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The Mission

God has called us, Luke and Jamie, to take the Gospel of Christ and the hope of His saving grace to a people group in Malawi, Africa that is currently unreached (does not have a significant movement of Christ). He has asked us to use our gifts to work with and disciple children, raising up a hope-filled generation devoted to Christ and actively sharing their faith and hope with others. Though we alone are not able to accomplish this task, we know that through the partnership of individuals, families, and church bodies, Christ will work through all of us together to accomplish His task.

Thank you to those that have already joined this partnership. You are an encouragement to us. If you would like to join us, please send us a note or click on the link above to donate.

Relationships that Take Time and Work

Lately, I have really been thinking of friendships. With Covid so many of us had to do friendship so differently. In this last month, as we have been going out and continuing our friendships and growing our friendships by actually seeing people, it has been a very vulnerable place for me, because for the last year I haven’t had much social interactions with people face to face. For someone like me that is an introvert, maintaining friendships over texts is much more comfortable. But meeting and talking to people face to face this is much more vulnerable and uncomfortable place to be.  I actually have found my self becoming very anxious on a daily basis, its like having to relearn how to interact with people all over again.

Aaron was out of school for almost a year. With Covid and us being in the states, it just didn’t work for him to go to school. In February he started back up. With him not being in school for a year I admit it was hard for him. He was struggling with adjusting back into that environment and making new friends. He was in a new class with all new friends and just like me he was struggling. But slowly overtime he stepped out of his comfort zone and made new friends. Now you would never know that he was the new kid in the class.

For the last 5 years our friendships have definitely been different. I can’t just go to coffee with my mom or my best friend. We have to be very intentional with our relationships now. But I admit I have a very awesome mom and best friend. My mom makes sure that at least once a week she checks on me and the kids. And if I don’t answer, she texts me again. Then my best friend Kim. We have done life together for about 15 years. When we left for Malawi almost 6 years ago, you think. ‘Is this a friendship that is going to last?  I am going to be so many miles apart.’ I admit it hasn’t been easy, it is sacrificial some days. She sacrifices most Saturdays or Sundays in the afternoon just to talk to me and my family. And sometimes I have to stay up till past 10:00pm just to talk to her. But we do it because we love each other and it is worth that sacrifice. She even flew all the way here just because she knew I needed her to. I also have too many people to list that do an amazing job with staying in touch over all this time and over all the time zones.

Sometimes you meet a friend and instantly you are friends. I have a friend Amy and really only had around 6 months where we lived in the same city.  But instantly we were friends. God has called her now to a different country and we are still in Malawi. But last month she flew in and we got to just spend a few hours together chatting and knowing that this friendship even though new is permanent. Now our conversations are over voice Whatsapp. But the tears and the prayers are still felt even a few countries away. I heard someone say that you have teams that you are on, she is on my parent of a child with disabilities team. For us we both have child with special needs. We are on the same team. We are cheering, crying, and supporting each other on this journey we are on.

But then some friends form because of persistence, love, and forgiveness. I have a friend that is around my same age and when we first met, we went to the same church, worked at the same place, and had kids the same age. In statistics of friendship, our friendship should have been so easy. But it wasn’t, we didn’t click and actually we didn’t even really like each other. We misunderstood each other and really hurt each other’s feelings a lot. But one day the Lord showed me how angry and mad I was. I really needed to look and see why was I so angry and mad with her all the time. We could have done the easy thing and just ignored each other and talked only when needed. (Let’s just say I have done this too.) But we didn’t, we decided to talk to each other, prayed for each other, and over the years we became good friends. We didn’t see each other as enemies we saw each other as sisters in Christ. This summer we drove 1400 miles to spend 5 days with her family. It was so refreshing and nice to just be with people that know you and know your bad sides and your good, and you choose to love them anyways.

For the last few years I have been doing a Bible study in a village about 1 hour away from us. It has been amazing to see what the Lord has done. We have been able to pass out around 80 Bibles in that village and more than 150 women have come through to hear the word of God. We still meet on a weekly basis. These women are continuing to learn about the Lord and grow in their knowledge of him.

I admit that we have lived in Malawi for over 5 years but at 40 years of age, learning a new language does not come easy. Sometimes the excuse is that I have three children and a busy life. I heard someone once say that in order to really learn a new language you need to speak it often and speak it badly often. It is one thing to practice with your language tutor, but it is a completely different thing to practice with others. And to make a complete fool of yourself by saying “My child is bleeding” or “My child is a donut” when you meant to say “My child is shy”. Because the words magazi, mandazi, and manyazi are very close and I confuse them often.

So even though I have been meeting with these women for years, I never communicate with them in Chichewa, I always just speak English and take a tutor. But it is really hard to be able to really forge a deep relationship with others when you don’t communicate in their same language. In January I felt like the Lord said ” You have to get over yourself and your embarrassment that you will make mistakes, you have to try harder”. I made it a goal to do language lessons more often and to really practice more and try to communicate with others even though it is hard. I admit it is still really difficult for me to communicate and I still struggle with it. But oh, how the joy of getting out of my comfort zone has been.

I have been going once every two weeks. Before the Bible study I have been meeting with some women from the Bible study. They have been taking turns asking me questions and I am forming relationships with them. One day I was asking about what they were eating for dinner etc.. They said, “Okay next week we will make telele (ocra leaves) and nsima (the staple food of Malawi).” So then the next week, here they come. They brought the pots to cook the food and carried the charcoal on their heads to where we meet and we went to making it. I admit I have made the Malawian food before and when groups have come, we also do this for one of the cultural things. But there are always other people around. This time it was just me and these women. So slowly they started teaching me. I admit I was so nervous but it has been one of my best days here. I wasn’t just that lady that comes and gives soap and Bibles, I was one of them. I was shaking the pot with my bear hands, which they do even when it is boiling. They had to go get leaves so I could hold it because it was way to hot for me. I also cut a tomato not using a knife because there is normally just one knife for several families so they use their hands. And then I had to use a stick to clean the pot afterwards. Then the neatest thing for me was it was time to eat and all the food was put in three bowls and we just eat. Normally I have my own plate to eat, but today I was one of them, I kneeled down and just ate with them with my hands and all. And they were joking and singing and so happy that I was learning to be with them.

To read this, this may be a small thing. But for our lives this was a big thing. It has opened doors to continue to form relationships with them. To talk about my family and how I grew up and to sit and pray with them and mourn with them. These friendships have not been easy and are still forming but they are pure and deep.

