The mandate of Future Vision Ministries has not changed ! We still strive “ to minister to the needs of the whole person, spirit, soul and body.”
John Rule and Dan Hayhoe have just returned from two weeks in Malawi, “The Warm Heart of Africa”. We both agree that it was a happy and productive trip.
IN TAULO Newton Sindo and the FVM volunteers continue to work with Chief Taulo and the 23 chiefs under his authority. Names which may mean nothing to many, but representing those who work tirelessly there …. Chrissy, Adolla, Richard, Edwin, Rafael, Mr Kazembe …. and many more carry out the daily feeding of hundreds of children and engage in Early Childhood Education and Development. Pastor Justin Falinya continues to be a loving and caring shepherd for many families there. The nursery school is also used by government health agencies for childhood immunization programs and health information sessions.
CONCERNS …. A kitchen structure for feeding the children, badly damaged by the floods.
IN NANDOLO further south near the Mozambique border, we were privileged to be there for the official opening of a significant addition to “Chifundo” (Mercy) Nursery School. Here as well, hundreds of children are fed and cared for daily by Ellena and her assistant, Charles.
While we were visiting , an eye screening exercise was carried out in which 15 were scheduled for free cataract surgery at a nearby hospital and many more were prescribed glasses.
DR KALUA and the Blantyre Institute of Community Ophthalmology ( BICO) have received a significant grant from the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee fund to greatly expand eyecare in the region. FVM and University of Waterloo plan to increase our partnership involvement in this initiative.
FVM ADMINISTRATION … Newton Sindo continues to provide strong and energetic leadership in Malawi along with George Lumwira as his assistant in many areas. We had a very productive meeting with Paul Jones, Country Director for Emmanuel International, to further strengthen the administrative capacity of FVM in Malawi. The two organizations will collaborate to establish more formalized policies and procedures as well as paramaters of service. We will be looking at a second administrative person from within Malawi to assist Newton with his ever – increasing workload. We see this as a very positive step forward for FVM.
CONCERNS …. Our faithful truck now has over 500,000 kms of very rough roads behind it. We are considering a newer vehicle in the near future.
AND WE HAVE SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST !! The wonderful people who make Malawi what it is …. “The Warm Heart of Africa”. It is an exceptional experience to be received at the airport in Malawi with open arms and huge smiles and a heartfelt “Welcome Home” !!
We thank you for your partnership, prayers and shared love for our family in Malawi.
The Future Vision Ministries Team