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Why Was No One Smiling?

Nov 29, 2012

As we were driving through a small town recently, Rodrick (our Bible School Administrator) pointed out the lack of energy in the crowd. It was a market day when people are usually jovial and friendly. There were people everywhere, almost to the point where you couldn't drive through. I asked Rodrick what caused this lack of excitement-why was no one smiling? He said, "Just look, you can see the people are hungry." After he mentioned it, I could tell that, unlike other market days, there were no smiling faces and the common friendliness that goes hand in hand at these weekly market days was missing.

For many Malawians during a time like this, one meal a day is all they will have, and almost always without meat. A family may have meat once a month; and if they do it is really special. The meal will consist of nsima (a cornmeal mush) and some cabbage. Mangos are ripe this time of year, so if they can be found, they are a good substitute for meat. But even so, most will live with empty stomachs for a majority of the day. Another of our staff noted, "When you go out on Sunday to preach, just look and see how many children wait outside hoping to be called in for leftover food after the church has fed the teacher. You can tell by this that hunger is a real problem." Recently, we have seen a large number of children remaining after church, hoping to be fed.

Hunger continues to be an issue and will reach its peak in December, lasting until March. Because of a lack of rains last year, they will produce a smaller harvest and the food supply for each family will soon be exhausted. That is when things will be bad for people; they will have to wait until the next harvest - which will not come until April or May - for more food. Most of our aid will be given during the most extreme hunger. This is when we will really have the chance to help people. Even then because so many are affected, we will only seek out the most helpless among the people to help – the widows and orphans and those unable to work. We are getting prepared for this.

Starving people, devalued currency, and inflation poses an uphill battle and affects the lives of all the people in this country. This is when the light of Christ’s love should shine the brightest.
Fuel costs have risen to $7.20 per gallon. However, since President Banda has recently taken office, fuel is a little more available and the lines are not quite as long.

We are grateful for your financial support, for this good cause, but more importantly for your prayers. These are difficult times for the Malawian people and we ask you to join us in seeking God's intervention for good rains in the coming season.

Serving Him, Ben Hayes.