This report gives update of the activities that have so far taken place in April and May, 2014. It is aimed at letting stakeholders know the successes achieved and some challenges faced while carrying out the activities.
Abijah Ngulinga was one of the first beneficiaries of education assistance rendered by FVM. He has been studying Nursing for three and half years and he has now graduated with Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery
Chatress reveives a gift of Computer from the McPhedrans
Chatress Malula has been a community health worker in Taulo area (where FVM provides social and development support). He was such a great companion and helper to Peter (Medical Dr) and his wife Susan when they came to Malawi in February, 2013. In the same year, Chatress was selected to pursue 3 year Diploma in Nursing at St. Look College. Peter and Susan gave a gift of USD500 which initially was for his school fees. However, due to his excellent performance and behaviour, he secured scholarship, so he asked if the money would be used to purchase a laptop for him to be using as he studies. Peter and Susan were consulted and happily agreed to it.
· Maize & Rice
The community members planted maize and rice to supplement on Likuni Phala that FVM provides to their children. About 900kg of maize have been realised this year. Harvesting rice is not yet completed but 4 bags (50kg each) have been harvested while two more are being expected.
· Soybeans harvesting started
Harvesting is not yet completed. But all villagers who got soybean seeds (input) have produced enough and there will be no defaulters. In fact many of them have promised to give back more than expected of them
Mulunguzi House not officially booked
No one has formalized the booking of Mulunguzi House so far. A letter was written to Liebenzell Mission representative regarding a small adjustment to the accommodation contribution. Response is yet to be received.
Interface meeting done with the community - Nandolo
Two interface meetings have been conducted with the chief and his subjects on their participation and commitment as we intend to embark on building the extension of the existing classroom in Nandolo. The villagers have pledged to work with us as we build the classroom.
Radio Evangelism – A weekly Preaching and teaching programme commenced on Monday, 14 April,2014 through Trans World Radio (TWR), and it continues. There have been remarkable testimonies shared by the viewers. The following are some of them:
· “Ndikudalitsika kwambiri ndi utumiki umene mukuchita pa Trans World Radio. Ndikufununa mundithandize kupemphera malingana ndi kukhuzika komwe kwandipeza nditamva mawu (I have been so much blessed with the message. After hearing it I have been so much touched, so I need your prayers)” Charity Nkute, her telephone #. 265 991 337 084, from Lilongwe
· “Kodi Church chanu ndi chit?. Sindimapemphera ndiye ndikufuna ndiyambe kupemphera (which is your church? I have not been a Christian and I want to start worshiping God as well)” Noel from Blantyre
· “Utumiki wa mphamvu kwambiri umene mukuchita. Bwanji muwonjezere masiku? (It’s a very powerful ministry on radio. Is it not possible to add more days than one in a week?)” Albert from Lilongwe, Area 36; telephone # 265 996 316 070
· “Ndidali kapolo wa tchimo koma ndidamasulidwa nditatsatira pemphero pa wailesi (I was a slave to sin, but I am delivered after I prayed with you on the radio)” text from Jonas Masauko from Kauma, Lilongwe, #265 998 915 557)
Many more have been calling from Salima, Ntcheu and other areas giving testimony to the glory of God for the message preached on the radio.
Usual Bible Study is being done with Pastor Falinya
The Bible Study group meetings still continue in Taulo area. Pastor Falinya is being engaged in carrying out the work with Newton & George. The group is growing in number and knowledge of the Lord
As you surely have heard, Malawians went to polls on 20th May, 2014. Professor Peter Mutharika, the younger brother to (late) Bingu wa Mutharika was elected Malawi’s fifth president. New things are expected in many areas of politics, economy, and general social life. Continue praying for Malawi and leaders for wisdom to take the country forward with peace and tranquility.
· Unstable economy that affects exchange rates. For example, the time we were budgeting it was MK425/USD and we pegged at MK400/USD. But now it is MK378/USD but without corresponding decrease in prices of commodities in the market
· Monitoring of students on education assistance has been a problem since it was not budgeted. This required going around with a car because most places cannot be accessed by public transport like minibuses.
Some up-coming NGOs spoil the spirit of volunteerism with their handouts as community members are tempted to opt for such organisations where they can easily get short lived individual help. More community activities should be carried out to make the community members still focus to their vision of development.
FVM has the strength in that it has established strong and sincere relationship with the community members through their leaders. But also remaining focus on our mandate makes us unique and preferred.
· The cordial relationship that exists between FVM and Community and Government stakeholders should capitalized in forging ahead with our operations
· People’s heart are open to the Word of God, so evangelism programmes can be intensified
Since its conception in Zomba and Mulanje, FVM has remained focused on directing resources towards community transformation rather than concentrating at a centre. This has reduced administrative costs such that the community gets the lion’s share in the resources.