IMC Missionary Updates

October 2013 Sarah Masson Update

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Luke 14:33

"This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.” Eccl. 7:29

"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Ps. 147:3

October 2013 David & Joanna Morrison Update

People often marvel that we gave up our western life to move to Bangula, Malawi. Though that was challenging, it was not that hard. Our life in Malawi has a lot to offer. We spend a lot of time together as a family. We have lunch together every day. Malawians get up early and go to bed early, so our evenings are usually our own. We home school, which allows us to read a lot of the same books, and interact with each other about what we are learning. We have endless summer!

April 2013 David & Joanna Morrison Update

We are in training of various kinds. Patrick and David are training for an international bike race in Luwawa. They try to ride 30 km three times a week. With another years growth and much more intensive training, both expect to improve on last year’s race. Patrick, Daniel, and Kalina have all been part of our Iris Running Club in preparation for the CURE Hospital Fun Run in late April. My physical training is a lot less strenuous.  I try to walk, ride or swim several times a week.  

September 2012 Sarah Masson Update

One of our Iris girls recently had her 16th birthday. On the eve of her birthday she ran over to my house wanting to spend to time with me. We were chatting about life and getting ‘older’. I asked her what she wanted to be for real when she grows up. She took a minute and then said, “I really do want to be a teacher.” She continued to say “I am going to be a teacher here and they will not even recognize where I have come from!” Curious about what this meant, I asked her to explain.

September 2012 David & Joanna Morrison Update

We are certainly entering a new season in the Morrison household. How did our children grow up so fast?  Patrick is in Canada for 3 months, testing his feet in Canadian culture. We are so thankful for friends and family who welcomed him into their homes and holidays! He had the opportunity to visit his Morrison cousins, to work at Pioneer camp for one session, to get his driving license, and to see Newfoundland by motorcycle. Now he is helping out on the family farm in Ottawa and spending time with his Patrick cousins.

September 2012 Don & Elizabeth Kantel Update

Don and Elizabeth are beginning their eighth year of service with Iris in Pemba in northern Mozambique. When they began in 2005, the region was very remote and backward…locked in the grip of severe poverty and 90% unemployment…and the last to feel any benefit from economic and social development initiatives originating in the nation’s capital 2,000 kms to the south. At that time, there were relatively few vehicles on Pemba’s crumbling roads; and it was a rarity to see a Mozambican behind the wheel of a private vehicle, no matter how derelict.