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SPECIAL BOOKS FOR SPECIAL STUDENTS

Kamuzu Academy for students whose scholastic standing placed them in the gifted student category

Kasungu, Malawi … Malawi’s first President established the Kamuzu Academy for students whose scholastic standing placed them in the gifted student category. President Banda recognized that Malawi would need business, government, and community leaders who could excel; thus, a school that could stand out in the crowd, and students who would lead the nation forward.…

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“I’LL HAVE A HAMMER NOW”

Hammer with nails on a rough hewn wooden board

In 1949 Peter Seeger and Lee Hays released a song called, “If I had a Hammer”. The song did not reach the top of the charts until the trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded it 13 years later. Their version of the folk song became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in August 1962.…

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THE STARFISH STORY

A starfish on a beach

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast…

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MESSENGER’ MESSAGE ABOUT MALAWI

Jim and Ann Messenger in Lilongwe

My wife and I returned from two weeks in Malawi on 10/1/18. Our group of eight traveled throughout the country visiting various sites and projects undertaken by the Malawi Project. This was my second trip to Africa but just my first to Malawi. This was one of the most emotional series of events in my…

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A LIFE SAVING TOOTHBRUSH

Beautiful Smile with toothpaste in the foreground

Sitting in the home of the hospital administrator we listened as she described the problems she faced at this small rural hospital. We had only been in Malawi for two years and were still learning. Much of what we were learning was new, and a lot of it was almost impossible to believe. “It is…

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A “BIG OL” JUG IS TRANSFORMED

Water jug used for collecting donations

Rochester, Minnesota … When entering the church auditorium, one can easily mistake the large jug near the front of the building for a large water jug with writing on the side. But during the assembly, when Steve Sikes, the minister for the Rochester Church of Christ, signals the children it is time, there is an…

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COMPASSION – A ROCHESTER WATCHWORD

Quilts draped over the pews in a church

Rochester, Minnesota … For many who bring family members to the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, the little church just minutes east of the clinic is recognized for its compassion for helping people in need. In fact as early as the 1950’s members of the congregation were assisting families who arrived in Rochester…

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HAND TOOLS TO MALAWI

Holding Package

Senga Bay, Malawi … His story has inspired companies, not-for-profits, churches, and individuals across the U.S. to gather those extra, often unused, hand tools, box them, and send them for distribution in Malawi. His name is Wadson Sumani, and he and his wife, Judith retired from teaching in the government system, and then they took…

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NEW DRESSES BRING LITTLE GIRL SMILES

Dresses

Msamba Community Organization Kasenda Village, Zomba, Malawi … In a small, remote village in the heart of the sub-Sahara lives a family in a tiny grass thatched house made of mud. A few meters from this village is an old dilapidated building that houses a small Community Based Organization. The organization’s main objective is to…

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BACK TO SCHOOL – STOCK UP TODAY

Back to school supplies

Indianapolis, Indiana … It is back to school time in the U.S., and the stores are crammed with back to school supplies; binders, pencils, pens and paper, notebooks, rulers, and on and on. Bins and bins full of supplies. Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, Target, CVS, Walgreens; there is no shortage of locations offering deep discounts…

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