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Johnny Holm will turn 70 this year. Yeah, 70 going on 35.

And he and the band will be in Cuyuna this weekend. The Johnny Holm Band will perform at this year’s Manna for Malawi fund raiser on Sunday, June 23rd at the Woodtick in Cuyuna, Minnesota. There is no admission to the four hour event, only a free will offering. The event runs from 4-8pm.

Holm is starting his show these days with the admission that he’s been doing this for 50 years. And thinks he’d like to stick around for another five or six! Holm says he feels good, pays attention to his health, and has even begun a yoga practice. As if running around on and off the stage during the show band’s rock and roll performance isn’t enough exercise for anyone, especially someone who is closing in on seven decades on the planet.

The regional band has been attracting audiences around the United States, primarily in the five-state area around where he began. Holm began his musical journey just down the road where he went to high school in Brainerd. One memory has it that Johnny was taking classes in Fargo for something or other and playing guitar in a local club. And the money was better at the club. Fast forward fifty years through countless bars, county fairs, bowling alleys, proms and late night private parties and the energy is as strong, infectious and invigorating as its ever been. Bring your dancing shoes. Johnny will insist on it.

Manna for Malawi 2019 runs from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. In addition to music, those who attend get to eat Italian food from Maucieri’s while they’re checking out the silent auction items.

Pastor Paul Mattson said his heart was touched as he saw first hand what Manna for Malawi has done and continues to do. Malawi is in southeastern Africa, the poorest nation in the world. Average income is less than $2 a day.

“When we were invited to help the mission 13 years ago, volunteers fed 400 hundred, once a week. Now, feeding takes place six days a week and gives up to a thousand African orphans get their only meal of the day,” Mattson added. Last year’s event raised more than $35,000 to help the organization buy a tractor for the farm bought the year before. Money raised this year will go for the feeding program, farm equipment, and education for orphan children.

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Photo from the Times Group (www.times.mw/expect-more-floods-met-department-says/)

Please pray for the people and the country of Malawi. At least 56 people have died this year as a result of the flooding in Malawi. Most of the flooding has occurred in the southern part of the country. The orphan project is in the central area of the country and has received much rain but not deadly flooding.

According to The Malawi Times, at least 13 of the 28 districts in Malawi are affected by the flooding. The floods began as a result of Tropical Cyclone Desmond in late January and heavy rains have continued through February and March. These floods have affected at least 922,945 people and displaced at least 16,545 households, who are now living in camps.

The Village Civil Protection Committee has reported that most boreholes were underwater and 97% of latrines have collapsed in the flooded areas. The flooding will increase the likelihood of cholera and malaria in these areas.

The floods and heavy rains have also ruined their crops which were planted in December and January; this will increase the cost of food countrywide.

“An estimated 3.3 million people were assessed to be in need of food assistance until the start of the main harvest in April. The most food insecure districts are in the south, reflecting the impact of production shortfalls in 2018. As a result, many households depleted their food supplies from own-production earlier than normal, compelling households to access market supplies prematurely.

Moreover, the recent floods in the southern region, which have affected over 900 000 people, have further compounded the situation. Losses of food supplies, damages to the soon-to-be harvested 2019 crops and reduced access to markets, are likely to aggravate food security conditions. Heavy rainfall, forecast for much of the second dekad (set of 10 days) of March, could increase the risk of further flooding, potentially resulting in larger crop losses and interruptions to humanitarian operations.” (http://www.fao.org/giews/countrybrief/country.jsp?code=MWI)

Please pray for safety, housing and adequate nutrition for everyone. If you feel led to make sure the orphans have adequate nutrition, learn how to donate here.

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The women of Kanyenyeva will have a dedicated space to make reusable sanitary pads in the new skills center.

A new building will be constructed at the orphan project this summer. This new building will house a skills center for the community of Kanyenyeva. When completed, the building will be equipped with solar lighting, running water, and indoor plumbing for restrooms.

Kanyenyeva Ministries has been approved by Days for Girls International to begin an enterprise where women in the community will make and sell reusable sanitary products in their community and throughout their country. The building will provide a sheltered space for work and secure storage for their equipment and inventory.

A separate room will be utilized as a study space for high school students. Additional space will also be available for men in the community to learn new skills and start businesses. Kanyenyeva Ministries is researching the feasibility of teaching sandal making so that the men can start a sandal making business.


The construction of this skills center will enable the women and men of Kanyenyeva to produce marketable products and the high schoolers to have a place to study in the evening. Having a business producing and selling reusable sanitary pads will provide a source of income for women in the community and allow girls and women throughout Malawi to have an affordable and viable solution for menstrual hygiene in a country where the girls and women typically miss school and work since their alternatives are primitive and sometimes nonexistent. These businesses will enable the people in the community to expand their repertoire of skills and options for income beyond sustainable farming.

The construction of the hall is the first phase of the project and is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Christmas offerings of Westwood Community Church in the Minneapolis, MN area.

The second phase of the project will include the addition of solar and generator power and plumbing for indoor restrooms. The second phase is projected to cost $15,000 – $20,000 and will begin after the money is raised. If you would like to donate to this project, please click here.

