A Note from John 9/1/2020

A New Future for Malawi and a New Building for the Orphanage!  By: John Sklenar A wonderful event has happened in Malawi that will most likely positively impact the country, as well as, one we expect to benefit the El-Shaddaih Orphanage. The people elected a new president in Malawi. Amid claims of irregularities surrounding the […]

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A Panga & a Baby

Hi Friends!  Jacky here. For those who don’t know me, I’m married to Nick, John Sklenar’s son. You don’t usually hear from me as I’m more involved behind the scenes.  I spend my time with BESI editing blogs, posting pictures to Instagram and keeping this website updated.  But there is a story that needs to […]

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The Long Way Through Lilongwe: Part 2

The Arrival By: Josie Ehlers At 5:30AM, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was awake. The thought of missing our flight to Malawi for the 2nd time had me nervously aware of the hour until the sounds of the city moved me to the window. Vendors went along the road, laying out their blankets and goods and there […]

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The Long Way Through Lilongwe: Part 1

Overnight in Ethiopia By: Josie Ehlers On the 3rd of January 2020, my father and I exhaled as we settled into our seats on a plane headed for Chicago. I’m Josie, John’s second born and a director for Blessings for El-Shaddaih, Inc. We had been preparing and praying for several months over the plans for […]

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A note from John 6/1/2020

Hello everyone! Although we’ve been silent on here for a while, there have been many exciting things happening with El-Shaddaih Orphanage and Blessings for El-Shaddaih (BESI). Before we get into everything that’s been going on, I’d like to give a brief overview about BESI and our family’s involvement in the El-Shaddaih Orphanage. The primary purpose […]

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A note from John 7/30/2019

Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.  James 1:27 I believe in miracles. I have come to expect them, knowing that the Lord is involved in the details of our lives. A recent trip to […]

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A note from John 2/11/2019

In 2016, a fellow church member, Natalie Stephens came to me about an orphanage in Malawi that desperately needed help feeding some children. (I was an elder at Central Church at the time.)  In order to make sure that we would be good stewards of the Lord’s money, we set out to find out more […]

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