Those who travel to the warm heart of Africa collectively witness a unique joyful presence within those living in material poverty. There is a joy seen through the smiles of children and a contentment seen through the Malawian people who have little by the world’s standards. This is a beautiful reminder of what God wants to teach us about being content in all situations. But this also gives us a chance to look at where true peace really comes from.
We have seen faith from those in physical need who have a peace that is only fueled by God’s internal presence. A faith that magnifies a deeper peace in the middle of challenge. A peace that doesn’t change depending on circumstances, material comfort, or physical security. It is a peace that is anchored in faith, trust, and dependency on God. A dependency that reveals God’s power through poverty. A joyful peace that reflects contentment. Where personal pain is shared and carried together within the context of Malawian community. Where praise for God is present in the middle of poverty. Malawi offers a gift to the world to observe peace that is seen through its platform of need. We are invited to observe from those who walk in faith who are from one of the poorest countries in the world. A gift to encounter the beauty that shines out of struggle. It encourages those of us on the outside into a deeper understanding of walking in God’s steadfast peace whether the struggle is physical, emotional, or spiritual. It encourages us to ask about the source of our peace. What steals our peace? Where do we find peace in the storms of life? And do we lean into the power of community that can support our walk through the storms of life like those in the at-risk Malawian communities that partner with Chisomo Idea?
We continue to believe there is still a need for us to respond to issues of poverty with compassion. We believe both sides have gifts to offer each other that are uniquely different. We believe in the power of relationships that connect us to each other. As we learn from those who find peace in struggles that are interwoven through poverty, we are invited to re-look at where we find our peace. Sometimes we are the ones impacted by those we serve.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Chisomo Idea Co-Founder