Friday after chapel, the Childrens ministry team set off on a grand adventure. They traveled about an hour outside of Lilongwe (the capitol city) to a village named Chawengo. The most notable feature of this village is that Children of the Nations (COTN) runs an orphanage for children whose parents have died due to the tremendous rates of AIDS in Africa.
The team will get an extended opportunity to interact with the kids and see what life is like at the orphanage. Far from being a sad place, the orphanage is a place of tremendous joy and hope. These kids are rescued out of lives of nothing, given a place to live, stability, an education and essentially a future. Not to mention, they are exposed to the Gospel of Jesus at the orphanage.
The team will spend the night in Chawango and wrap up on Saturday morning. This is a unique opportunity to interact with the people in the village and develop relationships with the kids. Several of the Grove members have sponsored kids from Chawango village.
Following is a slide show of pictures from Chawango. You can see the happiness on he faces of the kids as they greet the team. At the end of the deck you can see the team walking through the African plains, and a sunset over the savanah.