Christmas Greetings from Roberta

Christmas in Malawi

Okay, it’s Christmas morning in Malawi and I can no longer put off writing this letter.  I’ve written and re-written it over and over, but cannot seem to put into words, well at least brief words, what I’ve wanted to communicate, so I’ll just keep it simple and say Merry Christmas, THANK YOU, and add a tiny bit of news and pics.

Though it doesn’t “feel” anything like Christmas here in Malawi with 80 degree temps and my family and friends half a world away, I’m focusing on God’s treasures right in front of me – and there are many. So thankful for each of you who has been an integral part of my life. I can tell you honestly that I’ve never experienced the amazing power of prayer as I have in the past months. Your prayers are what has lifted me up, sustained me, protected me, encouraged me, blessed me more than you can know. KNOW that your prayers are most effective. Thankful for clean water, safe shelter, food, good health, fuel (when I can get it!),and very thankful that what we do here really makes a difference in the lives of those who very often go without some or all of the above.

Last weekend I moved to ABC for 3 weeks to housesit while the pastor and his family are vacationing in S. Africa. Since this is my first Christmas EVER away from my family, I’m so glad I’m with other Americans in the same boat. I miss many of the things that make Christmas so special every year – family, friends, carols, traditions. What I’m not missing at all is the inescapable madness that is unfortunately ingrained in our culture during this season.  My Christmas present this year is being here and all I’m learning  – even the seemingly unpleasant things. All have a purpose to mold and grow me to be used by God in a greater way, and in teaching me patience, gratitude and humility.

This Christmas please know that I love all of you who have made this journey possible, and who are faithfully with my each step of the way. I pray for you all and ask God to bless you so that you may be a blessing to others wherever you are.

With a great piece of my heart,



Please Pray for Roberta

A note from Roberta.
Would you please pray about my shoulder. It’s been giving me increasing problems/pain over the last month or so. I haven’t mentioned anything to anyone, figuring it will get better, but the opposite has been true, until yesterday when I couldn’t go for my walk or do much of anything else because I was in so much pain. I finally told my sister Debby about it and she sent out a prayer request to a bunch of people she knows who support me and/or pray. I was in such pain last night, I didn’t think I’d even be able to sleep, but when I woke up, I was quite a bit better! Still am favoring my right arm and keeping it tight to my body, not raising my arm.

Women Who Stand Book Club

Women Who Stand… And Read
Please hold the dates of February 16 & 23 and March 1 & 6 for our next book club.  We will meet at the Towson Library again.  We will be reading “When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbet and Brian Fikkert.  This is a great book that provides a solid biblical foundation for understanding the nature of poverty and its alleviation.  The book then outlines several general principles for all poverty alleviation efforts including: the importance of distinguishing between relief, rehabilitation, and development; the difference between asset-based and needs-based strategies; and the advantages of participatory over blueprint approaches.
As before, we will share our discussion points with everyone so that even if you can’t make it to the book club group, you can still learn along with us.