In Malawi, many of our brothers and sisters experience hunger every year, but since 2002,the situation has improved because of efforts by Malawi Government, the Church and many organizations and individuals to improve crop yield. However in 2014 the weather handed Malawi a difficult challenge, Floods in the late 2014 wiped out homes and crops in parts of Malawi. In early 2015 the rains did not come. The total crop yield is 20-30% below the amount necessary to feed the people of Malawi.
We, at Shepherd of the Hills, have an opportunity to participate in the urgent and immediate relief of our brothers and sisters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, together with Malawi Mission Network, has called for direct financial support to the Malawian Church to support those most in need. This Sunday, Oct. 25th you will be given the opportunity to help in their plight as a special offering will be collected during both services.
How Can You Help? Please participate in a Fast on Sunday, October 25th. When your family rises for the day, take liquids only, and pray for your brothers and sisters who may start many days without food. At each meal time, gather your family for prayer and consider what you might do to alleviate the hunger of the people of Malawi. Please continue the fast, taking liquids only until sunset. At your evening meal, consider what you have done and how you can continue to pray for the relief of your brothers and sisters in Malawi. At least 23 PC(USA) congregations and our partner churches in Malawi are fasting and praying for those in Malawi who are hungry.
In a famine-stricken area, prices rise rapidly, but we might expect a 110 lb bag of corn to cost $22. A trip to a restaurant for breakfast may cost that much or more. Consider how many bags of corn you may be able to contribute during the worship service on Sunday, October 25.
God’s love is abundant!
In just the past few years, Shepherd of the Hills has sponsored over 150 children through World Vision’s Hope Child program, we have assisted in building and funding an AIDS block at Embangweni Hospital, and we have developed a lasting friendship with the Manyamula Presbyterian congregation. As part of this relationship, we have funded the building of a Manse and a grain bank and have filled the grain bank to help the people of Manyamula prepare for times of need.
Current major projects in Manyamula include The Grain Bank, installation of a solar school block lighting system, the education of Pastors and continued improvement to the church campus.
The relationship with our sister church in Manyamula has be ongoing for the last 7 years, and the Africa Team is currently headed up by Tom O’Meara.