Day 2 in Malawi

We began Day 2 with a tour of the CLI project site given by founder Jeff Rogers. Y'all - this place is absolutely mind blowing!! 

There is a huge garden where they use sustainable practices and zero pesticides to produce food for the site and have some to sell to the local community.

There is a huge garden where they use sustainable practices and zero pesticides to produce food for the site and have some to sell to the local community. They are getting ready to install two large greenhouses that will quadruple their food production! They have many types of fruit bearing trees, including mango, papaya, banana, and avocado.

There are five fish ponds (plus two more currently being installed) that are used for the raising and breeding of tilapia. They use a hydroponic system to raise the "fingerlings" (aka: babies). Seven jersey cows provide milk, hundreds of chickens provide eggs, and to round out the livestock there are also goats, geese, ducks, and turkeys. Our meals have been incredible – 100% organic, home-grown ingredients right from their own garden (I may eat better here than I do in my own home, haha).

After touring the grounds, Jeff took us to tour the hospital. The entire facility is amazing. It has just about everything our hospitals have, including an ophthalmology exam room, a lab room with state-of-the-art Tuberculosis testing machinery, a blood bank is in the process of being installed, a medicinal warehouse, and two incredibly advanced operating rooms (one for surgeries and the other for eye surgeries). Jeff is adamant about quality and told us he wanted this hospital to be of such caliber that he would have surgery there himself - mission accomplished!

Next to the hospital is the maternity ward. It is outfitted with delivery rooms, prenatal rooms, postnatal rooms, and a baby room complete with two warmers and an incubator. As of September 2015, there have been 321 births without a single infant or maternal mortality. Another section of the ward is about to be opened with identical rooms that will double its occupancy abilities. A labor and delivery building is in the process of being built that will be a little more advanced and have the capabilities to care for high risk pregnancies and complicated deliveries.

As of September 2015, there have been 321 births without a single infant or maternal mortality.

CLI's latest endeavor is creating a center for innovation, education, and training. The main purpose of the center will be to train and educate midwives and nurses on the latest in maternal care, surgeries, and practices. Women from around the country of Malawi will have the opportunity to learn from leading doctors in the States through CLI's partnership with Ohio State University.

Women from around the country of Malawi will have the opportunity to learn from leading doctors in the States through CLI’s partnership with Ohio State University.

Did I mention that all of this is possible through solar and wind power? The project site does not run on traditional electricity, which is notorious for having many outages in Malawi, and instead is powered by two powerhouses that store the solar and energy that is collected throughout the day. 

In the afternoon we went to the unopened section of the maternity ward to put together medical equipment - scales, bedside tables, baby holders, and over the bed tables. That section is now one big step closer to being ready to serve patients.

God is doing a mighty work here in Malawi, and the story has just begun.

CLI is committed to serving their community through innovative and sustainable solutions, building up the nation through education and dignified practices, and creating positive change with lasting impact. I am so honored to be able to share their story with you and so proud that CP partners with and supports such an outstanding ministry. God is doing a mighty work here in Malawi, and the story has just begun.

Day 2 has been amazing and inspiring, and tomorrow is shaping up to be the same - can't wait to share it with you!

 – Nicole Cox, Malawi Team 2016

Day 1 in Malawi

After 20 hours of traveling by plane and almost 11 hours of layovers, we finally arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi. We drove about an hour outside the city to the project site of Child Legacy International (CLI), one of Church Project's global ministry partners.

We dropped our bags in our rooms and headed down the road to see the preparation of the church building. Along the way, we pass through a small village and were met by many curious and friendly locals. Things were bustling at the church, as Child Legacy staff put the final touches on the building – both setting up and decorating.

Afterwards, we went back to CLI for dinner and met with the interim pastor, Yohann, to discuss the church dedication and basic Church Project practices and beliefs. Jet lag and sheer exhaustion had us all in bed early that night.

We woke early on dedication Sunday with excitement. Rushing through breakfast, we dressed and went back down to the church for final preparations and to film the short video to send back home to CP. Then we settled in for the marathon that is a Malawian church service.

We were expecting around 200 people, but God had other plans. After all was said and done, about 400 hundred people heard about the love of Jesus. When God shows up, he shows up BIG!

The language of Malawi is Chichewa, and the service was held in both Chichewa and English – in consideration of CLI founder Jeff Rogers and ourselves. We listened to enthusiastic sermons, listened to (and attempted to join) beautiful Chichewan worship songs, and prayed with fervor for the Gospel to be known and spread throughout the country. Among those in attendance were tribal chiefs, a choir from Lilongwe, pastors from surrounding churches, and government officials. We were expecting around 200 people, but God had other plans. After all was said and done, about 400 hundred people heard about the love of Jesus. When God shows up, he shows up BIG!

After services, a lunch was served that consisted of rice, a meat and bean curry, and salad. We stayed for food and fellowship where Lesa Talley - our International Missions Coordinator - and David Plum became honorary members of the choir. 

Seeing Jesus brought to the nations and carrying out the biblical principles of serving, loving others, and spreading the Gospel changes your heart permanently.

The dedication of Child Legacy Church Project Malawi was the experience of a lifetime. Seeing Jesus brought to the nations and carrying out the biblical principles of serving, loving others, and spreading the Gospel changes your heart permanently. Day 1 has been so impactful, I can't wait to see what the rest of the trip holds.

Nicole Cox, Malawi Team 2016