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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It’s Hard to Imagine

It’s Hard to Imagine

At 78 years old, Alefa didn't have a private bath. It's hard to imagine. During her lifetime she had a husband and 6 children, death took them all. She was left a widow, partially paralyzed by a stoke. With no other choice, she moved in with 4 grandchildren who do...

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

The Apostle Paul wasn’t dealing with COVID-19 when he wrote Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy,...

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Hunger 0, Love 1

Hunger 0, Love 1

It was a battle. A battle between hunger, death and love. Late in 2019 the hunger season in Malawi began. Very quickly it was evident that this season was going to be bad. It was a perfect storm of sorts. Storms and pests converged to damage life giving crops. The...

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Role Models

Role Models

She was abused at 15 and had her first child at 16. Her name is Judith. Living at home, she tried to return to school after having the baby, but life had now become too difficult. Her mother was single. There were other siblings in the home. Judith had to work in the...

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What would mother say?

What would mother say?

In the 60's there was a popular television show called Father Knows Best. While it's true that fathers do know a lot, most of us depend upon mom a lot too. That's especially true for those growing up in the village. Mothers play a primary role in running the household...

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Schools of Hope

Schools of Hope

They come to school barefoot. Sometimes their clothes are tattered. Yet, they come. The children of Malawi are just like children everywhere. They are hungry to learn. Yet, they face challenges that many other children don’t face. Often no paper, no pencils, 150...

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The Wordless Book

The Wordless Book

When children have never seen a Bible, how do you share the message? One way is to teach them using The Wordless Book. Y-Malawi partner Fishers, Trainers and Sending does just that. This tool is being used in Kids Clubs that host nearly 5,000 children each month. The...

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Reading Corners, Turning the Key

Reading Corners, Turning the Key

Can you imagine a classroom with one teacher and 150 students? Classes of this size are common place in Malawi public schools. With large classes come a lot of distractions. Students get little one on one attention. To make matters worse, materials and resources are...

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