IMC Project Updates

October 2017 Widows' Home Update

One of the great blessings of working with the poor is to stand alongside real ‘widows’, elderly people with nothing to do, no family, physically and mentally weak, and truly pour out love on them. That is why the bible says it is pure religion. This is not true only here in Mozambique.

Salimina is a widow we have been taking care of for many years. We are trying hard to find family, as Salimina is lonely and wants company. We are considering moving her to a home for the elderly, a quality facility in the same area she is in now, where she will have company.

October 2017 Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program Update

A big thank you for the continued financial support of the reintegration program. Without the program the centre would become an outdated dinosaur. Reintegration is the cog in the wheel that keeps children from stagnating in an institution. Our belief is that God created families and he hasn’t yet uncreated them; family is the best place for children to be loved and to grow. Hence we have a revolving door of children coming in being rehabilitated, supporting the family, and returning the children to their families.

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October 2017 Community Infant Milk and Food Supplement Program Update

Infant Milk Supplement Program:

Accasou and Angelina are happy, healthy, thriving four month old twins, but it wasn’t’ always like it is now. When the twins were born their future was very bleak. They were very small and their mother had gotten pregnant while she was very sick and on very strong medications that should be avoided during pregnancy. We were unsure if the babies would survive, primarily because of the medications the mom had been taking.

October 2017 Zimpeto Carpentry & Sewing Training Program Update

Carpentry Program:

The success of a project may be measured in part by well it runs in the absence of the teacher.

Bob Blanchette began the carpentry training program many years ago and wondered if the program would continue with the same success with him back in Canada one half of the time. Bob focused on training Emilio to lead – teaching him to care for the staff and train youth.

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October 2017 Northern Mozambique Orphan-Village Projects Update

We have 80 resident children in our Mieze and Noviane Centres. That's a statistic; but to us they are 80 precious lives...each with his or her individual story.

Sorte Saide is a 16-year-old boy who has lived in our Noviane Centre for over four years. Before that, he lived with a nearby aunt and her alcoholic husband. The husband didn't want to spend any money on Sorte, so he was abused and had no food or clothes. We were already helping Sorte financially; and when we were finally asked to take him into our centre, we did so readily.

April 2017 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

Every children’s home at Iris Malawi plants a field. They prepare the soil, plant the seeds and tend the crops, and then they harvest and eat the produce. This year’s crop was disappointing. While we did receive rain, it was inconsistent and there were long dry spells in-between. There was also a pest which ate the maize leaves, leaving the cobs vulnerable. Still, there was a harvest.

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[Iris children and parents planting seed in their garden.]

April 2017 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

As we regularly report, our major on-going food programs in northern Mozambique include regular food distribution to over 150 poor families (including about a thousand children); powdered milk distribution to over 60 mothers and babies; complete food and care for over 80 resident children in Mieze and Noviane; support for another 55 village children through the sponsorship program; and weekly feeding of 600 village children following the Saturday discipleship program. All of this is funded through your gifts to Iris Ministries Canada.

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