Relationships may not always be easy, they may take work, forgiveness, and even learning a new language. But they are worth it.  I am so grateful for my friendships and for stepping out of my comfort zone, even when it is hard and a little uncomfortable.

Home is where the heart is – by Jamie

When I was in my first full time job in the little town outside of Rensselaer, Indiana. I remember talking to  the secretary and saying, “I was just home this weekend”. She looked at me and said, “I wonder when your definition of home changes from your parents to here.” I hadn’t even thought about that. Oh my was she right, my home was actually right there in Rensselaer, Indiana not in Illinois.

Even about 20 years later I still think of that conversation about home. At 40 years old I still think about that sometimes, ‘Where is our home?’. Where would I call it? I have my hometown in Loda, Illinois where I lived for 18 plus years and my mom still lives there. We lived at Camp Tecumseh for our first 11 years of married life. Is that home? The church we love and were invested in for 10 years in Lafayette, Indiana, is that home? Or is Malawi, where we have lived for 5 years now and call it our residence, is that our home?

The funny thing is that as I am writing this post, I am feeling a little bit home-less. Yes, we still pay rent in Malawi and our stuff is still there and we plan on going back there. But we haven’t lived there in over 6 months and when we do transition back, we need to move to a new house. We are staying in my parents’ house, but as much as we love it and we are grateful for it, it really isn’t our home. 

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. In the place where Joseph was from but not even where Mary and Joseph lived. Then because Herod was trying to kill him he had to go live in Egypt. Then they returned back to Galilee. Later when Jesus was 12 and he was lost. His response in Luke 2:49 when his parents found him was “Why were you searching for me?” he asked, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house”.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

Jesus came and made his dwelling with us but it is clear that nowhere in this world was his ‘home’. He came here so that he could return to his Father to prepare our ‘home’.

This Christmas season as we are able to gather with friends or family, or maybe we are not due to Covid-19, or because we live so many miles away from our family, may we remember that if we believe in Christ we will one day go home and spend time with our Father in His house and there will be no more disease, no more sickness, no more dying.

John 14 1-2 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

Philippians 3:20a But our citizenship is in heaven

By looking over the life of Jesus. We see him traveling from place to place. With little belongings and not really calling any place home during his last 3 years of life and his ministry. But I see he surrounds himself with his disciples and his friends.

In Matthew 7:24-27- “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

I feel like my home foundation is filled with so many wonderful people and built on the Father’s amazing love. That this year I feel like the rains came, the winds blew and all those walls I put around me fell down. But my foundation, my village. Those people that surrounded me still stood, still loved me even though I had cuts, and bruises, and scars all over me. They were still there loving me and standing with me. I still have those scars but the walls are built again and the foundation is still sturdy and we can go serve and love people again. 

To answer my own question. Where is my home? I am going to answer it with the famous hallmark phrase “ Home is where the heart is”. Home isn’t a place for me. Home is where my family that lets my crazy loud family crash when we need a safe place to land. Home is our camp family that graciously loves our family and where we will always belong. Home is our church family, supporters, and friends that loves us, broken and fragile, and supports us even when we don’t feel worthy of it. Home is a country on the other side of the world that looks nothing like us, but feels warm and inviting and we know we belong. And most importantly, home is found in the hope of Christ, brought to us in person on that first Christmas.

We are very excited to let you know that we will be going back to Malawi January of 2021. We have been very blessed to have this time in the States and we are thankful for all your continued support.

In the Christmas season as we are pondering the birth of Christ and all that has happened this year. May we know that God is our refuge and may we trust in him. This year has been a year of change, confusion, fear, and lastly a trust in the Lord. That no matter what has happened knowing that he is our refuge. May we continue to trust in him. Psalm 91:1-2 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

God is my home.

Happiness -by Jamie

The word ‘Joy’ has been a very significant word in my life. It is significant because there are times that I have had extreme joy that couldn’t be explained. And then also there were times in my life I felt like joy had been stolen from me and I never thought I would get it back. Joy was the immediate feeling that I felt when Mark was born. Joy is Miriam’s middle name and I have never met anyone that was given so much pure joy as my daughter. And joy is the feeling I feel every single time I look at Aaron.


But lately I have been thinking on the word ‘Happiness’. Joy is a feeling that comes from the Lord. But happiness, what are the things in your life that bring you pure happiness? For me it is a fall day that I can wear boots and a sweater and the leaves are just beginning to fall off the trees. I am snuggled inside in a huge comfy chair and drinking a nice hot chai tea latte while reading a Christian historical fiction book.

We have been back in the United States for around 3 months now. We are enjoying spending time with family and visiting churches and telling everyone about Malawi and our ministries. But it has been a long time since we have been with our friends and doing our ministries in Malawi. In this uncertain time, we are unsure when we will be able to go back. I have been thinking about Malawi and I wanted to share with you a specific moment of happiness that I remember from Malawi.

It was break time for the kids I was working with in the preschool. It was during the hot season in Malawi and it was very hot, probably about 95 degrees. I was at a facility that provides excellent care for the children and has good facilities. But the buildings, compared to American standards, are less than desirable. There are mounds of rocks that are left over from an old building project. Most of the ground is dusty because it is the hot season which means there hasn’t been rain for months. All you have to do is walk outside and you easily get covered with dust. On this day it was so hot outside that my dress was actually sticking and clingy to my legs as I walked and sweat was just running down my face. I was wearing sandals and my feet were completely covered in dust.

In our preschool there were about 15 kids there that day. They had come in the morning and had gotten their normal porridge that they eat every day before school starts. Their bellies were nice and full. We had been doing about one hour of school so they were very happy to come outside and play even though it was a hot day. The kids were rolling old tires around outside. They love to put a ball inside the tires so they can see it go around and around. We have a couple of jump ropes and I had brought bubbles that I made with a homemade recipe.

They were chasing the bubbles in the air and a couple kids were just pulling the ropes around. They love jumping on a tire playground back and forth. The kids were having so much fun that they were talking so fast in Chichewa. That always makes me laugh because I have no idea what they are saying when they get so excited. Aaron was just running around with all the other kids. He had dirt all over his face, but he was just laughing along with the rest of them.

As I was sitting there blowing bubbles, I thought, this is happiness. We are all happy. The kids are fed, safe, and are getting educated. Yes, I am uncomfortable but I am doing the very thing I know that God created me to do. This is pure happiness.

