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.
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.
Sunday School Curriculum
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
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)
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
- 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