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What Our Nurses Have To Say About Grace Clinic, Malawi and Our Kids!

Last May, 4 nurses received scholarships from One Nurse at a Time for their trips to Malawi. Thank you so much, ONAAT! We are so thankful for your help and encouragement for our nurses and our children.

Hannah Yoder, Liesel Ratliff and Lindsey Draper work together in the clinic to care for a child.

Hannah Yoder, Liesel Ratliff and Lindsey Draper work together in the clinic to care for a child.

Karly Glibert, Liesel Ratliff, Linsey Draper and Sylvana Paternite, all RNs, traveled to Malawi in May 2018 to do well-check ups on the children. They each experienced Malawi and Grace Clinic in different ways. They’ve shared their stories through the blog of One Nurse at a Time, an organization that helps send nurses around the world to serve. I wanted you to hear their stories!

First, hear from our Board Member, Karly Glibert. Karly has dedicated her time and energy to get the clinic up and running. She was in Malawi in May, September, and she’s going again in January to get everything set up for the Malawi Medical Council Inspection. We could never have moved forward so quickly without her dedication and love for our Malawian children, and the country of Malawi.

From a medical perspective, we saw approximately 675 people.  We most commonly saw malaria, asthma, pneumonia, otitis media, dermatologic conditions, tinea capitis, and wounds.  For the first time, we had an optometrist and a dentist travel with us. We were pleasantly surprised to find that many of the children did not need glasses or dental extractions. While our men would have loved to be constantly busy with work, we are thankful for the population that these services that are very rare and expensive in rural Malawi are not as desperately needed as we had assumed.  One man commented that even though many did not need these “luxurious services,” we provided the community with dignity just by providing the opportunity to be assessed.  This stuck out to me as one of the many intangibles that we as healthcare workers can provide through our care—dignity.  And everyone deserves that. READ MORE…

Click on the link or picture to read Karly’s story on the One Nurse at a Time blog.

Click on the link or picture to read Karly’s story on the One Nurse at a Time blog.

Next hear from Liesel Ratliff. This was Liesel’s first trip to Malawi.

I was a little unsure of how helpful I would be as I tried to provide medical care in a completely different context than the state-of-the-art pediatric hospital I work at here in Chicago. But, my 6 years of experience as a nurse definitely prepared me well for what we saw in the 675 children we treated. Doing a head to toe assessment on an American child and a Malawian child are vastly similar. The young children are skeptical of a stethoscope and penlight. So, I would have them play with the equipment before I used it on them. READ MORE…

Lindsey Draper has sponsored children through Circle of Hope for several years, May 2018 was her first time to go to Malawi.

On May 12, I began my travels to Malawi – after a couple long plane and bus rides, we arrived at our final destination on May 13. Despite my preparations for this trip, we encountered things we never imagined. READ MORE…

Finally, hear from Sylvana Paternite, this was Sylvana’s 5th trip to Malawi. She has given countless days and weeks to the people of Malawi because of her great love for Jesus and for Malawians!

Something else that was really encouraging to us, was that we felt that the overall health of all the kids was significantly better than last year! This means our kids are taking our education to heart, and we are seeing the benefits of that! We also have been encouraged that the Medical Malawian team we have there, have been teaching in the villages! The goal is to always equip the people to care for their own people! READ MORE…

Even grown ups need a doctor or a nurse! Sylvana gives Pastor Lungah a check-up!

Even grown ups need a doctor or a nurse! Sylvana gives Pastor Lungah a check-up!

We are counting down the days, the supplies, the buildings, the renovations, the staff…everything needed to register Grace Clinic! There is a still a LONG way to go, but if you haven’t checked out the registry or the thermometer, today might be a good time to take a look at how things are going and what we still need to open the clinic!

Click on this link for the Clinic Registry:

Click on this link to check out the Thermometer and make a donation! Make your gift COUNT today!

Posted on November 20, 2018 and filed under Going, Sponsor.

The Path To Relationship

By: Kaitlyn Miller

Lives matter. Relationships matter.

The first time I went to Malawi I was eager to get to work. I saw so many needs and felt I could find ways to ‘fix it’.  Thankfully; I was surrounded by loving Malawians who wanted me to understand their way of life and culture. They set me on the path to relationship.

I went to Malawi to face a problem I was very passionate about, food insecurity. I desperately wanted (and still do) to see food available to all the world and people with knowledge and resources to never go hungry. I wanted to go full-steam ahead with my research to help as best I could and as fast as I could. I am so thankful they embraced my passion but taught me a new way to harness it. You see there are no faceless problems in this world. Each direction we are called to serve has a face behind it. Jesus called us to love first and foremost and my Malawian friends gently taught me what that looks like, relationship.

