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2019 October Malawi Team, Day 3

2019 October Malawi Team, Day 3

October 15, 2019  |  
He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.                         -Philippians 1:6 We began the day, visiting the ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphan Empowerment) office and speaking with their staff. Through their hard work, determination and a […]
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2019 Malawi October Team, Day 2

2019 Malawi October Team, Day 2

October 14, 2019  |  
He said to him, ”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”              -Matthew 22:37-39 It was […]
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2019 October Malawi Team, Day 1

2019 October Malawi Team, Day 1

October 13, 2019  |  
It seems like just a few hours ago (and then it can seem like days ago) that we six started out on this journey. Four of us came from Kansas City, two from Florida-all met in Atlanta and then boarded the flight to Johannesburg. The six of us...in communion with hundreds more on that flight...heading […]
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Hafez's Story

Hafez's Story

October 7, 2019  |  
Hafez Pinanji is a 25 year old, boy who lives with his mother and his 9 year old little sister. He was born on the 15th of October 1994. Hafez and his little sister are of the same mother but different fathers. Hafez’s parents divorced when he was very young and the mother took Hafez […]
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2019 September South Africa Team, Day 9

2019 September South Africa Team, Day 9

October 1, 2019  |  
Our last day in South Africa we again woke up to animals roaming near our cabin at the game preserve.  What a way to start your day, by watching monkeys playing in the trees!  The humidity is so low here (<20%) that several of our group are having trouble with nosebleeds. It’s supposed to be […]
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Tidalirane Empowerment  Group

Tidalirane Empowerment Group

September 30, 2019  |  
Head of Household: Yolamu (21) Dependents: brother Gladwel (18) Challenges: In 2002, Yolamu and his younger brother lost their father to cancer. Soon after the burial of his father, the deceased’s relatives grabbed the piece of land which the family had been using for farming. Traditional leaders would not help rescue them because they had […]
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Pemphero Empowerment Group

Pemphero Empowerment Group

September 30, 2019  |  
Head of Household: Simeon (19) Dependents: brother Apatsa (16); sisters Liviness (13), Lyness (9), and Lusitiya (6) Challenges: Simeon lost his father in 2008 after suffering from cerebral malaria. The mother has tried to provide for the family by practicing small scale farming. Unfortunately, their one-acre farm could not produce enough to sell for basic […]
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Emmanuel Empowerment Group

Emmanuel Empowerment Group

September 30, 2019  |  
Head of Household: Saimon, 21 Challenges: On a beautiful morning of 10 May, 2001, Saimon’s parents left their 3-year-old child at home while they made a shopping trip to Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city, following a successful tobacco season. Among other things, they promised to bring him new clothes and toys. This promise left a smile […]
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Grace's Story

Grace's Story

September 30, 2019  |  
”My parents divorced when I was 2 years old, my father took me with him when I turned three,” says Grace Taulo, a beneficiary of the Methodist Church paid vocational training. Grace was born on January 20, 1997, today at 22, she says, she was raised by different women as her father kept on remarrying. […]
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2019 September South Africa Team, Day 8

2019 September South Africa Team, Day 8

September 29, 2019  |  
 Today was our day at Mongena, which is a Safari Lodge about an hour away from Pretoria, South Africa. After the long week of work at the school, we were looking forward to the break. We had to get up very early as our jeep was ready to go at 6 AM. That is the […]
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2019 September South Africa Team, Day 7

2019 September South Africa Team, Day 7

September 29, 2019  |  
We got up early this morning as we had to pack our suitcases before we left for our last day at the school. We entered they compound knowing our emotions would be high as we would have to say goodbye to our new friends and the children. We conducted our final training sessions in the […]
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2019 September South Africa Team, Day 6

2019 September South Africa Team, Day 6

September 26, 2019  |  
Today we got up early and spent the entire day at the plot.  It was very chilly this morning but at least the wind wasn’t blowing as hard as yesterday.   The sun was shining bright and as usual, those darn birds were singing.  But with the windows to our room tightly shut to keep […]
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