IMC Project Updates

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 Zimpeto 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.

September 2011 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

"Everything is overshadowed by the death of one of our missionaries here at Iris. One of our missionaries, Daryl Martin, got too close to some elephants and paid with his life. Still, something amazing happened in the midst of elephants charging, autopsy, wake, service of memory, and burial. All 75 of our Iris children who live on site in 5 homes have lost both parents. They have suffered loss compounded by rejection and abandonment. The children suffered another loss, and yet this time they are older and able to process. There was great wailing and crying.