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Lebanon Lutheran School in Lebanon, WI has donated over $10,000 over the past 5 years!!!! They donate their offerings from their chapel services for a semester each school year. These are some of their pictures.

Over the years, their donations have been used to purchase blankets for the children, provide food for the feeding program, provide scholarships for high school students, and to help start the chicken/egg business.

Not one of these children can afford to donate $1,000 or $2,000 alone. However, many people’s donations over several years have made a positive impact on the children in Malawi!! Thank you, Lebanon Lutheran School!!!

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Johnny Holm Band to Perform for Manna for Malawi 2019

The Johnny Holm Band will perform at this year’s Manna for Malawi fund raiser on Sunday, June 23rd at the Woodtick in Cuyuna, Minnesota. The regional band has been attracting audiences for nearly 40 years in the United States, primarily in the five-state area. Holm began his musical journey just down the road from Cuyuna in Brainerd. Manna for Malawi 2019 runs from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. In addition to music, those who attend get to eat Italian food from Maucieri’s while they’re checking out the silent auction items. Charge for the event is a free will offering.

Pastor Paul Mattson said his heart was touched as he saw first hand what Manna for Malawi has done and continues to do. Malawi is in southeastern Africa, the poorest nation in the world. Average income is less than $2 a day.

“When we were invited to help the mission 13 years ago, volunteers fed 400 hundred, once a week. Now, feeding takes place six days a week and give up to a thousand African orphans get their only meal of the day,” Mattson added. Last year’s event raised more than $35,000 to help the organization buy a tractor for the farm bought the year before. Money raised this year will go for the feeding program, farm equipment, and education for orphan children.

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UPDATE!!!!!!

We have an amazing line up of people who are willing to be interviewed for this documentary. We will be in Malawi in late April to early May to film these interviews. Please pray for God’s will to be done through this documentary. Check back for more updates.

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Your investment in the children of Malawi is making a difference in their lives!

Precious Masula passed his exit exams from high school with such high scores that he is able to attend any college in Malawi as long as he can pass the college’s entrance exam. Precious was a scholarship recipient at Kanyenyeva Ministries throughout his high school career.

No one from the Kanyenyeva area has scored this high on their high school exit exams before Precious!!! (In Malawi, to graduate from high school you must pass an exit exam.)

Thank you to everyone who provides scholarship money for the students at Kanyenyeva. Your investment is making a positive difference in their lives! Click here to learn more about high school scholarships.  Please prayerfully consider sponsoring another student in high school so they have the same opportunities as Precious does.

Please prayerfully consider if you are being called to help sponsor Precious through his college career. We are exploring the cost of college and will provide updates when we can.

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What do our shoes and food for children in Malawi have in common?

For every 5 pairs of shoes donated to Malawi Orphan Care Project through our shoe drive, we can provide 4 meals for children in Malawi! That sounds simple. Find your unwanted yet still usable shoes and bring them to any of our drop off locations.


The shoe drive is from November 4 – 18 at:

309 Fit Club

Crowe’s Shoes

First English Lutheran Church

Lexington Church of the Cross

and from November 1 – 30 at:

Bellville Post Office

Butler Post Office

Stoodt’s Market

For more information call or text 419-512-9710

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Kanyenyeva Ministries purchased a new John Deere tractor in August, 2018. This tractor will greatly help with the work on the 133 acre farm that was purchased last year. The first growing season at the farm they planted 24 acres with maize and 35 acres ground nuts by hand.

Kanyenyeva Ministries (KM) harvested 613 50 kg bags of maize. The maize will be used for the feeding program starting in November or December, 2018, after the maize is dried and treated. The harvest across Malawi was about 1/3 of what they expected. The harvest at the new farm was about half of what they expected. The poor harvests were due to ill-timed rains.

The ground nuts were grown for a seed supplier, who will sell them retail. KM will receive a higher price for the ground nuts than selling them on the food market because they are ‘certified’. KM received a Certificate as seed growers for ground nuts. The money raised from the ground nuts will be used to purchase fertilizer and seed for future maize and ground nut plantings. The ground nut harvest was about ½ of what they expected. The rains and disease limited their harvest.

KM plans to rent the tractor to other farms for additional income.

As they move into future years, the plan is to rotate crops on acreage. In about 5 years, they expect the farm to provide 90% of the funding and maize for the feeding program.

A huge thank you to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN. They donated the proceeds from their Manna for Malawi fundraiser for the purchase this tractor.

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In June, this group will help with the feeding program, teach Bible lessons, and replace the thatched roofs of widow’s houses with metal roofs. Two members of the team will arrive in Malawi in late May to prepare for the team’s arrival and network with other organizations.

The rest of the team will arrive in early June. Teenagers from the orphan project will work with the team to lead the Bible lessons.

Early each day the team will work with a local contractor to replace the thatched roofs of widows houses with metal roofs.

Later in the day, the team will help with the feeding program and present the Bible lessons.

Please pray for safety for everyone and for God’s will to be done. Please pray for Rob, Chris, Mitchell, Egypt, Hannah, Joy, and Pastor Andy during their time in Malawi.

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