“Our children saw the stark difference between our comfortable lifestyle and wealth and the hardship and poverty that the people of Mcheneke Community, Malawi, live with daily. They also saw the difference in attitude between their own complaining and discontent hearts and the joyful, grateful hearts of the Care Workers and children that they met, despite their impoverished conditions.”
“This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the two Watchword meetings that were held, first in South Africa and then in Zambia. Despite the passage being the same, what was shared was distinctly different from one another. As such, I learned different lessons from both.”
“We want to serve God by honouring others and bearing their burdens —and also be willing to be vulnerable ourselves by sharing about His faithfulness in our lives —- so that we can rejoice in Christ together.”
George Snyman will be visiting North America in the middle of November to the beginning of December. This is an exciting opportunity for people to come together to hear stories from Africa. We invite you to join him at one of these venues and listen to what God is doing in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa.
“I recall that when I came back from my family's six week trip to South Africa in 2011, I promised that I would remember the orphans every day — that I would not take what God has blessed me with for granted. But six years later, my friends and I were struggling to make this fundraiser a reality. Our priorities were focused on our individual universes that orbited around shallow, temporary things that should not have been guiding our lives.”
“How was your trip to Malawi?” It comes off as a simple question. But I have found it difficult to answer. It’s a trip that has no end since what I witnessed in Malawi continues to change me today. Writing this is another example of this challenge. But I’ll try. Let me start at the beginning.
When I was asked to be part of the first medical mission team from our church, I wanted to say no. Most would assume the reason to be the inconvenience of serving so far from home. But it wasn’t. It was the “medical” part that was my deterrent. Working as an ER doctor for 13 years had placed me in a very dark place. So, practicing medicine would be the last thing I wanted to do outside of work. But God asked. And I obeyed, hoping for a miracle.
In the summer of 2016, Kayla Chang (now 16) went on a missions trip to Malawi through Hands at Work with a team from Grace Church of Alameda in northern California. The team was there for 10 days with the goal of “[building] relationships with the Care Workers…show them that we were there to support them, pray for them, and help in any way that we could…We hoped that the relationships we built could continue in the future when we would send more teams.” Here she recounts her mission and some of her fondest memories.
I think these trips are important because Hands and our teams act as a bridge between these vulnerable communities and the Lord. Although we aren’t doing big things like building them houses or buying them food, our support and presence help the Care Workers and orphans so much. We are showing them that there are people out there who are thinking of them, supporting them, and spreading the good news that God is always watching over them. The Lord called my family that summer to serve, and He is always working through people to go on missions like this. He is always thinking of everyone out in this world. And that’s why I think these trips are important: it shows that the Lord will always provide. It might not be in the way you think, but He keeps sending teams to Africa and working through them to bless the Care Workers and children.