Southern Malawi Ministry Centre

April 2022 Iris Malawi Update

A cyclone is a system of winds rotating inwards to an area of low barometric pressure. We have experienced two significant cyclones over the last three months. The first one was called Ana, and she arrived on January 24th, damaging roads and houses, and leaving 190,000 people displaced. We experienced strong winds and heavy rain on the Iris base and woke to discover that the only road between Bangula and Blantyre had been severed in multiple places and that electricity would be out for an indefinite time - which turned out to be two weeks.  

October 2021 Iris Malawi Update

Family dynamics are continually changing, especially when your family includes 60 young adults. We have seven family homes on our base, including one home for young women who will soon be moving on to independence. Each family has joy and sadness, laughter and tears, depending on the day and the coming and going of young adults.

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April 2021 Iris Malawi Update

October seems such a long time ago, but as I look back, I can see that God has been at work. October and November were interminably hot here in Bangula, most days reaching well into the 40s and setting a record over 50 degrees Celsius. Since schools were still closed at that point due to COVID-19, students were studying under trees or fans, but even that was hard to sustain. Much time was spent in the pool, getting dive-bombed by bats and birds desperate for a drink.

September 2020 Iris Malawi Update

So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change! And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time—an unshakeable hope!  Hebrews 6:18 The Passion Translation.

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[Iris family in prayer concerning the pandemic and challenges in Malawi.]

April 2020 Iris Malawi Update

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.

October 2019 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

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.

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