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Last updated on April 6, 2012

As the HIV/AIDS toll mounts throughout Africa, prayer is a primary weapon in the battles that lie ahead. "The main idea is to pray for the grandmothers, because many of them don't know the Lord. They need to know the Lord and they need His help in raising these children." --Charlotte Day



Continue Asking God for . . .

          • The Christian teacher in a local community whose Bible club was shut down because the principal of the school was afraid of those who don't want change. They want to continue to use his female students for sex. There is an extremely high drop out rate of young girls due to pregnancy there! Pray for the meeting with the District Education Manager December 5 that he will allow a Why Wait? training for the teachers in that school! This is Spiritual warfare! Let's fight for these girls!

          • The two child-headed households where the older sons, with help from SAFE have been able to begin school again! One is in Kachindamoto and the other is in Makungula village. Pray these young men will trust in the Lord to both provide for their younger siblings and to help them in their studies.

          • The gogos in Mposa village near Lake Chilwa who just made their little maize bags for the our Australia group and were taught to use the Four Steps of Prayer Booklet for their meetings together. Pray that they will come to know the Lord and His love for them personally.

          • The "Christian" Life Skills grant to come through for our work in the schools. Word has come down that the National Aids Commission's grant money may be cut back this year due to their lack of funding. Pray, as this grant would greatly expand our Why Wait? training for teachers in the classrooms.

          • Moira Chimombo our executive director for SAFE who has been appointed Chairman of the National Council for Higher Education in Malawi, which has just been set up by government. Pray as she leads many who have positions of influence in the country in the area of education.

          • The family of Chifuniro Ndala one of our caregivers for the children in the CBCC in Mwaiwandigwela village. She died suddenly leaving two and seven year old daughters. The husband tried to commit suicide and needs prayer and counseling. We are helping them for a time with her allowance and the roof that needs repair.

          • Charlotte and the Zomba Gogo groups work in the prison with the women prisoners. Pray too for a men's work there to also begin! It is such a sad place, but a place where they are hungry for God's Word. Some of their young children are with them.

          The agricultural project, 'Seeds of Soy and Joy', for 2012-2013. Jean Phiri
           has done such a commendable job for the gogos, child-headed households, and single mothers in our villages, but the funds this year are limited for a full program. Pray for provision and wisdom for the way forward this year.

        • The baby named Kelvin, 12 months old, who was abandoned by his mother, a prostitute. A gogo in Mwaiwandigwela village is caring for him now.  

        • The "Sponsor a Gogo Bracelet campaign" that has begun for currant sponsors of gogos. Pray that the Lord Himself will provide many new sponsors for our gogos and the orphans and vulnerable children in our villages as they share the need with family and friends.

          • Comfort for Irene Chaluluka's children and grandchildren as they grieve her passing in August. 

          • Dick Day and healing for his leg. He is walking with much difficulty, but heart, mind and purpose are strong!

          • The needed water for the CBCCs in Tadziwana, Tikondane, Chiyambi, and Kondanani villages. Adam Payton has finished the water surveys and has submitted his report and discussions are going on with the districts as to the best way forward.

          • His blessings on the preparations being made for the Gogo Retreat September, 15, 2012, 'Seeing LIke Jesus', and that the people the Lord wants there will come. 

          • Suzi Hamilton who has just returned from a month in Malawi with the SAFE team, and is preparing to share with all of us at the Gogo retreat. 
          • The future leadership of Malawi. Pray for the new President Joyce Banda and for the Lord to give the Malawian people the God fearing, wise leadership they are praying for.

          • Kachindamoto, in the Central region. Pray for the newly organized preschools, youth programs and the Gogo leadership committees, and the child-headed household supervision they have put in place along with all their new financial responsibilities. also for the team from Louisiana that plan to go over in 2013.
          • Pam Gott and Mary Newton, both with stage four cancer, to be healed and for God's will to be accomplished fully in both their lives. Pam is the editor for The Kernels e-letter and Mary formated and printed the Gogo's Prayer booklets and books for the children.

          • New Gogo group leaders for the AZ Gogo group and the RBC Gogo group in California.
          • For God to raise up new Gogo leaders and groups this year in the US to come along side the orphans and gogos in Malawi with the love of Christ!

          • For 150 new sponsors for a village gogo this year!

          • The Lord to reach thousands with the messages on parenting, marriage and the Why Wait? messages on the Character of Christ lived out that Moira and Cathy prepare and deliver each week through the Trans World Radio broadcasts. What a privilege to come along side them in prayer as they prepare these messages and the Lord applies them to the hearts and minds of people listening.

          • Sukulu's pilot project. SAFE in Malawi, has at its heart, its work with training teachers (6000 over the years) in the primary and secondary schools of Malawi as well as colleges and in other African countries. They have been hoping to have sponsors from the U.S. come along side the schools near where we have Gogo groups and CBCCs (preschools). Ndangopuma Elementary School is one of those schools, where Simiyoni village's children go. It has 1000 children and 34 teachers and it is going to be the first school sponsored in SAFE's new Sukulu project. ("Sukulu" means "school") Some of the funds for the 34 teachers has come in, as a result of Charlotte sharing in one woman's Bible study. Pray for all the teachers at Ndangopuma that can now be trained in January and given the materials to teach the Truth For Youth (Why Wait?) program in the school.

          • The successful beginning of the school Sukulu project here in the U.S. connecting schools and teachers to schools in Malawi. Pray for a leader for the Sukulu project here... perhaps a retired teacher.

          • For strengthening Moira, Mary, Cathy, Brenda, Tiffany, and Ben, our wonderful Malawian SAFE staff, and the Days who work tirelessly using the many gifts the Lord has given them to teach and bless others.

        • The large 40 ft. container we are calling the ARK to be sent to Malawi. It arrived appropriately in a downpour of rain and will be loaded at Mariner's church March 24, with a big drop off of collected items on March 3. Pray for all our Gogo groups and groups at Mariners, that the Lord will go before them to bring into this 'ARK' all that is needed for the preschools, gogos and teachers.

        • The construction and painting volunteers as they begin the retrofit of the container March 3 into a building to be used as a Christian Youth Center when it reaches Zomba, Malawi.

