Southern Malawi Ministry Centre

October 2023 Iris Malawi Update

This has been a season of devastation and destruction in Malawi. Infrastructure was badly damaged when cyclone Freddy struck on March 12, 2023. This cyclone traversed the southern Indian Ocean for more than five weeks making it the longest lasting tropical cyclone ever recorded worldwide. The only road connecting Bangula to Blantyre became impassable when a bridge was completely washed away. We were stranded for two weeks until a temporary diversion road was constructed. Once again, God prepared us for the disaster.

October 2022 Iris Malawi Update

The weather in Malawi begins to cool down in April. By that I mean it drops into the 30s, and we breathe a sigh of relief. This year, Malawian farmers anxiously tended their winter crops, having lost everything in the two cyclones that devastated our region. 450 Iris churches gathered for regional Easter services for the first time in two years, and enjoyed being together again, all the sweeter for having been apart for so long.

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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