Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries where 80% of the population rely on subsistence farming to earn a living. According to Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee 2010/2011 report, many households in the Southern Region and isolated parts in the Northern and Central Regions of Malawi were not be able to meet there food entitlements due to prolonged dry spells. As a result of these dry spells, the poor and some middle households require humanitarian assistance since they are not be able to meet their food needs for this consumption year.
In response to this, the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, USA, apart from supporting 1,200 households with emergency food aid, it has also supplied 288,000 packs of Meals of Hope which arrived in Malawi, at the church premises on 30th May, 2012.
The small angles at the church premises’ entrance made it difficult for the truck to enter. This prolonged the process (2 days) of rifting the container to its designated place.
A prayer from the Resurrection found in one of the cartoons reads “Lord Jesus, we ask you to bring your healing touch to those whom we know are hungry, sick, afraid, or worried. Bring them your peace and healing, Amen”.
We say a big “AMEN” to this prayer as the Meals of Hope will help to prevent and reduce malnutrition in underfive children and people living with HIV/AIDS, thereby saving lives, as many families with malnourished children are poor, small holder farms in rural areas, and may not afford to buy nutritious food for their children. MEALS OF HOPE, INDEED!
Matthew 25: 31-46 says, “When the Son of man comes in His glory, …The king will say to those on His right, ‘come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…’ The King will reply, ‘Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’…..”
Thank you, Resurrection!
By: Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo