Villages in Partnership believes there is no more profound way to get involved than to go to Malawi, to meet with our friends in person, break bread with them, and work and worship alongside them while sharing each other’s blessings and burdens. One of our core principles is that we are not distant benefactors sending hand-outs from afar, but are true partners who care about and seek community with our brothers and sisters in Malawi. During our friendship trips you will get to know our friends and understand their circumstances, as you listen to them and are invited to work alongside them to further the important work we are doing together. Come with us and learn what is universal about humanity.
“The trip to Africa was one that was my dream trip. It was a mission trip and an engineering trip as we were designing a bridge and were able to build it. From the first moment we got there, I felt a sense of community and comfort, despite being in a third world country. The people were fantastic and they were very welcoming to all of us. Their hospitality was mind-blowing and at times, overwhelming because they were so giving to all of us when in fact they had very little. They taught us a lot about their culture, about sacrificing, and about their profound faith in God. I went with the expectation that we would be witnesses to them but in fact they were witnesses to us by having such a deep faith in God when they had nothing. It was a fantastic trip and I would love working with VIP again!”
“Although I had been to impoverished communities in Africa before, my trip to Malawi with VIP in June was different. For the first time I saw the people I was working with through the same lens as my friends and coworkers back home. Maybe it was the team’s attitude of working alongside them and partnering with them. Maybe it was from praying with them so often and eating with them. Maybe it was new friendships that broke down stigmas. Looking back, it was probably a combination of those three and a few other things, but there is one thing I know now; at the core, the people of Malawi are just like people in America. I met dads that love to play soccer with their sons. I met boys who liked making jokes and playing games. I met young men like myself who wanted to start a career doing something they enjoyed. Why couldn’t I reach out to them the same way I would a brother who needed help here in the states? I could thanks to Villages in Partnership.
Working alongside the people of Malawi with VIP in June resulted in a paradigm shift in my view of poverty. Actually doing life with the community we were helping taught me that although Malawians lived in poverty, they were not the poverty. Their spirits were flourishing as brothers and sisters in Christ, the same as my friends in the US, but the circumstances in which they lived were different. Through the work of VIP and the BSHDC I saw how having a mindset of being a steward of God’s gifts can have a drastic impact on not only my life, but on the life of someone in need. It’s hard trying to describe such a life changing experience in just a few words!!!”