A priority of Malawian culture is to value those around you. Step one of EVERY conversation is a greeting. People ask each other how they are, but it is far from the American ‘Hey, how are you?’ with a quick smile and no pause for response. Malawians genuinely tell each other how they are and then take action.  I once witnessed a lady respond, “Oh, I am not well; my shoulder hurts,” and the woman who had asked how she was immediately stopped and prayed with her. What intentional living and loving!

Our Heavenly Father is very intentional with us. He sent his Son into the world so that we could be restored to real relationship with him. We were not left as orphans just as our children in Malawi are not left alone to face their trials.

Finally, we want to grow in relationship with you just as our Malawian friends have taught us to do. Don’t let your passion go unharnessed; tell us your strengths and get plugged in! We want you to know our kids, staff, and other supporters along with their stories so that you can become a part of the conversation. We want you to join us in praying for our friends, projects, joys, and needs. Do you have prayer needs? We want to pray with you for the things on your heart. Join our email list, sign up as a sponsor, or send us a question when you have one. Join in the conversation on Facebook and Instagram. Let’s take engagement to the next step! We value you as member of the Circle of Hope family; let’s grow together!

Posted on September 12, 2015 and filed under Engage.

Dear My Sponsor...I love you, too!

Sponsor Letter CHALLENGE! Take a picture of your letter when it arrives in the mail. Post it to your favorite social media using #cohcommunity!

Sponsor Letter CHALLENGE! Take a picture of your letter when it arrives in the mail. Post it to your favorite social media using #cohcommunity!

One of the most exciting parts of sponsoring is getting a letter from your child. At first the letters are scribbles, but each year as they grow older, the letters become more complex and fun. Then the day arrives when you receive a letter with legible writing! 

Have you ever wondered how we gather all that information on your sponsor child? Here's a little picture tour of how the process goes.

First, we interview your child!

  • What do you like to play?
  • What do you like to study in school?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

Then we take a picture for you! SMILE!

While the children wait to see the doctor, they write their letters to you.

Our doctors and nurses check every child over carefully. Check-ups sometimes bring tears, but we want our kids to be healthy!

After all the info is gathered, the check-ups are done, and the letters are written, we bring all the cards and letters back here to our US office. We enter the info in the database, translate the letters and send them to you!

When your letter arrives in the mail, don't forget to post a selfie with it to your favorite social media using #cohcommunity! 

You haven't started sponsoring yet? Now is the perfect time to begin! Here are a bunch of children who still need sponsors:


Patricia's Home Girls Say YES to Jesus!

Written by: Kayla Stine 

Sydney with girls from Patricia's Home

Sydney with girls from Patricia's Home

Prior to going to Malawi, myself and two other team members had prepared to lead a Bible study with the girls at Patricia’s Home.  We had prayed about this and were excited for the opportunity to share our faith with these girls we love so dearly.  Once we got to Malawi it felt like obstacle after obstacle was preventing us from getting started.  Whether it was other projects getting in the way, not having a translator, and so on, it just kept getting pushed back.  

But one beautiful Thursday afternoon, we were finally able to start our Bible study.  

The Bible study began with the 13 Patricia’s Home girls, 4 of us American girls, and Clara, our Malawian translator sitting in a circle on the floor in one of the preschool classrooms.  It was quite hot in the room with very little breeze, and there was a lot of noise from the Grace Center flooding the room. Some of the younger ones were trying to come in, laughing hysterically knowing they were interrupting.  I moved so I could sit in front of the door to help keep some of the distractions out, but inside I was becoming worried that this wasn’t going to go as planned. 

Kayla with Gladys from Patricia's Home

Kayla with Gladys from Patricia's Home

The girls began by singing Malawian praise and worship songs.  It was so beautiful; I didn’t want it to end.  When they were finished singing, we opened up our time together by asking if any of the girls had a favorite Bible story or verse they wanted to share with us.  Right off the bat one of the girls, Gladys, told us one of her favorite verses.  She then asked us to explain another verse to her, a verse that led us right into the gospel message.  We taught the girls about the good news of the gospel and of Jesus’ love for them.  We taught them that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for their sins. And we taught them that if they confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead, they will be saved. 

These girls live in a Christian orphanage.  They have heard the gospel message before and I assumed many of them already had a personal relationship with Christ.  So at the end of our first Bible study I asked if anyone who had not yet accepted Christ into her life wanted to receive him today. I did not expect every single girl to raise her hand.  We even had Clara ask a second time to make sure it was translated right.  Every single girl made the decision to accept Christ.  And there was no hesitation.  They raised their hands in unison, there was no looking around to see who else was raising their hand, each girl made that decision on her own. 

We were blown away.

We then prayed with the girls and they all together accepted Christ into their lives.  There were tears, hugs, laughter, and celebration.  Trying to put it into words will never do it justice, but knowing 13 girls get to have a personal relationship with Jesus AND get to spend eternity with Him is such a miracle.  

