Abundant Life Missions Inc.
An international Ministry of Love John 10:10b
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Abundant Life Missions, Inc has established seven major ministry/projects/in rural villages in Malawi, Central Africa.
I. Abundant Life Missions Christian Church
Abundant Life Missions Christian Church was dedicated to the glory of God on August 12, 2012. A wall collapsed in February 2021 while repairs were in progress. A new church is being built and will be completed in July 2021. The current Pastor has been serving the church for approximately 3 years and the church membership is growing. Unfortunately, the Pastor's 7 year old daughter succumbed to COVID earlier in the year.
The church membership is growing. There is a need for benches.
The cost of a bench is approximately $14.00 USD.
II. Project Living Water
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Project Living Water
The project began in 2009 because women and children had to walk miles for water and carry full buckets back to their village. Twenty-four wells have been dug as of December 2020. The health status of the villagers has improved significantly, especially in the children now that they have clean water accessible.
The Chief in Namatingwi Village stated that before the well was dug there were many cases of Cholera in the village. Many lives have been saved The chief of another village said he had been trying to get a well for many years but only when ALM had a well dug for the village were his prayers answered. Will you help bring clean water to another rural village?
The cost of a well is approximately $22,000. USD. CLEAN WATER SAVES LIVES
III Women and Girls Economic Success (W.A.G.E.S.)
This project is designed to train older teenagers and women to become tailors. An experienced tailor is hired to teach the ladies. We purchase the sewing machines, fabric, and all necessary items during the training period.
The training program is for 3 months, after which, the students will be able to make clothes for men, women, and children. The students who successfully complete the program each earn their sewing machine which costs $125. Financing is provided by Abundant Life Missions for the graduates to start their business.
This project is designed to train older teenagers and women to become tailors. An experienced tailor is hired to teach the ladies. Abundant Life Missions purchases the sewing machines, fabric and all necessary items during the training period. The training program is for 4 months after which time the students will be able to make clothes for men, women and children. The students who successfully complete the program earn their sewing machine. Financing is provided by Abundant Life Missions for the graduates to start their business.
The cost of a sewing machine and supplies to start business is $175.00.
Education is the catalyst which empowers women in Africa. Abundant Life Missions sponsors young ladies to start or complete secondary school (12th grade) which is not free in Malawi. Students are also sponsored for Technical College or to learn a trade.
The cost for secondary school is $175.00 per year, boarding school is $800.00 per year.
The cost of Poly technical College is approximately $ 2,500.00 USD for a certificated complete course in any trade.
IV ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT The Bicycle Project
Bicycles are purchased and donated to individuals who are interested in starting a business. The Rent A Ride business is comparable to our taxi service. The bicycle owner provides transportation to people who need assistance home with their market purchases or who need transportation to another destination. Another business is the bicycle owner goes to the lake to purchase fish which is brought back to market for sale. This business is very profitable. Bicycles are also donated to Pastors so they can visit members and other villages to preach the gospel. The cost of a good bicycle is approximately $ 100.00 USD.
ALL costs are approximate depending on the current exchange rate. The Malawi currency is Kwacha.
V Health Care
Health Clinics are conducted at least annually in rural villages where the people do not have the means to access the health centers or hospital. Adults and children are treated for various conditions. In some serious or severe conditions it is often necessary to provide resources for the people to go to the hospital. Parasites and anemia are often evident in the children. Many adults have hypertension, arthritis and diabetes. Persons with AIDS and Tuberculosis also come to the health clinics. Medications are purchased in Malawi to treat these client's conditions/diseases.
Proper nutrition is a major issue in the villages of Malawi. Three years ago in Bwanali Village 3 persons died from hunger. Food is distributed as part of the Health Care Program. The cost of 50Kg of beans, maize or rice is approximately $80.00
VI Sanford C. Mitchell Early Childhood Development Center
This pre-school is located in the rural village of Bwanali. The children have a long distance to travel to the government primary school. The pre-school prepares them to enter the primary school at the first grade level. There is no cost for Primary School in Malawi or at the Abundant Life Mission's pre-school.
VII Sandra Mitchell Tufts Training Center
This Center is located in Mulanje District which is centrally located to several villages. Women are able to prepare for various trades at the center. The Center is also used for village meetings. The Chief requested permission to also use the building for a pre-school, which was granted.
Persons or groups interested in supporting the ministry or traveling to Malawi may write to Abundant Life Missions, Inc. P.O. Box 43878 Los Angeles, CA 90043
Donations may be sent to the same address. All donations are tax deductible.