Sister Nilceia at the Lisanjala Health Clinic in Malawi

Malawi: We are all called to share God’s love

‘Here I am, send me!’ Isaiah 6:8

In 2020, Missio asked the faithful of England and Wales to support the missionary work of the Church in Malawi and throughout the world, through prayers and financial support.

We are all called to share God’s love

Sister Nilceia at the Lisanjala Health Clinic in MalawiSister Nilcéia has responded to God’s call by devoting her life to vulnerable people. Originally from Brazil, Sr Nilcéia now runs educational and nutritional programmes for children and teenagers in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.

With your help, Sr Nilcéia created a programme for young mothers and their babies. She shares:

‘The programme I’ve created for babies and pregnant girls is going well. Peter, our healthcare assistant, measures the babies’ development and makes sure they are growing properly. The women receive medicine, sugar and soap. The soap is to wash the baby and the sugar is for the mother –  supplying food is difficult because of the pandemic… We Sisters don’t have any resource or income; we live through donations and at the moment, donations are very few’.

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‘We love God and we love his people’

When we ask Sr Nilcéia about her faith and her dedication to the families in the remote Malawian countryside, she is eager to explain: ‘Our small clinic, a red brick building in the dusty landscape, is an oasis of hope. Despite the challenges, we persevere in this work because we love God and we love his
people. I believe in the goodness of God and we serve as Jesus did. But sometimes, the darkness seems very dark.

‘I remember delivering Linda’s baby, a little boy called Blessing. Linda was just 15 years old, with mental health problems, and she had been abused and raped by a much older man. Linda’s family couldn’t help, so she came to live with me and the other Sisters. After he was born, Blessing contracted malaria.

‘After a month or so, Blessing went to live with his grandmother, and we provided milk for him every week. But when he was just 10 months old, Blessing died. He was malnourished. It turned out his grandparents had been giving the milk to another child.

‘I cry when I think of Blessing; he didn’t have to die. But this is a broken world. Our only hope is in God, who is with us through the sadness. It was our privilege to love Linda and baby Blessing when it mattered most.

‘The need here in Malawi is great. But the Lord is faithful and we continue to serve. We take courage from knowing you are with us in this mission’.

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