Our multi-ministry outreach to this Muslim village starts with a long drive into the bush. We notice all the mosques recently built to gain a presence here. Titi, leads the Child Headed Household (CHH) ministry, taking us to a household of three sisters whose “house” was destroyed during the rainy season. His work here has opened a door for the gospel. We pull off the main path near the village mosque and enter a cluster of homes. Newly molded bricks lay in the open, these will become the three sister’s new home! Children start flowing into a clearing under a shade tree. Soon we’re starting our first outreach event. Pastor Banda gets the kids singing and dancing which allows the Children’s team to share a simple gospel story and hand out coloring sheets with crayons. Most have never used crayons and they’re so proud of their pictures and bible verse. Parents and young adults join in as Pastor Banda tells the story of salvation. I see the mosque Imam observing our activities and wonder how he’ll respond. Read more…
What We DoThe Passion Center for Children serves children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Malawi. We seek to rescue those children at greatest risk, providing food, comfort, medical care, and a safe place to live in the name of Jesus Christ.
Where: Glacier Ridge Metro Park (Ohio)
Date: Saturday June 21, 2014
Race Day Packet Pickup: 7:20–8:20am
5K Start Time: 8:30am (Runners and Walkers)
It’s been a little more than a week since returning from Malawi and as always I’m slow in adjusting time wise (If anyone wants to grab some coffee at 4am, let me know). Though it’s wonderful to be back with family and friends, part of me misses the team that went in April; the amazing way the day begins on the Plateau; the time spent with the Passion Center kids and staff; and seeing again the various ways God’s grace is communicated throughout the villages. As I process and reflect upon my time there God continues to humble and amaze me in what He is doing in and with the Passion Center. There are a few thoughts that come to the surface which I’d like to share with you in the coming days, there is so much I could write about but let me start with this… Read more…
Martin and Mathias were born to Calista Tambula on February 8, 2014 in an ordinary village outside of Zomba, Malawi—near the Passion Center. Ten days later their mother died due to birth complications. Martin is in his aunt’s arms and Mathias is in his grandmother’s. Ordinarily the twins would face long odds of surviving, but this doesn’t have to be the way this story ends. The Passion Center is working with the surviving family who is willing to raise the twins, and some formula has been donated. The staff in Malawi is urgently asking for donations to feed, clothe and care for Martin & Mathias. Please consider giving on our Donate page, praying and also sharing this story with others.
Though their story is not uncommon in Malawi, we are praying and working to see hope live and take root in their young hearts. George Makumba and the late Calista Tambula are the parents of Martin and Mathias. Calista was diagnosed HIV positive some years back and was on antiretroviral drugs. George and Calista lived together but were never married. Calista stopped taking the drugs for fear of being dumped by George, neither did she disclose her serostatus to George. When Calista became pregnant she never went to an antenatal clinic until her delivery. George does not work and depends on piece jobs to survive and by the time of Calista’s death, they were no longer living together.
During Calista’s labor she experienced hemorrhaging but was discharged anyway. She went home with her two boys but continued to suffer until returning for a checkup on the 17th of February. She was given some drugs but unfortunately she did not survive and died on the 18th of February. Before her death, she wasn’t able to nurse the twins and an aunt had to ask other villagers for ordinary milk. After the funeral well-wishers donated one tin of milk and it was finished within a few days. The grandfather then bought another tin which was also finished quickly. Nearly two weeks after their birth they share one feeding bottle, have never experienced the warmth of clothes and are wrapped in Chitenjes and shawls. The surviving aunts and grandmother are subsistence farmers and have no money for formula, clothes or other baby necessities.
Having no place else to turn, the surviving family turned to the Passion Center and the Community Health Network for help. As the Passion Center responds to this situation we’re asking all our friends to join us in praying that God would write yet another story of His grace and hope rescuing and redeeming the lives of these two little ones.
What was until recently unimaginable is now a reality!
Twelve-year-old Eunice and 14-year-old James, have both now moved into their new homes. Eunice is the sole provider and caregiver for her younger brother and blind grandmother, as is James for his four younger siblings. Both “families” lived in deplorable houses, and without any parents couldn’t see their living conditions changing. But now they do; thanks to the donations made to the “Build Them a Home” project. You have made the unimaginable happen and helped declare that “with God anything is possible”.
At the same time we were celebrating this news, we learned that seven houses were damaged by heavy rains and wind. The rainy season usually lasts until April, so the Passion Center staff is trying to respond to this urgent need. Like Eunice and James, these “families” are also headed by the oldest sibling. Please pray for these children as they have no other place to go, the staff as they respond and for gifts to make the repairs needed. We would appreciate any donation if you’re able to give and would like to help.
Upcoming Summer Missions Trips
We want to thank you again for your prayers and gifts that help communicate the tangible love and grace of our God and Savior. Before closing, we want to inform those who would like to actually go this summer to the Passion Center in Malawi that there are two main trips planned…
- June 23 – July 7
- July 6–21
There are also three and five week slots open, but since space is limited on all the trips, please contact me immediately if you’re interested or have questions.