Greetings and happy Friday Monday New Year!

I hope this note finds you well as we move from the Christmas holiday into the New Year! Our story this week comes to us compliments of the Malawi Project in Africa:

ExtonExton is a father of six and provided for his family by subsistence farming. Two years ago, a stroke left him paralyzed. Although a wheelchair was prescribed to him, Exton had no ability to purchase one. Without an aid, a man who had always been the breadwinner in his family had to watch as his family struggled to provide. Even going about the village he had lived in all his life was impossible: Exton’s wife could only manage to move him from inside the house to the front doorway—his church, friends, and work were all out of reach. “Wheelchairs are not easily accessible in Malawi because they are very expensive,” noted one of Malawi Project’s partners, “and 88 percent of the people live on less than a dollar a day.” Exton’s wheelchair, however, has eased the burden. Now he can return to his land to help grow crops, he can return to church, and he can go about his village and visit his friends because of the wheelchair.

In a place where a sweeping majority of the nation lives on less than a dollar a day, purchasing a wheelchair is virtually impossible. At Free Wheelchair Mission we seek to make wheelchairs accessible to people so that the world around them can be accessible too. But we can’t do it without you. Thank you for your partnership.

Happy New Year and God Bless,

Don Schoendorfer

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