It was a beautiful event seeing all the smiles and feeling the hope of those
present. Our first infants and guardians in the Infant Rescue Project (IRP) were there as were Passion Center staff, Group Village Chief Mindando, the proud Community Health Network volunteers, Abusa Saul- the Passion Center Ex. Director and a crowd of friends and villagers. Abusa Million spoke, shared the gospel and emphasized the hope this ministry brings to many families and villages.
At the end of the event, each Passion infant/guardian in the IRP received their first care pack put together based on the age and need of the baby. At a minimum, each pack contained formula, Likuni Phala (a food supplement designed specifically to combat malnutrition and boost infant immune systems), soap, Vaseline and some clothes. We are very hopeful for this new ministry and we’re praying for sponsors and partners to join us. Each Passion infant/guardian in the IRP needs a praying sponsor, one who will give towards their monthly care package and regular visits. For a $25 per month sponsorship you can help rescue an orphaned Infant! Right now, there are 12 infants who need sponsors, while there are many others who need us to expand this program into their villages.
Why did we launch the Infant Rescue Project?
As the newest Passion Center ministry, the Infant Rescue Project (IRP) focuses on rescuing Infants whose mothers died giving birth or shortly thereafter. We want to respond to this growing problem and live out Proverbs 24:11-12, "Rescue those who are being taken away to death, hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will He not repay man according to his work?"
This problem is far too common in the villages of Malawi due to disease, HIV infection, inadequate medical assistance or a mother’s severe malnutrition. Surviving infants are either abandoned to die or a grandmother or close relative tries to provide for the baby. Sadly, the baby usually suffers persistent malnutrition which results in a suppressed immune system. The added burden the relatives carry results in the infant being passed around to other relatives depriving them of a stable and nurturing home.
The Infant Rescue Project aims to change that by delivering formula, high protein food supplements for Infants, distributing clothes, providing regular health care visits, sharing the gospel and providing encouragement and instruction through the Passion Center Community Health Network.