Dry Classrooms Once More
We are pleased to report that the roof of Chipili Primary School
in Kayabwa that was destroyed by a storm last year has now been
repaired thanks to St Joseph's school in Oxford which is
linked with them through Starfish Malawi.
The headmaster, Mr Matumba, told us that the repair of the roof
has helped the school greatly. For instance, before the repairs,
rain was disturbing classes, or children had to sit in the full
glare of the sun. Teachers could not put charts on the walls
because wind blew them off or the rain would wet them. As a result,
attendance suffered. Now that the roof is repaired the classrooms
are once again conducive for learning and attendance is back up.
Hope Missions has established a youth team in Lilongwe which will
strengthen our sports evangelism programmes in the villages
The team will also engage in teaching and encouraging
youth in the villages. The team recently played an evangelistic
football game at Nyanga village and are planning a one-day
discipleship seminar with the youth from all the Hope Missions churches
(Kayabwa, Chapsinja, Biwi and Nyanga) in this quarter.
This is an exciting development for us as it give us an opportunity
not only to work with the rural communities but to inspire a new
generation of city youth to pick up the baton from us in years to come.
There is currently a food shortage in Malawi. This is a challenge for
us as we have to look into ways of feeding the children until the
harvest period. Normally parents are encouraged to provide some maize
for the feeding program but there is no maize in homes to give towards
There has been heavy rainfall in Malawi, causing some floods and
destroying houses and crops. Part of the roof of the nursery school
at Kayabwa has been destroyed and the nursery school building at
Lemesi needs rebuilding, please pray that the community will come
together to rebuild and that the resources will be available.
For God's provision and blessing on the HMM staff and their families
as they continue to serve others despite significant economic hardship
for their own families.
We thank God that HMM continues to win favour with the local authorities
for its nursery schools and Farming God's Way programmes, please pray
that this will bring opportunities to further the Gospel.