Pothawira means “safe haven” in Chichewa, Malawi’s native language. Like many countries in sub-Saharan African, Malawi has been decimated by AIDS and the crushing weight of poverty. Still, the love and spirit of the people here humbles us to our knees. And there are heroes here on a mission to multiply the beauty of the people and love of Christ. Malawians Peter and Emma Maseko, for example. Peter is a trained medical officer and pastor. Through decisions of deep sacrifice, he and Emma passed on lucrative personal opportunities to continue serving and uplifting the poor. Peter has planted numerous village churches throughout the Salima area. The first was in Tonje, a remote village. Peter, Emma, and their 8 children lived in the back of the small mud-brick church in 2 rooms, each around 8′ X 8′. After years of faithfulness, Peter and Emma have launched Pothawira, a church-based community that includes a church, school, children’s homes, and clinic, with plans for a birthing center, medical center, and several agricultural development projects.
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