Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
– Isaiah 41:10
Today, we encourage you to pray for the most vulnerable children like Idah, Amos and Erick who you know by name. Hands at Work deeply desires for each of our children, to have a personal relationship with Jesus, knowing and believing the unconditional love that He has for them. Ask God to give the most vulnerable children a spirit of joy and hope in the midst of desperation. Through the Godly display of love from their Care Workers, pray for each child to feel a sense of belonging, hope and love for their future.
Idah* is a 10-year-old girl, living with her mother and four siblings in the community of Chinku. Her father passed away when she was only two years old, leaving her mother, Ellen*, solely responsible for providing for her young children. Ellen did all that she could to meet her children’s needs but it was an immense challenge. In 2014, Idah and her siblings were identified by local volunteer Care Workers as amongst the most vulnerable and invited to attend the Care Point where they would receive a hot, nutritious meal daily and support with their education and basic health care. – Chinku, Malawi
Dan Waspe, International Volunteer (UK) reflects on growing leaders out of the most vulnerable communities across Africa: "We took a trip to one of our communities in Chinku, Malawi. We set off on Simon’s motorbike but after only a few minutes of driving, it started to torrentially downpour. We headed up the dirt track but it became increasingly difficult. We sought shelter for a while and when the rain eased slightly we pushed on. Eventually, it become completely impossible and the wheels were clogging with mud and we started slipping off. We turned around and headed back down the mountain to find another way. We were completely soaked. We got someone to collect his bike and found other bikes that were going a different way to Chinku. After 5 hours of being soaking wet we arrived in Chinku for the night. Never once did Simon even consider not going and giving up. It wasn’t even an option. Simon is humble, teachable and eager to learn. He has grown in his willingness to challenge the communities that he works in, and his culture. He is becoming braver in fighting for our children and our communities. Simon is hungry to learn and is honest in his strengths and weaknesses."
“It was a wet, slow and very eventful journey to Chinku Community today. It was pouring rain and we slipped off the motorbike twice. At times we couldn’t get the bike to move through the mud down the mountain. A man turned up out of nowhere and helped us push it down. After he let we decided to swap the bike for a mini bus, and now we’re on our way.” – Dan Waspe, International Volunteer (UK) #Malawi #DanInMalawi