In March of this year Malawi’s President declared a state of emergency, after a powerful tropical storm settled over the region unleashing torrential rains that caused substantial flooding. This resulted in 56 deaths, 577 injured, and 83,000 people displaced by flash floods, swollen rivers, or collapsing infrastructures. The storm system then moved east out to sea where it gained strength, forming into Tropical Cyclone Idai that headed back to shore making landfall near Beira, Mozambique causing further devastation.
Our project is supporting 140 children in northern Mozambique. Many are orphans or abandoned children who live in our Mieze and Noviane Children's Centres, while others live in some kind of family grouping in the local villages. All these children are extremely poor and vulnerable.
In late-April, a powerful cyclone slammed into the Mozambican coastal city of Pemba where we have been ministering for the past 14 years. This was a completely unexpected event as no cyclone had ever struck Pemba previously.
Cyclone Kenneth dumped an incredible six feet of rain on the area in as many days. Most poor village houses are built at ground level and with no foundation. Depending on location, many houses were damaged or destroyed and all household contents swept away as floodwaters several feet deep flowed through unimpeded.
Through hardship, floods, cyclones, persecution, and all manner of pressures, we are seeing Mozambique coming into fullness of life in Jesus. With Jesus, the church is able to endure and overcome. At the end of the last school term we went on outreach to some of the most flood and cyclone ravaged areas, providing support and preaching the gospel.
Reintegration has come a long way since its inception over 15 years ago. Thanks to the support of IMC we have an excellent team, a car (which we could not do home visits without), money to build houses and enable children to be reunited with family, and a process to provide families with small business ventures.
October was an intense month with lots of challenges. We had some major challenges at one of the 13 different secondary schools our children attend. We had to make significant changes in the arrangement of our girls’ houses, but all was eventually resolved. David, together with other leaders, were forced to do some quick work in hiring new teachers for the Iris Africa Primary School. We had found some excellent teachers at the beginning of the year, but two of those new teachers bailed early in the year. Interviewing is time consuming and quite difficult.
“Pastor, when I came here to the bible school I had been living with my partner since 2007, thinking everything was fine. But I was challenged by the word of God and now that I'm back for the second level I have decided to get officially married. I would like to invite the staff of the bible school to attend my wedding". These are the words of Philip, a second level student who is currently getting ready to get married at the end of this month.