Sometimes I think about that first year we were in Malawi. I hated every single thing about it. I hated the sounds all around me that we were so strange and unfamiliar to me. Malawians have a love to keep their yards clean. Every single morning, they get up at 4:00 a.m. and sweep their dirt and sweep away any of the leaves. This sound along with the chickens crowing every morning had me waking up a little angry. I hated the smells of the fires burning and I really did not care for the food that they loved. And I really, really hated that I was so far away from those that I loved.

I will never forget that moment when I when I was back in America and I started crying. I was crying because somewhere in that midst of all that hating, I fell in love. I fell in love with the people that will travel on foot for over an hour just to give you a gift they thought you would like. I fell in love with the beautiful sounds of the music that I still have trouble understanding. I fell in love with the beautiful children that love me, even though I still forget or mispronounce their name even though they have told it to me 100 times.


Even though I have lived here for almost 5 years. I admit I still can’t speak the language very well, even though I do try. I really still hate wearing dresses most of the time and I can eat nsima but I would prefer not to eat it every day. But I do love Malawi.  I would say that I am not the same person I was 5 years ago. I would say I am much more patient; I am able to have my entire day change in one minute and be okay with that (after taking 10 deep breaths), and I feel like I able to see things in a completely different way than I ever had before.

But there are still parts of me that are still the same. I still love chai latte’s and pretty much drink one daily if it comes in a care package. I still love reading and watching T.V. shows and you will often find me crying during both. And I love just playing and spending time with children and teaching them about Jesus. I am content and I am happy.

In this world right now where everything has changed and there is so many differences, I would love if you would take just a minute and think about that moment that really makes you happy. Where is that place that you know you are doing exactly what God has you do. Just like me it might not be the ideal place but it is happiness and you are right where you should be.

Malawi update during COVID-19


We wanted to update you in what is happening here in Malawi. We have been closely following along with what is happening in the U.S.

We are a full 4 weeks behind the United States. At this point we have 17 confirmed cases and 2 deaths. For the last month there have been hand washing stations everywhere. They have limited the number of people on public transport buses by half, people cannot gather with more than 100 people, and social distancing is being taught.


For most people here in Malawi they don’t have running water in their house. They have to travel just to go get the water. The other challengeis that most people don’t have money to use soap on a regular basis.

As soon as we heard about the virus we went to the store and bought over 400 bars of soap. Luke and I realized a long time ago that one of the gifts that everyone loves is soap. One of my favorite joys is watching a little kid when they receive a bar of soap. They know for that day that will be able to wash their clothes or take a bath. One time I passed it out to a group of women and they laughed with joy and excitement and said, “Our whole village will be clean today.”


Luke and I went out and were able to pass out these bars of soap to the people we worked with and educate them about the virus and how to best prevent the spread of it. When I met with the Bible study to encourage them it was so neat that we were able to give out 3 bars of soap to each of the ladies. They were to keep 1 bar and pass the other 2 bars out to those that were in need of soap. We have seen friends that have given wash basins and soap to churches to help them continue their services.


We have seen political leaders donating hygiene items to local hospitals. And in front of the roadside vegetable markets and vendors we have seen wash basins to help try to slow the spread of the virus.


We also had a friend that went up and down his street passing out flyers of how to keep yourself safe. My favorite thing that has been done is that there was a song written in Chichewa specifically to tell about the virus and how you protect yourself from the it. The song is playing from the back of trucks driving down the road so that everyone can hear it.

(Here is the song https://m.malawi-music.com/song.php?id=13753 )

About a month ago all the schools were just closed. All of them, public, private, preschools, universities and everything in between just closed. Most of the population doesn’t have access to phones or computers. They don’t even have the ability to take home text books. So the kids are just at home. Many of them have been studying for their exams all year so they are just waiting for things to open back up so that way they continue their education. We are very blessed by Mark’s school who are one of the few who have moved online. Since they were open longer than the U.S. they had time to organize everything. He quickly started doing google classroom and has been continuing all of his classes.

We have chosen for the last 2 weeks to just stay in our house and only go out for groceries. This week the president declared full lockdown for 21 days starting this weekend. Truthfully it is very unclear what that will look like at this time. But they have said the army will be out and you are not to leave your house. Right now there are protesters in many towns and some riots trying to stop the lockdown from occurring.


In the words of our language/culture teacher, “For most individuals, they live day to day. They go out and sell things at the market or on the street.  That is their only way of life, without people doing business they will not be able to buy food and then they will die. But if things are not shut down then people will die from the virus.” So most people are making the decision to try to be safe but they have to continue to keep doing things. At this time there is an injunction that has stopped the lockdown from happening until at least next weekend.

This summer is our planned furlough to the U.S. This has been our longest stretch of time in Malawi and we would like to see family and friends and the grandparents are eager to see the kids. Over the last few weeks, I admit it has been a very stressful time for us. We had many friends that overnight had to pack everything up and leave to go back to America. We bought tickets for March 29th then a few days later the flight was cancelled. Then it was declared that as of April 1st no airlines would be entering or leaving and the borders would be closed.

I know many of you have felt fear over these times. I admit this last month I have been filled with fear and with so many things happening so fast some days it is all just too much. I was talking to someone and they said it is so hard when your freedom is taken away and you are told no. When the airport shut down and we realized we couldn’t leave, I broke down in tears. When someone tells you, you can’t do something that you have been looking forward to for months it is so hard. Easily fear started to consume my heart. What are we going to do being locked in this small house with just the 5 of us? My little girl sometimes has a meltdown if she doesn’t go to the store on a Saturday. What are we going to do?

Well we picked ourselves up off of the floor and apologized for yelling at each other. We called trusted friends and prayed and started remembering the scriptures that we know in our hearts. I would love to admit every day has been great and completely focused on the Lord but it hasn’t. This last week has been so hard, there are so many unknowns, so many decisions that needed made quickly. And then on my porch God slowly whispered in my ear, “Jamie, I got this, don’t try to figure this out, I know what you need I am for you, not against you.”

It can feel like that sometimes. That when things you have really wanted don’t work out that the world is against you. That God is against you. But he isn’t. He loves you and he is right there if you sit long enough to hear him. In one week, we will be on a plane back to the states. This is a flight the U.S. Embassy has arranged for those that were not able to get out before the borders closed. We truthfully still don’t know exactly when it is taking off, how much it costs, or how we will get to our final destination. But we know God has got this and we don’t need to worry about it.

We look forward to seeing everyone at some point even if it is from a distance. During this next month we were hoping to concentrate on writing more curriculum. So, for us this break works well and hopefully we can have some time to continue that work in America. And we all get some time to spend with grandma and grandpa. We do know that this flight will be more expensive than we expected. If you would like to help us to get home, please contact us personally and we can get you information on that.

