text REFORMED to 56170 to join us in sponsoring a child.

Don't get text messages? You can register to sponsor a child at https://worldvision.org/firstreformed.

Partner with us and World Vision

Join us April 11 and 18 as we make a difference in the lives of children in Malawi.

Sunday, April 11, is World Vision Chosen Day at First Reformed Church. This special morning will be a time of learning about ministry on the continent of Africa and will conclude with an opportunity for you to be selected as a sponsoring family by a young person in Malawi. Sponsorship of a child is $39/month.

World Vision’s website offers an important update on the needs in this land: The drought spreading through much of Africa has caused severe food shortages in Malawi since 2016. Destructive foresting practices are also worsening the drought conditions—as the soil absorbs water less effectively, farming becomes more difficult. Because Malawi uses hydro-powered electricity, the drought also caused blackouts and power shortages. With no power, small-scale businesses often had to shut down, and dairy farmers in particular were affected, since they couldn’t refrigerate their products. These factors didn’t help the chronic malnourishment and lack of food that stunt a third of Malawian children’s growth. Your support is helping us provide short- and long-term emergency assistance to the families hit hardest by the drought’s effects. Working with partnerships, we brought emergency resources of food and water to those most in need, so families and communities can get back on the path to flourishing. Your support also means our work is transforming education and health for children in vulnerable communities. As we’re improving water and education together, kids are given tools to fulfill their God-given potential.
See more information about World Vision and their work in Malawi here: https://mywv.worldvision.org/my/community?ID=208962

So how can you and your family be chosen? Here’s how it works:

April 11: Text Reformed to 56170 sign up before 8pm on April 11 - or go to https://worldvision.org/firstreformed. Then go to the Fellowship Hall after worship to have your picture taken. (You can also upload a picture from your phone.)

April 12 - 17: Pictures are sent to Kapeni, Malawi where you will be chosen by your sponsored child. Join our Facebook group First Reformed Church Chosen at https://tinyurl.com/FRC-chosen to see updates throughout the week.

April 18: Find your name in the Fellowship Hall with information on the child who chose you.

At any point in the process, you can join our Facebook group First Reformed Church Chosen to share, engage and talk about your Chosen experience. This is a great place to share your child’s letters to you and see letters from other children in the communities we are sponsoring.

Our church has beautiful partnerships in places like Haiti, New Mexico, and Japan already. We are eager to further expand our participation in God’s work through this incredible personal connection opportunity in Malawi. We pray that you will choose to be chosen!

Want to get your kids more involved? Download the activity guides below to help them understand the value of being chosen.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who
are blessed by my Father;take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

- Matthew 25:34

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,

- Matthew 25:35

I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

- Matthew 25:36

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for
one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.’

- Matthew 25:40