Monday, June 24, 2013

Extended Family to Africa

 Julie narrates:

Arriving in Malawi, I saw this image in their soil!
The aberration appeared to be almost
the shape of the African continent.
I felt it was a sign from God
that good things were about to come my way.

Since my first visit to Malawi back in 2008; I go back in time remembering my newest family members.  I extended my kinship when I met the Suwedi family. 

They survive without much adult male influence.
The widows help each other with their children.

Without removing her from everything she knows,
I adopted one of their young girls named Ireen.
I supply her educational and personal needs with a stipend each month.

On our last day in Africa,
 COTN arranged a celebration
with the sponsored children
and their mentors.
Ireen posed with me.
As a result, I help the widows
including Ireens mom
raise their children.

After seeing the starving and unsponsored children 
outside the compound doors,
 I knew I had to spread the words
as well as return to Ireen's village people- someday.

Who can resist that smile?

On a wing and a prayer,
I left for my second journey to Africa
on June 21, 2013.

After a few delays, we arrived to my extended family's land.

I am here this time to not only spread
the Word of God
and to check in on Ireen
but to teach my favorite sport, Soccer.

Maybe, the village people can teach me 
how to sing and dance
no matter my circumstances in life.
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: Julie's page 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.

By the way, 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”

Come on buy to learn more at Author Pages under the contest tab (index).

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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