Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest - Luke 10:2.


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By Pastor Stewart & Lenata Chawinga

Pastor Stewart and his wife Lenata Chawinga are faithful servants of God. They occupy themselves with the labor in the field as well as render support to many orphans and widows in Malawi. They have a vision for their nation. The Chawingas have fifteen people living in their home whom they support. They are paying school fees for and all day-to-day care. This couple is hoping to build an orphanage rather than rent which is costly. With their own facility they will be able to take in more children who are desperate for love and care.


Revival in Lilongwe Malawi 2009


Orphanage Project December 2009


Malawi Newsletter August 2009


 Photo Album Malawi




Photo Album Bethel Second Baptist Church


Photo Album packing food boxes


Photo Album Valley Faith Center Congregation


Photo Album Memorial Day


Photo Album Lighthouse Congregation


Photo Album Judeo-Christian Congregation


Photo Album Around Las Cruces







2 sewing machines donated by two couples from the Judeo-Christian Israel Alliance Congregation in Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Ryders (orphanage donation) and the Hurleys Deming, New Mexico


Malawi Newsletter August 2009






Ralph and Norma Molina made a contribution toward building of orphanage


1 cow donated by Stevan & Rosanne Gonzalez and family from Garfield, New Mexico

members of The Lighthouse Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico - Pastor Priscilla Dunn


Donation for the Women's Cooperative from Jorge and Sonia Vargas Las Cruces, New Mexico members of Lighthouse Church


Malawi Newsletter August 2009



Land leasing project donations from members of Lighthouse Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico and visitors


Assistance with rent and donation of a digital camera from Georgia Thomas and her son Christopher


Malawi Newsletter August 2009

(Pictures for newsletter was taken using this donated camera)



Toshiba Laptop and case donated by Deacon Paul Wynne Jr.


Malawi Newsletter August 2009

(Newsletter was completed using this donated laptop)




Prayer Intercessors from the Las Cruces Prayer Network donated funds to help Pastor Stewart pay the rent on his home which house 15 people including many orphans


The congregation of Valley Faith Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico - Pastor Alan Granger made a donation toward the building of the orphanage in Lilongwe, Malawi

Members from the Judeo-Christian Israel Alliance Congregation gave Pastor Stewart a prayer shawl, and contributed to building an orphanage.


Pastor Jeff and Maria Sutton & Living Word Family Church donated all funds needed for 3 months rent on house including an external hard drive with ten years of teachings and Bible School material and books






Peace to be maintained in government

Salvation: 18% Muslim, 50% Catholic, 32% Protestant

Corruption to cease

Polygamy that is destroying the fabric of family

Those infected with HIV

Cancer in the increase

TB on the increase

Believers to be fully converted and motivated to evangelize





Powered was born in 2007 after Pastor Stewart realized the need and challenges faced by orphans, widows, women headed families and street kids in are 24 in the City of Lilongwe.


It was in 2005 when Pastor Stewart began to see a number of orphans, needy women and widows coming to his house asking for support. He sat down with his wife, Lenata and discussed how they can support them. It was challenge to them since they had limited resources. By then they were facing challenges in their own house rental in which is still a struggle up to now. They had to risk their family to share the little God is providing to them.


As they were still working on how to find support for first their house rent, a man of God, Rich Elliot provided monthly support for house rental. With this support, this family was able to provide home based care, free nursery education and food and house rentals to widows. 


In 2007 things changed drastically when The Reverend Rich was not able to continue with the support. Pastor Stewart´┐Żs family began to suffer. After not paying rent for four months they had to leave. They tried to involve the congregation but because of the number it was difficult to receive enough funds.


POWERED was started due to this situation. There was a great need to continue the work so in 2007 Philadelphia Organization for welfare, Education, Relief and Development was registered as an official organization to help orphans, widows and needy people.


Since 2005 through 2008, Pastor Stewart and his wife have provided support to over 800 orphans. They have indirectly supported orphans who are in secondary schools by applying for bursary for them, over 300 orphans received free secondary education and 300 received nursery school education. They encourage orphans to attend school so that tomorrow they can have a brighter future.


Pastor Stewart and his wife continue to provide home based care to a number of orphans and widows. They have five children but his family is as big as fifteen because of some orphans and needy children they care for in their home.


In 2008 they started renting a portion of a school to provide nursery, primary and secondary education. They are now supporting orphans with free education through this school. With the challenges of paying teachers they have now began to accept paying students to provide the salaries for the staff. The school is called Hillside Christian Private School.


The school currently offers the following:

a.      Day-Care & Nursery Education

b.      Primary Education

c.      Secondary education


This is the current status of orphans and needy children being assisted by POWERED:



Nursery School                                             2

Standard 1                                                    2

Standard 2                                                    1

Standard 3                                                    3

Standard 4                                                    3

Standard 5                                                    1

Standard 6                                                    4

Standard 7                                                    4

Standard 8                                                    1

Form 1                                                           3

Form 2                                                           3

Form 3                                                           3

Form 4                                                           1

Technical College                                        1


The Needy

Women                                                          13

Men                                                                1

Children                                                         133


Malawi Background

Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. Current President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. As president, MUTHARIKA has overseen substantial economic improvement but because of political deadlock in the legislature, his minority party has been unable to pass significant legislation, and anti-corruption measures have stalled. Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

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Malawi Economy

Landlocked Malawi ranks among the world's most densely populated and least developed countries. The economy is predominately agricultural with about 85% of the population living in rural areas. Agriculture accounts for more than one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues. The performance of the tobacco sector is key to short-term growth as tobacco accounts for more than half of exports. The economy depends on substantial inflows of economic assistance from the IMF, the World Bank, and individual donor nations. In December 2007, the US granted Malawi eligibility status to receive financial support within the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) initiative. Malawi will now begin a consultative process to develop a five-year program before funding can begin. In 2006, Malawi was approved for relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program. The government faces many challenges including developing a market economy, improving educational facilities, facing up to environmental problems, dealing with the rapidly growing problem of HIV/AIDS, and satisfying foreign donors that fiscal discipline is being tightened. In 2005, President MUTHARIKA championed an anticorruption campaign. Since 2005 President MUTHARIKA'S government has exhibited improved financial discipline under the guidance of Finance Minister Goodall GONDWE and signed a three year Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility worth $56 million with the IMF. Improved relations with the IMF lead other international donors to resume aid as well.

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Malawi & Religion

10.100.000 inhabitants.
    - Statistics: 54-83% Christian (20-28% Catholics, 34-55% Protestants including a 19% in syncretical African Churches),
      15-20% Muslims.

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