I know so many people right now have so many feelings. No matter what feelings you have, maybe it is anger, sadness, grief, loneliness, worry, or anxiety, God is there for you. Just tell him how you feel and he will definitely be there for you if you listen to him.



The Aftermath – By Jamie

My very loyal readers, sorry for the 6 months of silence. I have no good excuse except to say I have still been processing and leaning on the Lord for wisdom after what happened to us last August. But when you go through a traumatic event like we did, I admit I just needed time to process all of it, to get my footing and listen to the Lord for what he was trying to say to me. If you haven’t read my last post feel free to read it here https://hoperisestogether.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/god-is-real/. But I know most of you that read my last post are probably thinking Why in the world are you still in Malawi? And I know the main question I struggle with on a daily basis is Why in the world did God not protect my family and the visitors from enduring this trauma?

But every time I prayed to the Lord. I heard the same verse resonating.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

What happened to us is not a daily occurrence here in this country. It is a rarity and we don’t know anyone that has had anything like this that happened to them. Truthfully, at least 2-3 times a month, people still come up to us and say, “Oh are you that family that had that horrible incident happen to them”. Every time I share it, there is a rawness and a vulnerability that occurs. But I passionately continue to share the story to say, “Our God is real and will stand with us through the fire”.

There is some turmoil here and politically there is unrest in the country. But most days we can freely move around and do our ministry. Life here mostly just continues as normal. Do I wish that it didn’t happen to me? Yes and No. Yes- I wish that my family didn’t have to experience that, I wish my baby wouldn’t still say  “Mom, Fire, Fire, Fire in my eyes”. But No- God showed up in this amazing way. I know that through our story the Lord’s power is shown. And I know that has helped my husband and I and our children to know how very much that He loves us. In Ephesians it tells us to be strong in the Lord and to stand our ground.

Ephesians 6: 10-13

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Do I wonder why God didn’t warn us and save us from that situation?  Yes! But as I look and read through the Bible, God is always with those he loves. But there are many stories like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In Daniel 3 they didn’t obey the king, but they obeyed the Lord, then they were thrown into the fiery furnace. But God didn’t save them from being thrown into the furnace, but he saved them while they were in the furnace. I am continually reminded of so many people I love that faithfully love the Lord and have endured many painful situations. Every time I start to doubt, he says these words to me, “I didn’t protect you from it, but I protected you through it”.

A dear friend of ours shared this scripture with us right after it happened.

1 Peter 5:6-11 “6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

On days when I am struggling, these are the promises that I cling too. “After you who have suffered a little while”. Yes he says that we will suffer, but only for a little while.

One of the amazing things that Lord has done for me and my family, is that we have no anger towards the individuals that threw rocks at us. The Lord has given us a love for Malawi. I admit, there are many things that I don’t understand about what is happening. But daily I see the faces of those that feel like they are forgotten. They feel forgotten by their government, by their city, and by their God.

The other day I met a woman. She was going from house to house for work. I admit the first time she came I just said No. But she came again. And we sat down and she shared her story with me. She said that her husband was working in another town and hadn’t sent her rent, the landlord was kicking her out. The more we listened the more we heard that her husband had taken a second wife and had left her and her little baby and wasn’t providing for them. This is a story that I hear over and over again.

One of my pure joys has been the work I have been able to be apart of with the women’s ministry. I continually see women that come into the Bible Study broken. Broken by this world. Broken by life.

But oh, now how I love seeing the faces of the women at the Bible Study, they are filled with Joy and Hope. Many of there circumstances haven’t changed but they have the Joy of the Lord that is covering them and protecting them. They have a hope that someone out there cares, and I am glad to be a very small part in that. We are been able to give 75 Bibles out to these women within the year. Many of the women have devoted their lives to Christ for the first time.

We are very excited that many of them have started saving money on a weekly basis and have started small businesses to help their families. We had visitors that came to visit us and we were able to provide a financial training for 45 women. This continues to encourage them and helps their families.

We are also moving from us leading the Bible Studies to the women running the Bible Studies. This has been so wonderful seeing them now leading and taking ownership of the Bible Study. I love how even if we are not able to come, they just come on there own and fellowship and worship together.

Thank You for your continued prayers for our ministry and for Malawi. Continue to pray for us and for our dear country Malawi that we love. Please pray for wisdom and guidance for the leaders in this country and that truth will continue to be exposed and come to light. Continue to pray protection over our family and that he will continue to lead us to where he wants to lead us to go.

I will leave you with one more verse:

1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV) 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.


Christmas 2019 | TRUST

DSCN1799We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that you are able to pause to feel God’s love during this holiday season. As we were thinking over this year and all the blessings and trials that have occurred, the one Word that resonates with us is ‘Trust’. Last year at this time, if we are honest, some of our ministries were going through uncertain and difficult times and it was hard to trust. It was hard to watch things that we love or things we really thought were going to happen just not go the way we thought they would. As a family, we sit down each night and talk about each person’s favorite part of our day, a blessing from God. As we look over this year, it is amazing to see the compilation of all those little blessings that God has given us and we continually keep thinking of all the amazing things that God has done in us and through us. We want to share with you the blessings that have occurred and the areas that God has grown our ‘Trust in him’.

Trusting God in Business

A year ago, Akazembe ministries launched with its first batch of beef sausages and after following the recipe and all the advice that we had received, the flavor wasn’t good and it couldn’t even be sold. We were unsure if the business was even going to get off the ground, but these ladies persisted and continued to learn. Now they are selling over 100 packages of sausages a month. Just recently they added meatballs to the business and will soon add other meat products as well. We are excited to say that they have started paying back their loans. As the business continues to grow, they are in need of additional staff. Please continue to pray for the right individuals to join our ministries. We are very thankful for the blessings this ministry has brought to the community. We are continuing to trust that God will grow the business into exactly what he wants it to be.

Trusting God in the Vision

Created with GIMPLast year at this time, the half-acre at the Hope Home property just sat vacant. During the year a donor came along at the perfect time to allow us to purchase another half-acre and to add direct access to fresh water on site. This year we also built a significant portion of the fence through the generosity of other partners. We hope to finish the fence soon. next year we are hoping to start a building. We have some friends coming in early 2020 to help us start with the planning, vision, and construction phases of Hope Home’s future. Continue to pray for this project and if you would like to donate, please write “Hope Home” in the comments section when you give. We are so blessed to be able to see the progress that has been made. We trust that the vision God gave us for this orphan care center will soon be realized.