        • The successful printing and laminating of a newly written version and translation of the Wordless Book Gospel story for the Children and Gogos in Malawi. Pray for the Holy Spirit to apply this simple Gospel message to hearts and bring many children and gogos into a saving knowledge of their Savior, Jesus.
           
        • The Lord to reach thousands with the messages on parenting, marriage and the Why Wait? messages on the Character of Christ lived out that Moira and Irene prepare and deliver each week through the Trans World Radio broadcasts. What a privilege to come along side them in prayer as they prepare these messages and the Lord applies them to the hearts and minds of people listening.

        • The Lord to bring steady rain to Malawi during this growing season. There continues to be some drought in the Central Region where Kachindamoto our newest work is and there has been drought and replanting in the Zomba district. Pray for an abundant harvest like last year for the gogos! This is their food for the year. It would be as if we had one trip to the store to provide all we needed for the year.
           
      • Good fruit from the Gogo Leadership retreat, August 27, where leadership teams and guests came to interact with those in leadership positions in the US. Pray for all that God intends to do in our hearts because that day. Pray for the leaders in Gogo Grandmothers groups here in the US, that they will be refreshed, keep their priorities and that none will grow weary in doing good as they serve Christ by assisting the African grandmothers caring for the orphans.

      • The ability to distribute the new soy seed that Stephen Carr was able to save for us. It can be given to ALL the gogos in the 6 villages that are in the Seeds project this season. Earlier we able to get seed for the 150 in the program, but now, also provide it for every gogo to plant this year. Pray too for the 6 villages in the Zomba district that will have gogos, child-headed households, and single mothers in the Seeds of Soy and Joy project that started October 2011 for the 2012 harvest in May. The 105 in the program last year have saved some seed to plant for this year. Pray that they will be successful on their own this year.
        The three Northern villages, Luzi, Chipayika and Thowolo whose caregivers (preschool teachers) recently received two weeks of training by our SAFE staff. This will totally expand the quality of work with the hundreds of little preschoolers they work with. Always pray for the Gospel to be clearly shared and understood by the childre
        n.

      • Peaceful solutions to the economic woes of inflation and fuel shortages as well as the pressure on academic freedom and freedom of the press.

      • The preschoolers at the Community Based Childcare Centers. School began September 5 for the first term this year. All have high enrollments with 60-120 children and most with 4-6 caregivers and 2 cooks. Some still meet under trees on the ground and some in new classrooms. Wherever those children gather in the morning hours, in our 11 villages, pray they will be well fed and that their little minds will grow to understand God's truth and love. Pray that their caregivers also grow in the knowledge of the Lord and good childcare practices and not grow weary in the important work they are providing.

      • Irene who has started a radio program called, "Parenting Column"--a 5-minute broadcast each week, once in Chichewa and once in English--which is edited versions of her weekly column in the Malawi News. This is being hosted by Trans World Radio and having wonderful reports from listeners. Pray for her as she shares God's truth and love in this way.

      • Moira who has also started a "WHY WAIT?" corner--a 5-minute segment of TWR's weekly "Youth Aflame" program, which is broadcast on Saturdays and repeated on Sundays. Hopefully people will see these programs as being for the glory of God, not trying to promote ourselves personally,and who is also doing a weekly WHY WAIT? column in the Weekend Nation. It helps that the Editor-in-Chief is a former student of her husband Steve!The possibility of an organization to help with the editing and publishing of Irene's parenting book(She is one of our wonderful Malawian SAFE staff)

      • The older children meeting with our SAFE Life Youth clubs (Age 8-18) in three of our village areas. Pray that they will receive the hope of Christ and hope for their futures. Pray for Cathy Cheonga our director for this challenging program and that we can help her with some new resources to use with these kids.

      • Good fruit from the Gogo Leadership retreat, August 27, where leadership teams and guests came to interact with those in leadership positions in the US. Pray for all that God intends to do in our hearts because that day. Pray for the leaders in Gogo Grandmothers groups here in the US, that they will be refreshed, keep their priorities and that none will grow weary in doing good as they serve Christ by assisting the African grandmothers caring for the orphans.

      • Continue to pray for Dick Day's remission or healing and that he can stay in his beloved Africa. He has had a great report on his recent test.

      • Pray that the Muslim chief in Kondanani, Chief Chisupuli, would come to know Jesus as his Savior. (See "News" Africa tab)
        The Gogo groups in the US to grow in number and in their ability to share Christ's love in Malawi.

      • The newly chartered Gogo Group at Our Savior's church in Louisiana. Pray for the women who will be called by God into the leadership positions He has for them. Their goal is to begin a Gogo group in six different churches who will all be sponsoring villages in this new area called Kachindamoto.

      • The new Gogo Grandmothers group in Laguna Beach CA. called the WWW Gogo Grandmothers Group. they just had their first meeting in July, 2011.

      • Bobbie Johnson as she so faithfully takes care of all the Gogo Grandmothers' donations that come in. Pray for her health and for the help she needs as the work load grows.

      • That the 90 mosquito nets that were stolen will be replaced for Kachere village. Pray for Tare, Moira;s sister, in the UK who is coming alongside this village to assist it.

      • The Muslim gogos and children in Kawiya, Tadziwana to come to know Jesus as their Savior. Of the 94 gogos, 46 are Muslims, and in Kawiya, Tikondane 46 of the 61 preschool children are Muslims.

      • Pray for the muslims who are coming to Christ. Most of our groups have some muslim gogos in them. In Kondanani some orphans have come to know the Lord Jesus and many Muslims are coming to the church now for worship.(Most of our villages do not have churches) Pray for the new Christians and that the love of Jesus will continue to permeate our villages.

      • Success for a proposal written, to the District AIDS Coordinating Committee, for funds to train WHY WAIT? teachers in Zomba District (including the schools near our sponsored villages). The funding would also provide what is needed to develop an activities manual to train the leaders of the SAFE Life Youth Groups that Catherine Cheonga one of our staff heads up.

      • The mosquito nets that were passed out to ALL the gogos in our sponsored villages in Zomba, that they will be used properly by the gogos, just as they were instructed, and that gogos and the children will be protected from malaria. (See full report under Projects on the website)

      • The application sent in a few weeks ago to the U.S. embassy for funding for a building at Kawiya Tadziwana was not accepted... Pray that funds for the preschool could be raised. The building would be multipurpose, a large room for the preschool, smaller for gogo meetings, 2 storerooms, I for gogos and one for preschool, plus large porch. The village would mold bricks and bring river sand to help.

