IMC Missionary Updates

April 2021 Jason Dueck Update

Even amid difficulty, there is always much to be thankful for. We see God at work here in Fortaleza despite the pandemic and the hardships associated with it. Many people in Fortaleza have been adversely affected financially by all of the lockdowns over the last number of months. The majority of people here do not have a financial reserve to depend on, which means that there is an on-going need for food distribution. The intensified needs of those living in the favelas have opened up new doors of ministry for us.

April 2021 Sarah Mkandawire (Masson) Update

Life has been busy for our little family these past 6 months. Chenela finally made it out of Malawi’s locked down borders (when they opened in October) to meet his son for the first time. We were reunited in Canada and we have had a great and challenging time settling into parenthood together (as I’m sure all the parents can attest to). It is so much better than flying solo, as I did for 5 months.

April 2020 Anonymous Missionary - Asia Update

Before I began overseas missions, I didn’t fully comprehend what it meant to be completely dependent on God and his miracle-working power every single day. In the face of continual difficulties, I have realized afresh how much Jesus means to me. My life is in Him alone; He is my everything. When I am weak, He is strong in me. When I run out, He is my supply. Without Jesus, I can do nothing here. He holds my hands, strengthens my feet, and step by step I move ahead.

April 2021 Tony & Laurie-Ann Copple Update

We Copples continue to nurture and encourage children and teens from two townships as much as we can. Covid-19 changed the face of our ministry, where face-to-face contact in the hospice and prison weren’t allowed. Our work with school children with Legacy Relay wound down for this period, but we’ve been invited to join again in April, depending on a possible third Covid-19 wave. However, there are always opportunities to stop for the one.  

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September 2020 Jason Dueck Update

God is a good Father. I have been reminded of this truth numerous times over the past months. We have seen his provision and kindness in our lives and the lives of those around us. I have, especially, had a new appreciation of God as Father these past weeks. On July 20th, our son, Judah Fernandes Dueck was born! We are so thankful that he was born healthy and strong amid everything that is going on. For those of you who are parents, you know the sense of wonder the first time you hold your child in your arms. You also know the feeling of responsibility.

September 2020 Sarah Masson Update

This is an update like none other that I have done before. Since my last update in March 2020, all of my responsibilities at Iris Malawi have mostly come to a grinding halt. Yes, you guessed it right, COVID-19 is the reason for this particular season! As you know, visitor hospitality(international travel) and education are two of the major sectors hit worldwide, so it is no surprise that the people we serve in Malawi have been affected. Our young people are extremely worried about their education as they were unable to finish their last semesters work at school.

September 2020 David & Joanna Morrison Update

Just like parents all over the world who were suddenly faced with the challenge of homeschooling, we are no different except for the size of our family. On March 23rd, we suddenly found ourselves responsible for the continued education of 89 children and young adults. Since all schools were closed on that day, 30 secondary students and 9 college/university students made their way home to join our 50 primary school kids who live on the base fulltime. 

April 2020 Tony & Laurie-Ann Copple Update

We Copples continued to nurture and teach children from two townships at Master Peace Academy, from September to December. The school closed and then transformed into a resource centre for homeschool parents. We were challenged by the four special needs learners in class, but we didn’t give up on them. We also continued with two after school kids clubs in and Avian Park and Riverview townships. Tony has recently taught the Riverview kids (with translation help from our My Father’s House girls Bella and her friend Joy).

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