into Timothy's Home. 

Please join me in praying for these areas:

1. The health of Masiku and his younger brother, Etifala. Both boys are in pretty rough shape from inadequate, poor food. Pastor Phiri reports that over the past two weeks, there has been a slight improvement, but there is still a lot of healing that needs to happen.

2. The negative ties between Masiku and Chikondi. He has been used in the past to steal and if we are to bring him back into Timothy's Home, we need this behavior to stop.

3. Wisdom for Pastor Phiri and the Orphan Committee as they help the boys deal with the loss of their mother. 

4. Herebat (the younger brother who has been in Timothy's Home for 8 years and doesn't remember any other home.) Please pray for his heart and that he will not be pulled into the negative circumstances his brothers have been in. Pray he will remain innocent.

Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Pray for Jessie January

We have a new daughter in Patricia's Home. Her name is Jessie, she is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade. Jessie's mother passed away leaving her and a brother. Their father is very frail and unable to work or support the children. Jessie came to live in Patricia's Home on December 30th, 2017. Please join me in praying for Jessie's health (she has suffered from malnutrition and lack of food), for her adjustment to her new home and family, and to her new school. That's a lot of changes. Pray that the love of Jesus will heal any wounds in her heart and that she will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit as she grieves the loss of her mother.

Jessie needs sponsors. Sponsor Jessie today!

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Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Pray for Rain

Rains are slow in falling this year. Our community is so dependent on subsistence farming, please join us in praying for rain to come adequately and consistently. We need our own crops to grow, too!

Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Pray for Baby Steven

Steven, born premature, came to us when he was 3 weeks old. He is very starved and weak. We are praying around the clock for his healing and growth.

UPDATE: 12/11/2017 Steven is in the hospital with a fever.

UPDATE: 12/12/2017  I just talked with Pastor as he came out of the hospital this evening. Steven is in the ICU at Salima District Hospital...He is about the same as yesterday. They have him on oxygen and he is still taking his bottles well. Please keep praying for our boy. Pastor says it will take a miracle! We know our God is THE God of Miracles.

I took a moment to ask Pastor about the other children...he says everyone is doing great, they are all healthy! Praise you, Jesus.

Will you please also pray for the other babies in Salima District Hospital tonight? Pastor said that there were so many babies and small children there. He couldn't count them all.

UPDATE: 12/13/2017  Our little guy is hanging in there. Pastor says maybe he is a tiny bit better today...he said wait till tomorrow and hopefully there will be an evident change. The doctor ordered some blood tests done today, we should have results from those tomorrow. He is still drinking milk like a champion and snuggling in the warmth of his kangaroo. Please keep praying. Pastor still says we need a miracle for our boy.

UPDATE: 12/15/2017 Regrefully we lost our battle today. Our Steven passed quietly into the arms of Jesus on December 15, 2017. We are so sad to lose this sweet boy. Steven is not the first preemie we've fought for and lost. We are adding a new dimension to our healthcare programs to include Neo-natal care. We will be pursuing training for our staff as well as investigating best care practices for preemies in Africa, If you would like to donate to Steven's Legacy for Neo-Natal Care, please visit our donate page and mark your donation, Steven's Legacy.

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Posted on December 12, 2017 .

Tasiana and Mika

UPDATE: Mika and Tasiana are in Mechanics school. They are doing great! 12/12/2017

Please pray this week for Tasiana and Mika. These two young men were raised in Timothy's Home. Their parents passed away a number of years ago. In the next few days, these young men will be starting mechanics and driving school in Salima. This is about 30 minutes away from the Grace Center. They'll be living in town and renting a room together. Please pray for their safety and protection in the city. Please pray for them to make wise choices as young men in a busy town setting. Please pray for their minds to grasp the work and learn well.

 Tasiana Samison

Tasiana Samison

 MIka Samison

MIka Samison

Posted on November 20, 2017 .