Trusting God in the Tasks

IMG_2855cropOur goal to be finished with the first section of the Sunday School Curriculum was set for January of 2019. It took much longer than we thought, so the completion did not come until July of 2019. It was months of just sitting behind a computer editing, proofing, and translating. Our strengths are definitely not just sitting behind a desk. But we trusted that this was God’s task and it is exciting to look back and see all He has done. Within the last two months we have been able to train over 300 Sunday School teachers and hand curriculum to almost 200 churches. At one of the trainings we trained around 40 new teachers to start new Sunday School classes at churches that have never had ministries for their children. We are now continuing to train people in smaller numbers and will continue to encourage teachers and oversee different Sunday School classrooms. We have already started writing the next six months of the curriculum. Continue to pray for these teachers, the children, and for us as we continue to encourage and train teachers all over Malawi. The funding for printing the materials has run out, but we are trusting God for more funding. If any would like to donate specifically to distribute the curriculum to more churches, please write “Sunday School Curriculum” in the comments section when you donate.

Trusting God in the Next Step

The Women’s Bible Study continues to grow weekly. This year the women started a community bank, where they elect people to manage the bank and everyone pays a weekly amount to be a part of the bank. They can take out loans with interest to help them start businesses. We are having a group coming to visit us in January and they are going to do some financial training with them. The women are excited to start a business and continue to grow in what the Lord is leading them. Every week we are amazed by the blessings that come from this ministry and we trust in the Lord for the next steps. Continue to pray for the women and their relationships with the Lord. Next year we would like to start a Saturday program in the community. Pray that the Lord will open up more doors in this ministry.


Trusting God in Politics

We thank you for all the encouragement that you give us. Thank you to everyone who contacted us and have been checking up on us, as there have been some political issues in Malawi. Since May there has been unrest in Malawi due to an allegation that the elections were not fairly run. There is a court battle right now that has continued for several months. At this time, we are safe and we are still able to continue to do all of our ministries. We continue to trust in the Lord that he will bring justice to Malawi and that peace will continue.

Trusting God in Our Family

Mark is now eleven and in sixth grade and is doing well. He has a good group of friends and still loves playing Minecraft. Miriam, ten, is doing homeschooling and we are in second grade curriculum in all subjects. She loves studying botany in her science curriculum. She also is learning the ukulele and is doing a good job. Aaron is two and a half and loves his playschool that he attends two days a week. He is now also attending preschool with me (Jamie) at Grace of God one day a week and loves it.

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We pray that you will sit down this year and look back over the year and count all the amazing blessings that the Lord has given you. This year has been a year of trust, where at every turn we continually are trying to keep our eyes on Jesus and to hear what he has for us and not just what we see. We are so thankful for a God that loves us so much. This year we have seen the hand of God in our personal lives and in our ministry in ways we didn’t know were possible.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

We thank you for your love and support for our family. If you feel led to partner with us financially and allow us to continue the work in Malawi, please see our information below. We need to increase our budget next year due to increasing health care costs and rising cost of living. We currently have pledges for 80% of our budget. As always, we love receiving encouraging notes, mail, and we love cards. Merry Christmas, and beyond all, trust that God loves you and he is very much real and alive.

Luke, Jamie, Mark, Miriam, and Aaron

Luke and Jamie Ulrich
P.O. Box 30606
Lilongwe 3, Malawi




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God is Real

On August 6th our family, along with Christina (our translator), and a team of three college students from Indiana were traveling home from doing ministry and seeing Lake Malawi.

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The day had been a day of relaxation and rest. Our kids got to play in the sand and water at the beach, I was able to read my book (slightly), and we got to see zebras and a giraffe so close it felt like we could have touched them if we wanted.


We were very grateful that months before we had planned that day. There was a planned protest in Lilongwe, the city where we live, and over 1 million people had planned to protest in the capital. We had been in contact with several friends and they said that many areas in Lilongwe were not well during the day and that we should come back later in the day. We had received an email that the protesters were staying in the city. We felt it was fine to travel back home later that day, but we knew to avoid certain areas.

Since our vehicle only holds seven and there were nine of us, we had rented a large van for our trip.


We were about 20 minutes from Lilongwe and we were almost home. As we had traveled there were some fires on the side of the road and we could see that there had been fires burning on the road during the day as part of the demonstrations. It had only been dark for about 10 minutes and then as we were driving, someone hit our vehicle with a small rock. We saw a few larger rocks in the middle of the road up ahead, but assumed that they had done it earlier in the day and it would be safe to drive on.

IMG_10981(These were some of stones that were placed in the middle of the road. Picture taken at the actual location one week later)

There were cars still in front of us and no one had turned around, so we just continued. Then my side window had a brick thrown at it and it shattered. There was glass everywhere but I was fine. The kids started crying. Luke said, “There is police stop right here so it should be fine.” That is when we saw that the Police Station was on fire and we were in danger. The bricks and stones kept flying and breaking other windows and the rocks, fires, and other obstacles in the road became larger and more often in order to slow us down.

IMG_11001IMG_11121(The burn spots on the road one week later)

Just beyond the police stop there was an armored vehicle that was throwing tear gas at individuals to try to stop them. Luke stopped to see if they could protect us and then he saw a tear gas canister roll directly under our car, so we continued a little further. We were hit by more stones and then there was a slight break but we saw more up ahead and could not determine if it would end soon. At this time over 5 of our windows are broken and they are continuing to throw rocks at us. Luke and I knew there was a decision to be made. Do we continue to keep going? Is it safer to turn around and go back the ¾ of a mile we had already come? How long is this going to continue? What if our tires go flat from driving over the large stones in the road? The Holy Spirit told me to yell, “Luke drive as fast as you can and everyone pray”.

In the vehicle we borrowed the only seat belt was in the front. Aaron was beside me in his car seat. But it was the best place for him because he was protected by the thick tempered glass of the front windshield, I laid on top of him. Christina started praying loudly in Chichewa and everyone else also starting praying loudly and Miriam even stopped crying. The next ¾ mile my brave husband drove us through fires and large bricks on the road everywhere, there were bricks hitting all over our vehicle. But the peace of the Lord hovered all over us. And then just as quickly as it began it was over.

