We are highlighting one of our children, Ariana, who was admitted to our Milk Program when she was 10 days old. She is one of the many babies which we are privileged to provide nutritious formula, medical support and encouragement to.
In 2002 Steve and Ros Lazar took 10 children into their house as a result of a measles outbreak. After the crisis had passed, Ros in her wisdom decided to keep the 10 children with them.
In December 2019 the last of the 10 children were reintegrated into some family. The vision the Lord placed on ther Lazars heart was completed. Ros remembers standing on the driveway watching the car take the last of the 10 youth to their community house.
The success of programs run by a Missions base is evidenced by how the programs operate after the missionaries leave.
The sewing program was started by Betty Blanchette, and the carpentry program by Bob Blanchette.
Since Bob and Betty left (after Betty’s unexpected death in 2018), the programs have continued with more and more young people learning valuable life skills that will bring them income to care for themselves and their families, and bless their communities!
“Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel”....
We thank God for the opportunity to serve at the Zimpeto Bible College. In the past 6 months some of the most remarkable moments were with visits we had to the school. First was the visit from the main national television station - TVM. They focused on the work of one of our teachers. We had the opportunity to see a little bit of what we are do being broadcast on television at a national level.
It is amazing how a few days can eclipse six months. What were we doing before coronavirus hit the world? We have spent the last few days preparing by setting up hand-washing stations at the gate and at strategic locations around the base. The children are washing their hands like never before. We have also given up shaking hands in favour of foot tapping or elbow knocking. It is hard to imagine how an intensely interactive community such as ours will be able to distance themselves from each other.
In March of this year Malawi’s President declared a state of emergency, after a powerful tropical storm settled over the region unleashing torrential rains that caused substantial flooding. This resulted in 56 deaths, 577 injured, and 83,000 people displaced by flash floods, swollen rivers, or collapsing infrastructures. The storm system then moved east out to sea where it gained strength, forming into Tropical Cyclone Idai that headed back to shore making landfall near Beira, Mozambique causing further devastation.
Through hardship, floods, cyclones, persecution, and all manner of pressures, we are seeing Mozambique coming into fullness of life in Jesus. With Jesus, the church is able to endure and overcome. At the end of the last school term we went on outreach to some of the most flood and cyclone ravaged areas, providing support and preaching the gospel.