Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Malawi Projects Near Completion

Mzuzu United Methodist Church nears completion
[December 2012 photo; camera date in error]
Friends of WorldHope Corps,

We need your help next week to complete our 2012 mission pledges and projects in Malawi:

1.  The new sanctuary of Mzuzu United Methodist Church will be dedicated on Sunday, Jan 13.

2.  The grand opening of the new Hope House (for educational support) occurs on Saturday, Jan. 12.

3.  Five of the ten new Village Wells we drilled in 2012 will be celebrated with villagers.

4.  The Mzuzu Shalom Zone Committee will assemble for training and planning.

You can participate by adding your name to the list of sponsors who have supported these community development projects this year, at whatever level you are able to do!
Rhempi Village Well (one of ten in 2012)

$250 pays for church furniture in the new sanctuary or furnishings in the new vocational training wing.

$500 pays for a young person to go to Vocational or Secondary School in Mzuzu for a year.

$10,500 pays for a new deep water village well for several thousand villagers

$100 pays for more chickens and pigs in the Mzuzu Shalom Zone economic development venture.

I leave for Malawi on Monday, January 7, for Malawi for 10 days, and I'd like to bring with me new names of sponsors for our four active projects in Mzuzu.

Please consider a year-end gift to WorldHope Corps through PayPal 
or by mailing a check today!

There is still time to make your 2012 tax deductible gift toWorldHope Corps, Inc.

Thank you so much for your generosity and support over the years!

Dr. Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
WorldHope Corps, Inc.
P.O. Box 295
Madison, NJ 07940
Hope Tailoring School vocational students 2012

Laird-Christensen Christmas Letter 2012

From our House to Yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Laird-Christensens:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


PREDICTION: On December 21, 2012, when the Long Count calendar ends, a rare Galactic alignment of the Sun and the Milky Way will take place. This only happens once every 26,000 years.

FACT: On the solstice of December 21, 2012, the Sun, as seen from the Earth, will be crossing the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy near its center. This type of alignment of the path of the Sun with the plane of our Galaxy takes place every year; thus, it is not very special.

The alignment of the Sun with our Galaxy on the December solstice happens more rarely. This more rare alignment occurs during a 400 consecutive year period, and within every precession cycle of 25,772 years. This is thus somewhat more special. This image shows a planetarium view of the sky illustrating the Sun’s position on December 21, 2012, the date of the solstice. The image reflects what the sky will look like at noon on that day, at the latitude of Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, México. At midday, the Sun will be high in the sky, and projected against the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way will not be visible behind the glare of the Sun of course, but the planetarium image is intended to demonstrate the alignment of the Sun with the band of the Milky Way Galaxy. There is some evidence in the archaeological record that the ancient Maya may have known about the astronomical phenomenon of precession. It is possible that the ancient Maya set the beginning of the Long Count, so that the 13-baktun cycle would complete on the December solstice of 2012. At this time, the Sun will be crossing the Milky Way, the road of the Maya ancestors in the sky.
A diagram of the Milky Way universe.Section content adapted from material provided by Dr. Bryan Mendez of UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory.  Published in Smithsonian e-magazine.