      • Irene who shares that the schools have opened up in the Zomba area to share the message of Why Wait? 653 students were reached with that message and a head master of a private boy's secondary school asked for Irene to come and share with his students. Pray for Zomba that has a high drop out rate of girls due to early marriage. Pray also for the 3,500 primary school children who saw the Story of Jesus for Children.

      • The two groups of gogos who have begin using the 30 Prayer Lessons For Village Gogos. Pray that they will learn more about the Lord, grow in their faith and for many to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

      • New sources of funding for the Why Wait? program taught in the primary and secondary schools. It so helps in prevention of HIV/AIDS as well as sharing the truth of the Word of God in all areas of life.

      • For the Sponsor a Teacher/School program SAFE would like to begin, called "Sukulu". (Chichewa word for school) All the principals of the primary and secondary schools near our gogo villages want ALL of their teachers trained in the Why Wait? curriculum. Just waiting for funding and leadership for this program in the US... but God!

      • Continue to pray for Dick Day's remission or healing and that he can stay in his beloved Africa. He has had a great report on his recent test.

      • Pray that the Muslim chief in Kondanani, Chief Chisupuli, would come to know Jesus as his Savior. (See "News" Africa tab)

      • The two new secondary school students from Kondanai Village, John and a young girl named Chimwemwe who we just paid school fees forJohn said he wants to be a doctor, and Chimwemwe wants to be a nurse. They both have stories of great need and personal courage. There are now 6 students going on to secondary boarding school because of your prayer and care. Their second term began Jan 4. Christopher, Felix, Davie, Gibson are the names of the other students needing our prayers.

      • The Golf tournament that Moira almost single handedly has been putting together for March 20th. There is an old British golf course in Zomba and this has allowed her to share with business people about our work with gogo Grandmothers and the Why Wait? in schools. Here is her recent report from this week. "Although not every company we approached this year is able to support us this time, EVERYWHERE people are interested in what we are doing in the villages. Toyota Malawi has asked me to meet with their person responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility, to discuss our activities--which is very promising. Illovo (sugar company) is also very interested, as is Total. One of Zomba's Indian businessmen has given us a laser printer as a donation to support our work. Southern Region Water Board is not sponsoring a team but will give us a direct donation for the WHY WAIT? workshops we are planning to run in the SAFE communities' schools. One of the most interesting things I found as I was going round knocking on doors was how many people knew me, or I had taught, or I had trained their teachers! We're now counting down to the big day!"

      • The money raised by a Sunday school class and two Bible study groups at Mariners Church and sent for some gogo Christmas food packages. There was enough for about 75 gogos to receive rice, oil, salt, soap, drink... etc. they were packaged up with 4 yards of chitenji cloth for the gogos, a pastor, Flossy(child headed household and Frankie's children (twice orphaned). The Christmas story was told with visuals by Charlotte. Irene narrated the story and gave the invitation to receive Jesus as the Gift! There was great joy and singing praise and dancing.

      • Pray for our new villages... Kawiya Tadziwana and Kawiya Tikondane, Sadzi and Kachere. There are so many opportunities to see God work in the Gogo groups and with the children in these villages. Also, pray for the Gogo groups here in the U.S. that are helping them.
      • The Seeds of Soy and Joy project where 105 gogos, child headed households and needy widows with children are being taught, in three villages, to prepare the soil, grow, process and prepare the soya in different ways to eat. The planting will start soon. Spiritual lessons have been a part of the teaching step by step! Pray for a dehydrated bar that could be made for children. A few months ago, SEEDS coordinators taught the 3 groups a type of 'manure-composting'....hands-on with collecting, cutting twigs, husks, etc and mixing with ashes, etc....next was counting off their land for planting and planning for hoeing the ridges. Then they were taught how to use the soy in cooking... even soy milk... pray that the soy seed will grow. It has been planted and is growing very well now in February.

      • A man who, when we were giving out the blankets to his village gogos, heard us share the Word of God and as Mary Phiri spoke of Jesus as our Shepherd and His love for us, this Muslim man was heard saying, "Yes, that it what I need, that is what I want".

      • The children and the mother and gogo caregivers in the Kangaroo Ward and Malnourished Ward of the Zomba Hospital. They are so poor and have to live in such poor condition while caring for the children. Pray that the love shared with them by our staff and the Proclaimer that plays the New Testament, that we placed there, would touch hearts for Christ.
      • The followup for Charlotte Day and Mary Phiri's appointments in Lilongwe November 11 and 12, 2010. They met with the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of the Elderly  and also the Head of the section on ECD/OVC (Early Childhood Development/Orphans and Vulnerable Children) at UNICEF.  They also have an appointment with Heifer International to check on a goat project.

      • Pray for Kim Day as she has badly sprained her ankle, that it would heal quickly.
      • Pray for rain!!! The last we heard it had stopped for two weeks and the Maize that was about three feet high was wilting in the Zomba area. Charlotte said everyone is looking at the sky. People are praying and trusting the Lord for His mercy and provision of the rain that they depend on for a harvest.
      • Pray for The opportunity we have to begin work in two new villages... Kawiya #1 and Kawiya #2. We discovered another sub village of Kawiya that is very needy.
      • Pray for Catherine Cheonga our wonderful new staff woman who we have been able to hire to come along side Mary Phiri and the work with Early childhood Education we are doing in villages.
      • Pray for the year end donor letter that will go out this week to all who have contributed to Gogo Grandmothers this year. Pray they will be well thanked and know the blessing of God in their lives.
      • gogos and children and as she attends workshops to learn things that will enrich our village programs.
      • Pray for Dick and Charlotte as they travel home to Malawi arriving November 22nd. Pray for the protection of their health as they fly and for all the new projects planned to be guided step by step by the Lord.
      • Pray for the final version of our Village Assessment Forms that will be used by our staff to give us feedback and prayer requests for individual villages.
      • Continue to pray for God to heal Cody Day. He is the grandson of Dick and Charlotte Day who developed Why Wait? and Gogo Grandmothers in Malawi. He is 13 years old and has had a reoccurrence of his cancer. He is a strong and courageous young man and the only child of Dave and Dallas Day.
      • Pray for the NEW Seeds of Soy and Joy project, that will teach gogos to grow and process soy beans that the children need for their protein... remembering that 47% of children under five suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth. Pray for the selection of the villages we will begin the project in and for the team of people that will work with this project. (This project is being made possible by SEEDS, a group of Christian women in the San Diego area who have come together to give a grant for this purpose.)

