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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

16 Million AIDS Orphans Worldwide

14.8 Million AIDS Orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa

1 Million Orphans in Malawi (total population of Malawi 14,440,000)

11% HIV/AIDS Rate in Adult Population (approx 1,588,400 people)

73.9% of Population Below the Poverty Line (living on less than $1.25 per day)

- World Bank  & UNICEF Facts  2009 -

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” – John 14:18  

They are on the way!!!

Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Kelsey and Mary Aug 2014

Dear Friends & Family,

God bless you all! Kelsey (my returning Malawi buddy) and I are in Washington D.C. about to board the plane for Ethiopia then Malawi. We took a quick picture for you all. Kelsey will
be taking on the Administrator position at our private school in the morning. She will be working with our Head Mistress/Principal & Educational Director, Jane Kabambe at the school. She will be training the teaching staff in multiple areas- communication, organizational skills, technology, customer relations, etc. as well. She is looking at beginning her Montessori teacher training this September by taking the courses in the afternoon. Yahoo!

Thank you all for your love and support while I was back in the U.S. It is always hard to return to Malawi and say goodbye to everyone I love here in the U.S. Thank you all for knowing my heart and my mission. My brother Mike shot some quick video of me and put it together in a short 30 second piece. Here is the link below. Thanks Mike! You are amazing!

Please pray for us as we connect these next two weeks with our potential new parents, diploma students and department of education at Chancellor College in Malawi. We are committed to developing more partnerships and deeper relationships with the leaders and organizations that are committed to early childhood education in Malawi.


Kelsey is going to Malawi!!!

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you haven’t already heard, Kelsey is headed to Malawi! She and Maribeth, along with 14 suitcase full of materials, will be flying out of San Francisco on Saturday (August 16th).

Kelsey has committed to 2 years and will serve as an administrator for the private school. She is an answer to prayer as she not only assists with the school, but will be serving as a support to Maribeth and the staff of the other ministries.

Please keep her, Maribeth, the staff, and the children in your prayers. If you would like to support Kelsey in this mission, please contact Lakeside Church.

Field Trips Full of Learning 2

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Guava and Mango Group Field trip

Before school dismissed for the summer, the Guava and Mango students (3rd-6th graders) hopped on a bus and rode 7 hours so they could take an overnight field trip to Cape Maclear and Otter Point on Lake Malawi. It was an amazing experience! While there, they learned all about David Livingston and his accomplishments in the area.

They visited a museum where they were able to see skeletons of various local animals including elephants, otter, tortoise, and black mamba. They also were able to see the beautiful fish that are famous to Lake Malawi.

One of the highlights was being able to jump in and swim in the lake. For many of the students, this was a first.

Field Trips Full of Learning

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Paw Paw Field Trip

The Paw Paw students (ages 2-6) took a field trip to Fisherman’s Rest this year, and they had a blast. They hiked for over an hour so they could see nyala, impala, warthogs, and many other animals. They even made a friend in the form of a little white dog who followed them everywhere.

Not only did they get to see many animals, they also were treated with a swimming demonstration. The amazing Beatrice hopped in the pool and to the great amusement of the children, showed them how to swim and pretended to be a crocodile. Fortunately, she didn’t eat any Paw Paw toes.

June Update

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Personally, this has been a very tough time for me with the loss of my sister in law, Angel. Thank you all for your prayers for her as she fought cancer for four years. So many of you, who never met her, poured forth your love through prayers for her encouragement and healing. We are missing her presence greatly. She was a gentle and loving presence in our family. I would appreciate your continued prayers for my brother, Mark and their girls, Maya(12 yrs) and Chandi (9yrs).

In our Ministry and Non-profit, God is just amazing in helping us in so many ways to continue to fulfill our mission for the children of Ndirande. Below is an update and prayer requests.

* We wait on the land. The owners are having the land evaluated and have not yet come back to us on a price. Timing wise, it is better for us to wait until September or October for a purchase. God does have great timing. We walked the boundaries of the property and prayed this monday afternoon that God would open the doors for a purchase. I attached two pictures. We also have two other pieces of land we are looking at very close to the first piece. But we wait on God to give us direction.

