Our Grace Center kids love Lake Day! Visiting beautiful Lake Malawi, splashing in the water and playing in the sand is a highlight of the year for our kids and for our Summer Teams.
As we approach International Women's Day (March 8th) people around the world are celebrating the lives of women. In Malawi, though gender barriers have been overcome to an extent, there is still an incredible amount of gender inequality across the nation. I celebrate the fact that in previous years Malawi saw its first female president… but I mourn the fact that so many girls are still dropping out of school because they are forced to get married, forced to be house servants, or forced to work in the fields.
It is in the moments when I am overwhelmed by the lack of hope for a Malawian woman that I am encouraged by the International Women’s Day theme for the year “Make It Happen.” Because the life of a Malawian woman should not be hopeless! They should not be bound to the gender specific role of caring for a household. A Malawian girl should have the opportunity to stay in school, attend secondary school, and college! So how do we “Make it Happen?” How do we encourage and empower the women of Malawi to stand up for their rights and desire something greater?
The women of the Grace Alliance church are taking the first steps to create change this week. In celebration of Martyr’s Day (March 3rd) in Malawi it is common for church groups to collect money and spend time volunteering at hospitals and prisons. In previous years the women of the Grace Alliance Church have just sat back and followed the lead of the local Presbyterian group. This week however, the Grace Alliance woman are gathering together, and making it happen within their own group. Friday the women from all 30 churches will be gathering together. They have prepared skits, dramas, and songs to perform to share about Christ. The women have made plans to take up an offering and raise money to be used as they go and minister to people within their community. This is how a woman can “Make it Happen!” To recognize a problem and then follow through with planning and action steps to make it better.
This month as we focus on women in Malawi we will be sharing different pieces of what it means to be a Malawian woman. What do they go through? What does their day look like? What is holding them into these gender specific roles? We will also be sharing stories of women, our women, who are a part of the Grace Alliance Church and that work at the Grace Center, stories of women who are “Making it Happen” within their own lives.
- Jackie Weavill
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!
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.
Will you allow Jesus to flow through you today?