Helen & Marty Wilson, 2006 Volunteers

Helen & Marty Wilson, 2006 Volunteers

As volunteers with Marion Medical Mission for the past several years, we have seen first hand the incredible gift of clean and safe water in over 175 villages in Malawi. It has been a rewarding and life changing experience for us. We feel a connection with many people in Malawi that we now consider close personal friends. We also have come to understand how great is the need in Malawi for nearly everything. And we have come to realize that we can do something significant for these people in need, even beyond our involvement in the Shallow Well Programme which we love.

Can you imagine the network Marion Medical Mission has established with Malawian villages? Each year, over a thousand villages, each with a Shallow Well Committee of 10 men and women, work with MMM staff and volunteers to create a thousand new protected water sources. And can you imagine the thirty or so volunteers every year, from all parts of our country, each connected back home to a vast network of churches, service clubs, community organizations, school groups, and social circles? Imagine the power of the CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) and our wonderful missionaries to make things happen on the ground. This is a picture of a network of people and organizations that is dynamite in making things happen to improve the lives of people in Malawi, even above and beyond the fantastic gift of protected water.

We feel very blessed to have the opportunity to serve with the Shallow Well Programme in Malawi in Sept/Oct/Nov . We feel twice blessed throughout the year, to have the chance to work with such a wonderful network of Malawians and Americans to try to make a difference for people who deserve an easier life. With the help of our missionaries and benefactors at home, we were able to provide funds for necessary surgery for a woman we met during a well installation. We were able to help a little with a school renovation project in Malawi by making teachers and students in our hometown aware of the need. We hope to grow this connection and help more in the future. We are currently helping to broker a partnership between a remote village in Malawi and a Presbyterian church in a small farming community in eastern Colorado. This connection came about as a result of Shallow Well activities. There are many more examples of similar projects and relationships resulting directly from the vast interconnected network of village committees, MMM employees and volunteers, CCAP employees and pastors, on-site missionaries, U.S. service organizations, and others. In spite of distance and remoteness, poor infrastructure, language difficulties, etc. it has been possible to make things happen efficiently due in large part to all of the connections MMM has established in Northern Malawi. It has been very rewarding and satisfying for us to work with a great system and wonderful group of people.