Dana Blanchard (Director of Operations for Malawi) and Katie Sanderson (Program Director for Nursing Education) had the opportunity to speak with Bob Crittenden at Faith Radio about our education and health programs in Malawi. Take a listen!
Thank you, Faith Radio for leveraging your platform to help children and families in Malawi!
Clinical mornings in Malawi were made up of something different each day—we never knew what to expect when we tumbled out of our bus. The one thing we could always count on was to be greeted with smiling faces, our Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) partner and friends, and things we have never seen or experienced before.
Over the span of four days in clinical, there were never less than a few hundred patients waiting when we arrived on site—all eagerly waiting to receive vaccinations, treatment for sickness, and family planning assistance. During those four days going all around Lilongwe to different villages and communities, I was exposed to more than I have ever seen.
In our clinics, we offered vaccinations for healthy babies, a clinic for children under the age of five who were sick, and family planning for women. My favorite station to be assigned to was the under five clinic. Mothers would come and sit with their child in their lap, and my KCN partner and I would work as a team to evaluate our patient. She would translate for me and we would work together to arrive at a diagnosis and plan of care.
As an American nursing student, having this much autonomy was exciting and terrifying, but it was very clear at the end of each day that we had made a difference in the lives of hundreds of God’s children in Malawi. It was very humbling to be the Lord’s hands and feet in this situation—being able to give infants and expectant mothers important vaccines to protect against tetanus and other diseases.
Our trip did not only consist of outer clinical sites, however. We were blessed to be welcomed into the homes of Mtendere Village and get to know the children and the house moms. Momma Ruth and Momma Naomi took me in as their own child and each night we all met together with the children in their houses to have devotionals and sing together.
Being able to travel across the world and find such strong faith in a country that seems to have close to nothing was something that changed my heart and encouraged my faith in a way that I will never forget. This trip was a huge life-changing opportunity that I feel so blessed to have been a part of.
Ruthie Schaefer is a nursing student at Auburn University.
In 2004, John and I started on a journey. At that time, I can honestly tell you that I did not have any idea that it would lead us to where we are today. God has been faithful and our vision continues to expand! 100X Development is based on the principle of Mark 4:8, “Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” A hundredfold. We’re all about leverage—maximizing our gifts and resources to benefit the children and families that we serve.
As I prepare to celebrate my birthday on July 4, these children and families are ever present in my mind. I am reminded of the many children that do not live to see their 5th birthday, and the heartbreak and challenges of families that endure the loss of a child or a mother. I am reminded that there are so many more that we must help.
In the spirit of our founding principle, I want to “leverage” my birthday. Instead of gifts, I am asking my friends, family and supporters of 100X to donate during the month of July towards the 100X project of their choice. Will you join me? Whether you are able to give $10, $100 or $1,000, your gift will change lives. Together, we can make sure that others are able to celebrate many more healthy and happy birthdays!