Posts tagged #Africa

Update on Malawi Floods

It is the rainy season in Malawi. In December the people of Malawi prepare for the rain to come. They begin working in their gardens and homes in expectation for the rain to bring life to their harvest. This year brought something different. With the rains came destruction and devastation to people across Malawi. Homes were swept away, fields were destroyed and lives were lost.

The worst flood in over half a century pummeled Malawi and neighboring country, Mozambique taking the lives of at least 200 people.  174,000 people have been displaced and 638,000 have been personally affected by the destruction… possessions swept away, crops lost, and water sources contaminated.  “Tragic doesn’t even come close. How can you restart your life when you can’t even afford a saucepan, let alone rebuild a home? (The Guardian)” Though the rains have calmed, the destruction left behind is astronomical.

Malawi is currently battling to prevent an outbreak of cholera and other waterborne diseases as a result of standing water. Approximately 200 camps for displaced people have been created, but continued assistance is needed to provide food and shelter. Unfortunately, there are still some areas that remain unreachable because of the flooding. International relief agencies are providing assistance.

The majority of the population of Malawi lives in rural areas. Each family works in their gardens to produce their own food to survive. The impact of the flooding leaves families without homes, and without a means to provide food for themselves. The flood has created a potentially severe food shortage in the months to come, as crops have been destroyed and livestock has been lost.

The Grace Center, home to our orphanage and schools, has not been hit with as much destruction as the southern regions of the country. Though the storm did take its toll on the Grace Center, no crops were destroyed, no livestock were lost, and no lives were taken! We are praising God for His protection over our Malawian family!  

 

The storm did leave its mark on the Grace Center. All of the fences around our orphan homes were destroyed; the fences of the goat pens and the clinic were also torn out by the wind. The toilets at the schools and homes have filled with water and caved in. We are in the process of rebuilding and have been incredibly blessed by the response from the Circle of Hope family after we shared about the damage. A total of $2,200 has been given toward re-building! There is still time to give toward re-building our fences and bathrooms. You can help with this need by sending your gift to Circle of Hope International, PO Box 132, Wilmore KY 40390. Or donate online and mark your gift Floods. 


A Countdown of Gratitude

237,438 Things we are thankful for this Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for YOU, our amazing supporters. You give generously and selflessly. We are so grateful for your support and your prayers.  Take a few minutes to see what we have done with your gifts this year.

950 Children loved, cared for, prayed over, taught and served.

5 children rescued from terrible situations.

234,000 lunches served.

56 babies lives saved through our formula program.

33 secondary school students sent to school

2000+ families fed during the Hungry Season

120 Staff persons employed -- empowering the local community

6 classrooms built at the Primary School

75 desks made for the Primary School

1 Grace Center water system converted to use solar energy

54 kids played at the beach at Lake Malawi

1 Maize Mill working full time

2 Solar Irrigation System set up on our farms at Chipoka and Gwengwe

100 Staff members trained in First Aid

35 team members sent to Malawi to love, serve, pray and preach

Thank you for making all this possible! It is your generous gifts and your faithful prayers that keep us going.

We also give thanks to the Lord. I know that many times, I did not send enough money to meet all the needs of caring for our 950+ children. We know God did a miracle among us during the hungry season when so many were fed. Thank you, Jesus, for doing exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ask or imagine!

Happy Thanksgiving!






A Prayer for the Restoration of Africa

We have the opportunity to partner with Jesus for the Restoration of Africa. Will you join me in praying aloud? Jesus, break the chains of oppression and heal the wounds from poverty, trafficking and violence. Breathe life into Africa restoring families, the land, the health of her people and resources. We invite You to flow through us for the restoration of Africa.  

Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing stories about restoration. We will also be sharing with you some practical ways you can be a part of the Restoration of Africa. 

Eager to learn more?  These four links will help you to begin exploring the restoration work going on through the ministries of the Grace Center and will help you find some practical ways you can get involved.

Restore Families

Restore Land

Restore Health

Restore Resources

Will you allow Jesus to flow through you today?