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November 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Faces of God

We opened our hearts to Chimwemwe Piyasi in August 2009. She is a child at the Transhaven Schools Projects in the Zomba District of Malawi, Africa attending Transhaven Chilunga Primary School (TCPS). Transhaven Schools Projects is a non-profit organization helping the young people of Malawi seeking to escape poverty through education. It was founded by Chris and Marj Laughton.

Chimwemwe is an orphan who lives with her grandmother who is very old and cannot afford to supply any of her school needs. She lives in Thom Allan Village not far from the TCPS. According to the TCPS records, she was born on November 26, 2002 but such dates are not always reliable as the village people do not have to have birth certificates. The attached picture of Chimwemwe was taken in October 2007, which suggests that she might be seven years old by now. She performed very well in the Term 2 Assessments placing fourth out of the 25 children in the class.

Behind the scenes of this enormous, love-filled possibility are Faces of God Chris and Marj Laughton. They sent this quote to me talking about the faith that moves these projects to fruition:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitance, the chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elemental truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sponsorship for Chimwemwe was easy. To wax on about the privilege to offer our support would be superfluous. Is she not an adorable and precious Face of God? We are told it will make an enormous difference to Chimwemwe’s life to know there is someone who cares for her. Isn’t that true for each of us?


Chimwemwe Piyasi

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