Farming God’s Way

Farming God’s Way

No one seems to know who really said it first.  Lots of people have taken credit.  The majority of people seem to think it was Albert Einstein who said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Whoever said it, there...

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Not a handout, but a hand up!

Not a handout, but a hand up!

She was born into a poor family of 6.  Her parents worked the fields for day wages.  They did the best they could, but life was very hard.  Despite the challenges, Veronica was able to attend school.  Then in grade 8 everything changed.  She became pregnant.  It...

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Knitting a Better Future

Knitting a Better Future

With the winter months approaching in Malawi, blankets and warmer clothes become greater necessity.  Like some of us, Malawian’s don’t much care for colder weather.  When the thermometer drops to 60 degrees, that’s cold in Malawi. Folks start to shiver. Recently, a...

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Lifegiving Water

Lifegiving Water

The famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau said, “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”  It’s a true saying in that life as we know it cannot exist without water. In the United States we can tend to take water for granted.  We are accustomed to...

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Who told you so?

Who told you so?

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they hid themselves from God.  When God came to them Adam told God that they hid because they were naked.  God’s reply?  Who told you that you were naked?  In other words, who have you been talking to?  We might say in...

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Got Soap?

Got Soap?

When most of us go to the sink or the shower or the tub, there it is.  It’s just there, we don’t even think about it. But what if it wasn’t?  What if that little green or brown bar of soap wasn’t at the sink any longer?  How effective would your hand washing be...

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Abuja

Abuja

They call it Abuja. Since the early 1960’s it has had a reputation for trouble.  A community known for fighting and every evil thing you can think of. A man might enter another mans house and abuse his wife without any recourse.  There are stories of people being...

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Goodbye Abuse

Goodbye Abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 changed everything, for everyone. Just like in the United States, schools have been closed in Malawi since March. The closing of schools brought alarming challenges to continued learning, especially since few have access to internet...

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A Changed Chief

A Changed Chief

40 years ago, the area Y-Malawi is working in was declared a “no go zone.”  No churches or Christian organizations were allowed to work in this area. That all changed two years ago. Traditional leaders and government officials saw that what Y-Malawi was bringing would...

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COVID Bible Quiz Competition

COVID Bible Quiz Competition

Every year our partner Fishers, Trainers and Senders (FTS) hosts a Bible Quiz and Sport Competition for thousands of children who attend Kids Clubs. That was all before COVID-19.  Important government meeting restrictions and good social distancing practices sidelined...

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From goats to who knows what?

From goats to who knows what?

Need more proof that economic empowerment works? Read Samuel Chadza’s story, his own words. “I and my wife were privileged to benefit from the goat pass-on program. The goat that we received gave birth to an offspring. When the offspring was weaned, we passed it on to...

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Economic Empowerment

Economic Empowerment

What does economic empowerment mean? It means having the ability to determine your own future. It means not worrying about where your next meal will come from. It means being able to provide for your family. It means feeling value in yourself. It means you have hope....

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Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

Why do people go on Vision Trips to Malawi? The answer to that question can vary, but usually people go with the intent to help the poor people of Malawi. Often the thinking is that as Americans we can bring knowledge, resources, determination, and encouragement to...

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A Place to call Home

A Place to call Home

Can you imagine your bed being a dirt floor? What if the roof of your home was made of grass and so that spiders and other pests lived just above your head? What if that same grass roof failed to keep water off of you at night while you tried to sleep on that dirt...

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Passion Ministry

Passion Ministry

In the community of Chilenje, Wednesday is a day of passion. Not the kind of physical passion that we often see held in high esteem in movies and books. In Chilenje, Wednesday is a day of genuine passion for others. The kind of passion Jesus demonstrated when he spent...

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Sharing the Love, Tulaya’s Story

Sharing the Love, Tulaya’s Story

Tulaya is a grandmother, or in Chichewa an Agogo. She has two grown children and lives with her husband of 20 years. They have a number of grandchildren who live with them as their own children, a common practice in Malawi. In 2018 Tulaya was selected to participate...

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The Power of the Bible

The Power of the Bible

Chief’s Bible Study Centers are a critical component of our Chiefs Ministry. Sponsored by a specific Chief, these groups come together on a regular basis to study the Word of God. But that’s not all they do. Attenders learn about new ways to increase crop yields such...

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Graduating Community

Graduating Community

This past month another 15 students graduated with new skills in tailoring and carpentry that will allow them a bright future of independence and hope. In 2018 when Y-Malawi launched the new Vocational Training Center, we never dreamed it would become such an...

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Her past is behind her!

Her past is behind her!

Her name is Mayamiko and her past is behind her. When she was very young her parents divorced. Both parents left their community and their 6 children to be raised by grandparents. Life was not easy for such a large family, but her grandparents did all they could to...

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Not a Throw Away Life

Not a Throw Away Life

Like so many other women in Malawi, Malita has lived a difficult life. She was born into a family that follows Islam and married at an early age. After her third child, her husband found another wife and left Malita alone to fend for herself. With no skills, no...

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Violate

Violate

Violate is her name, she wears the orange skirt in the photo. The misspelled name given to her at birth a prophecy. She was raised in a difficult family situation. She was married at a young age and has 3 children. Her life has been hard. Then she joined a Bible Study...

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Turning Evil to Good

Turning Evil to Good

COVID-19 has had impacts far beyond the illness itself. With schools closed in Malawi, young students and youth who would normally be in school are now at home. They have little to do other than chores at home. Most have no ability to communicate with schools,...

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Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart

Have you every imagined yourself on a Vision Trip to Malawi? If so, your next thought might have been, "Me? Go to Africa? I don't think that ever going to happen..." So what if you could experience Africa from the comfort of your own home? Now you can. You can take a...

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From Hunger to Hope

From Hunger to Hope

She had to stop going to school during the 11th grade. Although a good student, her family couldn’t afford the school fees. At 19 years old Maureen’s hope for a better future was setting like the evening sun. Yet, a beautiful sunrise was on the way. Maureen registered...

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Christable and Vanessa

Christable and Vanessa

James and Judith love their children. Christable is 10 and Vanessa is 5. Yet, somehow over time, life seemed to have gone wrong. They seemed to have drifted apart. The family wasn’t attending church anymore. James spent less time at home, more time at the local bar....

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Quarantine Teaching

Quarantine Teaching

Every educator and every parent knows the challenge of ensuring students are learning during quarantine. It’s no less challenging in Malawi, perhaps even more so. All schools were closed by the government earlier this year. The challenge is made more difficult in...

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A Most Treasured Gift

A Most Treasured Gift

What’s the most treasured gift you have ever received? A ring? A family heirloom? Perhaps it wasn’t something of great monetary value, but something that meant a great deal to you personally? Whatever your answer, it’s likely that few of us would name a Bible as our...

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Love in a Mask

Love in a Mask

When COVID-19 hit the world, the virus didn’t skip Malawi. In response, Y-Malawi Partners have been distributing hand washing stations in villages, markets, community centers, churches, and Mosques. Hand washing is critical to helping avoid sickness, but it is even...

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Like the Sky without the Sun

Like the Sky without the Sun

Dalitso and Isah got married when Isah was just 19. She knew Dalitso's background, but she thought him to be a good man. She didn't expect a fairy tale ending, but she thought he would provide for her, take care of her and make her life better. It didn't take long for...

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VanNessa

VanNessa

It was just a normal day. Field Officer Kennedy Chabwera was driving in his van headed out to visit some of the women and girls being empowered by Y-Malawi. As he passed by a certain village, he must have been spotted by someone. On his return trip a crowd of people,...

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