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'Muli bwanji!! (Hello!) I met someone from Malwai ("I am from lilongwe (capital) but yah i know blantyre pretty well too"-Mon, April 9th 2007). for the first time prior to UMM's Fall Semester in August. She was part of 10+ international students I rode along with to the Social Security office in Alexandria.

Her name is Monique, who had an opportunity to share her story going to school in "America" this past Thursday in the UMM Campus paper called the "University Register"...

"Life here in America is different Monica Jeremiah, Guest Writer
" Coming from a third world country, I have experienced new cultural and personal issues. I have learned many things in the amount of time I have been here. I am from Malawi and this is a small country in the southern center of Africa. Malawi is a very quiet country compared to America.

There are not many people in the cities. Morris has been just like home because it is a small town with few people. I like it here. Even though I come from the cities, we do not have the simple fun things like vending machines everywhere. Fast food is not as fast as MacDonald's and Pizza Ranch. We do not have drive throughs and deliveries. I get excited about things like these things.

Moving from country to country, I have had to change the little cultural differences like greetings and addressing people. In my country I would never address an older person by their first name. These differences are always interesting to discover. Many people have been very nice to me.

The biggest shock has been the weather. Malawi is a very hot and dry country. The winter has been interesting since it is the first time I am seeing snow. I did not know what to really expect even though I was told that it would get really cold. I love the snow and I do not mind it at all.

Living alone has been a challenge but I have learnt a lot during the past few months I have been here. I have learnt that Americans are hard working people. Before I came here my dad told me that everything is so fast in America and that people always work hard. I have had to make major adjustments in social and academic areas. I think such a life will make me a better person after I graduate. I will have a great advantage over many people, not only because of the education I get but also for the hard working attitude I have grown accustomed to. People in my country do not work as hard as most Americans.

I am happy to have met many people of different cultures. I am glad I came to America because it is such a diversified country. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about different ways of life. Knowing others people makes me feel unique and proud of my culture and I think that it is very important to appreciate how other people live compared to how you live.

Living in America has opened so many doors in my life and some of which I never knew existed. I have done so much in the past few months and I know that I will be a changed person after four years. Everyday may seem overwhelming since I am constantly learning but I am loving every bit of it. It has so far been an intriguing experience away from home.

When I was looking for a college for my further education, I wanted a small community in which I could grow familiar to and be able to live comfortably. Morris has met every expectation I had for it. The people live as a community in which I am proud to be part of."

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  • Madonna 'adopts child in Africa', Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 October 2006, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK (BBC News)

  • " Madonna hopes to highlight the problem of Aids in Malawi Pop star Madonna has adopted a one-year-old boy in Malawi, according to reports. Since then the child had been cared for at the Home of Hope Orphan Care Centre in Mchinji, a village near the border with Zambia.
    Who should adopt African babies?
    Madonna said she had travelled to the region with her husband, film-maker Guy Ritchie, to help fight poverty and the problem of HIV and AIDS.

    Raising Malawi with Madonna - You Can Help

    "Madonna matches your contribution:
    Watch as Madonna issues a new call to action, offering to match every dollar donated to help the children of Malawi. She explains how her deep relationship with the people of Malawi has inspired her work with her foundation, Raising Malawi. "

    Malawi father: How is my son doing with Madonna? POSTED: 11:19 a.m. EST, January 2, 2007 (CNN)


  • The Bible Society of Malawi

  • "Committed to serving the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church in Malawi in ensuring the availability of the affordable Holy Scriptures which are faithful to the original texts, without doctrinal note or comment in various formats and media for worship, witness, discipleship and spiritual growth through Translation, Production, Distribution and Non-print Media Programmes."


    The Gule Wamkulu

    "UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2008 URL: Description: Gule Wamkulu was a secret cult, involving a ritual dance practiced among the Chewa in Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique. It was performed by members of the Nyau brotherhood, a secret society of initiated men.Within the Chewas traditional matrilineal society, where married men played a rather marginal role, the Nyau offered a means to establish a counterweight and solidarity among men of various villages. Nyau members still are responsible for the initiation of young men into adulthood, and for the performance of the Gule Wamkulu at the end of the initiation procedure, celebrating the young mens integration into adult society. Gule Wamkulu is performed in the season following the July harvest, but it can also be seen at weddings, funerals, and the installation or the death of a chief. On these occasions, the Nyau dancers wear costumes and masks made of wood and straw, representing a great variety of characters, such as wild animals, spirits of the dead, slave traders as well as more recent figures such as the honda or the helicopter. Each of these figures plays a particular, often evil, character expressing a form of misbehavior, teaching the audience moral and social values. These figures perform dances with extraordinary energy, entertaining and scaring the audience as representatives of the world of the spirits and the dead. Gule Wamkulu dates back to the great Chewa Empire of the seventeenth century. Despite the efforts of Christian missionaries to ban this practice, it managed to survive under British colonial rule by adopting some aspects of Christianity. As a consequence, Chewa men tend to be members of a Christian church as well as a Nyau society. However, Gule Wamkulu performances are gradually losing their original function and meaning by being reduced to entertainment for tourists and for political purpose. Country(ies): Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia"


