In Malawi our team of 6 will be involved in four things. First we will be doing some training for 75-100 pastors and church leaders from communities surrounding the capital city of Lilongwe. Many of these pastors do not own Bibles and are only semi-literate. This will be the 2nd time with this group of pastors for us. Two of our team are nurses and will be involved in training Home-Based Care (HBC) workers. HBC workers are volunteers who regularly go into their neighborhoods and take care of individuals and families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS as well as helping child-led households. We will be training 85 HBC workers. Thirdly, some of our team members will be be profiling the HBC workers for sponsorship. We are hoping that small groups, families or individuals will "adopt" a HBC worker by sending $35 a month, praying for them and encouraging them. The funds will go into a "pot" that will go towards HBC supplies, medicines, food and "incentives" for these volunteers. Finally, we will be sitting down with our African ministry partners and looking at how we can effectively work together for the next 2 years -- in other words -- some strategic planning.
In South Africa our team will be spending time at the headquarters of Hands@Work, one of our key ministry partners in Malawi. Their model of Home-Based Care has won "best practice" awards, and we want to learn as much as possible from them. If you want to check out the people we are going to work with, visit:
From South Africa I am going to Uganda for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Development Associates International (DAI). DAI trains many of the key Christian leaders in Africa and Asia. You can check them out at:
I'll be back home on November 14. I will be posting pictures on my photoblog:
Talk to you in November.