Friday, July 29, 2016

Pastor Dennis Singini USA Tour for WorldHope Malawi

Man on a Mission

August 1, 2016

Dear Friends of WorldHope Corps:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dennis Singini as Country Representative and Program Director, WorldHope Malawi!

For ten years, since 2006, I’ve been a ‘Man on a Mission to Malawi’ to help AIDS orphans, provide Hope Scholarships, and drill village wells in Malawi.  This year, rather than returning to Malawi, I’ll help a ‘Man on a Mission from Malawi’ raise funds for WorldHope Malawi—our partner organization he now leads. 
Pastor Dennis Singini served for 6 years as Program Director for CitiHope International’s USAID Food for Peace/Malawi program, and for several years as an Assistant Protocol Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malawi. As CR for WHC, Dennis will continue as pastor of Rumphi Bible Believers’ Church and oversee other rural congregations in Northern Malawi.   I have known Dennis since 2006, we have worked together on many projects, and he is a man after God's own heart.

To inaugurate Dennis’s new role, and help him raise funds, I am pleased to partner with Ms. Josie Dittrich (former CitiHope staff member and film/ documentary producer) to sponsor Pastor Dennis for a 7-week, 10-city, training and fund-raising tour in the USA (Aug. 8 – Sept 26, 2016). I invite you to connect with him during this time, and help him raise his local ministry budget for 2017 (to fund core programs of water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS Training, Shalom Training, Hope Scholarships and Social Business projects).

Josie generously covered the cost of Dennis’ international travel.  Rob Robbins will sponsor Dennis for a one-week, intensive business course in Strategic Planning at Liberty University. Gaius Charles will sponsor Dennis for advance Shalom Training at the CCDA Conference in Los Angeles. Local hosts will schedule local speaking/training events, provide lodging, meals, and local ground travel for Dennis while he is in each area (see tentative schedule and local hosts attached).

We still need co-sponsors to help cover Dennis’s domestic travel in the USA (approximately $1,000).  Dennis's #1 goal is to raise $10,000 to cover WorldHope Malawi core programs in 2017 (water and sanitation training, mosquito net distribution, and educational support for youth).  That breaks down to $1000 in each city he visits.  He has more than 10 hosts, so each one of us should introduce him to, say, ten friends who may be willing to donate $100 (or $10/month). 

Churches and organizations, of course, will be able to do more. Once we cover core programs, we can help Dennis raise another $10,000 for special projects of particular interest to major donors (e.g. social business projects such as another chicken business or water store).  

Please consider a special gift this month, and share this letter with others in your circle of influence.  Look over Dennis' travel schedule and let me know if you have friends in one of the cities he will visit so that we can invite them to an event.  

Again, our base need is to raise $10,000 in 10 cities, in 7 weeks. I believe we will do it, but "it takes a village."  

Together,  we can help Dennis find new donors, raise his budget, experience regional culture, see old friends, meet new ones, and generally enjoy his preaching and fund-raising tour of the USA.  Thank you!

Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, 

P.S. Tax-deductible donations for WorldHope Malawi can be made online at our website:   Checks can be sent to WHC, PO Box 7688, San Diego, 92167.

Dennis Singini, Certified Shalom Trainer
Dennis with Doug Smith (far right)

Dennis Singini, Pastor in Malawi

Pastor Dennis, Rev. Michele Robbins and Dr. C. at Shalom Coffee Coop

Pastor Dennis Singini USA tour for WorldHope Malawi

Current Hosts and Contacts:

- NYC: Dr. Caroline Njuki
- Northern NJ: Helen Hoens, Ruth Bashe, Stacy Radmore
- Greensboro, NC: Rob Robbins
- Lynchburg, VA: Wes Galden
- Atlanta, GA:
Rev. Ellynda Lipsey , Jim McGill and Harriett Kelly
 -Macon, GA:  Frank Austin
- Columbia, SC: Rev. John Culp
- San Diego: Drs. Michael and Rebecca Laird-Christensen
Los Angeles:  Dr. Michael Christensen and Dr. Rob Duncan
- SF Bay Area: Berkeley Shalom Team
 (Maxim and Karen Harber, Doug Smith,  Michele Robbins, Alan and Rose Kimber)
- St. Simons Island, GA: Josie Dittrich

Jossie, Dennis and Michael
Dennis' Travel and Speaking Schedule:

Tues, Aug 9            Arrive in JFK 
Aug 9-13                 Northern NJ/NYC
Sat, Aug 13             Newark to Greensboro, NC

Aug 14-19               Strategic Planning Course – Lynchburg, VA
Aug 19-25               Greensboro, NC. 
Sun, Aug 21            Osborne Baptist Church                                          

Thurs, Aug 25         Fly from Greensboro to San Diego
Aug 25-30               Donor Development in San Diego

Sun, Aug 28            San Diego First Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday, Aug 30    Water of Life ministry focus at First Church

Aug 31-Sept 3        CCDA Training Conference in Los Angeles  

Sun, Sept 4              Dennis brings greetings and meets with staff at Holman UMC, LA, Kelvin Sauls, Pastor
                                  Travel from LAX to SFO
Mon, Sept 5               Labor Day with friends in SF Bay Area

Sept 6 – 12                  Berkeley and SF Bay Area fund-raising

Sunday, Sept. 11         Hosted by Shalom Team, Eworth Berkeley UMC

Sept 13                        Dennis flies to JAX
Sept 13-16                   St. Simons Island, GA  (Josie Dittrich, host)

Sept 14                        Training with Dr. Millican for SureSight Vision Screener (SSI)
Sept 15                        Speaking at Lions Club Golden Isles – St. Simons Island (re: 1600+ eye glasses outreach - Lions Club has                                                 provided in Northern Malawi)

Sept 17                       Departs SSI with Rev. Ricky Bates & family for SC
Sun. Sept 18              Preaching in Columbia, SC   (Rev. John Culp, host)
Sept 19                       Meet with South Carolina UMC     Conference contacts
                                   Fly from Columbia to Atlanta        

Sept 20-22                Atlanta with friends (Jim McGill, Harriett Kelly)
Sept 23                     Macon City tour (Frank Austin, host)
Sept 24                    All day – Shalom Zones Event –11 zones, 600+ volunteers         
Sunday, Sept. 25      Preaching at Stone Mountain UMC,  Rev. Lipsey pastor

Sept 26                     Depart Atlanta for Dulles and return to Malawi.