June 2016 Don & Elizabeth Kantel Update
Iris has changed dramatically over the 12 years Don and Elizabeth have served as missionaries in Mozambique…as has the country itself.
Today, Iris is facing the future as a diverse and well-organized missions organization…still under the inspiring leadership of its Founders, Heidi and Rolland Baker, but with a leadership structure that includes a generation of younger missionaries in their 20’s and 30’s. Don and Elizabeth are among a handful of “veterans” who see their role as helping the younger generation take their rightful place in leadership for the future.
Don also continues to give oversight to the Mieze and Noviane Centres and works closely with the IMC office to run the “Stop for the One—Canada” sponsorship program. About 135 children are currently being supported in whole or in part through these important ministries. Many of these children have been in our care for 8-10 years; and it is wonderful to see how they are growing into solid young Christians, progressing academically, and maturing socially.
[Older youth from our Noviane Centre comprise most of the worship team for the Sunday service at the Iris Pemba church.]