A note from John 11/29/21

Grandma & her 6 grandchildren

Grandma, her grandchildren & Blessings

A few months ago, after receiving a call from Social Welfare, Blessings made a trip to a village an hour away to find a grandmother caring for six grandchildren. Their mother had died after giving birth to twins, and one twin was very malnourished. The oldest child (9 years old) was not in school as she was needed to help care for siblings.

Upon arrival, Blessings found the grandma in the field with one child, foraging for leftovers. She followed Grandma back to her house and found miserable living conditions. Blessings and some of the El-Shaddaih Orphanage children brought iron sheets and scraps of material to reconstruct a safe and comfortable home for them. The twins are now walking and all others are in school and doing well.  With your support and prayers, together we are changing lives. Even though they have little themselves, Blessings is teaching the children of the orphanage to serve others.  To God Be the Glory!

Storm Season

Storm damage in Salima

Storm damage in Salima







In Malawi, like in the Midwest where I live, there is a storm season. The El-Shaddaih Orphanage is entering that season now. The storms there can be violent and damaging. Yesterday, during a huge storm, twelve people died from lightning strikes! Blessings sends us pictures of homes all over the town of Salima that have lost their roofs and other damage.  The wind was so strong, it pushed over a small part of the cement block perimeter fence by the front gate of the orphanage.

Rebuilding the cement block damage around the perimeter of the orphanage

At the orphanage, the new church/school building “weathered the storm”, thankfully. It is built with bricks, cement, steel and tile. The new building is sturdy but the problem is that the windows and doors have not been purchased and installed yet. We are in a position of waiting for someone to step forward with funding to buy the materials. So, the building is strong but it took in quite a bit of water and they can’t hold classes there for awhile. If you are not in a position to give to the new church/school building, please pass this appeal on to your friends or church to see if they can “pass the plate” in accordance with James 1:27-“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”

Thank you and God bless!

John Sklenar


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