A Prayer in Quest of Gratitude

Father, you are enough for me. You meet every need in my life. I hold out my hands to receive your bounty. Forgive me for all the times I've said, "Not enough". Teach me, Holy Spirit, to recognize when I'm standing on the edge of the Not Enough hole and keep me from falling in again. There is always enough and more than i can imagine when I put my trust in You. There's enough porridge for the kids' breakfast, there's enough extra in the pots for the hungry season. There's enough! Use me as a channel of your blessing to meet the needs of others around me. I love you. In Jesus' name. Amen

Posted on November 17, 2017 .

Please pray for food for the children

Since we began our school 7 years ago, we have received our breakfast porridge through our District Social Welfare office (via Save the Children or most recently, Feed the Children) regretfully, these organizations have pulled their support and will no longer provide porridge through our district. We are rushing to check prices on corn, peanuts and soybeans to make a nutritious porridge for the children. We will need to change our food budget, so please pray for the kids' daily bread. We know God will provide. 

Posted on November 16, 2017 .

Thank you, Jesus

I didn't expect the children to grasp what I was telling them so quickly.

BUT THEY DID! They knew right away when I told them we were going to build a university that it was FOR THEM! And they shouted and cheered, they jumped up and down! 

Last year, we set a goal to raise $75,000 to purchase land at the Grace Center to build a university. Our God is so faithful and our donors are so amazing! You did it! In just a few months, God provided and you gave. In May 2017, we purchased the land for Grace Alliance University! WOW!

There is still a LONG way to go, we still have lots of meals to prepare, lots of babies to rescue, lots of buildings to build, but for today, will you stop with me and just say, "THANK YOU, JESUS!" Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. 

THANK YOU, friends, for your faithful, generous hearts and your loving gifts. May God pour his blessings out on you in generous measure, may you be blessed with joy in your giving and may your home be filled with his peace that passes understanding. Receive his love for you today. 

We wish you could have been there the day we told the kids about building a university at the Grace Center! Here is a little peek into their joy and excitement! Join us as we trek with the kids to the site for Grace Alliance University. The vision God has put on our hearts is one step closer.
Posted on November 9, 2017 .

Pray for Liviness

Liviness came to live at Patricia's Home on November 7, 2017. She is just 4 days old. Her mother died in childbirth. Pray for Liviness to grow strong and healthy. Pray for her family as they grieve the loss of their mother. Pray for our COH community as we raise funds for our Maternity Center. We want to provide a safe place for mothers to deliver their babies where they will receive good care, honor and respect.

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Posted on November 7, 2017 .

Prayer for our Children

Over the past three months, we've lost four children at the Grace Center. This has been really difficult for all of us at Circle of Hope, but most difficult for the children. Pray for their hearts today as they grieve the loss of Evelini, their sister, classmate and friend.

Posted on March 31, 2016 .

His Chains are Gone!

 Yamikani Sositen 1996 -2016

Yamikani Sositen 1996 -2016

Yamikani's funeral service was attended today by more than 1,700 people. I am thankful that so many people heard about Jesus in the celebration of Yamikani's life. 

Pastor Phiri reports that Isaac Banda preached a powerful message about the freedom that Jesus brings. The Jerusalem Choir sang at the service and after three songs, the family and community begged that they continue to sing. Worship and praise bring so much comfort and peace.

As you pray for Yamikani's family and for our children at the Grace Center, who grieve the loss of their brother, listen to the Jerusalem choir sing. Their song says: I want to know on the day I die, that I have Jesus. Are you ready for that day?

Many of the children singing in the Jerusalem Choir are from Timothy's and Patricia's Home as this choir is from the church that meets on the Grace Center campus.

For 18 years, Yamikani was caught in bondage first to physical chains that held him down, penned in a goat pen for his safety but also bound by the fears and superstitions of his family's beliefs. Though we were able to loosen those cords and set him free, he was never free on this earth from his body ravaged by seizures and the damage done over so many years. It was such an honor to us to be privileged to meet his physical needs and to care for him with love and dignity. Through death, he is completely set free. The chains are gone!

Do you know Jesus? Do you need freedom from bondage that has held you captive for years? Jesus wants to set you free. We would love to pray for you today. Use the contact us link to send us an email.

Because of what Jesus has done for us, our chains are gone. We've been set free.


Posted on February 23, 2016 .