Hi, welcome to my new Blog page!
My Name is Michelle Clark, and I'm excited about embarking upon a new adventure in Malawi, Southeast Africa, where I will be running the clinic at the African Bible College. The clinic plays a vital role in the local area, providing much-needed care to people who don't always have access to good, reliable medical treatment. I'm very honored to have been asked by college president Paul Chinchen and head physician Mark Borsma to assist the doctors working there. I will help them by taking on a variety of administrative tasks, which will free them up to treat more patients.
At this point, I'm in the preparation stages for departing my home in the US for Malawi. I'll be visiting various churches on my way from California to Washington state, where I'll have time to visit my mother and speak to the local churches before departing for Africa. It's very important for me to build a support team of people who will commit to praying and/or giving financially to the ministry in Malawi. I will be working full-time at the clinic, overseeing a staff of 40-plus individuals. It's a very busy position, and I will not have the ability to earn a salary while I'm in Africa, so finances are needed and much appreciated.
So far, my support team consists of some Individuals and American churches. I am very grateful to each person as well as each church that has made this important commitment, and I pray for my support team daily. I welcome your prayer requests and would enjoy reading your comments and answering your questions while I'm away, which is why (in part) I decided to create this blog page. I feel that it is very important to stay in close contact with my support team and anyone interested in my work in Africa. I want to support you, too, by praying for you. Please don't hesitate to ask!
On the 20th of July, 2007, I closed up my apartment in Colorado and drove to Chandler, Arizona, where I was introduced to The Grove Bible Church. They have committed to supportting me with prayer and finances, for which I am very grateful. While I was speaking to the church, a generous man donated money to purchase mosquito nets, which are needed to protect Malawian children from contracting malaria. I will be overseeing the distribution of the nets, in conjunction with LIVE LOVE.
While in Arizona, I met with a couple of doctors and shared my mission with them. I also had a chance to talk with the donation-supplies clerk for the local Mayo clinic, who donated some Dopplers and IV poles, along with other medical equipment. These supplies will be greatly appreciated by the doctors working at the African Bible College clinic.
My next stop was San Diego, California, where I met with three pastors. All three were positive and encouraging, and I enjoyed meeting with them. Today I'm in Idyllwild, California, visiting my friend Sharilyn Miller. She's a jewelry artist who works with wire. We thought it would be fun to take a break from my support activities to spend some relaxing time making jewelry, which I'm quite new at but enjoying very much. You never know where a new skill can be used for God. I'm hopeful that I can teach the African widows how to make jewelry, too, so that they can make a living.
Thanks so much for reading my very first blog. I've never done this before, so my travels in Africa will be coupled with new adventures in cyberspace as I attempt to share my daily life with you. I welcome your comments, questions and prayer requests. If you'd like to know more about supporting my efforts working at the clinic in Malawi, please visit the various links I have posted and feel free to e-mail me anytime.