Kenzie Coulter, Education Teams Coordinator

Let's get to know the leaders headed to Malawi this summer! Time for...
LEADERSHIP LOOK

Introducing KENZIE COULTER, a leader on both of our education teams.

• Kenzie is from Elmwood, Illinois where she teaches and loves 2nd graders and serves at Northwoods Community Church.

• Kenzie says, “I am so excited to return to Malawi and spend time with the kids and learn from them! SO much can be learned from a kid.”

• Kenzie has identified these prayer needs for herself and her teams:
“I would just like prayer for wisdom and guidance as I head into this summer with a leadership role. I feel so humbled with this opportunity and hope to fulfill the Lord's plans for this summer. As far as prayer for our education teams, we can use prayer that our hearts are prepared, that we go ready to serve the Lord each day, and that we hear what he has to teach us this summer.”

• Kenzie will be in Malawi from May 29 to July 4.

• This is Kenzie’s 2nd trip to Malawi.

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Posted on April 24, 2018 .

Rob Burton, Education Team 2 Leader

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LEADERSHIP LOOK

Introducing ROB BURTON, a leader on our education 2 team.

•Rob lives in Lubbock, Texas with his wife Susie where they are members of LakeRidge UMC. Rob retired after 40 years in the broadcast industry and is currently serving children in his community by working as a substitute teacher for LISD, a youth Sunday School teacher, and Wednesday night Ridge 45 youth group volunteer; as well as spoiling his 65 nieces/nephews!

•Rob says he is looking forward to seeing the children he got to know in 2017 and building on what was accomplished last summer.

•Rob asks for prayers that he and his team will be authentic and humble enough to surrender to God's plan and for prayers for the family members staying in America.

•The education 2 team will be in Malawi from June 17- July 3.

•This is Rob’s 2nd trip to Malawi.

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Posted on April 24, 2018 .

Pray for Pastor Phiri

In mid-February, Pastor Phiri began experiencing stomach problems. At first they were mild and he thought it was just a virus. Then it continued to worsen until he was experiencing extreme pain throughout his abdomen. Repeated visits to the doctor's office, hospital in Lilongwe, scans and blood tests have not revealed any problems. His illness remains a mystery. Doctors have tried several kinds of medications, but nothing has proven helpful. Slowly over the past few weeks, the pain has begun to subside and Pastor says he feels his health returning, but his taste buds and appetite remain poor. He has lost a lot of weight and is very weak.

Please join me in praying these verses over Pastor Phiri for his protection and for the restoration of his taste buds and appetite:

Psalm 34
1 I will praise the LORD at all times.I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
9 Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.

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Posted on April 11, 2018 .

Karly Glibert, Medical Team Leader

Let's get to know the leaders headed to Malawi this summer! Time for...
LEADERSHIP LOOK

Introducing KARLY GLIBERT, a leader on our medical team.

•Karly is a COH board member and lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband; she works as an ICU nurse and is obtaining her master’s in nursing education.

•Karly says she is excited to be expanding our medical exams with an optometrist and dentist this year!

•When asked how to be praying for her and her team she asked for prayers that the clinic will run smoothly and efficiently with so many working parts and for the first-time leadership.

•The medical team will be in Malawi May 9 to May 30.

•This is Karly’s 5th trip to Malawi having been previously in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017.

Posted on April 11, 2018 .

Seth Kornegay, Worship/Evangelism Team Leader

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Let's get to know the leaders headed to Malawi this summer! Time for...
LEADERSHIP LOOK

Introducing SETH KORNEGAY, leader on our evangelism team.

•Having spent his childhood in Tokyo as a missionary kid, Seth now studies Media Comm and Worship Arts at Asbury University.

•Seth says he is so excited to have the privilege of watching Jesus give his children freedom this summer!

•When asked how to be praying for his team Seth asks, “Please pray that my team and I would become fully funded right now! Our need is still great and we are running very short on time.”

•The evangelism team will be in Malawi from June 22 to July 22.

•This is Seth’s 2nd trip to Malawi.

Posted on April 11, 2018 .

