Hanna Hjord, 2007 Volunteer

Whether it is Tom Logan’s tales from his early trips to Africa, or Rev. Jeff Grote describing what moved him on his fourth visit to Malawi, or reading about Patti Nussle’s first experience with Marion Medical Mission, it is impossible not to get swept up in the excitement surrounding this organization. The passion for the mission grows with each trip and it is an honor for us to help spread awareness of the work MMM does. For me, visiting Malawi was life-changing. I was humbled by the generosity, kindness, and the warm spirit with which people welcomed us. Their day-to-day focus is on family, community, spirituality, and joy. I have never been to a place with more laughter, singing, and dancing! They emanate a feeling of love and of peace that captures you and that you desperately try to hold on to once you return. What I’ve learned from these incredible women, men and children is that as you struggle to hold on to that feeling, it loses its power. It’s really as simple as letting go and letting God and giving of yourself from the bottom of your heart without expecting anything more than the pleasure of caring for others.

There is not a doubt in my mind why they call Malawi “The Warm Heart of Africa.”