Immanuel Lutheran Church (ILC) in Crosby, MN hosted concerts, a meal, and a silent auction to raise money for the upcoming ‘hungry season’ in Malawi. The first annual “Manna for Malawi” music and food benefit event was an incredible success.
The event was held Sunday afternoon, June 28, at Brad and Jane Holmvig’s Woodtick Inn in downtown Cuyuna, Minnesota, 6 miles north of Crosby. More than fifty donated silent auction items perched on the pool tables and shelves across the room from the band stand.
ILC’s Churchyard Bluegrass band and an Anoka area band, Gravel Roads performed for three hours while hundreds ate Maucieri’s spaghetti, meatballs, and salad and washed it down with coffee and lemonade furnished by Crosby’s “Mixed Company” Kava House.
Thank you Immanuel Lutheran Church!!!!
Note: Due to the ill timed rains during the last growing season in Malawi, the harvest was very small. The orphan project is expecting to need to feed more children more often from November through March to help them survive until the next harvest.
In February, we received enough donation to be able to finish the chicken house. Earlier this month, it was completed and the first installment of chickens were purchased! The egg laying chickens will not be available until July so they purchased frying chickens.
We praise God for everyone’s generosity so this business can start. The board of KOCM believes that the profit from this business will help fund another feeding day for the children at the orphan project. This business is one more step to help the people of Malawi provide food for the orphans.
Saturday, March 21, 2015, was our 2nd Liwiro la Malawi, a 5k Run/Walk to raise money for the orphans in Malawi. The day was cool and slightly windy but sunny. Everyone had a wonderful time and money was raised for the orphans. Thank you to all who participated and who volunteered to make the day a success. You can view pictures on our Facebook page by clicking here. (We’ll add how much was raised as soon as we have the final figures.)
Lebanon Lutheran School in Watertown, WI donated their offerings from their chapel service this past quarter to Malawi Orphan Care Project. The $1,950 they collected will be used for scholarships for high school aged orphans from Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Ministry.
In Malawi, high school is not free so most orphans do not attend high school. The orphan project is able to send all high school aged orphans that are registered with the project to high school. This year there are 45 orphans attending high school!! This is the highest number since the beginning of the orphan project. At the orphan project, the leaders expect all of the children to attend school. With this expectation, more children are attending more regularly so each year more students are eligible to attend high school.
Earlier in February, we received enough donations for the chicken/egg business to be able to complete it!! Thank you to all who donated to help get this business started. Until they can have the electricity operational, they are using solar powered lights at the business.
The area to the far right of the building is for an office/home. It now has a door, windows and has been completed!
They have purchased 500 more chickens for a total of 1,000 chicken!! They expect to have everything operational in the coming weeks. We will share more pictures when we receive them.
If the fall of 2014, we held a shoe drive to raise money for the general operating expenses of the orphan project. Thanks to all the churches, businesses and individuals who donated and collected shoes, we raised $1,689.60!!!!