Faces and Hands and Hope


In the times of famine in the deep, silent parts of Africa there are painful visions suffering that cross your line of vision and never seem to go away. Such are the views of despair that keep crossing the paths of the people of the tiny nation of Malawi. Year after year the hapless inhabitants of this nation of 13,000,000, in what is considered to be the 3rd or 4th poorest nation on earth, struggle to raise their gardens only to have too much or too little rain near the end of the season. Crops die and despair, hopelessness, and death pounce on the unsuspecting people like a waiting lion in a patch of dry grass.

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For those who work to help the destitute people of Malawi survive and find ways to work themselves out of this hopelessness a small portion of Bible verses linger on the mind and heart day after day.

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’”

James 2:14-17, New Testament – New International Version

While much of the world is preoccupied with other things one group is making it possible for the Malawi Project and groups like it to answer these verses in a positive rather than a negative way. That group is composed of those who are supporting Universal Aide Society based in Western Canada. In recent years Universal Aide has delivered literally millions and millions of dollars in aid shipments to assist this tiny nation that is the size of Pennsylvania. Without the aid the Malawi Project would have been helpless to offer anything more than verbal encouragement to the suffering. This aid has brought hope and renewed spirit to those who were facing death and disease and illness. It has turned the images of suffering to the faces of hope through the hands that have reached across the miles to help change the face of defeat and pain.

~ Richard Stephens, Executive Director
Malawi Project Inc.

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