Tuesday, January 15, 2013


By John EvanceNyadaufe MUMC Publications
Posted by Noel
Bethel Mhone, a young member of Galilea Local Church of the Malawi United Methodist  and a daughter to the Conference Superintendent and currently a fourth year student at Africa University in Zimbabwe, donated assorted items to orphans of Grace of God Community Child Care as Christmas gift in Blantyre on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

Group picture at the function
 Speaking after making her donation, Bethel said she decided to give what she has to the needy children through her experience with the needy children who are suffering when she met with themas she was doing her internship at Chitungwiza hospital in Zimbabwe and saw the plight of those children who lived without hope. Out of this, experience she decided to celebrate this year’s Christmas with the disadvantaged children as one way of spreading the word of God.
“I am glad to have this opportunity of gathering with the children today and share the little I had with them,” said Bethel who plans to work with child caring organisations after completing her studies.
She continued by acknowledging stakeholders  who supported her in the activity namely; the Malawi United Methodist Women Organization, the Church Health Department, her family members and Reverend Daniel Mhone on his personal support. Special thanks to Karen Nkhata a Nancholi Health assistant who identified the children at Grace of God Community Child Care.
Gifts children received at the function
Bethel is the second born daughter in the family of the Malawi United Methodist Church Conference Superintendent, Reverend Daniel Mhone.
Bethel raised MK84, 000 about $300 from her internship program in Zimbabwe while the church in Jacobus in Pennsylvania in the United States of America added MK60, 000 ($214) to the donation.
Among the items that she donated to the children were clothes, snacks, sugar and soap.
Responding to the development, Grace of God Coordinator, Violet Makwinja paid a vote of thanks to Bethel for making a decision to give such items to children of her institution.
“Our children lack basic needs for their day to day living and these items are an answer to our prayer. We cannot believe that this small girl can decide to provide this donation to us among many orphan care centers in Blantyre. This has really been our best Christmas great and we are more than thankful. We see the hand of God in all this,” said Makwinja while weeping tears of joy in her eyes.
She continued that as an organisation they provide food and education to the children as one way of promoting Early Childhood Development.
Elvine Nkhata and Bethel singing at the ocasion
“ Due to financial challenges we fail to meet all the needs of the children and it is our request to people to do what Bethel has done with the little they have so that we can perform our duty at Grace of God Community Child Care,” continued the GGCCC coordinator.
She (Makwinja) concluded by expressing gratitude to the MUMC leadership and gave best wishes to Bethel in her education.
Grace of God Community Child Care has 50 orphans and is located at Manase in Blantyre.

Bethel with the Coordinator of Grace of God Child Care
Bethel playing with the children

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