Immanuel Lutheran Church

Johnny Holm Band to Perform for Manna for Malawi this weekend!

 

Johnny Holm will turn 70 this year. Yeah, 70 going on 35.

And he and the band will be in Cuyuna this weekend. The Johnny Holm Band will perform at this year’s Manna for Malawi fund raiser on Sunday, June 23rd at the Woodtick in Cuyuna, Minnesota. There is no admission to the four hour event, only a free will offering. The event runs from 4-8pm.

Holm is starting his show these days with the admission that he’s been doing this for 50 years. And thinks he’d like to stick around for another five or six! Holm says he feels good, pays attention to his health, and has even begun a yoga practice. As if running around on and off the stage during the show band’s rock and roll performance isn’t enough exercise for anyone, especially someone who is closing in on seven decades on the planet.

The regional band has been attracting audiences around the United States, primarily in the five-state area around where he began. Holm began his musical journey just down the road where he went to high school in Brainerd. One memory has it that Johnny was taking classes in Fargo for something or other and playing guitar in a local club. And the money was better at the club. Fast forward fifty years through countless bars, county fairs, bowling alleys, proms and late night private parties and the energy is as strong, infectious and invigorating as its ever been. Bring your dancing shoes. Johnny will insist on it.

Manna for Malawi 2019 runs from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. In addition to music, those who attend get to eat Italian food from Maucieri’s while they’re checking out the silent auction items.

Pastor Paul Mattson said his heart was touched as he saw first hand what Manna for Malawi has done and continues to do. Malawi is in southeastern Africa, the poorest nation in the world. Average income is less than $2 a day.

“When we were invited to help the mission 13 years ago, volunteers fed 400 hundred, once a week. Now, feeding takes place six days a week and gives up to a thousand African orphans get their only meal of the day,” Mattson added. Last year’s event raised more than $35,000 to help the organization buy a tractor for the farm bought the year before. Money raised this year will go for the feeding program, farm equipment, and education for orphan children.

A New Tractor!!

Kanyenyeva Ministries purchased a new John Deere tractor in August, 2018. This tractor will greatly help with the work on the 133 acre farm that was purchased last year. The first growing season at the farm they planted 24 acres with maize and 35 acres ground nuts by hand.

Kanyenyeva Ministries (KM) harvested 613 50 kg bags of maize. The maize will be used for the feeding program starting in November or December, 2018, after the maize is dried and treated. The harvest across Malawi was about 1/3 of what they expected. The harvest at the new farm was about half of what they expected. The poor harvests were due to ill-timed rains.

The ground nuts were grown for a seed supplier, who will sell them retail. KM will receive a higher price for the ground nuts than selling them on the food market because they are ‘certified’. KM received a Certificate as seed growers for ground nuts. The money raised from the ground nuts will be used to purchase fertilizer and seed for future maize and ground nut plantings. The ground nut harvest was about ½ of what they expected. The rains and disease limited their harvest.

KM plans to rent the tractor to other farms for additional income.

As they move into future years, the plan is to rotate crops on acreage. In about 5 years, they expect the farm to provide 90% of the funding and maize for the feeding program.

A huge thank you to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN. They donated the proceeds from their Manna for Malawi fundraiser for the purchase this tractor.

Planting in Malawi

Planting in Malawi

 

December is the time to plant in Malawi for the current growing season. Kanyenyeva Ministries has hired local villagers to plant their new farm land. The new farm is about 137 acres.

 

 

 

 

The rains have started and the upcoming growing season is expected to be fruitful. We praise God for this new business which is another step toward Kanyenyeva Ministries being self-sustaining.

 

 

 

The money to purchase the land and start this business was provided by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN.

 

 

 

The crops grown on this farm will be used to feed the children at the orphan project. The crops will also be sold and the profit will be used for current expenses at the orphan project.

 

Hoops that H.E.L.P.


Hoops that H.E.L.P.

Hoops that H.E.L.P. is a Free Throw Shooting Fundraiser Challenge that will be on Sunday, August 20th, at the Ranger Gyms (Time TBA) in Crosby, MN.

HELP—to improve shooting ability and development as a basketball player
HELP—to develop skills to potentially win close basketball games in the future
HELP—to provide life-changing high school education for those in desperate need in world today
HELP— to become a better basketball player, teammate, and citizen in our community and world

Here’s how you can HELP:
• Sponsor a player/shooter
• Bring Food Shelf item(s) the day of the event

Money raised will support C-I Basketball and the children of the Malawi Orphan Care Project (MOCP). With many household incomes at about a dollar a day, families simply cannot afford to send their children to school after 8th grade at the cost of $150 a year. (The government pays through 8th grade).

Will you HELP?
H– Helping
E—Everyone
L—Live
P—Productive Lives

Thanks in advance for your HELP!!!