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A couple of weeks ago I decided to take advantage of a free Thursday afternoon and visit the Ministry of Hope Crisis Nursery here in Lilongwe. I had heard about the Crisis Nursery from the family I'm living with, and had been wanting to go for a while. So on this Thursday afternoon I hopped on a bicycle taxi (quite fun for me though probably not as much for the one doing the pedaling!) and headed out. The nursery is in a...

When my brother and I were small one of our favorite stories was The Little Engine That Could. This story was about a train, smaller than the others but big in spirit, that overcame its small size to get over the big hills by saying “I think I can, I think I can.” Thinking about the work I've been a part of here in Malawi makes me think of that little train. World Renew is not a large organization compared...

This past Thursday I visited an irrigation farming project in the village of Kupeta. This group of farmers has been provided with a treadle pump which allows them to pump water using their feet from a water source to their crops nearby. Normally farmers don't start planting here until November/December, but because this group has a treadle pump, they are able to start planting now, three months early. This means they will actually get two harvests in the coming year,...

I've been working on two projects, the well construction in Mfutso and planning for food security in Kamanzi. As I've been thinking about these projects of helping the communities ensure they have enough food and water, I've also been seeking the Lord on what He would have me share for this morning's staff devotional. He led me to chapters 6 and 7 in the book of John, to verses that talk about the Bread of Life and the Living Water.

John...

I have been in Malawi for nine days now. I have been trying to think of what I should write for my first blog entry, to think of what everyone back home would find interesting. The romantic in me wants it to be profound of course, something deeply moving. I think I may be putting a bit too much pressure on myself, especially after only being here a week!

As this is not my first time working in Southern Africa, I...