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BURSTING AT THE SEAMS

MALAWI POPULATION CHART

Malawi, Central Africa … To look at the growth chart for the nation of Malawi is similar to looking at a professional boxer on steroids. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger at breakneck speed! Here is what it looks like: Year Population 1965 4,058,673 1970 4,603,723 1975 5,292,808 1980 6,163,080 1985 7,211,105 1990 9,437.553…

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STOCK UP, STORE WISELY

Lilongwe, Malawi … In some parts of Malawi this year saw a better than average crop yield, while in others the recent famine continues into the present and the foreseeable future. Thanks to World Emergency Relief in California, and Universal Aide in Canada, two more shipments of much needed food or on the way to Malawi. Taking advantage of…

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SOME FACTS ABOUT PEOPLE

Population Growth Chart

In 1955 the U.S. population had reached 165.9 million people. Today is tops out at 327.2 million, approximately double what it was in 1955. By comparison, the Malawi population in 1955 was 3,252,000. Today it is at 19,718,000. That is six times the number living in the same space as 1955. The average age in…

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WOMEN SHARE THE LOAD

Labor Sharing is an Everyday Reality Lilongwe, Malawi … In a land where it takes everyone working together to survive, it is not unusual to see a female tribal chief administering the life of the village, or a group of women carrying water along a dirt path, or women wielding hoes in order to plant…

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CHRISTIANS FAR EXCEED NUMBER OF BIBLES

It’s a Sunday morning, and not uncommon for Christians to flock to their respective places of worship. Malawi has a very high percentage of Christians, and the Bible is the most important tool for any Christian. It is the Word of God. This Sunday morning, I traveled 40 minutes north of Malawi’s capital city and…

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UNDER FIVE MINUTES!

Lilongwe, Malawi … In the U.S., Dick Stephens has a document he needs to be sent overseas. He walks to the next room, raises the lid on a 2018 model print/copy/scan HP printer, and lays the document in position. He lightly touches the word marked “scan”, and around the edges of the closed lid, He…

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Groundbreakings and Cornerstones

Lilongwe, Malawi … One usually schedules a “groundbreaking” as an event that precedes the work of the contractor to begin construction. It is like the opening gun at the Kentucky Derby, or the Indianapolis 500. Bang … and we are off and running, but not before you hear the signaling gunshot. But it does not…

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TOP TASTE IN TEA

While sporting one of the smallest land masses in Africa, Malawi comes in number two in the production of tea. Only Kenya, with a land mass nearly five times as big, produces more tea.   Malawi’s tea industry dates back to its meager beginning in 1878. It blossomed in 1891 with the coming of Henry…

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ONE OF THE WORST DISASTERS EVER

The cyclone that struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe this past week is being referred to by the United Nations as, “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.” Two million people have been affected, and destruction is spread over a land mass of 1,200 square miles. Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city…

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NETFLIX FEATURES MALAWI 14-YEAR-OLD

Kasungu, Malawi … The rains had been timely and plentiful, and a bumper crop was predicted. The World Bank read the indicators and saw an opportune moment to call on Malawi to reduce its debt to the World community. In order to make the required payments, it was necessary to sell a large portion of…

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