Two Special People
First we pause….
Two incredibly special people, a mother and son who impacted the world in such a positive way have been taken from us too soon. Two years ago, Victoria passed away after a battle with cancer, and in July her son Gabriel’s life tragically ended from a car accident.
Gabe and Victoria both had a heart for caring for people both here and as humanitarians in missions in Malawi, Africa. Victoria loved the babies and would often say she wanted to just pack them up and take them home to love. She helped nurture babies to health in the infant Rescue program supported by Stand as One Ministry. Gabe was excited by his volunteer time in the Nkhoma Hospital and was so grateful that he could provide medical care to those in need. He often spoke about returning to Malawi after he became a doctor to provide care to the poor. We are building a Medical Center at the Stand As One Chisomo Training Center in Malawi, Africa in memory of Victoria and Gabriel. The center will provide the community with primary health care and education to local Malawians.
In just a few weeks, our Community Center/Library will be completed at the Mitongwe Reserve. Take a look at the progress, the roof is on! It will be a hub for our Sports programs and training, will house our Preschool and Library, and more. There will be celebrations when setup can start.
LET ME TELL YOU A STORY….
Our sports programs sponsored by TeamUp in Malawi have expanded to include Girls U14 soccer. One of the 6 coaches is Ruth. She is 37 years old, a single mother of two girls, 10 and 6, and has struggled to survive from the age of 15. She is more than excited to have this program for herself and her oldest girl. In her words, “there was nothing for her daughters, other than running about and waiting to get married”. They had no chance to learn skills or training and had no mentors. They now love to get together with sport, are so excited to learn, and have all happily participated in the stove building program. They also built one for her!
All the coaches have a story, but the common thrill is that they are learning how to coach, learning new skills and seeing positive influence in these girls.