I looked up and said, “Is everyone okay”. And I got eight yes’s, followed by one of the college students stating that his hand was slightly cut. He happened to see a rock coming toward his window due to a fire being right there, so he blocked the rock with his hand so that it did not hit his head and he also said, “I am covered in something wet, but we are fine.” (More on the liquid later.) No one else was injured. In all, 8 of the windows were smashed. The back windows were broken but nothing fell out. As far as we could tell, there was not a rock that came through a window that had already been smashed or there could have been serious injuries. Luke’s window was not broken so he could still drive. Even though we had drove through fires and over bricks, the tires were fine and the engine wasn’t damaged. God was there.




Mark sat up and said “God was with us.” For a little boy who still struggles daily with being angry with God for having to live in Malawi, he knew God was within that vehicle.

About four years ago Miriam was learning about Jesus and she learned about when Jesus is going to come and take his believers to heaven. Now for someone that has attachment disorders and anxiety problems, this was scary. In her mind Jesus was someone that would snatch her in the middle of the night and take her somewhere without her parents. After this situation Miriam said “Jesus is sitting next to me.” For her to say that Jesus was with her was a miracle. In that moment she no longer was scared of Him but realized He was there protecting her and keeping her safe. Luke and I through this had stayed calm, I didn’t even shed a tear (and for me that was a miracle). God was with us.

As we were traveling home. Miriam said “Mom the windows are gone and it is night, we are going to get bitten.” For us, it doesn’t matter if we go outside for one minute, we put bug spray on after dark, for us this something that could save our lives. We do not want to get malaria and this is the best way of prevention. Miriam knows that she needs to put bug spray on, but there is no way I can find it right then so we just said a prayer and traveled on.

The rest of the way home we didn’t approach any danger. Somewhere in the mist of all of this, two shields on the bottom of the vehicle had come part way off and were dragging on the ground. All the way back to our house people were shouting “You are dragging something.” What a sight we must have been. Our vehicle had more windows broken than were in tack, it had dents in it everywhere and we were making so much noise because the pieces are just dragging on the ground. As soon Luke stopped and turned the car around in front of our house, one of the pieces just fell off.

When we got Aaron out of his car seat. There was a layer of glass under him. But not a scratch anywhere on his body. The rest of us were the same. God was protecting us.


The next day as we got home and I was shaking and picking glass out of our belongings. I noticed that a plastic bag had a hole it in and one bottle of bug spray was empty. God had a stone shatter that one bag so that bug spray would go all over the pants of the college student and permeate our vehicle to protect us from Malaria. God was in every detail of that situation.


We sent out an email newsletter with a few of these details the week after the event. From that newsletter we received donations that paid for the repair of the vehicle. The donations matched the amount that was needed. It came out to the exact amount in Malawi Kwacha! God is real!

In my next blog post. I will explain more about the safety of our situation here in Malawi and how we are processing all of this. But for now, we are safe there are no protests at this time. But if you take away anything from this story know that God is real. You might think that God doesn’t love you and that God is not real. Well I can 100% tell you that God is living and real. There is no way we could have come out of our situation without the hand of God being a part of it. I am personally struggling with the why in this situation, I daily struggle with fear and guilt, but I know God was there and He is real.

Since that day there has been one other demonstration day. We stayed home and we had heard that similar situations happened to others as what you have just read. The very next day after those demonstrations we were moving about the city freely as if nothing had happened and we are safe. Continue to pray for us and we will update you as the situation develops.

RUXN6200(Just before two of the college students left for the airport)

I will wait and God will Rise -by Jamie

Seven years ago Luke and I were on the phone with our adoption agency. We had been in the adoption process for two years. Our dossier was filed and we were just waiting. For two years we had just been waiting and waiting and waiting. There were so many parts of our life that were just put on hold. We couldn’t try to have another baby or the adoption process would stop. We didn’t want to go on vacations. We didn’t want to commit to ministries. We were just in the waiting process. To say it lightly we were very frustrated at the time of the phone call and all we wanted was hope.

That did not come. The agency said that it looked like it could be another two years before we would be matched with a child. We were disappointed, it felt like all hope was gone. Truthfully, I just didn’t know if I could do this anymore. I took it to the Lord, was it okay to stop. We did what he asked we started the process, maybe that was enough. Maybe after we had our next baby then we could try to adopt again. But both of us deep in our hearts heard the voice say “Stay the course, continue to follow me”. We continued to cling to the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it”


Less than two months later we had seen our Miriam’s face and held her. The little girl we already loved was going to be ours in about seven months. This year in May we celebrated seven years with our Miriam. Yes, there have been so many challenging days, and there still are challenging days. But I couldn’t imagine my life without her. I would miss the constant questions, the times she worries because I have a cold, and all the wonderful snuggles that I get on a daily basis. Oh, I am so glad I waited on the Lord and I am so grateful for every day I have had with her.


Two years ago while we were visiting the Chankhungu preschool, that we went to weekly, the Lord opened my eyes to all the women that came to bring their children. The Lord spoke to my heart that they needed a way to continue to learn more about Jesus. A Bible study was started in February of 2018, the first few weeks we had about 15 to 20 women coming. But then by April there were only about eight women coming. The Bible study continued even while we were in the states till mid-July but there still were only about eight women coming.

When we came back to Malawi in August. It felt like everything started to move very fast. The curriculum was being approved and we had so much work to do to get it ready to be passed out. A ministry that we were working with was starting a preschool and I was volunteering during the week. I was still homeschooling Miriam and was afraid of how not being at home very often would affect her.  It took an entire morning with traveling plus prep time to do the Bible study. I just didn’t think there was anyway that I could do it. Yes, I knew 8 women were important but I just didn’t think I had the time.


A dear friend said, “Jamie, these women need you, no one else ministers to them, you need to go.” Again, I prayed and he gave me verse 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” I sat down with Florence who had been leading while I was gone and Christina our house help. We prayed about what to do and we were led to study the women of the Bible. It has been an amazing time learning more about all the women of the Bible. I just go once a month and Florence does the rest. As time has went on, we have on average 35 women coming and sometimes we have had over 60 women come. Around 40 women have received Bibles because they have come five times or more. Many of the women have started following Christ and they continue to strive to learn and grow in him daily.


Again, I look at how close I was to quitting. How close I came to not getting to know these women. These women that have spoken about how they feel so hopeless most days because of their circumstances. But once a week they can be encouraged about the Word of the Lord. They can feel a little less alone and they can be secure in knowing how much that God loves them. And they can see that someone cares. Someone cares enough to come every week to invest in their lives. And for me when I go, it is my favorite time of the week. This study has grown my relationship in the Lord and it helps me to know the Lord will always sustain me.


