Friday, May 31, 2013

Malawi - Africa

Julie's charitable facts and acts:

1. In 2008, I went to Africa the first time after my sister, Jenny, came back from her mission to Malawi describing her experience. Her stories stirred my spirit into action.

2. Before then, I’d watched TV documentaries and wondered why the people of this world couldn’t get medical interventions for that continent’s myriad of health issues. I read before my adventure learning that some of the taboos and other things inhibit that intervention. This pamphlets and books, also, helped me understand some apathy came from that land’s politics but I still wanted to help in some way. Malawi appeared to be a more open country to succeed in aid goals.

3. My sister described the poverty; children the mission sponsored had bowls to come eat. Due to supply verses demand, the rest remained outside hungry. That thought broke my heart. While there, I began sponsoring Ireen!

4. When we landed, I looked down seeing the dry earth forming an outline of that continent. It’s the last time I looked down because those poor people greeted us with song and dance finding joy in the moment. It’s contagious! That’s a good thing!

5. We helped with village chores including going to open air markets to buy a dinner for our sponsored families. In spite of their hunger, the people willing shared food including a cake that we primitively baked.

6. At the markets and at the widows craft area, I bought from locals hoping that they profited enough for one more meal- at the very least.

7. Due to their pandemic, we taught the teens about AIDS prevention; we met them in a ‘pseudo school’ building without a roof, doors, or windows.

8. Many men have died in that country; some of them from AIDS. Thus, our mission group did skits for the widows about AIDS avoidance.

9. The village kids loved to play and did more than children in the USA (who sit in front of TVs and computers calling it relaxation time). As a result, we played soccer, which I’ve done since age five.

10. I left but a part of me stayed behind in Africa. Thus, I sponsored other missionary friends when they did return trips ever since 2008. One year, my mom and II sorted and sent used soccer stuff I collected from team members; a missionary brought them with her to distribute.

Everything I witnessed in Africa led me to this second mission. The first time, I went with my sister’s organized church group. This time I’m going with a group of soccer girls through a different church agency. I hope to make connections and find the time to teach about AID prevention or other important life topics with those kids. They inspire me; I hope the feeling is mutual. Plus, I look forward to meeting the young lady I’ve sponsored- Ireen.

If you feel moved to do so you can donate to my mission; I need to raise $3000. Please, do your donation through the charitable fund so it will be tax deductible. (DO YOUR RESEARCH this site is BONAFIDE!) Here is the online and regular mail address:

Online at: COTN- My Page There

or by check made payable to

Children of the Nations,

with my personal fundraising code on the check memo line (234471).

Checks should be sent to:

COTN-Venture Program,

PO Box 3970,

Silverdale, WA 98383

God bless us all,

Julie Hanson


There is a contest you can win a T-Shirt from African group, eBook or two inspired by my first trip (The Choice) or other eBooks as well as a paperback. Read more here: 3 CONTEST

Monday, May 20, 2013

African Mission


I am Julie Hanson and related to the owner of this blogspot page.

I am writing to let my family and friends know I am heading back to Malawi for a two week soccer-mission trip at the end of June 2013. The first time I went to Malawi was back in 2008; I met the Suwedi family and a young girl named Ireen.

While there, I spent time with her family helping with chores such as fetching water, cleaning dishes, and baking a cake. I, also, was there to teach about AIDs; I saw firsthand how it impacted a family. Due to death, Ireen’s widow mother was raising her four children with the help of extended family and village friends. I learned about community and helping others. Their culture taught me that there is never a wrong time to dance, sing or find joy in life.

I ended up sponsoring Ireen which gives her the opportunity to go to school, get meals, and participate in medical treatment. I hope this gives that girl a chance for a better future and the skills to help her village and country.

I have found in travels that soccer is the international language, lucky for me. I am hoping soccer will allow me to connect with the children and give me the opportunity to share my faith and the gospel.

I would like to invite you to be a part of my support team through prayerfully and financially supporting this effort. I need to raise $3,000 to cover my trip expenses. There are two ways you can help me reach this financial goal. The first is by donating either online at:  My Index on COTN Site or by check made payable to Children of the Nations, with my personal fundraising code on the check memo line (234471). Checks should be sent to: COTN-Venture Program, PO Box 3970, Silverdale, WA 98383. All investments in this ministry are tax-deductible.

Someone will win a T-Shirt that has a picture of the continent on it as well as the following text.

“The Warm Heart of Africa”

To qualify to win send a donation today and comment on this blog.

You can, also, qualify to win two other ways. 
If you guest host my African trip on your blog
or you review a book inspired by my first trip entitled The Choice you could win the shirt.  Including a picture of the shirt, the full deatials  are @

Contest 1

Thanks for partnering with me on my return to Malawi!

James 1:27

New International Version (NIV)

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

By the way, I am a college graduate and an environmental scientist. I currently work for a land trust that buys back and redevelops ruined natural lands in the USA. A life dream is to help with even more environmental issues including water plagues in Africa. Let see how this second mission goes before I grow into that next goal.

Do you think my story ends here?

Find out more about books I am a part of including - but not limited to- The Evans Terrace Girls and the S.H.E. Anthology.  From that anthology, most of the proceeds help children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre through mental health agencies (New Hope for Kids) that deal with PTSD.

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