IMC Project Updates

August 2011 Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program Update

"2011 has seen some significant changes in the reintegration team. We lost one of our team members when she left work, requiring us to find and train a new worker. Our driver of over five years has also recently moved on, and we have yet to appoint a new driver.

"The team works very well in uncovering the truth of the situations the children come from. Often times this requires that they make surprise visits to the house or that they interview neighbours or pastors of the church.

February 2011 Zimpeto Community Infant Milk and Food Supplement Program Update

“While we all agree that breast milk is the best option for babies, there are numerous situations where mothers are unable to feed their own babies. These are the ones that the formula milk replacement program targets. The aim of the program is (wherever possible) for the babies to remain with their mother or another family member. In cases where the mother has died, the family often needs the support because they cannot afford the cost of formula. In cases of sickness, malnutrition or simply insufficient milk, our team assesses mothers for their eligibility to receive milk powder.

February 2011 Zimpeto Bible School Update

“It continues to be a great honour and privilege to minister to and help equip the many pastors who come to the Zimpeto Bible School. The hunger to pursue hard after God is the passion which we desire to stir up in each and every student, as well as within ourselves. The picture below, of one of our pastors lost in the glory of God at a recent graduation celebration, says so much more than words could ever do.

January 2011 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

"I would say that we are in a season of shifting gears, or perhaps more specifically ‘the teenage years.’  Funnily enough, God has given us a prophetic picture in our own Iris children, who are blossoming all around us into young men and women. They need a lot of tending and encouragement. They need continual prayer, for purity, and for a hunger for the things of God. They need stimulation. At times, they need to be pushed to do something that is hard. They need forgiveness, both given and received. They need dialogue, and, most of all, they need love.

November 2010 Sewing and Carpenty Program Update

"On November 1st, after 3 and 1/2 years with Iris Ministries, we left the Zimpeto centre to move back to Canada. It was a sad day for us as this has been our home and we really enjoyed working with the boys and girls, teaching them woodworking skills and sewing skills. Please pray for missionaries with suitable skills to replace us so the young people will continue to learn and grow.

August 2010 Zimpeto Bible School Update

"We are so grateful to Iris Ministries Canada and all the generous donations that make the ministry of the bible school in Zimpeto possible. There are so many pastors in Mozambique who have never had the privilege of receiving any formal training; they just know a few scriptures and use them repeatedly. These pastors are amazed at those who have come to our bible school and have then returned to their villages with much knowledge and biblical insight, gained through the training and equipping that we are able to offer.

June 2010 Sewing and Carpentry Program Update

"Hello to Everyone. We began the year in Canada, returning to Zimpeto in mid-February. Since then I (Bob) have been working 2 days a week in Zimpeto and 3 days a week in Marracuene. In Zimpeto I have 2 new students and we have been busy making cupboards and storage containers for the school and the dorms. In Marracuene I have 3 students, 2 of them new, and we have also added a Mozambican carpenter and are training him in hopes that he eventually will take over the operations of the shop there. We just finished building 10 windows and 3 doors for Pastor Eduardo's new church.