MalawiHope.org, September 24
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Today's my final day and with just a few loose ends to tie up I'd have to say that the trip has been very successful. To God be the Glory because only He knew the ends to which we have worked.
We've managed to implement the Lean Season program putting enough food supplies in place to feed 5,800 children 5 days a week for about 20 weeks. That's about 580,000 meals and we've managed to this for about 8 cents a child per day. I still have a hard time understanding these numbers! I go back over my receipts again and again to make sure I'm right. This number is 2-3 cents less per child per day than the last 3 years. A major contributing factor is the price of maize is where it was 5 years ago. On the other hand the price of maize has risen by 50% in the past week and will only go up from here. Something that was added to the program was buying 2 tons of fortified porridge to feed the nursery school children at all 6 centers.
Jan Hoaglin and Rita Jones supplied both the Lilongwe and Mzuzu Crisis Nurseries with enough food and other supplies to last them the next few months. At the Lilongwe CN contracts were made to put doors on the kitchen cabinets and build an outside wash basin to help conserve water.
The team did 4 Mobil Medical Clinics where approximately 1800 patients were seen.
For Likisina and the Malingunde School for the Blind we gave enough food supplies for them to get through the next few months. We also gave Likisina clothing, personal items, a suitcase, bedding and some money for her to draw on as she needs.
2 Bible Outreach programs were done at Mponela and Katondo for about 1700 children. The children were given Salvation Bracelets and Bible verses by the students at the African Bible College along with being fed.
There's a 9 year old little girl at Mponela that I've seen every year for the past seven years and her name is Mawumsiyeko, which translate to "don't use all the words" She lost her father last year to HIV/AIDS and her mother is positive for the disease. The roof on her their home is almost off and going into the rainy season they will be in a desperate situation so I purchased the materials and contracted to have their roof replaced.
So as you can see it was a very successful trip and the hand of God was visible everywhere. I'm truly amazed and humbled by what he has chosen me to do and only hope He continues to task me with this going forward.
As always I'm at a loss for words when it comes to thanking all of you for support and trust in me and the work that's being done. May God keep you and hold you all.
"Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God"