This November we were going through a little bit of a discouraging and tough time. Our businesses were both struggling a little bit. Some days it can feel that the amount of money needed to do everything that God has put in our hearts can feel unreachable. The amount of poverty here sometimes makes me feel that there is no way that things can ever be different.

This made me think of the Israelites when they were in Egypt. The Lord had brought them to Egypt. But then after all this time they became slaves. They felt oppressed and forgotten by God. Then Moses came to rescue them but even then, things got even harder for the Egyptians, even after they were rescued, life some days were hard and they didn’t have enough food or water.


In January, as I was praying, the Lord gave me the word ‘rise’. Truthfully, I wasn’t really sure what it meant. But I did know that I was bogged down with so much of my daily life. So many of the things I can not change and so many things that I wish were different. Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”

Right now in Malawi, we just had an election. The election is over but tension, fear, and discouragement fill the air. I don’t know exactly what is in store for our beautiful country of Malawi. But what I do know is that the Lord is there with us. I know that the Lord loves his people. Sometimes it may not feel like that. Sometimes it may feel like he has abandoned us. I saw the verse this week from Hebrews 13:14 “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come”. The Lord continues to speak to me that he wants me to wait in him. He wants me to trust in him. Even when things don’t make sense. He will be the one that will make sense of all of it.


I have learned we need to Wait on the Lord and then he will rise.



May 2019 Newsletter

The Ulrich Family

Serving in Malawi

As we started seeking wisdom for what the year 2019 would bring us, the word that the Lord continued to show us was “RISE”. The year of 2018 brought lots of amazing growth, change, and promises for the future. With excitement and growth also come challenges and obstacles to overcome. The Lord gave us this verse: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Is 60:1-3). May we continue to focus on the Lord and continue to shine His light in the dark places.

Sausage Business


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The sausage business that we mentioned in our October newsletter was launched in November with the name Akazembe Ministries, which means “ambassadors”. The business was started as Luke helped lead a three-day training on how to run a business for the four ladies that will be running the business. This business has been a venture in trust, as neither we nor the Malawians were experienced in making sausages. It took several attempts, but our partners in this business were very persistent and continued to change the recipe until they, and the customers, were happy with the product. They have been selling sausages for six months and the business has continued to grow. Our partners have started paying back their loans with the profits. The profit of this business will go to sustain the future ministry of Hope Home, an orphan and vulnerable child care center.

Hope Home Property


In Malawi it is very important to have a fence on your property to ensure the safety and protection of your investment. We are happy to say that with the funds acquired we have been able to start building the fence. We have not been able to build the entire fence but it is exciting to start the building process. Thank you for your prayers. In Malawi almost every property that is purchased has a boundary dispute that comes along with it. We are happy to say that, although there was a conflict, it was easily resolved and we were able to acquire another small, adjacent plot. We have also been offered a larger plot next to the current one. Please join us in prayer about purchasing this plot of land at this time. We still need funds to complete the fence and to start building on the property. Our goal is to build a building in 2021. Continue to join us in prayer. If you would like to join us in this project to extend hope to these children, please contact us.

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We have six months of curriculum that we had completed. As we started editing the curriculum, we realized there were many additions that needed made in order to make it accessible for the majority of Malawians. These changes have taken several months. But we are happy to announce that the curriculum has been translated and is ready to start to use. We have started organizing the training schedule with the local churches. Continue to pray over the churches, leaders, and children as the curriculum is being used. Many of the churches have not ever had a designated curriculum, so the teachers are very excited to attend the trainings. We are praying that this curriculum will continue to encourage the spiritual growth of thousands of children in Malawi. There is potential for the curriculum to be used in other areas and African countries. Pray for God to give us wisdom to know the direction in which the Lord is leading us.

Women’s Bible Study                      IMG_0260

In October 2018, Jamie–with the help of two other leaders–continued her women’s Bible study in a local nearby village, Chankhungu. The three of us met on a weekly basis to discuss the study. As we prayed for wisdom on which studies would best reach the women, we felt led to study the women of the Bible. We started by studying Eve and have continued through the Bible. We are almost ready to start the New Testament. We have studied the strengths, weaknesses, and growth of each woman. Between the three of us, we continue to teach on a weekly basis. The growth of the women has been amazing to see! On average, we now have 35 women attending, but on some weeks as many as 60, up from an average of eight for the school year of 2017/2018. With donations from specific people, we have been able to pass out more than 20 Bibles and will continue to pass them out. We are excited to see what God continues to do with this ministry. This journey has reminded Jamie to continue ministering and following Him and He will do the rest.

Grace of God Orphanage (GOGO)HOYS9984

The business GOGO Sauces is continuing to expand and grow. We have been able to sell to a few more local restaurants and we have more connections that are being made. It is exciting to see the growth of this business.

This year GOGO has moved from being an orphanage to a community day center and preschool. Jamie continues to work weekly with the preschool and the children continue to learn and thrive in that environment. In November GOGO also opened an afterschool and feeding program. Some of these children have never had an opportunity to go to school and it is a privilege to help them continue to learn and succeed. Jamie gives encouragement and support to the staff in this program as well.

Family and Financial Support           IMG_0090

Our family continues to get more comfortable daily with our home in Malawi. We are so thankful for your prayers for our family and our ministries here. We are thankful that we have been healthy during this last malaria season. In most of Malawi there has been a very healthy crop this year, and we are thankful for that. Pray for the people of Southern Malawi as there were many deaths and losses due to flooding. Many individuals in those areas lost everything and had no harvest this year.
We are very thankful to all of you that have given your financial support for us to continue our ministry here. We are very thankful for all of our very faithful supporters. With the pledges we are funded for 2019 and only need a little bit more support to be able to stay until our next furlough in summer 2020. After our general fund, the building project for Hope Home is the next biggest area of need at this time.

Prayer Needs

  • Continue to pray for the sausage business, Akazembe Ministries, as it is continuing to grow and develop.
  • Pray for all the required permits to be completed with the property where Hope Home will be built.
  • Pray for wisdom and funds to come in if we are to purchase more property.
  • Pray for the upcoming trainings on the Sunday School curriculum.
  • Pray for all the children we work with to continue to learn more about Jesus and grow in their faith and to be able to share the message with others.
  • Please pray for those in Southern Malawi and areas where there was flooding where there were not sustainable or no crops.
  • Continue to pray for our health and safety.
  • Continue to pray for mental health and attitude, as our next furlough isn’t until summer of 2020.

