Everything we believe in hinges on Sunday. If Jesus never walked out of that tomb then Friday would have been the end of a mediocre story. If Jesus was just a nice man who died on a cross, then His name would have been forgotten. But Sunday did happen, and He did walk out. In that single day over 2,000 years ago that nice man declared His Lordship by conquering death itself.
But what about Monday? What about the days when the glory of Sunday seems like a faint memory overwhelmed by the struggles of the present day?Through our work, we sometimes see the worst of those struggles. There a days when poverty and hunger, death, brokenness, pain and need, seem too big.
But if Sunday really happened then we have a resurrected King sitting on the throne of Heaven. His sovereignty is why we do what we do. He is alive and because He lives we will not stop.
Monday may seem unbearable but we will declare every Monday morning that King Jesus is alive and He has overcome the world!
It may seem like a peculiar thing
Children huddled around to have class under a tree
But this is common in many areas you see
A teacher gathers her pupils to learn their ABCs under the tall shaded tree.
In Malawi, class does not always take place in an enclosed room
But sometimes it’s under the shade of the mahogany bean tree in its radiant summer bloom.
In what seems like a desperate lack of resources
Teachers stand their ground and become forces
They fight against the challenges
so that our children are not averages.
These students are like their own children and not just a number or national statistic
Because our teachers stand resilient and optimistic.
It may seem like a peculiar and unfortunate thing
Children huddled around to have class under a tree
But this is how they still have a chance to an education
Besides, I know of person who led a nation
But started his education under the Kachere tree.
One of the fun things I enjoy is asking children what they want to be when they grow up. A couple of the children at Mtendere want to grow up to be a doctor, a president, a police officer, or a teacher. However, their ambition does not end in the career title alone, but in the fact that they want to be a force for justice and vessels to help bring hope in the lives of others. Fast forward a few years later, I see the joy in other children like Rosemary, who have grown up at Mtendere but are now graduating and impacting the lives of other young girls.
I remember at a young age when I wanted to become a ‘World Changer.’ I wanted to be a mover and shaker and help bring positive impact to my community. However, as I grew, I realized that the fuel to my actions was the lifeline that would determine how far I go. Sometimes we are driven by our passion and good intentions, and other times we can be driven by our frustrations and anger. The world is broken, and creation is groaning under the curse of sin. We come from broken places, and sometimes the million shattered pieces of glass cannot be put back together with the single tube of glue we have.
When we allow God to come in and fuel our actions, we give Him permission to find and pick up all the broken pieces; we allow Him to heal and create something new and beautiful for us. We cannot leave GOD out of this equation. Sometimes change is a hard and painful process. Similar to a wound, it first bleeds, then the inflammation starts, and slowly the formation of new tissue and binding of new cells brings complete healing. Although we wear the visible scars, we live out the beautiful story of healing and love. As we seek for a change in our communities and the world, and as we work with lives that are broken and oppressed; my prayer is that GOD fuels your drive and passion so that you never run on empty.
“All change comes from deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ and living out the changes that understanding creates in your heart.”
― Timothy J. Keller
Happy New Year Family!
We love you! The gifts you have given, the time you’ve spent in prayer and service, and the commitments you’ve followed through with this past year have brought so much of God’s love and freedom to our children. We are in awe as we look back and see what the Lord has done in 2017 and we look forward, with even greater expectation, to seeing what He has in mind for 2018. We know that the seeds you have sown in this past year will reap an even greater harvest and that God will be glorified through your love and obedience!
As we look forward to 2018, we ask you to pray for clear direction from the Lord about what he has for us in this upcoming year and that he would enable and empower us by his Spirit to continue to care for the lost and the broken children of the world. As we rest in his power and in his will, we trust that he will continue to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine, all for the glory of his Son, Jesus.
in His service
Christina Kadzamira Govati
A Day of Giving Back
Join us this Giving Tuesday to help the Education Initiatives in Malawi.
Your partnership is vital to the success of everything we do. By donating, you will make it possible for us to enroll more of our youth in Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training. It is our prayer that the youth of Mtendere are able to attain their goals to become leaders and productive members of their society.
We hope that you will join us in this ministry to change the lives of these children, and plant seed for our Father’s work.
Being fully present, undivided by my racing thoughts and plans does not come quite easily for me. I usually end up tangled in my ‘SELF’ needs, worries, and endless agenda. I sometimes wish there was a reset button for my mind, but we are not quite wired like that. A reset button does not guarantee that all the mess goes away; in fact, it probably allows everything to resurface with twice the intensity.
