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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.

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:

Why Sponsor? -Alissa Trost

I’ve had the joy of traveling to Malawi three times now and each time I’ve returned home with a little bit less of my heart. I could share the tales of countless children whose stories have left a lasting impression on my life. My first summer I left and knew I was going to have to go back, but I wanted to stay connected in the meantime. One of the best ways I knew to do that was to sponsor a child. Sponsorship has always been a way for me to stay connected and to continue being a part of the story God is writing in Malawi. 

While I would love to sponsor each child that has made an impact on my heart, the list has grown too long. I love that I now have the opportunity to call it my job to help you, your friends, your family, get connected to the story God is writing in Malawi. I am able to learn the stories of our hundreds of children and then share the joys and struggles with their sponsor.

Sponsorship has allowed me to stay in the lives of the children across the world who I love so dearly. We can write each other letters, share pictures, and I can send gifts to ensure their needs are met. To those who already sponsor a child, two children, or 15, THANK YOU, to those who haven’t yet made the commitment will you consider selecting a child today?

Visit to see some of the children available for sponsorship or email me,, I would love to share a story of a child and get you involved as a sponsor!    

Alissa holding little Amelia Malawi style on her back for her #COHSponsorSelfie 

Alissa holding little Amelia Malawi style on her back for her #COHSponsorSelfie 

Posted on November 25, 2014 and filed under Sponsor.

"I'll Dream of Malawi"

Lindsey's Sponsor Selfie! #COHSponsorSelfie

Lindsey's Sponsor Selfie! #COHSponsorSelfie

Lindsey Saunder's Story 

If I close my eyes and listen carefully enough I can almost hear the unison of the preschool children’s voices echoing in song through air on a beautiful Malawian morning. These vivid memories have been captivating my dreams more frequently lately. Perhaps it’s the cold front that has settled in over Eastern Canada that has fostered my most recent longings for the Grace Centre and African heat. I beg to differ. It could be the hottest Canadian summer day recorded, and I would still be longing for Malawi.

Lindsey and Joseph outside the clinic at the Grace Center in Malawi. 

Lindsey and Joseph outside the clinic at the Grace Center in Malawi. 

A wise lady once told me, “Once you travel places and meet people, you leave a part of your heart there… and then, you never really feel at home anywhere.” It would be dishonest for me to tell you that the entirety of my heart boarded the plane and travelled home with me this past July. Call me cliché, but I am here to confess that I left a piece of my heart in Africa. Better yet, I left that special piece in the hands of a very charming five-year-old boy named Joseph.


I can remember the day we met like it was only hours ago. Lord, can I relive it for just a moment? I was sitting on the cement steps of the clinic surrounded by children and their mothers everywhere when my friend Liz swiftly leaned over and placed a very cuddly but sturdy little boy onto my lap. I remember the moment he turned his face toward me and his big brown eyes almost swallowed me up whole. We exchanged very few words that day, yet, all the same, this boy spoke wonders to my heart. He taught me that it was safe to let my guard down and open my heart.  From that moment on, we were inseparable.  

As you can imagine, saying goodbye after five weeks was less than favorable. All I wanted to do was bring him home with me. The Grace Centre wouldn’t notice…. Would they? Probably. So, I did the next best thing. SPONSORSHIP. 14, 177 km’s later, and Joseph and I are still connected.

It brings me joy to know that I can still be involved in Joseph’s life even though we are continents apart. Each month, through sponsorship, I have the privilege of helping to making a difference in Joseph’s life by partnering with Circle of Hope to bring HOPE to his future.

As the cold front settles in over Eastern Canada, and as I nestle in for the long winter months ahead, I'll dream of Malawi, my home away from home, and hope that one day I can travel back to visit the five-year-old boy who holds a special piece of my heart.

-Lindsey Saunders Circle of Hope Intern Summer 2014

Posted on November 19, 2014 and filed under Sponsor.