Posts tagged #Malawi Flood 2015

A Week of Prayer To Combat a Season of Hunger

By: Kaitlyn Miller

Right now, millions of people in Malawi are unsure of how they will feed themselves and their families. The U.N. estimates that over 2.8 million people will go hungry this year in Malawi due to the devastating floods and drought which swept the country. 

Hunger has many faces but one key solution; prayer!

Hunger has many faces but one key solution; prayer!

In my American bubble, when I first think of hunger I think, 'Oh, the feeling I get when I am REALLY ready to get home for dinner.' No. True hunger which Malawians are facing is gripping and painful. I have never known real hunger but sadly that is not the case for so many. Thousands of Malawians are already cutting back to one meal a day to try to extend waning resources; but sadly, hard work and being resourceful will simply not be enough. 

So, we are taking a stand. A stand against hunger... that begins on our knees.

It's time to answer the call to action and join us in the fight against hunger. We believe God's promise to provide for his children and we are standing with our Malawian friends to ask the Lord for his provision.

We are taking this next week (October 25- October 31) to set aside time to pray. Click the button below to sign up for a day to join us. We are asking you dedicate your day to seeking God's provision for our children and friends. If you are able to fast during prayer, we ask that you do so.

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Just as the Bible tells us in James, The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. We have many ways we can take action in response to this time of need but none of them are as powerful and effective as seeking God's help on behalf of those we love.

As you know, prayer is not just telling God what we need; it is just as much listening and praising as it is asking. If, in your time of seeking God, you are prompted to take further action for Malawi look at our previous two blogs to learn of additional ways we are addressing the hunger situation.

Click below to see scripture prayers we are praying over Malawi and to download your own copy to use in your prayer time.

If you would like to pray for our children by name the sponsorship page is a great place to start. Click on the link below to go to our sponsorship page and see some of the hundreds of children we serve.

Posted on October 23, 2015 and filed under Engage.

Faith From Flooded to Fed

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.

Let's partner with our students' parents to provide needed food and instruction time for our kids!

Let's partner with our students' parents to provide needed food and instruction time for our kids!


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

Posted on October 9, 2015 and filed under Food.

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.