Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Heart of the Matter

Here is a letter written by Magnus the founder of Mary's Meals after his recent trip to Iowa:

Last week I visited Iowa, one of my favorite places in the world.
I was there to speak at the World Hunger Summit and it was wonderful to be able to share the story of Mary’s Meals with over 700 people at the Hunger Lunch in Des Moines.
I felt privileged to meet some very distinguished people and great humanitarians, but the highlight for me that day was meeting hundreds of high school kids who had travelled from all over Iowa, many wearing Mary’s Meals T-shirts, to learn more about the charity they love.
Whilst in Des Moines my dear friends there organised an evening event in a parish church for supporters of our work. They told me they hoped that 75 people might attend and couldn’t believe it when over 200 enthusiastic people, some sitting on the floor, turned up on this week day evening to hear the latest updates.
And then the next morning I had an ever bigger treat when I called into St Theresa’s primary school, who have sponsored the building of a kitchen in Malawi (one of 21 kitchens that have now been sponsored by groups in Iowa so far!!), to find that every single pupil was wearing a Mary’s Meals shirt for the day.
I was so moved to meet those happy, excited children and their incredible teachers and to be able to share a little with them about how their kindness has changed the lives of so many hungry children. At the end of my talk I was starting to say to the children ‘please, please say prayers for Mary’s Meals …’ when I noticed the teachers laughing and pointing behind me.
I turned to see two pupils carrying the most enormous envelope on which was written ‘Prayers for Mary’s Meals’. They gave this to me explaining that each child had written their own prayer.
It seems so appropriate to me that this part of America is known as the ‘Heartland’ while Malawi is proud to be called the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Both places are home to people with enormous hearts who are always ready to share with those less fortunate – and both know how to do so with joy!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mike and Alexandra Miller

As many of you know Mike and Alex Miller from Indianola, (Iowa) are working for Mary's Meals in Malawi. If you would like to read her blog visit:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

St. Theresa School Rally for Mary's Meals

On Monday (the 16th) went spend part of the with Magnus, Patty Decker (MM USA), Andrea Dale (MM executive director), Ellen Miller, and Marylin Lane.

From L to R: Andrea, Mom (Pam), Me, Magnus, Marylin, Ellen and Patty.

St. Theresa School in Des Moines hosted a rally for Mary's Meals. It was fun!

Joseph introducing Magnus
All of the children were very attentive

Magnus speaking

In the past few days the students of St. Theresa School had been collecting money for Mary's Meals. They collected over $700 dollars!

Presenting the check to Magnus

These two (cute) little students gave Magnus a gift from the school

School-wide picture with Magnus!

Joseph with his parents, sister and Magnus. Joseph was inspired by hearing Magnus at the Christ Our Life Conference last year. He (and his school) have raised over $17,000 for Mary's Meals!

Magnus, Ellen and Ellen's niece Rea

Magnus and I

Iowa Hunger Summit 2013

On Tuesday, October 15th Mom and I spent the day at the Iowa Hunger Summit in Des Moines Iowa.  Magnus (the founder of Mary's Meals) was the keynote speaker for the Iowa Hunger Summit Luncheon.  We also went to a talk that Magnus gave at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, Iowa.

Magnus gave a ~30 minute talk and then answered questions from the crowd.

There was about 215 people who came to hear Magnus.

(These pictures are from Magnus' talk at St. Pius X)