5 things to brighten your day

Here’s five things making me happy this week. I hope you all had an inspiring Easter!

1. Ready for Easter: Eggs in Malawi

Lilian and her daughter with eggs from the Manyamula Village Savings and Loans cooperative chicken coop. The group manages the chickens and uses the profits to provide low-interest loans to members.

Lilian and her daughter with eggs from the Manyamula Village Savings and Loans cooperative chicken coop. The group manages the chickens and uses the profits to provide low-interest loans to members.

2. For your contemplation: We are already part of the Whole

“Your problem is, you don’t know who you are. Let me tell you who you are.
You are a ray of God’s own light.
You say you seek God, but a ray of light doesn’t seek the sun; it’s coming from the sun.
You are a branch on the vine of God. A branch doesn’t seek the vine; it’s already part of the vine.
A wave doesn’t look for the ocean; it’s already full of ocean.”

– Martin Laird, in Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation

3. Let’s Dance: Traditional Dance from Malawi

I stumbled across this great display of traditional dance in Malawi. The background song is by a Malawian musician and the moves, especially running on stilts, are amazing!

4. Grant for SIA 

The Vestry at the Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park, CA recently awarded a grant to SIA!  The grant will start 3 new Small Business Fund groups in Malawi. Thank you for supporting the growth of SIA. (Psst. Did you read last week’s success story from Malawian Small Business Fund businesses?)

5. Speaking of Grants…

I’ve updated the list of grants that SIA has given to others! There are descriptions and photos for each grant, including the three new grants that the SIA Board awarded in November 2013.

SIA is continually finding new, worthy, grassroots organizations that are dedicated to working in their communities for positive change. Click here for the grants list.

Have a wonderful, wonder-filled week!

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2 Responses to “5 things to brighten your day”

  1. marsha johnson April 22, 2014 7:41 pm
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    What a lovely compilation of inspiration! Thank you, Tanya. I’m moved by “We are already part of the whole”, stated so clearly. The Malawian dance is really a celebration. I love the graciously swaying costumes. I give thanks for SIA’s impact that multiplies as the years go on, touching so many lives and communities. Thanks be to God!
    Lovingly,
    Marsha

  2. Dennis April 22, 2014 10:08 pm
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    I second what Marsha says above. Thanks, Tanya.
    Dennis

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