July 5, 2019 Issue No. 34
To our LifeNets Supporters and Friends!
Thank you very much for your interest and support of LifeNets and for taking the time to read this, our latest newsletter. We have much to share with you.
During the month of April my husband and I experienced a very profitable trip to Africa visiting South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. Our LifeNets representative
also visited us from Zimbabwe relaying the needs there, especially where our people are experiencing drought and hunger as their crops have failed. Thanks to all of you, we were able to provide emergency funds for grain and basic supplies. The rains have been erratic and areas through central Zambia and into central Zimbabwe are especially affected. Support will be needed throughout this year and into next growing season which is October - April. Subsistence farmers are dependent upon the rains to provide food for their families.
We visited many of our humanitarian projects and met with many of our scholarship students.
As we are again in the dry season we are in the process of drilling six boreholes which are deep water wells, -- all of them in Zambia. These are precious water sources that are drilled to a depth of 150 - 200 feet. This source of clean water is invaluable.
For those of you who have asked for an update on the theft in Chipata, Zambia, we were able to visit the site. With the help of funds donated the security wall is built and the solar panels purchased. With joy everything was working for a few days. Then the pump failed. It was also damaged by the thieves trying to remove it from the bottom of the well. LifeNets and Good Works have been jointly working on this and a new pump is being purchased. It should be installed in the next week or two.
In Malawi, LifeNets is funding an irrigation project on land that was purchased. The goal will be to irrigate crops throughout the year with water from a borehole located on the property. Hopefully this will provide additional food security to that area.
We appreciate all of you who support our scholarships and many life-providing projects that improve people's lives. I want to personally thank you for your well-wishes, prayers, encouragement and financial support. We truly believe that we have made a BIG difference in the lives of so many and have done it reliably now going on 20 years.
We do ask, as you are able, to help us with your tax-exempt gifts. On the homepage of our LifeNets Website (
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Thank you for making LifeNets the charity of your choice. Be sure to visit our LifeNets website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed as well as our LifeNets blog for up to date information about ongoing projects.
With love and appreciation to all of you,
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NEW LifeNets Australia Facebook page. We thank our partners in Australia for their vision and support of projects!
|Progress Report - Cattle - Maloca de Moscou, Brazil
Here's a report from Jorge de Campos about our LifeNets cattle project in Maloca de Moscau, Brazil:
On April 5, 2019 I visited the LifeNets cattle with Kraig Bledsoe in Maloca de Moscou. The people planted a whole new grass feeding area and 'Bella' has had a little calf. The cattle are being regularly vaccinated and the brethren started building a second fenced area for the cattle. That way they can feed in one area while the grass grows in the other area.
It is a very heavy workload for the few people to build a new fenced area because they have to cut the trees, make the poles, place them in the ground, and wire them. Additionally they have their own jobs. An additional person is planning to live near the cattle region to help with the day to day husbandry work. The LifeNets cattle are faring a lot better compared to the other cattle in the region.
|Zambia Drought Food Relief 2019
We just received this report about food distribution to stressed areas in central Zambia from Major Nawa Talama who is pastor of Lusaka and several other area congregations.
Following the emergency LifeNets funding in April 2019, Good Works also funded drought food relief through Lena VanAusdle. 172 x 25 kilogram bags of maize meal for 43 families were bought for the following areas which are affected by 2019 drought:- Chongwe, Mwembeshi, Situmbeko, Choma, Namukombo, Kasumpa, Nalubanda North, Mapoko, Itumbwe and Lusaka.
On the 27th June, 2019, Felicia, Muhau and I traveled to the above mentioned areas to deliver relief food to the vulnerable brethren. Families were very happy and excited at the gesture of hospitality by Good Works. People in these areas are starving because they harvested nothing this season due to the 2019 severe drought. These areas have been affected by drought for the past 4 years continuously.
It is hoped that this assistance continues up to about April/ May, 2020, that is if the areas will be blessed with rains. This situation can only be described as a disaster and therefore, assistance is highly appreciated.
