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Worst Economic Crisis in 30 Years – Part 2

Schools- rural village

Statistics Outline the Problem The World Bank estimates between 40 million and 60 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty (living on less than $1.90 a day) by the pandemic. This will be the first growth in extreme poverty since 1998, when the Asian financial crisis hit. It adds to the more than 600 million people…

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Ezelina Sings a New Song

Ezelina's home village

Mzuzu, Malawi … It was a warm, pleasant Malawi day when Ezelina Mvula made her way to the Jomo Road church building. She had heard from a church member that this congregation was one of the locations where Action for Progress was distributing mobility units.  Ezelina had a particular reason for this trip down Jomo…

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Worst Economic Crisis in 30 Years – Part 1

LUIS SINGANO

Covid Cripples Malawi Economy Lilongwe, Malawi … “The COVID crisis is leading least developed countries to their worst economic crisis in 30 years, with per capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for the group expected to fall by 2.6 per cent this year,” said Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General, during a virtual press conference. In a recent review of…

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Jerry Saw Opportunity Everywhere

Jerry Winstead reviewing supplies in Malawi

We met Jerry Winstead when he made his first trip to Malawi. He was a church elder and worked closely with Smith Howell, also an elder at the Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven, Mississippi. Both were committed supporters of the work in Malawi. Smith was older than Jerry and when we met, Smith…

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Converting Stadiums while Digging Graves

Bingu National Stadium

Lilongwe, Malawi … While statistics indicate the pandemic of Covid-19 is on a rampage in Malawi, perhaps the seriousness of the problem is seen more vividly in the following news items. ———- Soccer Stadium turns into Covid Hospital In Lilongwe, the Ministry of Health is setting up Bingu National Stadium as an emergency Covid Hospital. …

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Community Rallies in Support

Trailer loading volunteers

Lebanon, Indiana … The central Indiana community of Lebanon has been viewed as a sleepy bedroom community for the larger capital city to its south, Indianapolis. While Indianapolis had a metropolitan population of more than two million in 2020, Lebanon was home to just over 16,000. Although much smaller in number, Lebanon’s outpouring of support…

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Out for a Test Drive

Jim Messenger tests a BUV

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engine grand touring car. The Super Sport version is the fastest road-legal car in the world, with a top speed of almost 270 miles per hour. How amazing would it be to test drive a brand-new experimental car like that of the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4?  At that speed a better phrase might…

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THIS WATER IS FOR YOU

Warehouse & Well

West of Lilongwe, Malawi … Next to the recently constructed distribution center where the  Malawi Project ships its medical, educational, and agricultural supplies, a well was built to service the warehouse and the people from nearby rural villages.  So, with that in mind, picture the following…The late afternoon sun will soon cast its long shadows across…

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PROBLEMS WITH DIFFICULT SOLUTIONS

A woman hoeing

Roadblocks to Progress Lilongwe, Malawi … Many well-intentioned people see the extreme poverty in emerging nations and believe a simple solution exists. All it takes, they conclude, is sufficient funding. This nagging problem will dissolve if enough money is raised. After all, that has been the answer to many problems in the west! But, in…

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