On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020
This week has been a VERY busy one in Eswatini, with six teams
of Project Canaan staff, volunteers from the US and our older children going
out to 25 of our 30 church partners and doing “well child checks” on the 3,500
children whom we feed every week. We are trying to get a baseline on the level
of malnutrition at each location so that we can improve our feeding program in
In the weeks ahead we will be accepting applications from
churches or organizations (ie Rotary International or a school) in the US and Canada to partner with
one of our 30 church partners to help eradicate malnutrition in that church in
2020.More on this initiative to come.
I am thankful for Anthony Mutua and Ncobile Dlamini who are leading the charge with these assessments and for Janice Johnson, Lori Marschall, Beth Blaisdell
and Kim Kennedy who flew to Africa to help with the this project all week as Ian
and I are in the US. It was a monumental task.
Anna and Joshua at the end of a LONG day.
Each day I get photos from Eswatini and I
long to be there. Seeing our children out in the rural communities learning
about how Swazi’s live without running water or electricity makes me want to be
with them as they learn
Today I received photos from Margie about the four toddlers
(Dinah, Shalom, Simeon and Phiwa who moved from the toddler home up to the Emseni
Campus.They just look so very sweet and
excited to move up with “the big kids” (our 3-year-olds).
Dinah, Shalom, Simeon and Phiwa moving to E1.
In complete contrast, Ian, Spencer and I are at a beautiful
5-star hotel at Sea Island, speaking at a conference and enjoying an incredibly
comfortable bed, delicious food, lots of hot running water and great
friends.I had the privilege of speaking
at this “Think Tank” yesterday and now get to enjoy learning from some brilliant
minds for the rest of the weekend. Ironically, the internet this morning was as
bad as it is in Eswatini and I couldn’t get on line to post this blog so Spencer
had to set up a hotspot from his phone 😂!
Ian and I typically only visit North America once a year, in
October, but we will be here four times in the next six months. We are blessed
to be invited to share the situation in Eswatini and the plight of the
children, while inviting people to join us in fighting hunger, caring for orphans,
decreasing poverty and providing education in Eswatini. Would you like to join
us in 2020 too?