Luke and Jamie Ulrich, Mark, Miriam, and Aaron

P.O. Box 30606, Lilongwe 3, Malawi


Help on Isle 5

When Miriam was about three and a half years old we were doing our normal day of grocery shopping. We were just going along shopping and all of a sudden, I notice there is liquid dripping all over the place. A nice man stopped and was helping me. We looked under my milk and juice and we became really puzzled. Then we looked under Miriam and she was peeing all over the grocery store. Then the man just stood up and yelled loudly “Help on Isle 5”, and then very quickly walked away. Years later I can finally laugh at the story.


We live in a world where we are taught to always be independent. Both Luke and I were brought up with single mothers. So we both are very independent and proud of that fact. But when we are so independent, how do we become dependent on God?  When is it okay to ask God for help? When do we finally say I can’t do this? I need help.

We had lived in Malawi for 1 month. I had been hand washing our clothes, homeschooling the children, cooking over a charcoal pot and taking care of the house without electricity and water most of the time. I was sitting on the back porch and our neighbor came over to me and starting talking to me. She was trying to be helpful but she said, “I never see you mopping the house, you need to mop the house every single day at least once if not twice a day.” I had been moping occasionally but definitely not that often. I went into the house completely deflated and exhausted and cried for a very long time. That is when I knew I needed help.


When we completely love Jesus and follow the Lord we need to finally learn to depend and trust in the Lord. We need to finally say “Lord I cannot do this life without you, I need your help”. If you are like me there are many times in our lives when we continually try to fix what is wrong and try to do it on our own.

When Miriam first was diagnosed with mild intellectual disability, I was determined that I was going to prove everyone wrong. I was going to do whatever possible to make sure that she was treated right and got all the best care she needed. We spent so much money on therapies (that I will always be grateful for). While all of this was good, I was completely wearing myself out. I was trying to hide the fact that my daughter had severe behaviors and I really didn’t know what to do or how to help her. But in the end, I was faced with the honest fact. I couldn’t heal Miriam only God can do that. We are still praying for healing, and I still continue to strive for her to have the best care she needs to be successful, but I need to trust God that He knows what’s best for her.

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Living in Africa where some days life is just plain hard, I have had to realize this very brutal fact. That I need help to do so many things that I used to do independently, otherwise there would be no time for our ministries. But the amazing thing that I have learned over these last few years is that God has put amazing people in my life to help me and I am so grateful for all of them. I have also had to realize that God uses me as a blessing for all these people that help me in all that we do.

I wanted to introduce you to a very special person that we have had the privilege of getting to know since coming to Malawi and she helps us to be able to do our ministry in so many ways.

We need help.  


We have been extremely blessed with our very loyal and wonderful house help Christina. At the beginning it was a relationship of someone that helped me part time do our massive amounts of laundry and dishes, all by hand, so that we would be able to get out of the house and do the ministry God has sent us here to do. But now she is teaching Miriam’s schooling 75% of the time. She loves our children so much. God has placed her with our family to help us in all these things and to also become very involved in many of our ministries.

Many of the children that we work with at the preschools, do not have sweaters. In the winter season, when it is cold, they do not go to school because they don’t have a sweater. Christina saw this great need and she came to us and very cautiously asked if we could have some yarn and needles sent to Malawi. Christina took the yarn that was sent and has taught other women to knit. Around 10 women are now helping to knit sweaters for the children. What a blessing to see these Malawian women, who don’t have a lot themselves, volunteer their time to meet the needs of these precious children.

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Christina also has joined our passion for the women that we minister with. She plays a very vital role in our women’s ministry and has recruited another woman named Florence (pictured below). Between the 3 of us we are able to make sure that the women are being taught from the Bible every single week. Christina also is a very wonderful translator and communicator for us to our different ministries and helps bridge the gap when our communication is lacking.


There are so many more people that we could introduce you too that help us and come alongside us. Whether it be all the language tutors, translators, therapists, priests, or gardeners that have helped us along the way. But next we wanted to share with you one very special individual that many of our supporters have been able to help.

Others need help too!


When we started our spaghetti business 2 years ago, we quickly learned how much time that it took for us to make all of the sauces that we need to sell. We were aware that there were many high school graduates that were in need of employment. It was a huge blessing to us for them to come to our house and help us. On a weekly basis our house was filled with young high school graduates that needed a little extra money. And we were overwhelmed by all the work needed to start a business.


Many of you heard about our dear friend Chisomo as we traveled around from church to church. We just wanted to share an update with you and fill in anybody that maybe hasn’t heard about him. Chisomo is someone that we met as we worked with Grace of God orphanage. Here is a brief introduction he wrote:

“My name is Chisomo and I am 20 years old. I am one of four children. My mother and father were separated while I was young. I was living with my mother. Living with her was difficult. Sometimes we were sleeping without food and we were also lacking clothes. We became street beggars. In 2004 we moved from the village into town so that my mother could find a job to support us. Three years later my mother died and I moved in with my older brother who had just gotten married. The situation there was worse than before because my brother’s wife was treating me harshly.

God saw my situation and heard my prayers and by his grace I moved to Grace of God Orphanage in 2009.”


Two years ago he graduated from high school and achieved high test scores to help him be able to go to college. Over the last 2 years he has been working for us, helping with the spaghetti sauce business and gardening around our house. He had applied to several colleges and was waiting to here back from them about entrance into the school.

We became aware that he was very talented at making jewelry so we asked him if he could make some jewelry for us to take back with us this last summer when we went. He made many beautiful pieces of jewelry to take back with us that we sold as we visited each church. We are happy to say that Chisomo was accepted into a college of nursing and started in January. With all of the wonderful donations from so many individuals he was able to have his first semester completely paid off by selling the jewelry. He is doing well in college and is so happy for this wonderful opportunity. We have an opportunity to send more jewelry to the states in August. If anyone would like to sell some jewelry at your church or by yourself to help Chisomo continue his schooling or if you would like to donate money toward his next semester of college starting in August, please let us know.

Psalm 121:1-3 I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

If I can say if there is one thing I have learned about living in Malawi. It is full dependence on the Lord. He is there to help us when we are broken and in despair. And many times we get the amazing privilege to be his hands and feet and to help and pray for individuals when they are broken and in despair.


Update on the Storm:

Cyclone Idai continued to hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Southern Malawi for almost 2 weeks. We were not near the storm and have not been affected, except for lots and lots of rain for three days.  Please pray for the areas that were affected by the storm as thousands of individuals have lost there lives or their homes.