      • Pray for the gogos who have attended the Grieving Workshops in July and August to help these grandmothers who have often lost their husbands and children and are now raising the grandchildren who are also grieving. These gogos need help in coping with many challenges, such as the anger some children feel and caring for children with HIV/AIDS. The Gogo groups that had workshops were 7 villages near Zomba, Kondanani, Makungula, Mwaiwandigwela,Mtogolo, Ndagopuma, Kachere and Kawiya.

      • Mary Phiri and Irene Chaluluka have coordinated the training of Children Corners volunteers for the five pilot sites in the Community Based Childcare Centers we have been working in. This project targets helping grieving primary school aged children who drop in at the centers in our villages for play and creative work. Pray for these children to be encouraged and for the volunteers to be ready to share the love of Christ with them.
      • (November 5) Pray for the faithful use of the Proclaimers (digital audio player that plays the New Testament in drama form. Given to us by Faith Comes By Hearing) they were left in many of our villages in July 2009. Dick and Charlotte Day are taking six more home with them in November. Pray for their placement. One is now in Kondanani where we heard it was being played by Frankie's home. (Frankie is an old, former Muslim grandfather who has 4 young grandchildren in his care, but he is ill) Another Proclaimer is being played in the clinic in Zomba. Please pray for the one that we use in the prison in Blantyre and that the three other prisons that have schools where we have a Why Wait? program can have them. Two were sent up the our northern villages, Thowolo, Luzi and Chipayika. With so much illiteracy and no electricity, this is a powerful tool to hear God's Word spoken.

      • Pray for the good use of the Sabor (It is a digital audio player that is loaded with 40 Bible lessons from Genesis to
        Revelation, with a flip book of pictures to go with it. It is made by Global Recordings Network) We took four that can be used in the villages.

      • Pray for the continued use of the Four Steps of Prayer in our Gogo Groups. All of our eight sponsored villages received a workshop from Leslie Lewis and Mary Phiri in July 2009 and were left with Four Steps of Prayer booklets for each gogo. (made with drawings for those who are illiterate) Leaving a legacy of prayer and love for the Lord will be one of their great gifts to the children.

      • Pray about identifying the right children who might need school fees in our villages and the possibility of some day providing tutoring in villages for children to help keep them in school and succeeding. There are three girls needing help we know of in Kondanani village. One's mother died and she and a little brother are living with a gogo. Another's father died and the home was taken by the father's family, leaving the mother destitute with three children. Flossy is recieving help, she is a child headed household in Kondanani, and cares for her 3 younger siblings. (See "News" Africa)

      • Pray for Kim Day who has left to spend this year working along our SAFE staff with gogos, orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi. Pray for her ability to quickly learn the language.
      • Sadzi, is the newest village in the Zomba area to have a sponsoring Gogo Grandmothers' Group. Pray for this group from Faith Presbyterian Church in NE as they form a leadership team and begin their ministry of prayer and car for this village.

      • Pray for the new village, Kawiya, near Zomba, that the new Gogo Group at Rancho Baptist Church in Temecula, CA has just adopted. Pray that this connection will be a great blessing to the Rancho group working here and to the gogos and children in Malawi.

      • Pray, also, for the new group at The Little Church By the Sea in Laguna Beach that has just adopted Mwaiwandigwela village. This village has never had a US Gogo Grandmothers group to pray and share with them before.

      • Pray that the Muslim chief in Kondanani, Chief Chisupuli, would come to know Jesus as his Savior. (See "News" Africa tab)

      • Pray for Sammy Bakali, the carver who makes our gogo necklaces, arks, ect. He has TB. Pray for his healing and coming to know Jesus as his Savior and Lord.

      • Pray for the cargivers (Village girls trained by Mary Phiri to be preschool "caregivers/teachers") in each of the Community Based Childcare Centers, (CBCC) of our adopted villages. These young women and those who cook for the children need your prayers as they care for so many children five days a week from 7:30 to 11:00. They recieve a small allowance for their work because of your support.

      • NAC (National Aids Commission) has no funding for us at this time for the schools but is giving funding to start the Why Wait? training of teachers in prisons, and asked us to reapply later. Pray for Why Wait? to be continues in the classroom curriculum of Malawi Public Schools. NAC wants to fund Why Wait?, but needs the "OK" of the Ministry of Education in Malwai. PRAY that this is given as it always has been done in the past.

      • Praise/Prayer for Dick Day... Cancer in remission!

      • Pray about identifying the right children who might need school fees in our villages and the possibility of some day providing tutoring in villages for children to help keep them in school and succeeding.

      • Pray that some support for the Malawian staff might be raised and that a wonderful relationship might grow between the staff and their supporters.

      • Pray for the children in the Community Based Childcare Center's to come to know who Jesus is and how much He loves them.

      • Pray for the physical and spiritual strength of the village gogos (grandmothers and grandfathers) as most care for many children with few or no resources.

      • New people and groups to sponsor the 708 village gogo grandmothers and the children they care for this year, for just $30.00 a month. That would mean the gogos in 12 villages would be covered, including the needs of about 2,124 orphans and vulnerable children. Wow! God can do this and each of us can be a part of His answer! (Click to view a sponsorship flier.)



      Thank God for these answers . . .
       
                • The delivery of Bibles to the Lake Chilwa area in October.

                • The many good applicants for our position of Education Director for SAFE in Malawi.

                • The caregiver (preschool teacher) training August 12-22. All of the 60 caregivers from sponsored villages near Zomba, who had not had a comprehensive training, were given a 2 week training that encompassed both the educational, social, and spiritual aspects of teaching young children. Thousands of children will be blessed because of what was learned and will be applied from these 2 weeks of training.

                • The SAFE-Haven's first outreach program to children in the Zomba community.

