Lent 5


Fifth Sunday in Lent – 6 April 2014

Gerald Chisale

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27

Among God’s words is James 1:27 which calls us to look after the welfare of orphans. This verse is very important to me because it recognises how God has the welfare of children at heart as it is evidenced in Matthew 19:14 in which Jesus Christ emphasises the need to let the children to come to Him because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. This verse acts like a lamp to me because it helps me to see the significance of taking care of orphans which according to James, “is a religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless”. 

This verse recognises that it is not by choice that one becomes an orphan and you can’t keep on blaming those who passed away because that doesn’t help. The verse suggests that orphans face various challenges, which require physical, economic, spiritual and moral support. The verse is a lamp because it helps me to see the need of helping orphans, and the smiles that appear on orphans’ faces after accessing the much needed support becomes a light to my path indicating that I have done the right thing for orphans.

Gerald Chisale is aged 41 and works as Orphan & Vulnerable Children Programme Co-ordinator.  He joined SIM in 2006 and he has been working in this project which supports secondary-school orphans by providing them with school fees, uniform and learning materials.

The project also runs day-care centres for orphans and vulnerable children under the age of five where they receive supplementary feeding in a form of Likuni phala (a mixture of maize & soy flour, enriched with milk powder and vitamins). 

It also encourages volunteers to visit the orphans and vulnerable children in their respective homes so that their individual needs can be known and be addressed accordingly.

To offer support to this initiative please quote by project number MW 96255 Malawi HOPE for AIDS Orphan Care

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