Friends, I’m afraid we cannot add much news to that which you have heard in the States regarding the catastrophic floods and mudslides that have killed hundreds of people and destroyed many villages in the southern part of Malawi, home of the Synod of Blantyre.
To be clear, Deb and I are living and serving hours north of Blantyre and haven’t even had rain the past few days.
Sadly, the economic resources in Malawi are so limited, I truly don’t know what can or will be done for those who have lost loved ones, who are injured and whose villages have been demolished. I don’t want to be unnecessarily negative, but the daily living conditions of a significant majority of Malawians is nearly as hopeless and tragic.
I am hoping to touch base with some leaders within the Synod of Blantyre in hopes of offering a fundraising effort (you won’t be too awfully surprised when you hear about it 4-6 weeks from know), to help raise additional funds for those affected by this recent calamity. For those who wish to donate to immediate relief efforts, please visit the websites of organizations like The Red Cross or Samaritan’s Purse that have and continue to serve the least of these in Malawi and other struggling nations.
As for our efforts, as mentioned, every dollar donated to us and our service in Malawi beginning February 1, 2023, will be going exclusively to Malawians Deb and I know personally whose financial needs are extreme and to ministries serving hospital and palliative care patients, the elderly and disabled. Up to this point, thanks to humbling, thoughtful, generous donations, we’ve donated over $4000 to such individuals and ministry/mission organizations.
Thank you for your prayers for and donations to the people of Malawi. Deb and Chuck
I did hear this morning (Friday, March 17), at Chapel that over 300 have died with more than 200 who are missing, 40,000 homes heavily damaged or washed away entirely and almost 200,000 homeless. I did forget to mention, for those who wish to donate to the emergency relief happening in the southern Blantyre area, that PDA, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, is present and at work in the Blantyre area–donations can be made to PDA via the PCUSA website. Prayerfully, Chuck