  • MANGO CHICKEN(Malawian), from

  • *referred by Faless J. for the UMM International Student Potluck Picnic at East Side Park on Friday, August 20th 2010
    bbq chicken grilling dedicate to malawi


  • Malawi Government
  • Map

  • World Atlas
  • Miscellaneous

  • Info Please

  • "Early human inhabitants of what is now Malawi date to 8000�2000 B.C. Bantu-speaking peoples migrated there between the 1st and 4th centuries A.D. A large slave trade took place in the 18th and 19th centuries and brought Islam to the region. At the same time, missionaries introduced Christianity. Several major kingdoms were established in the precolonial period: the Maravi in 1480, the Ngonde in 1600, and the Chikulamayembe in the 18th century."
  • Wikipedia

  • "The first significant Western contact was the arrival of David Livingstone along the north shore of Lake Malawi in 1859, and subsequently Scottish Presbyterian churches establishing missions. In 1883, a consul of the British Government was accredited to the "Kings and Chiefs of Central Africa," and in 1891, the British established the British Central Africa Protectorate, by 1907, the Nyasaland Protectorate. Although the British remained in control during the first half of the 20th century, this period was marked by a number of unsuccessful Malawian attempts to obtain independence. "


  • Malawi * Journal 1996 , from The Official Website of Arthur Blessitt

  • " We arrived at the airport in Lilongwe, Malawi and rented a car. We drove to Senga Bay, which is located by the beautiful and huge Lake Malawi.
    Our hotel was one of the best in the world I must say. We were tired from other African crosswalks on this trip so we rested a few days at the start. We visited went to a special water hole swamp area where hippos live. It was just splendid to view them and the area.
    The cross
    We had come to Malawi to carry the cross and that we did. I would carry the cross and Denise would drive up ahead and wait for me. Crowds would gather around her and the car. Often she drew a bigger crowd than me! She gave Jesus stickers and gospel material to the gathering crowds and when I arrived I would preach.
    It was so thrilling to be walking with the cross and look up the road and see people running from the fields to the road to be there to see the cross and hear the message of Jesus.
    One of the most heartbreaking things was the devastation of AIDS! Almost every day we met funeral processions of men, women and children marching down the road to bury a family member. Many of the people from the ages 25 to 45 are dead from this disease and the very young and the old are raising the children.
    Denise the car and people
    The people were eager to hear the message of Jesus and we saw so many give their lives to Jesus. We preached and carried the cross all along the way back to Lilongwe. An appalling thing was to see the land striped clean of all wood. The trees and bushes were cut for firewood leaving the land wasted for miles. The rains eroded the soil and it was total disaster.
    We saw many missionaries and aid workers in the area.
    I can say it was a walk of sadness and joy at the same time. These are beautiful people living in disaster.
    God bless and have mercy on Malawi.
    A pilgrim follower of Jesus,
    Arthur Blessitt
    Luke 18:1

    *see Movies: The Passion, Crucification, Easter, Resurrection, etc..

    *see Bible

  • Life Links Connection, a ministry Morris Community Church is connected with
  • Hope for the Nations, linked from Love Mercy in Blantyre

  • *referred through Assist's article on IHOP 24/7 Prayer
    Missions to Malawi

    "Malawi is the 4th poorest country in the world. To help people suffering in this country, Feed the Children Medical Mission undertook a Missions Trip to provide medical care, food, clothing, and more importantly, the Gospel of Jesus Christ."


    Malawi Africa: Chichewa

    Malawi is alive with worship as spiritual renewal has swept much of the country. A Heart Sounds team was privileged to accomplish a worship recording including 5 of the 7 national languages of Malawi.
    This one features the Chichewa language from the more urban enviornment in the capitol city of Lilongwe.


  • Lonely Planet, travel info
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