From Africa, with a new perspective

On the mention of one word, ‘Africa’ what comes into your mind? Stunted malnourished children with flies all over, corrupt leaders who have ransacked their economies, maybe a begging continent holding an empty bowl. Perhaps that’s what we have been accustomed to.

For 24 year old Julie Judd it’s all different:

“People think of poverty when they think of Africa, but there is more to the continent than the stereotype. We can help solve her problems by first understanding the people. Rather than poverty, Africa should be defined by the warmth and love of its people.”

The American missionary who is a teacher by profession observed this during her three weeks tour of Malawi where, together with her friend Holly Ann, visited two sites in Malawi operating under the umbrella body of Urban Promise International, a USA based charity organisation.

The American missionary who is a teacher by profession observed this during her three weeks tour of Malawi where, together with her friend Holly Ann Diegel, visited two sites in Malawi operating under the umbrella body of Urban Promise International (UPI), a USA based charity organisation.

Holly admired how Malawians value their interpersonal relationship in comparison to material possessions.

“Malawians are a people who demonstrate that community life is more important than material wealth. This is something long lost in the West.”

The duo first visited Rise Malawi Ministries in Madisi, Dowa, before trekking down to the lakeshore district of Salima where they spent a week working at Cornerstone Ministries Malawi.

Cornerstone Ministries Malawi Executive Director Danneck Falinya hailed the trip as very important to the ministry as it has served to strengthen the ties between UPI and its Malawi affiliates.

“As an organisation we are also grateful for the time they have spent working with our team here. Their input has been so immense and we have learnt a lot from them,” he said.

After completing their work in Malawi, the two missionaries left with a promise to fly back home with one message: ‘despite the suffering, Africa is a continent replete with hope.’

Holly and Julie
Holly and Julie
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