Faith From Flooded to Fed
By: Kaitlyn Miller
Recently, we asked you to describe Malawi in one word. For me, Malawi can be described as faithful. Growing up on a farm myself, I understand how easy it is to feel as if the weather controls your way of life and your joy rises and falls as the weather comes and goes. In Malawi, most families rely on sustenance farming but I was not met with an ebb and flow of attitudes and faith: I found a country full of people with faith in God’s provision despite their situation.
This January, devastating floods took out countless fields and homes throughout much of Malawi. Afterwards, farmers replanted only to be hit by an extreme drought. True hunger and starvation are following in the wake of these back-to-back disasters. The United Nations recently warned 2.8 million people will be without food in Malawi due to these devastations to the nation’s crops and food supply. Even now, families in our Grace Center community are cutting back to one meal a day to stretch their resources.
When we talked to our staff, in Malawi, about how we should address this extreme need we were excited and humbled by their solution. Daily, we have over 500 children eat breakfast and attend school on our campus. Our Action Plan is to feed the hungry God has brought to us by adding school lunches into our daily schedule.
By adding lunch, we are able to increase classroom instruction time by extending our school day and we are able to fight devastating hunger by providing a hot breakfast AND a hot lunch for our children.
While in Malawi, I worked with our anemia feeding program and I know first hand the joy and relief that comes from even one extra meal for a child. The parents told me over and over how thankful they were God provided and fed their child. This new lunch program will do so much more than feed a few children; it will feed all our children and develop our community and school in an exciting way!
Parents are investing in this Action Plan by paying 500 kwacha each to help purchase the extra food. This does not cover the full cost of the added meal, but these parents are giving a full day’s wage for this program. We are honored to partner with our community to feed our children.
We need an additional $0.50 per child per day to feed lunch. That is an additional $15.00 per month for each child. How exciting that such a difference can be made with only $0.50!
How do we take this faith and turn it into food? Here are your opportunities to join us in this exciting moment of development and provision:
-Increasing your current sponsorship to 30 dollars a month (That is an increase by $5 per month.)
-Beginning a sponsorship for a child in our school system
-Giving a one-time gift to this project
-Advocating for our children