Please pray for Masiku (Lefani Kaliopa)

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Many of you know the story of Chikondi, Lefani and Herebat from watching East of Mvera. These boys were 3 of the first children we received into full time care and were the first to live in Timothy's Home. The boys won our hearts with their antics and love. However, it is often difficult for children who have been on their own to enter into a disciplined home. Chikondi struggled with stealing and often involved his brother, Masiku, in his acts of thievery. Even after Chikondi left Timothy's Home, he would entice Masiku to steal clothing from the other children, cell phones from the staff or money, if he could. After repeated discipline and counseling, Masiku was asked to leave Timothy's Home and return to his home village for a period of time. During this time his village chief was asked to follow up with him and counsel him on his behavior. He lived with his mother, who has abandoned the boys on numerous occasions in the past. At the end of the discipline period, Masiku refused to return to Timothy's Home. Many of us have grieved deeply his absence and have desperately wanted to do something to help him, but we've trusted our Malawian partners to lead with wisdom and we've prayed fervently for him for the two years he has been gone.

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Over Christmas, Masiku's mother was violently killed by the man she was living with leaving Masiku and a younger brother, named Etifala (age 5) without anyone to care for them. The boys are severely malnourished and sick. Pastor Phiri sent for Masiku to come to the Grace Center to see if we could assist in some way. Over the course of the past 3 weeks, Pastor Phiri has been in conversation with the boys extended family and the village chiefs. As a result of these discussions, the decision has been made to move Elifati and Masiku into Timothy's Home. 

Please join me in praying for these areas:

1. The health of Masiku and his younger brother, Etifala. Both boys are in pretty rough shape from inadequate, poor food. Pastor Phiri reports that over the past two weeks, there has been a slight improvement, but there is still a lot of healing that needs to happen.

2. The negative ties between Masiku and Chikondi. He has been used in the past to steal and if we are to bring him back into Timothy's Home, we need this behavior to stop.

3. Wisdom for Pastor Phiri and the Orphan Committee as they help the boys deal with the loss of their mother. 

4. Herebat (the younger brother who has been in Timothy's Home for 8 years and doesn't remember any other home.) Please pray for his heart and that he will not be pulled into the negative circumstances his brothers have been in. Pray he will remain innocent.

Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Pray for Jessie January

We have a new daughter in Patricia's Home. Her name is Jessie, she is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade. Jessie's mother passed away leaving her and a brother. Their father is very frail and unable to work or support the children. Jessie came to live in Patricia's Home on December 30th, 2017. Please join me in praying for Jessie's health (she has suffered from malnutrition and lack of food), for her adjustment to her new home and family, and to her new school. That's a lot of changes. Pray that the love of Jesus will heal any wounds in her heart and that she will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit as she grieves the loss of her mother.

Jessie needs sponsors. Sponsor Jessie today!

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Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Pray for Rain

Rains are slow in falling this year. Our community is so dependent on subsistence farming, please join us in praying for rain to come adequately and consistently. We need our own crops to grow, too!

Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Pray for Baby Steven

Steven, born premature, came to us when he was 3 weeks old. He is very starved and weak. We are praying around the clock for his healing and growth.

UPDATE: 12/11/2017 Steven is in the hospital with a fever.

UPDATE: 12/12/2017  I just talked with Pastor as he came out of the hospital this evening. Steven is in the ICU at Salima District Hospital...He is about the same as yesterday. They have him on oxygen and he is still taking his bottles well. Please keep praying for our boy. Pastor says it will take a miracle! We know our God is THE God of Miracles.

I took a moment to ask Pastor about the other children...he says everyone is doing great, they are all healthy! Praise you, Jesus.

Will you please also pray for the other babies in Salima District Hospital tonight? Pastor said that there were so many babies and small children there. He couldn't count them all.

UPDATE: 12/13/2017  Our little guy is hanging in there. Pastor says maybe he is a tiny bit better today...he said wait till tomorrow and hopefully there will be an evident change. The doctor ordered some blood tests done today, we should have results from those tomorrow. He is still drinking milk like a champion and snuggling in the warmth of his kangaroo. Please keep praying. Pastor still says we need a miracle for our boy.

UPDATE: 12/15/2017 Regrefully we lost our battle today. Our Steven passed quietly into the arms of Jesus on December 15, 2017. We are so sad to lose this sweet boy. Steven is not the first preemie we've fought for and lost. We are adding a new dimension to our healthcare programs to include Neo-natal care. We will be pursuing training for our staff as well as investigating best care practices for preemies in Africa, If you would like to donate to Steven's Legacy for Neo-Natal Care, please visit our donate page and mark your donation, Steven's Legacy.

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Posted on December 12, 2017 .

Tasiana and Mika

UPDATE: Mika and Tasiana are in Mechanics school. They are doing great! 12/12/2017

Please pray this week for Tasiana and Mika. These two young men were raised in Timothy's Home. Their parents passed away a number of years ago. In the next few days, these young men will be starting mechanics and driving school in Salima. This is about 30 minutes away from the Grace Center. They'll be living in town and renting a room together. Please pray for their safety and protection in the city. Please pray for them to make wise choices as young men in a busy town setting. Please pray for their minds to grasp the work and learn well.

