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November 30, 2022

We had a VERY unusual experience last September in a village called Kapanula,Malawi. Over 600 orphans and widows, Home Based Care volunteers, chiefs, and pastors met us there for an all day event celebrating our 22 year ministry with them. Much dancing, singing, and speech making creating a minor dust storm! The main speech was from Chief Kapanula (after whom the village is named). He declared that he and his council had decided that we were no longer “Pastor Jim” and “Mama Kattie”, but we were now “King Ahasuaros” and “Queen Estherie”.

“Just as they saved Israel from annihilation so too you have saved us from extinction”, he said. “Your message of righteousness and justice has swept like wildfire through the villages of Malawi”. Then he proclaimed that we were now co-owners of his village and declared that we must build a house there. They say it takes a village to raise a child. How about owning one!