Focus on Malawi update

Focus on MalawiWe’re so pleased to report that the medical students we’re sponsoring in Malawi can get now back to work following the re-opening of their colleges. They had been closed in October 2018 following disputes between staff and government.

Last week, back home here in Colchester, we desptached 17 boxes of glasses and medical equipment destined for Malawi, via our wonderful friends at The Bananabox Trust in Dundee.

And next Saturday, 2 February,  at Maldon in Essex, we are offering for sale some of the amazing vintage, retro, and designer glasses that turn up amongst the used glasses donated to us. The venue is the Maldon Flea Market, Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon, Essex. Open 08:30 – 15:00. All proceeds will go to medical training and the development of eyecare services in Malawi.

Finally, we’d like to mention again how grateful we are for all donors, friends and collaborators, who supply glasses, equipment, time and effort, and funds. They range from individuals, churches, hospitals, companies and other trusts. You are brilliant!

Christmas: a life-changing challenge!

Merry Christmas! Christmas greetings to all — and particularly to those who have been working to support the eye-care services in Malawi (it couldn’t be done without you!).

As we see growing political, financial and social uncertainties at home and abroad, it’s easy to be fearful for the future. But Christmas is all about a wonderful, hopeful gift, and it’s this: the “Word of God became human [that’s Jesus] and made his home among us” in order that we may have an abundant life. This is not a call to ignore the big nasty world outside, and to escape to some private spiritual experience. Christmas is a call to find our true selves and true purpose so that we can engage with the world, equipped and resilient enough to survive well — and even to thrive.

But it’s a gift with a challenge, of course: abundant life can’t flower in the same body that harbours greed, hate or envy, for example. But Jesus both shows and provides the way through: embrace him and we enter a loving, redemptive and healing story that becomes our story. Our family’s story, our neighbourhood’s story, and ultimately, the world’s story.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone !