I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning. Oh Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption!
(Psalm 130:5-7 ESV)
David Morrison, IMC’s legal agent, and Director of the Bangula base, Malawi, writes:
He has a thousand ways to set you free! Though the path is not one we would have chosen, we can see how God is using these challenges to bring about redemption. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted programs, yet God faithfully transforms lives. God has been calling people deeper into relationship and has challenged the Iris Malawi team to greater dependency on Him. Jesus is our unshakable hope!
We are focused on raising a generation of faithful young people. This involves parenting the 101 children God has given to us, including three under 5's, 40 primary school students, 27 secondary school students, 11 post-secondary students, and seven who are in transition. Thirteen young men and women have graduated from our Iris base and are living in the community, of whom five are married and starting families. We believe God has a plan for each one and he will bring it to fruition.
On March 23rd 2020, all schools in Malawi were closed because of the pandemic. While many children were left with nothing to do, the Iris Primary School teachers and our post-secondary students jumped into action and created a home school learning program that adhered to social distancing restrictions while keeping children’s minds active. This new approach to education stretched our teachers to think creatively, and the results have been tremendous. Though schools remained closed for seven months, Iris Primary School students (including those who live in surrounding villages) and Iris secondary students returned to classes in much better shape than their peers.