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  • Grant Arends is a 2016 MMM volunteer and has documented his time during the first team installation season. Read more about Grant’s trip HERE. Right before I left for Africa my oldest daughter – Rachel gave me a present.  She gave me a note telling me how proud she was of her dad.  I will never throw […]

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  •   Grant Arends is a 2016 MMM volunteer and will be documenting his time during the first team installation season. Follow more of Grant’s trip HERE. While water covers 70% of our planet, freshwater makes up only a tiny fraction of that. Just 2.5% of the Earth’s water is fresh. The rest is saline or […]

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  • September 16th is the departure date for the 2016 Marion Medical Mission Shallow Well trip. I have reflections and comments. This will be my fifth trip to Africa with Marion Medical Mission. I will once again be representing the First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville, GA. […]

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  • One of our volunteers shared a moment he witnessed in Africa as he watched a young mother head up a mountain on her bicycle. According to him, this young mom was riding a bicycle but it was loaded down with firewood. Trudging up a mountain on a bicycle loaded with wood is difficult enough but in addition […]

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  • As we arrive at each well, the village people (including children) are excited, as they have been patiently waiting for clean water. Everyone wants to help carry the pump parts to the well. After the pump is installed, we have a dedication service. The villagers are told that a Christian in the United States heard […]

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  • When we arrive at a well, there’s often lots of jubilation. Leaving the truck, we’re greeted by women from the village with joyous singing and dancing. It’s infectious. Their smiles. Their twinkling eyes. Their warm greetings. There’s nothing like it. Your problems melt away. Whatever frustration or hunger or ache that was ailing you in the […]

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  • When someone asks me why I wanted to go to Malawi, I usually answer, “I don’t know!” I mean, I really don’t know why I wanted to go on this mission trip. I remember hearing Tom Logan speak at our church 10-15 years ago & deciding then I wanted to be part of one of […]

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  • In my growing up years, service was always the core tenet of faith in my family.  So, to me, this was a true mission trip – I thought I was going to Malawi to help others.  I expected it to be hard work, emotionally and physically. I was surprised, on so many different levels.  I […]

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  • I have been helping to install shallow wells with MMM for many years and have received the usual combination of thank you gifts (chickens, eggs, vegetables, Cokes, etc) many times and still appreciate the deep felt gratitude these express. This year, in Zambia, I was surprised and moved in a way I did not think […]

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  • The trip was for me a blessing on many different levels. First, it was a blessing to be allowed to participate in the most meaningful mission trip I have ever been on, and I’ve been on a lot of them in many parts of the world. To be a part of providing clean, safe water […]

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