Dzaleka Refugee Campsite where over 40,000 individuals from a variety of countries live

This was one of those days that-from the beginning to the end, filled our hearts. 

We started out, back at the Madisi church, where we visited their preschool. Over 50 children delighted us with songs and recitations, as well as lots of giggles and hugs. It was clear that these children were in the care of talented and committed teachers! Before we said goodbye, we presented them with books and a monetary gift, then surprised and delighted the children when WE sang a song to THEM…who knew that “I’m a Little Teapot“ has not one, but TWO verses?

We then met with CCODE and members of Lipegna, Chandiwo, St. Marks, Katando, and Madisi,  discussing the upcoming growing season, and what CCODE can do to support their work. 

After a quick lunch break, we traveled to the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in the Dowa district. There are more than 40,000 people there, many of whom arrived over a decade ago. Their needs are great, and yet their resiliency and faith were palpable. We attended a church service there that was so spirit- filled and joyful, we forgot that we were in a place that lacked some of the most basic human necessities. 

Perhaps this part of the trip more than any other, illustrated that God truly IS absolute Love, and He is in every place where two or more are gathered in His name. 

Mulungu akudalitseni (GOD bless you!)