* It is with great joy and sadness that we announce our Educational Director, Tisu Howa is getting married and moving with her husband to Lilongwe in August. Tisu was the first teacher hired in 2008, the staff member and leader who has been with this ministry the longest. We will miss her so much! Please pray for her and for us, as we need a strong  and knowledgeable director for our private school in August. If God is calling you from the U.S. to serve in this capacity, please let me know!!!!

*Thanks to Deb and Jim House, our children here at our non profit school, Montessori Christian Nursery and Primary School are enjoying two nature field trips as part of their science instruction. The youngest children went to see Africa’s wild animals last week. (pictures coming) and our older students will be going overnight to Mount Mulanje this Friday.  So please pray for them! This is an amazing opportunity, because most adults and children have never been to their own Lake Malawi and have never seen the wild animals that their country and continent are known for.

*Please pray for us and our financial sustainability. This is our main goal this year- to return to our sustainable status. We have six income generating activities because we are committed to generating Malawi Kwacha for Malawi Kids and fund our own efforts to meet the needs of these children. Three big income generating activities coming up are: Montessori Teacher Training 14th July, our NEW Summer Fun Program (5 weeks of educational fun open to 2-8 year olds) beginning 22nd July and our Montessori Diploma Program beginning September. So please pray over all the details and that people take advantage of our programs!

* A thank you to the special needs team led by Dr. Eun Mi Cho, Joy Center, who visited us last week to see our ministry. I thank you for great special education tests and all the sweet blessings you all brought for the children.

* Lastly, if God is calling you to serve in Malawi, email me and we will pray. I would love a mature (not necessarily old) Christian, humble, caring, hardworking, flexible, committed partner to join me in August for a year. Please pray for more help here on the ground with the ministry, whether it is Malawian leadership or U.S. leadership.

Thanks Jesus for walking this journey with us. We are very grateful for your love, wisdom and protection.

Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

April 2014

Children-HeaderThe PEACE Newsletter

News About the Malawi team who
Protects, Empowers, Advocates for the Children & their Education

Latest News

March was a very busy month in Malawi! Streetchildren

  • We had our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for our ministry and it was well attended with 33 leaders/teachers/parents/directors from various organizations we partner with.
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  • Dr. Sandy Chiphaliwali along with Nurse and Owner of Nyambadwe Hospital, Gertrude Kumwenda, presented to 29 girls and 11 parents/guardians from our Kings Kids Program. Gertrude and Sandy shared about Nehemiah and related the story of the walls of Jerusalem being broken down and the vulnerability that presented to the HIV/AIDS threat. The disease, how it can be transferred and Mountain tophow the girls can prevent it were all discussed, including warnings to the girls and their parents about specific dangers.
  • We had 72 parents/guardians and girls attend a program on abuse prevention in March. We began with worship, scripture from Nehemiah, and prayer. The girls and guardians watched a movie highlighting sexual abuse and prevention. Tandu spoke with them about the issue in depth and the DrSandyparents/guardians and girls were very attentive. You can see by the picture on the right that this was welcomed information. This was a serious session. We asked them to bring the information back to their communities and churches.
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  • Joyce Kasamba from Feed the Children Rehabilitation Center sent her (O.T.) interns in to spend time with us at the school to see what Montessori education is all about and how it can work with children with special needs.
  • I have been praying on what God has for me next. I climbed up the mountain to pray and what did Land2I find unexpectedly? Children! Twelve of them! I had the sweetest time chatting, praying, singing and dancing with them on top of the mountain. See picture of six of them to the right.

WAY Ministries/Zikomo Yesu Enterprises – Children’s Center

Below is a rough timeline of the Children’s Center. Please pray that doors begin to open!

  • April 2014 – Purchase the land
  • May 2014 – Construction on the wall begins
  • June 2014 – School building plans approved by City
  • July 2014 – Begin infrastructure for water and electricity
  • September 2014 – Begin school building construction
  • December 2014 – School construction complete

Prayer Requests

  1. Please be praying for the land we believe is the land God wants us to purchase.
  2. Continue to pray for the Kings Kids who are some of the most vulnerable that we serve.
  3. Please pray that the trainings and education people received are shared with others.

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Key contacts:

Easter Blessings from Malawi

Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

God bless all of you!  Thank you all for the support and love! Below are pictures from some of the things we have been up to as a Ministry and NGO in the past two months. This is one side of our ministry- our Montessori Christian schools and Teacher Training Center. I will post pictures of the programs from Africa ABC Initiative in a couple of weeks.

