IMC Project Updates

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.

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 Zimpeto Community Infant Milk and Food Supplement Program Update

INFANT MILK PROGRAM UPDATE:

Meet Marcos. He and his two brothers began receiving regularly from our infant milk assistance program at Iris Zimpeto when their mother was unable to provide for them. They were underweight and needed our help. Now, just turning one, we had the joy of graduating them from the program. They are at a healthy weight and doing great!

June 2016 Zimpeto Widows' Home Update

Vovo Salimina often reminisces about when she lived in Bilene, which is where she came from originally. Bilene is a beautiful coastal town about 2 hours drive from Maputo. Vovo lived there with her husband and children who have all died. She later moved to Maputo (which is how we met her), but she does miss Bilene.

Recently, with the loan of a friend’s car for some weeks, we had the idea to take Vovo for a day visit to Bilene. Dulcilia (Vovo’s caregiver) came with us, along with her 3 girls.

September 2015 Zimpeto Bible School Update

A testimony of the grace of God:

The challenging task of taking over the leadership of the bible school after Pastor Eduardo went to be with the Lord was at hand. It was not an easy task, but God kept encouraging us and blessing all of us as a team.

We were able to manage the little resources we had in order to satisfy the needs; it was challenging due to a lack of teachers. Some of us had to stretch to fill in the gaps, and all teachers were supportive.

September 2015 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

Once again, we wonder at the quiet the day after 24 secondary school students depart for school. Getting them ready was a full-time job for Louise Loten, fellow missionary, for whom we are very grateful. Supplies have been bought. Sponsors have been written. The students have completed their volunteer work assignments - which is their ticket to secondary. We can see many of our students making wise choices and developing strong character. It is a joy to see them rise up.

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