In the Warm Heart of Africa: A rich people poor in resources

This Sunday: AIDS is changing the fabric of African cultural, social and economic life. In Malawi, there are now 750,000 AIDS orphans and the number is still growing. A landlocked country in Southeast Africa, Malawi is one of the poorest areas and hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. What can we do? Tom Nighswander, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, talks compellingly and compassionately about life and times in “The Warm Heart of Africa” and on the importance of just showing up. Lay leader, Jana Peirce. Pianist, Susan Johnson.Tom and his wife Ruth have been showing up in Malawi since 1964, where they started their Peace Corps work and their marriage. It changed their careers, and the country has been part of their lives ever since. Together they make annual trips to work at the Malawi Children’s Village. When not in Malawi, Tom is a physician and Assistant Regional Dean of the Alaska WWAMI program and Ruth is a school nurse mentor for the Anchorage School District.  More information about their work and their stories from Malawi can be found at