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Posted on November 20, 2017 .

A Prayer in Quest of Gratitude

Father, you are enough for me. You meet every need in my life. I hold out my hands to receive your bounty. Forgive me for all the times I've said, "Not enough". Teach me, Holy Spirit, to recognize when I'm standing on the edge of the Not Enough hole and keep me from falling in again. There is always enough and more than i can imagine when I put my trust in You. There's enough porridge for the kids' breakfast, there's enough extra in the pots for the hungry season. There's enough! Use me as a channel of your blessing to meet the needs of others around me. I love you. In Jesus' name. Amen

Posted on November 17, 2017 .

Please pray for food for the children

Since we began our school 7 years ago, we have received our breakfast porridge through our District Social Welfare office (via Save the Children or most recently, Feed the Children) regretfully, these organizations have pulled their support and will no longer provide porridge through our district. We are rushing to check prices on corn, peanuts and soybeans to make a nutritious porridge for the children. We will need to change our food budget, so please pray for the kids' daily bread. We know God will provide. 

Posted on November 16, 2017 .

Thank you, Jesus

I didn't expect the children to grasp what I was telling them so quickly.

BUT THEY DID! They knew right away when I told them we were going to build a university that it was FOR THEM! And they shouted and cheered, they jumped up and down! 

Last year, we set a goal to raise $75,000 to purchase land at the Grace Center to build a university. Our God is so faithful and our donors are so amazing! You did it! In just a few months, God provided and you gave. In May 2017, we purchased the land for Grace Alliance University! WOW!

There is still a LONG way to go, we still have lots of meals to prepare, lots of babies to rescue, lots of buildings to build, but for today, will you stop with me and just say, "THANK YOU, JESUS!" Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. 

THANK YOU, friends, for your faithful, generous hearts and your loving gifts. May God pour his blessings out on you in generous measure, may you be blessed with joy in your giving and may your home be filled with his peace that passes understanding. Receive his love for you today. 

We wish you could have been there the day we told the kids about building a university at the Grace Center! Here is a little peek into their joy and excitement! Join us as we trek with the kids to the site for Grace Alliance University. The vision God has put on our hearts is one step closer.
Posted on November 9, 2017 .

Pray for Liviness

Liviness came to live at Patricia's Home on November 7, 2017. She is just 4 days old. Her mother died in childbirth. Pray for Liviness to grow strong and healthy. Pray for her family as they grieve the loss of their mother. Pray for our COH community as we raise funds for our Maternity Center. We want to provide a safe place for mothers to deliver their babies where they will receive good care, honor and respect.

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Posted on November 7, 2017 .

Prayer for our Children

Over the past three months, we've lost four children at the Grace Center. This has been really difficult for all of us at Circle of Hope, but most difficult for the children. Pray for their hearts today as they grieve the loss of Evelini, their sister, classmate and friend.

Posted on March 31, 2016 .

His Chains are Gone!

 Yamikani Sositen 1996 -2016

Yamikani Sositen 1996 -2016

Yamikani's funeral service was attended today by more than 1,700 people. I am thankful that so many people heard about Jesus in the celebration of Yamikani's life. 

Pastor Phiri reports that Isaac Banda preached a powerful message about the freedom that Jesus brings. The Jerusalem Choir sang at the service and after three songs, the family and community begged that they continue to sing. Worship and praise bring so much comfort and peace.

As you pray for Yamikani's family and for our children at the Grace Center, who grieve the loss of their brother, listen to the Jerusalem choir sing. Their song says: I want to know on the day I die, that I have Jesus. Are you ready for that day?

Many of the children singing in the Jerusalem Choir are from Timothy's and Patricia's Home as this choir is from the church that meets on the Grace Center campus.

For 18 years, Yamikani was caught in bondage first to physical chains that held him down, penned in a goat pen for his safety but also bound by the fears and superstitions of his family's beliefs. Though we were able to loosen those cords and set him free, he was never free on this earth from his body ravaged by seizures and the damage done over so many years. It was such an honor to us to be privileged to meet his physical needs and to care for him with love and dignity. Through death, he is completely set free. The chains are gone!

Do you know Jesus? Do you need freedom from bondage that has held you captive for years? Jesus wants to set you free. We would love to pray for you today. Use the contact us link to send us an email.

Because of what Jesus has done for us, our chains are gone. We've been set free.

Hallelujah!

Posted on February 23, 2016 .