June 5, 2017
"The character of even a child can be known by the way he acts—whether what he does is pure and right."—Prov. 20:11 TLB
Last week, when babysitting our two youngest granddaughters, I was trying to finish putting white dots of paint onto the eyes of little African boy and girl dolls that our Gogo group had made for our preschools in Malawi Africa. Aubrey and Gracie were excited to pretend that they were taking care of these orphaned children who were blind — they took them one by one to the "doctor" (me) to have their eyes operated on. The girls were thrilled when the white dot placed in each little dark doll eye made them "sparkle"! They pretended that the dolls could see for the first time! We had 40 dolls and 2 little girls dancing around the room together pretending they were in Africa and seeing elephants and monkeys and family for the first time.
I found out later that Aubrey, the 2-year-old, had come downstairs the next morning carrying her favorite blanket and stuffed animals. She told her mommy that I want to give these to the children in "Afica"!
I want to highlight in this Kernels some of the children we have met who give us hope because of their kindness, creativity, perseverance, courage and love for others. They are the next generation of Christ followers who — even now — bring light into dark places both here and in Malawi!
We as adults in our busy lives often think the problems of Africa are impossible — the vast, rolling scale of the place, the endless thundering roads, the 320 million people still living on less than a dollar a day. But to a child who believes they can make a difference — they can! Even the little they do can feed a child, give hope to a student, change a life — including their own!
Yes! "The character of even a child can be known by the way he acts—whether what he does is pure and right." —Proverbs 20:11 TLB
It's a Fact . . .
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!" —The Lorax (Dr. Suess)
"Friend something better than chocolate ice cream… maybe friend somebody you give up last cookie for." — Cookie Monster (Sesame Street)
Malawi News . . .
Children Helping Children
Cathy Cheonga (SAFE's Regional Education Coordinator) recently challenged youth involved in our SAFE Life Youth Clubs, "Let's go entrepreneurial this year so that we can buy soap and sugar for our homes and even for the gogos who are helpless." So in one club with the money they hope to raise, they want to buy a treadle sewing machine so they can provide school uniforms for their friends in need.
To raise funds, the youth have been making things from locally found materials. The Kachindamoto youth wove a mat from palm branches they found along the lakeshore. They know mats are needed to sit and sleep on. They also made brooms for sweeping, and pumpkin cake on fuel-efficient stoves (something they had never tasted).
Cathy Shared, "Which mother does not feel proud with the wonderful work her children have done — using their hands to help others!"
Children Building Together
Stacking blocks together as little children in preschool just might begin a lifetime of working with each other to solve problems!!
Children Bring Coins for Corn
In all of our sponsored 22 CBCCs (preschools), porridge made of dried maize is used to feed the little children every day. These large bags of maize weren't bought at the store, or given by a large organization — they were given by the gogos (grandmothers) from their harvest this year. This porridge was partly made possible because children and their families in the developed world gave their extra pennies, dimes and nickels through "Coins for Corn" to provide the fertilizer and seed the gogos needed to grow their maize.
Children Collect Bottles for Blankets
2,169 gogos and the children in their families are warmer and feeling very loved tonight because of receiving a new, thick, colorful blanket! The Mariners Gogo group sent funds to make this possible! A few of you who heard about the need last month also contributed, as well as, the Jr. Gogos (children) at Rancho Baptist Church who raised money for blankets through their Bottles for Blankets fundraiser.
U.S. News . . .
Children Going to Serve
Both mission teams going to Malawi in July and September have some young people going who will teach and connect with the kids in our SAFE Life Youth clubs. One of the team members going in September is John Clemente. He was the first child many years ago who raised funds for the gogos and orphans. Now John is in college and going to Malawi to meet the people he has helped over the years!
Children Sewing for Others
Children taught by gogos in the U.S. have helped to make shorts, fleece jackets, dolls and other items for our 2 teams to take for the children in Malawi.
"Thank you" to all the children who make this ministry rich in love by your actions!
Mark your calendar for our Gogo retreat "The Other Side of My Obedience", October 7th, 9am-3pm at Mariners Church in Irvine CA!
"Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it." — Proverbs 22:6 TLB
In His love for the least,