In further nursery school news, we reported in the
last newsletter that we had been forced to close the school in
Lemesi due to the risk of kidnapping being faced by the children.
Unfortunately we have not been able to find a successful resolution
to this problem whilst the maize crops are high but we hope to
reopen for the second term after the harvest in April. We have been
working on a solution for escorting the children to and from the
nursery school safely with volunteers from the Village Development
Church Plant in
We are pleased to report that the church plant in
Chapsinja is doing well, particularly since the brick church
building was completed and opened in May last year. We would like to
extend our thanks to Crowborough Men's Group in the UK who provided
support for the project through Starfish Malawi.
The new building has already seen its first wedding,
which was the marriage of Chief Chapsinja's son Mayesero and his
bride. So far there have been two baptism services in the new
church, an initial group of 11 people and more recently a further
group of 17. The building also functions as a venue for church and
community groups to meet together to discuss local affairs.
In 2009 we reported on an emerging relationship with
Links International and we want to thank them for sending a team to
conduct a second week-long health and sanitation workshop in
Chapsinja in the latter half of last year.
During this time 35 donated water filters were
distributed, and training provided on their use and maintenance.
This is a short-term solution and it is hoped that a longer-term
solution will be found with the digging of a borehole in Chapsinja
later this year if we can raise the funding.
This partnership with Links is proving to be an
invaluable resource in improving the living conditions in the
villages and it is encouraging to see that all villages have now dug
proper pit latrines and even implemented some innovative methods for
washing their hands, a task that is ordinarily challenging when
there is no running water.
We are further encouraged by the way the Village
Development Committee has responded to the workshops and they have
since conducted a number of similar workshops in the surrounding
villages to pass on what has been learned.
For blessings on those who support us and increased
financial support over 2011. There is so much that God has laid on
our hearts to do and we are trusting everything to His
For Chris as he continues to teach the villagers about
the 'Farming God's Way'; organic farming methods. That the training
and practices will have an impact beyond the initial group of
villagers who were trained. We pray for God's blessing on the crops
of all those who took part and for people to willingly change their
farming practices in the long term.
For the Hope Missions team: for safe travel, good
health and protection as they travel to and from the villages, for
wisdom and discernment as they seek to minister to those who do not
know the Lord.
For the amazing ladies who teach in the nursery
schools. May God give them the energy and inspiration to care for,
teach, inspire and guide the village children each