                • The leadership of the new Gogo Grandmother group at Burke Community Church in Virginia.

                • The Gogo group leaders in the U.S. U.K., and Australia who work hard to inspire all of us and show us how to engage and bring hope to the gogos and orphans.

                • The funds for the lending library for school books Charlotte would like to see for students in Zomba. One of the great challenges for orphaned students we have on scholarships is having curriculum books to study for the tests they must take to move on.
                • The SAFE staff in Malawi who are the hands and feet of Jesus to so many. 
                • The orphans on scholarship who are going to secondary school because of funding given for them. Only 18% of Malawian children go to secondary school (high school).
                   
                   
                • The successful meeting with 162 gogos at Mposa village where they made their little maize bags and were taught how to use the Gogo Prayer Booklet lessons for their meetings.

              • Dick Day's care and healing while in the U.S. and safe return to Malawi. They were so thankful to have the great doctors at John Hopkins to do the successful surgery,
                 
              • Moira Chimombo our executive director for SAFE who has been appointed Chairman of the National Council for Higher Education in Malawi, which has just been set up by government. She will be able to give Godly leadership in the area of education.

                • The team of 11 from Louisiana in Malawi September 2-10.

                • The great start to the MP (Menstrual Pad) project because of many women lending their hands.

                • The SAFE staff in Malawi who are the hands and feet of Jesus to so many.

                • The maize given to 1,320 gogos, child-headed households, and poor single mothers in April. Because of the drought in the Central and Southern regions last year, many had run out of maize. ADMARC, Malawi's organization that markets bulk maize granted SAFE the remaining 460, 100 lb. bags of maize needed for the Gogos and children. 200 were released in February. The funds that came in from Gogo groups and individuals that provided the bags of maize.

                • The Gogo group leaders in the U.S. U.K., and Australia who work hard to inspire all of us and show us how to engage and bring hope to the gogos and orphans.

                • The stroller given to the 1 1/2 year old little boy with cerebral palsy whose mother died so his aunt can take him for therapy.
                    
                • Funds given to scholarship orphans who want to go to secondary school and other educational needs. Only 18% of Malawian children go to secondary school (high school).
                   
                   
                • The successful meeting with 162 gogos at Mposa village where they made their little maize bags and were taught how to use the Gogo Prayer Booklet lessons for their meetings.

              • The building finished for the Tadziwana preschool, latrines, and outdoor kitchen! It was so well done and given recognition by the District Commissioner. This is a village where 85 little preschooler meet in a stick inclosure with only dried grass for a roof. Also thankful for the faithfulness of the Rancho Baptist gogos!

              • The maize given to 1,320 gogos, child-headed households, and poor single mothers in April. Because of the drought in the Central and Southern regions last year, many had run out of maize. ADMARC, Malawi's organization that markets bulk maize granted SAFE the remaining 460, 100 lb. bags of maize needed for the Gogos and children. 200 were released in February. The funds that came in from Gogo groups and individuals that provided the bags of maize.

              • The Gogo group leaders in the U.S. U.K., and Australia who work hard to inspire all of us and show us how to engage and bring hope to the gogos and orphans.

              • The stroller given to the 1 1/2 year old little boy with cerebral palsy whose mother died so his aunt can take him for therapy.
                  
              • Funds given to scholarship orphans who want to go to secondary school and other educational needs. Only 18% of Malawian children go to secondary school (high school).
                 
                 
              • The successful meeting with 162 gogos at Mposa village where they made their little maize bags and were taught how to use the Gogo Prayer Booklet lessons for their meetings.

              • The successful fashion show and garage sales held by some of our Gogo Groups to raise funds for their villages. And for all the love, prayer, and hard work given to make these projects possible. 

              • Dick Day's care and healing while in the U.S. and safe return to Malawi. They were so thankful to have the great doctors at John Hopkins to do the successful surgery.
                 
              Suzi Hamilton
               helping with the editing of Kernels now that Pam Gott has gone to be with the Lord!

            • The tuition money that was needed for Cathy Cheonga, one of our staff to get an added certicicate in Early Childhood Education this coming year.

            • The Gogo cookbook, Serving Up Hope, was chosen for third place by Morris Press for their cookbook of the year contest for 2012. This honor came with a $1000 gift for some of the needed funds for the building projects going on in Tadziwana village.

            • The distribution from the Warehouse of the Ark's contents being completed!

            • The hiring of Brenda Sanama as our new Community Based Childcare Center SAFE staff assistant... for the training of caregivers and monitoring children in all our sponsored villages. Brenda was the director for Makungula CBCC for many years.

            • The widow knitting sweaters for babies in the Kangaroo Ward from yarn we sent. And she can now care for her three children. 

            • Funds already given for the wells in Kondanani and Tadziwana!

            • The wheelchairs and bicycles given to the lame and needy in Malawi!

            • The blankets and clothes given to over 1000 preschoolers.

          • The Story of Jesus film that was shown at Namisonga Day Secondary School; Zomba district-Very active Why Wait? Teacher there said; "the light is still shining"! Our SAFE staff Ben Khoswe went out and delivered 250 Bibles there. Many students came to Christ.

          • Great blessings and connection as 130 blankets were passed out to cold gogos in a new village called Kawiya Chiyambi. It was our first time to share God's love in a practical way with this village.The 130 blankets were bought for the gogos who were cold in our newest village Chiyambi... all because of one person who sent some e-mails!

          • The encouraging time Gogo leaders in Southern CA were able to gather together in May 25 for some hours of prayer and planning.

            • Joyce one of the first little orphan babies we have given formula and then food to for 3 years. She is now a healthy preschooler going to the Community Based Childcare Center in Mwaiwandigwela village. We are now providing formula and training for three other babies.

            • The Ark being finished and filled and placed on a ship named the "Ivanhoe" that is now on the high seas headed for Malawi!

            • The successful printing and laminating of a newly written version and translation of the Wordless Book Gospel story for the Children and Gogos in Malawi. They are on The Ark! Pray for the Holy Spirit to apply this simple Gospel message to hearts and bring many children and gogos into a saving knowledge of their Savior, Jesus.

            • Those who helped in large and small ways to see the filling, finishing and departure of the Ark and for all of those who worked to gather the things needed to go in it!

