IMC Project Updates

October 2016 Bob & Betty Blanchette Update

It has been so good to return to Zimpeto after a season in Canada. It has been great to see all of our friends and the children, and the young  men and women that we work with.

Bob has been busy with the carpentry training program, building some doors and windows, a desk and a bench.They also  tore out the old play ground equipment on base. The children were not too happy! What they didn’t know was that a company was coming in to put up some new equipment shortly thereafter.

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October 2016 Zimpeto Widows' Home Update

One day whilst chatting to Vovo (grandmother) Salimina, she took a liking to my necklace and asked me to buy one for her. I asked her when her birthday was (thinking I would give her one on her special day), and her response was “I don't know.” Then she realised why I was asking and suddenly said, “It's tomorrow!”  

It is actually quite common here that older people especially, have no idea of even what year they were born, and have no documents to help them. Since Vovo was definitely worth celebrating, we chose a date and gave her a birthday party!

October 2016 Zimpeto Bible School Update

Below are two highlights from this term at the Zimpeto Bible School:

This school is 40% female; a huge step forward in a country where women are undervalued.

We teach that Jesus is our example of a leader. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. So our students happily and with joy help clean the church and dining area, help out in the kitchen and with general duties around the base.

This is a new model for many of our students. They adapt well. We are blessed to share with them the FULL ministry of Jesus.

October 2016 Northern Mozambique Orphan-Village Projects Update

Our 80 resident children at the Mieze and Noviane Children’s Centres all come from the most hopeless and impoverished circumstances imaginable. Many are total orphans; the rest have only one living parent, usually a very poor mother unable (or unwilling) to care for her children. Many never had an opportunity to attend school before coming to our centres.

June 2016 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

The Iris base in Southern Malawi is always growing and changing. The biggest development over the last year has been finishing the Joe Martin Skills Training Centre. This is our largest building project yet, and required many skilled hands and minds. It is a structure which is equipped with tools and space for teaching all kinds of trades. One of my personal joys was seeing David Dyck (mastermind engineer/designer behind many of our buildings) install the tools from his father’s workshop. What a legacy!

June 2016 Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program Update

There has been a close collaboration between the Iris Zimpeto Base, the IMC team in Canada and the Canadian Embassy. Through an extraordinary occurrence of events, a diplomat returning to Canada donated his almost new vehicle to the reintegration team at Zimpeto.

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Every day this vehicle heads out to check on children wanting and needing to come in, and likewise, connecting children (who live on the base) with their families.

June 2016 Northern Mozambique Orphan-Village Projects Update

Our 80 resident children at the Mieze and Noviane Children’s Centres enjoy welcoming visitors…and especially when they are visitors who’ve come before and built relationships with many of the same kids over several years.

Many of our older Noviane resident kids are now on Facebook and have access to other social media. This has enabled them to maintain communication with sponsors and adult friends from churches on the other side of the world. How different this all is from where we began with these same kids only 6-8 years ago!

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