It is always a privilege to update our friends and supporters with
how God has been changing lives through our work. It is a blessing
when they are able to visit us, and in May we had the pleasure of
hosting Chris Knott from Starfish Malawi, Sara Millington, our
representative in the UK, and a team from Links International, led
by Andy Read, who came to run training and workshops in the Hope
Missions villages. It was a blessed time, and knowledge and skills
were imparted in many important areas.
We are also hosting a team from Nailsea Baptist Church
in the UK later this month, and I would encourage you to consider
coming out to see for yourself the work that Hope Missions is doing
and to speak to the people whose lives are being transformed by the
Gospel. If you can't visit in person then do stay in touch with us,
we love to hear from our friends and take great encouragement from
Unfortunately for Malawi, the harvest this year has generally been
poor. We are now seeing the impact of the shortage of affordable
fertiliser last season, as the maize cobs are smaller and less
numerous than in previous years. There is a likelihood of serious
problems with food shortages later this year while people await the
next harvest. In seeking to address this and alleviate the hardships
in our villages we have implemented another planting cycle under the
principles of the Farming God's Way programme, to demonstrate how
yields can be increased without a dependence on expensive chemical
fertilisers (more on this below).
We were sad to say goodbye to Chrispine from our core team in May
as he moves on to new opportunities but thank God for all his
input and his continued support.
Training from Links International
After receiving a 'Warm Heart of Africa' welcome by the Chiefs and villagers
of Chapsinja and Biwi on 16th May, the Links team rolled up their sleeves and,
assisted by the Hope Missions team and volunteer translators, and delivered
training in the following areas:
- leadership for chiefs
- micro-enterprise development
- nutrition and cookery
- teacher training
- drug/alcohol dependency
- youth programmes
Links International usually send a team around once every 6 months and
it was very evident on this visit how the relationships they have been
building are growing, and how villagers have been putting into practice
the training they have received. Each visit allows villagers to build
on their knowledge, discuss ways of tackling the challenges they face
and receive encouragement.
The benefits of training in these areas have been so evident in Chapsinja
- in terms of improved health and community cohesion, malaria prevention,
improved crop yields, etc - that Chief Chapsinja has started sending members
of his Village Development Committee to neighbouring villages so that they
too might benefit. During this trip Links presented the Chapsinja VDC with
a fleet of bicycles to enable them to continue this work more effectively.
The very morning they received their bicycles the VDC sprang into action,
travelling to another village several kilometres away to share their
knowledge along with a gospel message. The whole community gathered
together, sheltering from the sun under a large tree, whilst Chapsinja
VDC delivered talks and dramas to teach people about malaria prevention,
care in pregnancy and childbirth, HIV/AIDS, food preservation, and how to
make and use simple water filters. The day culminated with the Chief thanking
everyone and asking whether a church could be established in his village.
All this while visitors Sara Millington and other members of the Links team
looked on: this was truly wonderful evidence of how the work of Hope Missions
is influencing the wider area and is becoming increasingly sustainable at a
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Nelson's Fish Stall
Nelson lives in the village of Biwi and has a wife and two daughters to
support. Up to now he has had little in the way of work, but thanks to
Hope Missions' micro-enterprise development programme run in partnership with
he now has his own small business. He received a loan
of 20,000 kwacha and used it to set up a small fish stall where he can re-sell
fish caught at Lake Malawi in his local area.
"Give a man a fish and
feed him for a day;
teach him how to fish and
feed him, and his family, for a lifetime."
Maria's Tea Shop
Maria's family used to be very poor tenant farmers, working their fingers
to the bone for little reward for a tobacco farmer. She became aware of the
programme through the village church and thanks to a loan of 20,000 kwacha,
which she has already repaid in full, she subdivided her house and created
a tea shop in her home. She now serves tea, scones and bread rolls and is
able to afford to educate her four daughters.
Hope Missions bids a fond farewell to Chrispine Ungapembe, who
has worked with the team since 2008. Chris has shown exceptional
faith and dedication, and he will be missed by both the HMM team
and the villagers he has worked with.
Hope Missions wishes Chrispine all the best in his new role at an
international NGO and also for his wedding later this year. We look
forward to staying in relationship with him and hope he will be able
to visit us in the future.
Bumper Crops in Biwi
The Chief Salimoyo of Biwi has so embraced the principles of the Farming
God's Way programme that he has made it a requirement for each household
in his village to have its own compost heap. This will help the village
to reduce its dependency upon expensive chemical fertilisers and to increase
yields in an environmentally friendly way.
He and his wife are shown here presenting Sara Millington with some
large maize cobs from this year's harvest.
We thank God that HMM continues to win favour with the local authorities.
A government official who witnessed the recent training in Chapsinja and
Biwi was so delighted that he declared, "One day there will be a technical
school here." Please therefore pray for an increase in opportunities to further the Gospel.
For the HMM team as they adjust to losing Chrispine and his many skills.
Please pray that God will bring along the right people to be added into
the team and that suitable funding can be found for their wages.
For the provision of HMM's own vehicle, which will release the team from
the pressure of juggling borrowed and leased vehicles along with minibuses
and bicycle taxis.
For God's provision and blessing on the HMM staff and their families as
they continue to serve others despite significant economic hardship
for their own families.
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