            • For the team preparing to go in August to finish the retro-fit of The Ark into a building and to up the playground equipment.

            • The former student of Moira who led the way for the City Counsel's approval of land to become a Community Park with the playground we are bring and the Ark to be a Youth Center. They are even planting tress and providing a 24 hour policeman for guarding it!

            • The former student of Dick Day's from 1993-1994 who turned out to be the Duty officer receiving our container for inspection and duty free approval!

            • The word that the harvest this year is adequate for the needs of the gogo families and their donations of maize to the children's feeding program. They are giving great thanks to the Lord for this in some villages. (We have not heard from all of the villages yet though)

            • For the successful, safe trip for the Louisiana team to minister and film in their village area of Kachindamoto and Zomba villages! We thank the Lord for them and for the lives they touched through the Jesus film and the KAW training and their presence there. (pray for those who prayed to receive Christ)

            • The Gogo group leaders in Malawi and in the U.S. faithfully serve the Lord and their sisters.

            • The expansion of the soy project to six villages and for all the money and people resources that God has provided for it. The program has started October 18 and will go for eight months. And for Jean Phiri who is now in Zomba directing the Soy Agricultural Project again this year in 6+ of our villages.

            • The provision of sponsorship money for our first school near Simiyoni village so the 34 teachers have the training and resources to teach the Why Wait?, Jesus character curriculum in the public primary school there. 22 of our little one from the preschool have just started their first year! This is true for all of our villages just different numbers!

            • The gogo in Kawiya Tadziwana that her grand baby, Patuma, is growing healthy with the formula we are providing and that the two other little ones are being cared for too. She came to give Mary gifts of mangos in thanks for helping and the Christmas gifts.

            • The sick baby girl named Pemphero. Her mother died when she was 6 months old and her gogo was so old and weak the chief in Simiyoni has taken her in as well as her little sister about 7 years old. She is learning to walk again. Thank the Lord that these children will be blessed in the care of this Christian woman chief.

            • The extra soy seed we were able to buy from Stephen Carr in November... enough for ALL the gogos in the Zomba villages.

            • The fertilizer money sent 10/18/11, passed out to gogos in November with much thanks and praise to God. Also, for the fertilizer that was available for them when there was such a problem with availability in Malawi.

            • The new 13 secondary school (high school) students who are orphans and now receiving school fees and uniforms. Also, for the six we are already helping. Pray for their needs to be met and for their determination to do well.

            • The Gogo Grandmothers cookbook, "Serving Up Hope" that was present and ready for action at the Gogo retreat.

            • The wonderful Gogo Grandmothers retreat where 50 leaders gathered to pray and plan and learn from one another.

            • For the financial gift for the Soy Project that was given as a result of someone buying the cookbook and responding to a scripture on one of the divider pages.

            • The JESUS Film leadership who are going to supply us with two new digital projectors for our village work to be able to show the JESUS Film to over 500 at a time or a small group too.

            • The Safe arrival of the suitcases being brought back by Adam Payton's team who took over our things being sent to our SAFE team for villages in July. That included the safe return of wood carvings and cloth for us here to use in fundraising.

            • The medicine that Moirs's son needed has come into the country! Medicine has been very scarce in the last few months.

            • The successful training done in the Central region for 21 villages in Kachindamoto.

            • Dick and Charlotte Days time with family and ministry friends in the US

            • The new Gogo Group in Laguna Beach called WWW Gogo Grandmothers Group they just had their first meeting in July.

            • The newly forming Gogo groups in Louisiana that will sponsor the Kachindamoto villages in the Central District of Malawi.They have already sent a gift that will make possible the trip by Mary, Catherine and perhaps Irene, June 19-- July 1, to do the initial training for Gogo Grandmothers groups. They will also assess and train preschool caregivers and set up the feeding program in the Community Based Childcare Centers.

            • The funds provided by one of our US Gogo Groups for a treadle sewing machine and supplies for the SAFE Youth program in Kondanani village.

            • The new roof for the Community Based Childcare Center in Makungula village.

            • The Christ centered lives and teaching of all our SAFE staff.

            • The soy and maize in the community gardens that are being dried and given in abundance to the CBCCs/preschools. What a blessing for the children this year! Thanks also for the giving here from US grandparents that has modeled giving to the gogos for the children in Malawi.

            • The tables and chairs made for the preschools in Kondanani and Simiyoni. Groups here sent the funds for this furniture and now the older children will be better prepared when they begin primary school.

            • The safe arrival of some of the carvings we ordered. They came over with Jon, one of the Day's children this week.

            • The opportunity to apply for funding from a local agency for the Why Wait? training of teachers in the primary and secondary schools near our sponsored villages.

            • The medical report that came back that Dick Days cancer remains in remission!!!!

            • For all the wonderful Gogo groups here in the US who are accomplishing so much with their prayer and care for the gogos in Malawi.

            • The gogos and children who are coming showing their arms and saying, "Look, no more mosquito bites!"

            • The two radio shows our staff now record for Saturday and Sunday airings. Irene Chaluluka does a healthy parenting five minute spot and Moira Chimombo does a Why Wait? one. They both also do a weekly newspaper column on those subjects. They are getting God's Word and truth out in new ways and getting great responses. PTL

            • The successful distribution and instruction about family mosquito nets in all of our Zomba area villages. The Zomba Gogo group helped our staff in this task demonstrating and sharing testimonies. The TV, radio and newspapers covered this event and it was on the television for three days. Irene, met one gogo who said, "Look at my arms, no more mosquito bites!" Irene went on to say, "Alleluah! We really thank God for all this! May He grant blessing to all the U.S. gogos who strtch their hand to the needy. Pray for continued favor and testimony for Jesus in all of this.

            • The Muslims who have come to know Jesus as their Savior, both orphans and gogos.

            • New school fees provided now for 6 secondary students in Kondanani village. They are now able to go to boarding schools for a better education. Pray for their ability to succeed, to follow Christ and make a difference in Malawi. All have amazing stories of loss and poverty, but also of hard work and courage.

          • All the funds needed are being sent December 2 to finish the Kondanani CBCC preschool. The pastor and gogos  gather weekly to thank God for you and this provision.