On behalf of all the families and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to thank you for the drought relief funds. God bless you for the good works.
|India Sewing Tailoring Training Project Started
LifeNets has sponsored tailoring projects in Zambia, Malawi and now India. We had visited this small town in Gudiwada last October and met those who will be benefiting from this program. The person who oversees this activity writes us:
By the grace of God we have started Sewing Tailoring Training Project in the house where we have small hall and separate room. There are 15 women and young ladies came to learn for one month and we have appointed one teacher to teach and another one helper..
-- Joseph Usala, Gudiwada, India.
On January 29, 2019, burglers broke into the United Church of God Chipata church building. The perpetrators stole furniture, window coverings that the church ladies had lovingly sewn, along with three solar panels. They tried to dig up and steal the submersible pump but failed. Unfortunately, they caused a lot of damage. The solar panels powered the pump that provided clean water for more than 200 area families and also the congregation's irrigation farm project.
Read about this at https://lifenets.org/sos-chipata/
But a reconstruction project was initiated. First, a security wall had to be constructed around the church building and the borehole.
Prior to the break-in, eight viable men had been undergoing a short course in basic bricklaying. These men immediately volunteered to build the wall because engaging private bricklayers would have consumed half the donated funds. Subsistence requirements were provided for this workforce, including food, toiletries and work clothes.
Despite the onslaught of mosquitos and other discomforts, the team slept in the church hall and worked six days a week, from Sunday to Friday. In the evenings after supper, they conducted Bible studies. Consequently, in addition to improving their newly-acquired bricklaying skills, this opportunity of togetherness also improved their understanding of the Bible.
Victor Kubik dedicating the new wall in ceremony on April 21, 2019
The wall fence was ready for dedication by the time the President of the United Church of God, aia, Mr. Victor Kubik, visited Chipata on 21 April 2019 in the company of Mrs. Beverly Kubik and Mr. Nick Lamoureux and his wife Megan. By the time of the dedication of the enclosure, the back wall was half way up. However, full completion was achieved three days later on 24 April 2019.
-- Filius Jere
|Ngilile, Zambia Unsafe Water Hole
Filius Jere, pastor just sent this from Ngilile Village in Eastern Zambia. This is not an uncommon water challenge. Water from this shrinking pond is the sole water supply for the settlement, including drinking water. Filius writes:
You may doubt this, but over eighty rural households of Ngilile village and surrounding settlements compete with livestock for water for domestic use, including drinking, from this isolated and unsafe water point. Unfortunately, this contest will soon be unnecessary because the water point will soon run dry, rendering both animals and humans without water until the next rainy season. This situation is being resolved as this area is a recipient of one of the boreholes being funded by LifeNets, Australia. I am currently at Ngilile village liaising with the community over the charitable gesture.
LifeNets president Beverly Kubik writes to our USA board as follows:
This borehole in Ngilile, when it is drilled, is even more important then we could have imagined. Thanks to LifeNets Australia and a blessing from God of finding water, a borehole for the community will soon be a reality. I don't think we comprehend how desperate some people are just to be able to get some water, any water. Obviously the water hole is not safe for drinking water.
One of many successful scholarship outcomes
Paddy's Graduation in Zambia
On May 31, 2019 Paddy Litaba, a LifeNets student graduated from the Kitwe College of Education Copperbelt in Zambia. She received diploma in Primary Education graduating with second class merit. She graduated along with 12 others.
"I would like to thank The Almighty for bringing you in our lives. A lot of things have changed because of LifeNets. I'm now a graduate. I'm grateful to LifeNets, The United Church of God and our President. May the good Lord bless you. Greetings to Mrs Kubik. Much love."
|Letters of Gratitude from Blantyre, Malawi Scholarship Students
Click on the link to read these letters from seven of our Blantyre, Malawi scholarshipped students. See the difference our program has made for them and how opportunities have opened.
LifeNets is grateful to all our donors who make more than 80 scholarships possible every year in Latin America, the Philippines, West Africa, Malawi, Zambia and more.
|How to Effortlessly Double Your LifeNets Donation
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