During the winter season at Mtendere Village, you typically won’t find me up at 5 am walking to the gazebo on top of the hill to watch the amazing sunrise. I am not a morning person like that. However, I do love the sunrise; so occasionally when I force myself to get up early and sit at the gazebo in the stillness and beauty of the dawning day, I am reminded of GRACE (Chisomo).
Unlike a reset button, God’s GRACE never ceases, it is sufficient and fills up every space in our hearts and mind. It’s only then when I wake up to the beauty of being present even when it’s messy. In its time, the sun rises in the distant valley, the fog clears, and the powerful light overcomes the darkness. Down in the Village of peace, the breakfast bell rings and I hear little people hurry to the hall to get a warm bowl of porridge. I see pure joy beyond the surface of the daily mundane as mothers get their children ready for school. I feel the presence of LOVE untangling the clutter and calling us to be present in each other’s lives.
Data shows that Adolescent girls ages 15 to 19 are 10 times more likely to be married than adolescent boys. (Population Reference Bureau). Early marriage puts young girls at risk of early childbearing and birth complications, prevents them from completing school, and limits their economic opportunities.
What we want for EVERY girl:
We want them to be EMPOWERED.
We want them to be EDUCATED.
We want them to be ENGAGED in their decisions.
We want them to EMBRACE their dreams and full potential.
We want them to be EQUIPPED spiritually.
We want them to ENDURE the process.
We want them to EXCEL.
And we want them to know that they were made for EXCELLENCE
5 Ways You Can Help
- Your voice. Talk about it—in conversations and social media. Stories are powerful and passion is inspiring!
- Your talents. The possibilities are endless. In your own special way, you can use your talents and what is already in your hands to influence great change.
- Your time. Take a trip or host an event or fundraiser. Gather some friends and be creative!
- Your finances. Your financial support directly impacts our ability to reach more children. Donate Today.
- Your prayers. Your prayers are critical to pushing back against the darkness.
Along with the importance of enhancing the professional and teaching skills for our educators, the Teacher’s Training Program at Mtendere Christian Academy was developed to promote and support our teachers to become strong leaders in their classrooms and in their communities. Our teachers are not only educators, but are mentors, spiritual leaders and role models to the children. In 2013, 100X had the exciting opportunity to collaborate with Lipscomb Missions to enhance the education programs for Mtendere Village. Each summer since then, we have been able to host the Lipscomb Education Missions Team. The beautiful cultural exchange between the American and Malawian teachers has been inspiring and has not only opened minds to the challenges, but to the amazing possibilities that lay ahead.
That is what we needed! We needed to see beyond the challenges that glare at us and see the glimmer of hope in the near distance. In 2015, UNESCO reported that over 3 million people in Malawi were illiterate. We know that literacy increases child survival, economic opportunity, and hope for future generations; therefore, we believe that we can change these statistics one student at a time by supporting and uplifting their teachers along the way.
This weekend, all around the world, we celebrated mothers. Moments and memories were shared. We spent time telling stories of moments of comfort or provision. Pictures were posted of women who have sacrificed so much for their children. But for so many the stories look different.
For many of our kids at Mtendere, their memories are drastically different. Their thoughts of mothers are wrecked with disaster or abandonment. But they have had an experience that should be equally celebrated this mother’s day. A new mother has loved them! What the enemy meant for disaster the Lord is working for good. An orphan no longer alone found in the presence of a loving Father and an incredible mother.
Our housemothers at Mtendere are women who have experienced great tragedy. Many of them are orphans themselves and more are widows or single mothers. But instead of focusing on their own pain, they have decided to give of themselves to ease the pain of their newfound children. These women give of themselves daily to love on one of the most marginalized group of children in the world, the orphan. But they don’t see orphans; they see children in need of love and a safe home. These incredible women walk with our children as the mourn, grow, rebel, cry, eat, sleep, and mature. They are the front line workers who spend their lives helping these kids process and overcome impossible circumstances. And let me tell you, they pray the walls down for these kids and cover them in the truth of the Lord’s Word. They love deeply and without expectation, in fact they often get rejection. They have to deal with the hard stuff of loving kids from hard places, but they choose to do it daily. If you asked any of them why, they would likely tell you it is because God loved them first and they feel called to love for His sake.
We celebrate today the work our housemothers have put in to make Mtendere much more than an orphanage; they have created a home for 130+ children. So today we celebrate the 14 Mtendere housemothers and 4 aunties and we celebrate all of the mothers out their that love children not born of their own womb, for it is pure and undefiled religion.