          • The 100 bags of fertilizer that were kept safe from theft in the Day's garage until it was needed for the Seeds of Soy and Joy planting. It was much cheaper to buy it early!

          • Our almost 900 gogos and preschool teachers got their fertilizer and safely and have now planted because the rains have begun.

          • The eight Gogo Grandmothers Groups in the US that meet once a month to pray for the gogos and children and plan fundraising projects. Along with the contributions of our Sponsors of a Village Gogo, fertilizer will again be provided. Last year it was for 400 gogos in five villages. This year it was given to over 900 gogos in 10 villages. Praise the Lord!

          • For the successful Boutiques, Brunches, Photo Shoots, Coins for Corn, and Garage Sales that were held to raise awareness and funds this Fall.

          • Seeds of Soy and Joy: God literally placed Jean Phiri on Charlotte's doorstep... just as Charlotte was asking God for the way forward with this project... Jean knocked on her door and has now said "Yes" to directing the project. Jean has her degrees in agriculture and nutrition and a masters in Community Development. She had just returned from a two year successful project growing soy and increasing the yield of maize. It also focused on the improvement of malnourished children in villages. After months of training 105 gogos, child-headed households and widows, they just planted their seeds.

          • For the blankets distributed this year. It is often listed as a gogos important asset.

          • Linda Clementeour Gogo Grandmothers leader at Rancho Baptist Church in Temecula had surgery for back pain and has found relief from the terrible back pain she was dealing with.

          • Dick's blood tests came back from South Africa and we went to the wonderful Malawian internist at private hospital in Blantyre....Praising the Lord....He has answered ours and many of yours prayers....His IGM which determines the cancer is the lowest it has EVER been....and without the chemo treatments! How thankful we are....and that means God still has work for us here in Malawi! Thank all that you know that prayed

          • For the wonderful three day training, August 4-6 in the Kids Around the World Curriculum. (flannel graph Bible stories on the life of Christ, that connects with The Jesus Film for Children). Two CBCC caregivers from each of our villages attended and learned and practiced 10 stories-- thanks to the donations given by our groups in the US. Also, thanking the Lord for the Chichewa Bibles given to each CBCC (preschool). School starts, September 7, 2010.

          • That Sammy Bakali the carver who makes our wooden carved items for Gogos is out of the hospital. Leslie just got an email from him and he is so grateful for the work we give him and is ready to carve. But pray for Sammy to come to know Jesus. He is Muslim.

          • That the Days now have wireless internet connection at home! Oh how this will help in the communication for the ministry!

          • For the wonderful Gogo Retreat in Southern CA, August 28th, that both gave vision and equipping for the work ahead of us!

          • The trip our SAFE staff took to visit our three northern villages July 12-17. They passed out over 300 blankets to needy gogos and evaluated the progress being made in the CBCCs in Thowolo, Chipayika and Luzi villages. There was much joy and encouragement shared.

          • Winter' in Malawi....and it's cold in the tropics! But 461 very needy Gogos and other poor are now warm at night in the Zomba area, due to the love and 'warmth' of you Gogos in the States. How we as a SAFE team wish you could have been with us---sitting with the Gogos...reading the Word, praying, and then to see them going home with blankets on their heads... singing and dancing!

          • When the blankets were passed out in Simiyoni village, the little woman chief captured the hearts of all the gogos as she spoke of the love of Christ shown to them from the US gogos. Praise God for these connections of His love.

          • Staff double cab vehicle.... Answered! See Africa News for story of this wonderful provision. There was a great need for a new vehicle for the staff... the old SAFE cars needed constant repair all the time! But you pay double for a double cab truck, so God provided a one year old Toyota double cab truck with a canopy, no repairs needed, and only about 15,000 miles on it!

          • Gogos are bringing baskets of maize from their gardens right now to fill sacks provided to store the maize for the children's feeding program this year in each village. Everyone is thanking God, because the rains were unpredictable this year. This is the gleaning of their fields and the giving back a portion to the children.

          • TALA (Teaching and Learning Aids) prepared by Charlotte and Kim have been given out to all our Community Based Childcare Centers with training for the caregivers. Musical instruments were made from bottle caps, bamboo and tin cans. They laminated visuals from old calendars, etc. They have also been purchasing replacements of paper, markers, etc and bought plastic bins for storage.

          • Bicycles given to our caregivers in many of our villages to help with the transport of food for the preschools etc...

          • 1000 hard backed English Bibles given to us for classrooms where the Why Wait curriculum is being taught!

          • For a wonderful training seminar our staff both facilitated and participated in for early childhood activities that have little cost to villages, like making paints out of flowers, leaves and brick ash and glue out of cassava, a root that flour is made out of.

          • Stephan Carr is making available a special soy seed he developed for Malawi for our Seeds of Soy and Joy project.

          • The Story of Jesus for children: May 2010 Our dear SAFE staff member, Irene has been showing "The Jesus Film" for children 3 times a week, mostly in the rural area primary schools. In two months we have already reached 9721 pupils in the rural schools of Zomba. It is in the Chichewa language and the children are so responsive....they cry when Jesus is crucified; clapping when he is alive, and are just enraptured and have so many questions and want to know God. Many Muslim children, while they are watching The Story of Jesus for Children, when they see Jesus, they go up to the screen and touch the picture... trying to hug Him. Irene told me with tears that she then is able to tell them they can have Jesus in their hearts. Only God knows...but He hears our prayers for these little ones. Thousands are responding as it can be shown to 1,000 at a time in one school! It so fits in with the WhyWait? curriculum.

          • Prison work: Irene is following up on the Why Wait? training she did in Zomba Prison for the guards and women prisoners' children.

          • New staff member: January 2010
            We have a wonderful new staff member for SAFE,Catherine (Cathy) Cheonga, a teacher and Why Wait? trainer of trainers to work with Gogo Grandmothers and assist Mary Phiri with early childhood education in our villages. Wonderful provision! She is such a joy....great skills and a smile ... and precious testimony...accepting the Lord from her dying teenage son years ago! God also provided a home for her near Moira's so she can be picked up easily.

          • Bicycles:
            Mary, Kim and staff have been delivering 30 bicycles given by UNICEF to our trained caregivers/teachers for use in our Community Based Childcare Centers and Gogo ministry.

