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


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