MPHAMVU! Claiming God's Power!

As you may have seen on our Facebook page, this week has come with BIG revelations for our school breakfasts. 

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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.

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The Chichewa word for power is mphamvu. If you have been to Malawi you have undoubtedly heard this word. Malawians rely on the Lord in a way that those of us who have never had to worry about our daily bread are unable to comprehend.

The POWER of the Lord is evident because the level of their surrender is deep!

In Malawian prayer, everyone joins together and prays simultaneously. Prayer is reverent and surrendered to the Lord but simultaneously BOLD and strong! Voices lift with strength to God calling on His power and standing confidently before the Lord. 

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Will you stand confidently with us today? We come with great expectation and thrill to see how God will provide for our children! 

Take time to boldly pray and stop and listen. How is God asking you to take action? 

If you are being led, to give here's your link! 

If you are being led, to help us raise funds for this new budget and unexpected expense hop on over to our fundraising page!  

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:25-27
Posted on November 17, 2017 .

MEAT Our Partners: National Champions!

Congratulations to our partner, Texas Tech University Animal and Food Sciences Department, on a UNDEFEATED meat judging season and NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! Never in the history of meat judging has a team won ALL 7 contests in a season and this team did!

As an organization, our partners are vital! For five years and counting, Texas Tech has partnered with us to work on food security, food safety, animal production, and more. It's a joy to see hard work pay off and friends be successful!

We want to wish a big congratulations to one of our Summer 2017 team members, April Molitor on being second high individual overall in the contest! Also congratulations the team's coach, Dr. Mark Miller, who has been to Malawi more than three times and lead many other students and projects through our years of partnership to make change in our children's daily lives in Malawi! Our team members are pretty impressive!

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April's team mates, Clay Benedele and Erin Beyer, were also with her in Malawi this summer working with Mzuzu University. We love seeing these smiling faces in Africa AND America doing big things for their futures and their world!

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That's great, you're thinking. But WHAT is meat judging? We know...it's a common question for anyone new to this beefy scene. It is a competition designed to analyze cutability and quality in beef, pork, and lamb. Check out the explination below. 

How does this meat apply to you? This is one way our team members have taken their unique talents and god-given passions and applied it to Malawi. What is your area of expertise? Is God calling you into action in a cooler or in Malawi? Let us know...it's not too late to join our Summer 2019 teams AND we have a hook-up to let you tour a meat cooler too. 

Want to know more about how the team did?

http://lubbockonline.com/education/local-news/news/2017-11-13/texas-tech-meat-judging-team-claims-13th-national-championship

Posted on November 14, 2017 .

All Saints Day- Celebrating A LEGACY Of Believers

The first Sunday of November is marked with a celebration of the members of the church who have left this earth and moved on to be with the Lord, All Saints Day. 

As I sat in church this morning and listened to a beautiful sermon on the great cloud of witnesses we have as believers and living with intensional and thankful hearts; my own heart was propelled to Malawi. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Hebrews 12:1-2
We remember and celebrate many saints today, our sweet Evelini included. 

We remember and celebrate many saints today, our sweet Evelini included. 

How intensional my Malawians friends live! What a beautiful example they live of making each moment count for Jesus' glory! 

When in Malawi, I was moved to tears at how honest and direct Malawians were with their intent to **actually** find out how my day was going. We say 'how are you' over and over in our society but rarely mean it and their culture is PACKED full of deep questions and honest answers. 

Today, I want to encourage you to live an intensional life. If you have been to Malawi think back on the feeling of love you encountered from our children...have you been sharing that with others?

It seems only fitting that today, All Saints Sunday, be marked by honoring those we have lost this year by intensionally sharing the love the gave us. Let's celebrate today with Legacy and Honor Gifts: 

  • Legacy Gift- $1,000 allows you to place an engraved stone at the entrance to Grace Alliance University
  • Honor Gift- $100 allows you to place the name of a loved one on a plaque
Yamikani is dancing with Jesus in FULLNESS now! We celebrate his life and the lives of your friends and family this All Saints Day!

Yamikani is dancing with Jesus in FULLNESS now! We celebrate his life and the lives of your friends and family this All Saints Day!

As the Circle of Hope community, we have lost many saints. Our supporters, friends, and even our children have joined the great cloud of witnesses.

We will not despair!

We will CELEBRATE! 

Who are you celebrating today? How are you passing on their love and embodying TIKONDANE?

 

Posted on November 5, 2017 .

Give away LOVE!

Look at the JOY radiating from our girls!

Our children's smiles shine with pure LOVE! 

Our children's smiles shine with pure LOVE! 

Our kids have not led challenge free lives but they are still alive with joy and love. We believe it is because of the self-less love they are shown every day by our staff, the generous love they receive from your support and the unending love they receive from Jesus – His goodness, kindness and grace flow to our children in so many ways. It is transforming, exhilarating and it cannot be contained.

It must be shared! Our theme this year is Tikondane...let's love one another!

Who says all love is serious? These silly faces are not only full of laughter...they shine LOVE!

Who says all love is serious? These silly faces are not only full of laughter...they shine LOVE!

What love do you have to share? We want to challenge you to find a way to actively share love this weekend. What ways has God given you to share His joy? Comment on our Facebook post with how you have shared joy and on Monday (11-6-17) we will draw a winner of a laptop sleeve made in Malawi!

Take ACTION with your love and we will too! 

Give, talk, hug, donate, rake leaves, or bake...find a way to show and share the love you've been given! 

Don't forget to comment and post pictures with our hashtags to be entered to win! 

#cohcommunity #tikondane #giveawaylove 

Posted on November 3, 2017 .