Thursday, May 27, 2021

How to Support Us

Thank you for your interest in helping us spread the message that Jesus Loves Malawi!

Charitable giving receipts can be issued both in Canada and the U.S.

Here’s how you can send support:

In Canada

Donors in Canada can either send cheques or donate online:

Online:
To Authorize Monthly Automatic Withdrawals or make a one time gift using Credit Card or PayPal:
Visit http://www.adventive.ca/make-a-donation-canada/.
Find “Malawi A1 (D. Babcock)” in the drop down menu labeled "Fund."
Then just simply fill in the form and submit.

Your online donation will be processed and receipted by Canada Helps, and forwarded to ACCI for our support.  (Canada Helps is a registered charity which serves other charities by processing online donations on their behalf).

[Post dated cheques are also acceptable for monthly gifts - see next section].


[If you prefer to have drafts drawn from a chequing account, then PayPal is the way to do it. PayPal is a very secure way of making payments online, as it works through the banks, and can be linked to either a chequing account or credit card account. Then, when you use PayPal to either make a purchase or donation online, the money is drawn from whichever account you have set it up to use.]

If you need any help at all getting set up, Lauren at ACCI would love to guide donors through the internet setup, which is very secure, and not terribly complex. Lauren's phone # is 613-298-1546.

To Mail a Cheque: make payable to ACCI, and include a note designating your gift for project “Malawi A1 (D. Babcock)”.  (Important: our names should not appear anywhere on the cheque - the cheque memo should simply say "Malawi A1").
[You may also download and print our response form: Babcock Canadian Support Form-ACCI to accompany your cheque.]

Mail to:
ACCI
89 Auriga
Nepean, ON, K2E 7Z2
(Phone: 613-298-1546)

[Note: We are required to include the paragraph below as a legal public statement to keep ACCI from getting in trouble if it should ever become necessary to redirect funds.  If, for example, we were to die, ACCI could then safely reassign any remaining funds to another worthy cause.  But don't worry.  They are faithful stewards of your gifts, and we are receiving your generous support, with many thanks!]

Designated funds given to the named project will be assigned to the project; however, in the event this becomes impossible, ACCI reserves the right to apply donations to other worthy projects as it deems appropriate. Please do not specify anything else on your donation. You will receive a tax deductible receipt. Canada Charity Number: 107771065RR0001


In the U.S.

U.S. donations flow through TMS Global:
(TMS stands for Train, Mobilize, Serve)
Giving can be done by phone, by mail, or online.
[Both one-time and monthly gifts can be set up by any of these methods].

On all gifts please mention: Dean and Stephanie Babcock, Malawi, Acct. #3054

To give by Phone: call 1-800-478-8963 with account information handy (either checking or credit card).

By mail: Make the check to TMS Global, put our name on the memo line, and mail to:

TMS Global, Inc.
PO Box 936559
Atlanta, GA 31193-6559

To donate online or set up monthly donations online visit https://www.tms-global.org/give.  Specify the amount, and enter either our I.D.#: 3054, or “Dean and Stephanie Babcock.” When you click on “Give” you’ll be taken to the online form where you can enter all your giving information.


Thank you for your support!!!

We need more than monetary support, however, so don't forget to send an email to JesusLovesMalawi@gmail.com requesting to be put on our Prayer Letter list. And, of course, don't forget to pray! May God bless you!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Covid-19 Update


Some friends have been asking how we are, and what the conditions are in Malawi with Covid-19. Here's a summary:
Corona has been confirmed to have arrived in Malawi, but we seem to have much less than Canada, at this point. On the other hand, we really don't know how much we have here. There is likely more than we know. The govt. began testing only about a week ago, and we have eight confirmed cases and one death so far. However, we have far fewer international travelers here than in developed countries, and the govt. stopped all flights two weeks ago, so we believe that accounts for the smaller number of cases here. But we're concerned about how fast it may spread.

Our concern is not so much for ourselves. But we're very concerned for Malawi, because social distancing is much harder for Africans in general than for Westerners (and we find it plenty difficult). Add to that the fact that among the people we work with in villages constant hand washing will be very difficult because people don't have running water, and soap is a luxury item. If large numbers become ill, hospitals will be completely overwhelmed, and we have very few respirators in the country. Plus, there are high numbers of people here with serious health issues such as TB, HIV, Diabetes, Asthma, heart conditions, etc. So, we're praying for God's mercy, and would appreciate your prayers, as well.

We aren't on lock-down yet. That could come, and if it does it will be very difficult for people who live hand to mouth. In some African countries where lock-down was imposed, they are considering a reprieve because people who can't go to work or run a subsistence business are starving. For now, here in Malawi, we've just received the announcement that everything is closed except for essential services, and nearly all meetings are banned. Personally we had already been severely limiting our own movements because we don't want to unknowingly become contagious and unwittingly spread the virus.

As for Chris, he rejoined us here 18 days ago, and is still well after traveling. For which we are very thankful. He left before Ottawa had many cases, and observed a self-imposed isolation here in Malawi. Carleton University closed down live classes and moved them online. Chris considered staying on campus to reach out to international students, and was praying about some other possibilities, as well. But the university strongly encouraged students to return home. They were moving students apart to achieve greater distance, and shutting down common rooms and the cafeteria (delivering meals to rooms), etc. So, staying on campus seemed neither practical nor attractive (and rather lonely). Coming back to Malawi seemed better than the other options, and the Lord gave him peace about it. And, as confirmation that it was a good decision (we felt), Carleton gave a travel subsidy which paid for his trip here. (He'll also get a pro-rated refund of what he paid for room and board). So we're very happy to be all back together again, and thanking God for this little bright spot in the midst of all the concern we have for our hurting world.
Thank you so much for asking. It means a lot to us.
Many blessings! Dean