"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God…"  — Isaiah 41:10a

COVID 19 has made its way into Malawi! PRAY it stays contained! There are only a few ventilators and ICU beds in the entire country -- and no ability for most people to get medical help if it spreads. 
 
In one village area, Mary Phiri and Brenda Sanama had an opportunity to teach gogos, preventative measures like social distancing, hand washing with soap, wearing masks and recognizing symptoms.

Mary Phiri showing the importance of hand washing!

SAFE has 2,730 gogos registered in all three regions of Malawi. Many are still caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Ironically, they are some of the most vulnerable themselves!

Mary using a stick to help describe social distancing. Nothing could be more culturally different!

The Malawian government is shutting down the country through May 9... So our plans to get soap to our other villages had to be changed! White ash from the cooking fires can be used for hand washing, but it is NOT as effective as soap. 
 

Thankfully, SAFE has village coordinators that live in all of our sponsored villages. They can be equipped to educate their village about COVID 19 during the shutdown period. They can also help people replace their fears with faith in Jesus.
 

James, Coordinator for Kawiya villages, sharing a prayer time with the gogos.

SAFE staff have been seeding God’s word for years in the hearts of gogos, children, teachers, students and inmates in the prisons. We know God will use them during this time to be His witnesses in their communities.  
 
“ … I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10b

Please pray! Malawi is especially vulnerable due to poverty, culture and illiteracy, and because its healthcare systems are way below international standards.
 
Their hope -- and ours -- is in God!
 

“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.” -- Psalm 41:1-2

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In His love for the least and for you,

 Leslie Lewis
U.S. Coordinator for SAFE/Gogo Grandmothers.com