Change is the word that captures this year at Iris Malawi. Over the last 10 years we have brought 72 children home. This year we added 7 new children to our family and opened a third girls' home.
Naice joined our Milk Program in May 2013 when she was just two months old; weighing only 2.27 kg, she was very malnourished.
She had a cleft upper lip that made it very difficult for her to feed from her mother; she was able to suck from a bottle a little easier.
Week in and week out, IMC continues to provide full or partial nutrition to at least 2,000 poor and needy children and families in Mieze and surrounding villages.
We currently have nearly 80 resident children in our Noviane and Mieze centres. We also have a high degree of involvement with and commitment to an additional 30 or more village children and families in Pemba and Mieze through our IMC “Stop For The One—Canada” sponsorship program.
The vision of our program is to maintain contact with existing family members of our children, with a view to one day enabling the family to receive the children back into their family. Some children don’t have family to reintegrate them, so we have to be resourceful in finding alternative solutions. In 2013 we have reintegrated a number of youth and children into different situations.
In this update we want to share with you a little bit of the great impact in the lives of the men and women who are able to come to the Zimpeto Bible School. Your financial support has both impacted and truly transformed the lives of many over the years.
This testimony is about the most recent term and the student’s active participation in daily activities at college and how it created an impact in their own lives and in the life of the people around them.
Since our last update in 2012, 26 children have gone back to live with family. This is miraculous. God created family, and so what a privilege it is to reunite children with mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers and sisters.
Iris Canada is instrumental in this process, providing transport, building houses, providing food and shelter; giving these children a future and a hope.
One of the stories is of Manito and Nelinho.
These two young men have been at the centre since they were very young (four years old).
The program continues much the same as in our previous updates. We thought the best encouragement would be to share just one of many recent stories of lives being transformed.
Baby Flórida was born June 1, 2012. At 8 months of age, after her mother died, an Aunt brought this little one to our milk program. When we first met and weighed Florida she was 8.1 lbs. and was completely malnourished. Now, only two months later, she is weighing in at 10.4 lbs.. Because of our help, this child will survive. This gives us such great hope. Thank you from Mozambique to Canada!
We are so very grateful for all that Iris Ministries Canada does to support the Zimpeto Bible School. To have an organization, a body of people who believe in, support and encourage the poorest of the poor out of the dirt, really does make a huge difference in the lives of those who are touched by these Christ like actions.
In 2009 John and Dawn Redworth transferred the leadership of the IMC Harvest Bible College to Pastor Johannes Mabila, one of the original graduating students of the college. Pastor Mabila is a strong leader and is gifted by the Holy Spirit as a church planting evangelist.