Mission Trip 2016

DSCN8009This mission team has started their journey to Malawi. They should arrive in Malawi on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Their first day at the orphan project will be on the 25th of May where they will lead a football (soccer) camp where they will teach football skills and share the gospel with the children. They also plan to help with the feeding program, visit some of the businesses that the Kanyenyeva Ministries has started, and learn about life in Malawi. They plan to return to the US on June 7.

Please pray for Pastor Andy, Egypt, Haley, Sarah, Angie, James, and Mitchell for safety during their trip, for relationships to continue to be developed with the people of Malawi, for God’s will to be done, for everyone to have fun, and for God to be glorified in all that is done.

Manna for Malawi 2016

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Immanuel Lutheran Church (ILC) in Crosby, MN will host Manna for Malawi on Sunday, June 26.

Stop by to enjoy great food and music. The Lamont Cranston Band and Fearless Moral Inventory will be performing.

There will be a silent auction including a new queen size bed package, weekend stays at resorts, quilts, crafts, and more.

Special wines and wine glasses have been made just for this event!

T-shirts will be available, too.

If you plan to be in the Deerwood, MN area on June 26, stop by and enjoy the music, the food, and the fun time! Manna for Malawi will be held at the Woodtick Inn from 4 – 8 pm.

If you cannot join in the fun but want more information, contact Pastor Paul Mattson at pauljm@immanuelcrosby.org

All of the proceed from this event will go directly to the feeding program at the orphan project.

Liwiro la Malawi 5k Run/Walk 2016


The third annual Liwiro la Malawi is on Saturday, March 19 in downtown Mansfield, Ohio.

DSC_1063All of the awards come from Malawi! The necklaces and lanyards for the age award medals are made by widows and caretakers at the orphan project who started a business to make bracelets and expanded to include necklaces and lanyards. The medals are made by an artisan who lives near the orphan project.

The money raised from this 5K Run/Walk will help to improve the lives of orphans at the Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Ministry in Malawi, Africa.

Malawi is an extremely poor country of 15 million people. There are at least 1 million orphans in Malawi due primarily to HIV/AIDS and malaria. The physical growth of at least 50% of the children under the age of 5 has been stunted because of chronic malnutrition. It is estimated that 55% to 74% of its population live in extreme poverty. This is why Liwiro la Malawi (We run for Malawi).

For more information about this 5k go to http://ohioraceday.com/races/malawi-5k/ R.F.M.

If you don’t live in Ohio and would like to support this 5k, you can donate through http://ohioraceday.com/races/malawi-5k/ and we will send to you the goodie bag and race day t-shirt for any donation of $20 or more received by March 19, 2016.

Water back packs

1010404_10201434273805277_577483473_nWater back packs are the next step in clean water for the people at the orphan project. They now have access to clean water with the well that was installed in 2013 and now they have a safe way to carry it home and store it. 12377936_1008695995860535_4626874583594284649_o

In December, 2015, 200 water backpacks were distributed to the caregivers, volunteers, and chiefs of the Kanyenyeva area.

Traditionally in Malawi, carrying water on one’s head is women’s work. However, carrying water in a backpack can be done by a man or a woman. These water backpacks will help to more evenly distribute the work of carrying water from the well to home.





The backpack also help to keep the water clean. They have a spout to get the water out. This eliminates the need for a cup to be dipped into the water. They also have a cover with Velcro that covers the spout during transport keeping the dirt out of the spout.

The top of the water backpack is folded down to eliminate anything getting into the water from the top. The plastic liner can be laid out in the sun to disinfect it regularly.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of the water backpack: Anatomy of the Tested Water Backpack. The Anatomy of the Tested Water Backpack comes from Greif, the manufacturer of the water backpack