The Lingson Family's Story

gia_story2.jpgIn the village of Kaseleka, Malawi, Telina and January Lingson and their large family agree that the work of the Lutheran Development Service which is supported by ELCA World Hunger has changed the life of their community.

Telina says, "In the past, our harvest was very minimal. A bucket or two was the result. Our households were hungry."

Recognizing the needs of the community, Lutheran Development Service provided the Lingson family and 30 others with goats and pigs, along with training in animal husbandry and agriculture. That one-time gift of livestock provided the Lingson family with food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops, and offspring to sell at the market. Now 148 households participate.

Telina's husband, January, adds, "When this organization came, they taught us a lot, especially in agriculture." Telina adds, "We are very happy indeed. We will have enough for our children's welfare. It will help with their education."

Charles, the project officer, sums it up. "[The ELCA] says, 'God's work. Our hands.' Here [is where] it really works."

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