IMC Project Updates

April 2013 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

Our youngest child is 6 months and our oldest 18. In between we hit every age and every stage. We have temper tantrums and we have changing hormones. We have those who are learning to walk, and those who are learning to fly. Our newest girls are settling in so well with their house mother, Ruth. A few weeks ago all 72 kids were out in the field harvesting beans. It was wonderful to watch them working together, laughing and chatting as they worked.  

November 2012 Zimpeto Widows' Home Project Update

One of our pastors reported to us that there was a young mother of twins, abandoned by her husband, that been thrown out of her family home. One of the twins had just died. While she is not an elderly widow, she is a mother and woman desperately in need.

We brought her and her baby into the widows' house for 3 months. She has been wonderful company for the elderly widow living in the house and has had time to rest, receive ministry and get stronger by having good nutrition available to her and her child.

September 2012 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

As I write, 10 girls are busy building houses in our back yard. I am in awe of their creativity and their communication. When survival is in question, there is no time for such pursuits. What joy to hear them create stories and relate to one another! Of course the boys are on hand to attack and destroy, but even that is part of the story. With 66 children life is never dull. Our three youngest have just past the one year mark, and provide endless opportunities to learn about love. I simply love watching our oldest children caring for the littlest ones.

March 2012 Zimpeto Bible School Update

At the beginning of the bible school year when it was time for the pastors to go to the churches throughout southern Mozambique to bring in recruits for the Bible School, the next two provinces north of us were unreachable. The one and only highway which connects the most southerly province of Maputo to the rest of the country was washed away by flood waters from cyclones (hurricanes). We wondered how the school would manage to have sufficient students without our students from Gaza and Inhambane provinces being able to come.

March 2012 Child Reintegration Program Update

The reintegration team worked hard in 2011, reuniting 67 children/youth with their families and building 17 houses, either to provide for community parents so that their children could stay with them in their homes, or to enable children to reunite with their families.

The team averages between 15 and 20 visits a week, mostly assessing new children for admission, but also making home visits of our current children to assess the home situation.