Guided by the four themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) has provided weekly liturgies. These liturgies include stories about some of the programs and ministries supported by PWS&D. Each week of Advent we’ll post these stories here on Grace’s blog, but you can view the original content here: Presbyterian World Service & Development

First Sunday in Advent: Hope

Making Maternal Health a Priority

In Malawi, Misuzi Tembo is pregnant with her first child. It should be a joyful occasion, but with her husband working in South Africa, Misuzi feels anxious facing her pregnancy alone.

Many women in remote Malawian communities go through pregnancy and delivery without their husbands—and without the care of skilled health workers.

In Misuzi’s village, frequent maternal deaths had been a cruel reality. Now, mothers and babies are surviving and thriving with support from a Village Safe Motherhood Committee—part of PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health project—that encourages pregnant women to attend antenatal appointments and promotes increased male involvement.

“I didn’t know how important antenatal care is during the first three months,” admits Misuzi. “My husband also attended with me in order to learn about my pregnancy.”

Misuzi now feels that her health and her baby’s health is a priority. With her husband’s support, she is hopeful for her family’s long, abundant life together.

This Advent, help improve the health of children and their mothers to shape a community’s strength and prosperity.

Presbyterian World Service and Development Advent Liturgies