Ministry Location: Malawi, Africa
Ministry Focus: Brian and Georgia Palmer have done a number of short-term missions in different countries but, with their recent retirement, they will be spending 6 months in Lilongwe, Malawi. Georgia will be filling in for Kathy Bowler, a long-term missionary who will be returning home with her family for a furlough. Georgia will act as the interim Director for Children of Blessing Trust (COBT), a Christian ministry to children and youth with disabilities. She will be overseeing the work at the Children's Rehabilitation Centre in the capital city of Lilongwe, 11 Outreach Clinics into the rural communities surrounding Lilongwe, an Integrated Preschool, and Special Education program. Brian will be doing maintenance at COBT as well as some building and repairs at a nearby Village of Hope for orphans and disadvantaged children. He has also been asked to oversee a youth vocational program to teach boys skills that can provide income to support themselves and their families.
Ministry History: Children of Blessing Trust (COBT) was founded in 2007 by Kathy Bowler and started with 40 clients coming to their first outreach clinic. There are now over 2,000 on their books and they operate out of 2 buildings in Lilongwe, Malawi as well as run 11 Outreach Clinics in the surrounding areas. COBT is seen as a centre of excellence and best practice for disability issues in Malawi. The children they serve have many different disabilities such as cerebral palsy, intellectual challenges, hearing or sight impairment, mental health and behaviour issues, etc. These children are often ostracized by their families and communities. The goal is to advance the development and education of disabled and disadvantaged children by providing high quality, accessible services (e.g. medical, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, special education, nutrition, etc.) to help these children redefine what is possible, achieve their potential, and play a meaningful role in their families and communities.
- That they will be able to perform their duties in a way that will maintain the excellence of the programs and be honoring to God
- That they will be able to quickly learn much of the culture and Chichewa language to allow them to develop relationships with the people and share the love of Jesus Christ with them
- That the health of Georgia’s elderly parents would remain stable while she is away
- That Georgia and Brian would remain healthy and safe during their travel and stay in Malawi