Mickenzie with some of the girls from Patricia's Home

Mickenzie with some of the girls from Patricia's Home

While praying with each of the girls the presence of the Holy Spirit was so evident in the room. I could personally see the genuine desire and hunger on each of the girls’ faces. They wanted to know Christ personally.
— Mickenzie Brownlow

In the days following their decision, we noticed a change in the girls.  They were seeking Him, they were asking questions, they were reading their Bibles… they showed a true desire to know Him more.  Their attitudes and the way they treated one another was different. One of the girls, Karolini, confessed the next day that she had stolen a pencil at school the day before. After giving her heart to Jesus, she was convicted of her sin and returned the pencil to her classmate.

Other team members continued the Bible studies with the girls after I left and I am so thankful there were team members willing to pour into these girl’s lives like that.  I am so excited to see how God is going to use these girls to bring Him glory.  Having the opportunity to pray with 13 girls whom I love deeply as they made the decision to accept Christ was hands down the best part of my summer. 

As we followed up with them the next day they were already sharing of testimonies and breakthroughs that they had experienced within the last 24 hours. They wanted to change and become all that God has created them to be, and it all happened with 13 hungry hearts and souls, seeking love that can only be fulfilled through Christ.
— Mickenzie Brownlow

Meet our New Board Members

Tad and Karly Glibert on their wedding day!

Tad and Karly Glibert on their wedding day!

We are very happy to introduce our two new members on the Circle of Hope Board of Directors. At our board meeting on Monday, March 23rd, we elected Kaitlyn Miller and Karly Glibert to our Board of Directors. Karly and Kaitlyn bring many gifts to the table, however here are our top five reasons for choosing these incredible young women to join us in leading Circle of Hope!

1. Youth: Young people today think differently than past generations, we welcome a fresh voice to our board discussions! 

2. Communication: Both Karly and Kaitly are capable speakers and can share from their personal experiences in Malawi.

Markus and Kaitlyn Miller on their wedding day!

Markus and Kaitlyn Miller on their wedding day!

3. Training: Kaitlyn's strengths are in animal husbandry and nutrition, two very important areas for our programs. Karly is an RN and will be promoting our health education programs and assisting our Community Health Evangelists.

4. Perseverance: Both these young leaders have the tenacity to stick with a project and see it through, not matter how difficult the circumstances. 

5. Present and Future Leadership: More than any of the above, we have felt the importance of leaning into the next generation to prepare leadership for the future by helping them lead now.

One more fun fact about these two amazing ladies. They were both married on July 12, 2013!

Karly and Kaitlyn, welcome to the Circle of Hope International Board of Directors! We are glad you have joined our leadership team! 

I think I fell in love with Malawi the moment I arrived. I remember the overpowering urge to breakdown and weep as I stepped out of the van. My love grew deeper and stronger as I got to know the beautiful people of Malawi, and even more so as I had to leave them and return to America.
— Karly
Malawi captured my heart. I was looking to teach animal husbandry and food safety and hopefully read scripture in the villages and so much more happened; I was blessed by the joyful, selfless passion of my Malawian friends and my life is forever changed.
— Kaitlyn

Posted on March 25, 2015 and filed under Circle of Hope Board.

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. 


Circle of Hope's Youngest Sponsor

#COHSponsorSelfie 

#COHSponsorSelfie 

Kayla Johnson's Story 

The picture from Malinda's first trip that inspired Kayla to sponsor children. 

The picture from Malinda's first trip that inspired Kayla to sponsor children. 

Kayla picking out her first sponsor kids! 

Kayla picking out her first sponsor kids! 

My name is Kayla Johnson.  I live in Lubbock, Texas and I am 10 years old.  I first learned about Malawi when my mom’s friend, Malinda, came back from her trip there.  She showed me pictures from her trip.  There was a picture of Malinda with some kids and one of them had a very raggedy and torn up shirt.  I was like, “I want to help.  What can I do to help?”  Malinda told me about being a sponsor and showed me sponsor cards.  It took me a LONG time to decide which kid I wanted to sponsor. I finally chose a girl named Monisi who was 12 and a boy named Evasi who was 4.  I used my money from stock showing to pay for one of them.  I got the money for the second kid by painting pictures and selling them.      

This summer my mom went to Malawi.  When she came back I decided to sponsor 2 little kids that my mom met in Patricia’s home.  I got very attached to them because I got to see pictures and videos that she took when she was there.  One girl, Esther, tried to eat my mom’s finger!  It was very funny. 

What I want to tell everybody is:  Just because you are a kid, doesn’t mean you can’t make your mark on the world.

 

Make a difference today! Give hope to children in Malawi by visiting our Donate Page 

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#GivingTuesday 



Posted on December 2, 2014 and filed under Give.

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?