IMC Project Updates

September 2020 Carpenty and Sewing Training Programs Update

July 15th marked the second anniversary of the passing of our beloved IMC missionary Betty Blanchette. Betty began and oversaw the sewing project for many years. At the same time her husband Bob began and oversaw the carpentry project.

Both projects continue to be strong and active. Bob and Betty trained up wonderful leaders in their areas. Bob had planned to visit the base in June but had to postpone his travels for now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

September 2020 Zimpeto General Update

It has been quite the six month period worldwide as the coronavirus has shut borders, closed schools and churches, and seen businesses shut down.

Although the official death count is small in Mozambique, the country has suffered enormously with little medical or Government support.

Food prices have increased by 40%, as have medical and building supplies, and most goods that we require and use on a day by day basis in Maputo.

September 2020 Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program Update

The Bible reminds us that caring for orphans and widows is the purest form of religion.

Rosa was placed back into family in 2011 through our reintegration program.

Unbeknownst to us, she had been expelled from her home by her family in 2015 when she became pregnant. Her partner abandoned her at that time.

Rosa wandered into one of our community churches in February 2020.  After some investigation, we discovered that she was living in great poverty, caring for her two children all on her own.

April 2020 Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program Update

In 2002 Steve and Ros Lazar took 10 children into their house as a result of a measles outbreak. After the crisis had passed, Ros in her wisdom decided to keep the 10 children with them.

In December 2019 the last of the 10 children were reintegrated into some family. The vision the Lord placed on ther Lazars heart was completed. Ros remembers standing on the driveway watching the car take the last of the 10 youth to their community house.

April 2020 Zimpeto Carpentry & Sewing Training Program Update

The success of programs run by a Missions base is evidenced by how the programs operate after the missionaries leave.

The sewing program was started by Betty Blanchette, and the carpentry program by Bob Blanchette.

Since Bob and Betty left (after Betty’s unexpected death in 2018), the programs have continued with more and more young people learning valuable life skills that will bring them income to care for themselves and their families, and bless their communities!

April 2020 Zimpeto Bible School Update

“Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel”....

We thank God for the opportunity to serve at the Zimpeto Bible College. In the past 6 months some of the most remarkable moments were with visits we had to the school. First was the visit from the main national television station - TVM. They focused on the work of one of our teachers. We had the opportunity to see a little bit of what we are do being broadcast on television at a national level.

April 2020 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

It is amazing how a few days can eclipse six months. What were we doing before coronavirus hit the world? We have spent the last few days preparing by setting up hand-washing stations at the gate and at strategic locations around the base. The children are washing their hands like never before. We have also given up shaking hands in favour of foot tapping or elbow knocking. It is hard to imagine how an intensely interactive community such as ours will be able to distance themselves from each other.

October 2019 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

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.

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