          • Memorandum of understanding from Malawi's Ministry of Education:
            It was finally granted after three years and with total permission to continue to go into the schools of Malawi with the Why Wait? curriculum and to continue the training of teachers in all levels of primary, secondary and college. This is the prevention end of the ministry that will save lives and prevent orphans and more orphans.

          • Seeds of Soy and Joy:
            We received $10,703.24 as a grant to begin a program to educate the gogos in a number of villages to plant and process soy seed in order to help provide the much needed protein for the children's diets. This is a pilot project that if successful can be expanded to many villages. The program is starting now preparing for the next growing season under the leadership of Jean Phiri.

          • New Villages:
            We are thankful for our new villages, Lower Kawyia, Upper Kawyia, Sadzi and Kachere.

          • Makungula:
            Makungula village has become the preschool where new new caregivers (teachers) from our villages can come for inservice... because Makungula does such an excellent job with their preschooler's Community Based Childcare Center!

          • Simiyoni:
            $5,000 was sent to completely finish the Simiyoni preschool and gogo meeting place! 
        Praises From the last Update:
        • (Nov. 21, 2008) Baby Natasha in Simiyoni Village. She is the baby who was 3 months old but who looked more like a 1 month old! Her grandmother, Gogo Martha, was trying to breast feed her from her withered breast!!! After Charlotte gave her the formula makings and vitamins and showed her and other gogos helping her how to use a baby cup, boiled water, soap and how to mix the formula, she returned a few weeks later to find a smiling chubby cheeked little baby girl, everyone calls "very clever."

        • (Nov. 21, 2008) HUGE PRAISE! The funds for the fertilizer came in from sponsors, individuals and Gogo Grandmothers groups that held fundraisers. Then some government vouchers became available that brought the cost down for many gogo who were registered. What seemed to be the impossible need of fertilizer for all the gogos in our targeted villages-- was met this November, 2008. Now the rains can come!

        • (Sept. 20, 2008) 36 Gogo Grandmothers held their bi-monthly meeting at Makungula Village. They winnowed and sorted the dried soybeans...110#s..., which will be roasted, ground and used with the ground maize to make a nutritious porridge for the orphans and vulnerable children in the village. Soybeans have been distributed to our other villages too. This scene is being repeated in Simiyoni, Kondanani, Mtogolo, and Mwaiwandigwela. The grandmothers are sorting and winnowing the soybeans, bringing their flat baskets (licheros) that are the important 'kitchen' item in a Malawian household. Charlotte, daughter Kim and Mary Phiri did a Bible study on God's creation of seed-bearing plants and provision of food; then a teaching on nutritional foods available locally, having put together a food pyramid chart and a basket of fruits, veggies and dried beans and seeds. A good discussion followed with prayer

        • (Sept. 2008) Five teams visited the Gogo Grandmothers' work in Malawi this summer. Each has their own stories about teacher trainings, a medical clinic, a DVD produced, Gogos and orphans given sweaters, headscarves and blankets. Hundreds of blankets were distributed to Luzi, Thowolo, Kondanani, Mwandigwela, Mtogolo, Simiyoni this season.... all thanks to sponsors, Gogo Groups and the Lord's provision. One gogo (grandmother), when given a blanket, shared that it was the first real blanket she had EVER owned

        • The Here's Life Mission to Africa group from the U.S came to Mtogolo village June 8-16 to hold a medical clinic. There were 22 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others in their group...and a 'pharmacy' that brought $150,000 of meds!!! A new challenge!!! In Mtogolo we have trained teachers; and they have a good Gogo Club going and are not near clinics or hospitals for medical needs. (One doctor for every 55,000 people in Malawi) and they are very open to Christian outreach.

        • This is the praise that Jean Kalinga shared after their visit. (This was the village she grew up in.) "Praise be to the Lord for listening to our prayers. Thanks for choosing us among thousands of communities in Malawi to benefit from "Here is Life" Medical and pastoral team. We got healing medically and spiritually. There is so much going on here; people's lives are changed forever. We are so happy- thanks for easing the pain of disease, death and hopelessness.

        • Thanks too for the new Gogo Grandmother group in Deltona, Florida that has decided to help sponsor this village.

        • Josh and Dottie McDowell visited the work of Why Wait? and Gogo Grandmothers with their daughter Heather from May 30th to June 5th. Josh spoke at Chancellor college campus church and the CC Great Hall on June 1 to both students and faculty. Many students placed their faith in Jesus and committed their lives to Him. The Westmont students who were there with their team really connected with the Chancellor College Students even singing and dancing with them. Josh and Dottie are also sponsors of a village gogo in Mwaiwandigwela Village and went and passed out headscarves and blankets.

          See Dottie's story in Africa News.

        • For Gogo Grandmother groups in Makungula, Simiyoni, Mtogolo, Zomba and Thowolo who have made the small cloth "maize" bags with their names and number of orphans cared for. These have been available to Gogo Grandmothers groups in the USAfor donations, providing funding for fertilizer and prayer for the Malawian gogos.

        • For the trip Paul and Leslie Lewis took to Malawi Oct.15 - November 1, 2007. They participated in village gogo meetings in Makungula, Simiyoni, Mtogolo. They also got to help open a work with 61 gogos in Thowolo, a village in the Northern region of Malawi. Leslie taught the four steps of prayer in the gogo meetings. She encouraged the gogos to leave behind a legacy of prayer for their children and grandchildren. Leslie saw the orphans and vulnerable children with their caregivers in the village preschools (CBCC-Community Based Child Care Centers that go hand in hand with the Gogo work). Fertilizer was distributed in two villages.

        • For the active Gogo Grandmother Group in Zomba that helps the staff minister to the needs of the village grandmothers in their area. The Zomba group decided at their November meeting to have a meal together with the village gogos, taking some of the food out to Makungula, Simiyoni and Mtogolo villages. The village gogos helped with produce from their gardens... a combined city-village Gogo Grandmothers gathering.

        • For the wonderful U.S. Gogo Grandmothers Advisory Board God has given us. They have taken on the jobs we might otherwise have had to raise funds for; accounting, the store, graphic work, website, etc. They act more as staff than a board. All U.S. Gogo Grandmothers staff are volunteers too.
             
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