Great things are happening! Most importantly, please pray now, as we say in Malawi, now-now, for the purchase of our land in Ndirande. The family, who owns the land, is meeting this week to discuss a sale. You can see all the happenings in the photos. Not in the photos are some other great things that have happened over the past two months-
  • We had our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for our ministry and it was well attended with 33 leaders/teachers/parents/ directors from various organizations we partner with.
  • We had an open house for our private school last week and we added five more students- Yahoo! And we pray more will sign up this coming week.
  • I have been out marketing/ advertising all over Blantyre in the afternoons with Chisomo, a young woman who we hired as a teaching assistant for the private school. Praise the Lord, we found out she had a diploma in marketing, so I promptly asked our executive director if I could train her. She is lovely, loves people and enjoys walking around Blantyre with me to all the businesses sharing about the private school and our training programs.
  • The teachers have taken over the next four courses in the Diploma program so I am freed up to work on marketing, which is amazing and lovely! They are leading with brilliance!
  • Simon Nkambala is working with the women who are now leading our special needs program. It is developing really well. And Joyce Kasamba from Feed the Children Rehabilitation Center sent her (O.T.) interns in to spend time with us at the school to see what Montessori education is all about and how it can work with children with special needs.
  • I have been praying on what God has for me next. I climbed up the mountain to pray and what did I find unexpectantly. Children- 12 of them. (: I had the sweetest time chatting, praying, singing and dancing with them on top of the mountain. (See picture of six of them attached)

May you hear from God in sweet and unexpected ways!

Students Celebrate

Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

This past week  was an exciting week for the students at the Malawi Montessori Christian School. They finished their second term for the 2013-2014 school year. One more to go. To mark this event, the students put on a demonstration for their parents and guardians to show what they learned.

During this time, the teachers also spoke to the adults attending about the upcoming vacation and things they can do with their children. It was a fun event.

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

February 2014

Children-HeaderThe PEACE Newsletter

News About the Malawi team who Protects, Empowers, Advocates for the Children & their Education

As many of you know, Lakeside Church has collected the First Fruits offering for the Next Ten initiative. We’ve learned that it exceeded $200,000! That means that the church has wired a transfer of funds for $200,000 to WAY Ministries in Malawi. Praise God, we have already received enough to buy the property and build the Children’s Center — in one weekend! A big thank you to everyone at Lakeside Church for Unleashing Generosity to Change Our World! Glory to God!

WAY Ministries/Zikomo Yesu Enterprises – Children’s Center

The timeline below is our current plan; however, we know God has His own timing and this is Malawi, so these plans may be very hopeful!

  • April 2014 – Purchase the land
  • April 2014 – Architectural plans designed for entire property -Process begins
  • May 2014 – Construction on the wall begins
  • June 2014 – School building plans approved by City
  • July 2014 – Begin infrastructure for water and electricity
  • September 2014 – Begin school building construction
  • December 2014 – School construction complete

There has been an abundance of blessings poured out on our ministry recently. With this, of course, comes great responsibility. We would covet your prayers during this season of decision -making.

  1. Please be praying for an accountant for our Board and also for the team of leaders we will need to get this job done.
  2. Please be praying for the land we believe is the land God wants us to purchase.
  3. Please pray for protection for Lakeside Church leaders and members as they have launched a campaign to intercede for those who are oppressed and in poverty.
  4. Please pray for James Machila, our executive, and the team as they begin a marketing campaign for our private school and programs this week. Sustainability. Jesus, flood our ministry with clients participating in our programs. For Your glory and for Your children, Jesus! We believe you are going to do it this week!
  5. Please pray for our upcoming Annual General Board Meeting, Thursday, March 20th from 2p.m. – 4p.m. We will have all our partners come to hear an update on our ministry/non profit and get feedback.
  6. Please pray that more Malawian leaders in Christ rise up to advocate for those who are oppressed and in poverty here in Malawi – especially for the children.
  7. Please pray for these programs: March 8th and 15th we have sessions at my local church for our girls in the Street Kids program about HIV/AIDS, STDs, rape prevention and counseling. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Key contacts:

  • To reach Maribeth Sexton in Malawi, send an email to maribeth@theocean.cc
  • In the United States, contact Lynn Merritt at merrittbusinesssupply@hotmail.com
  • To give, go to http://lakesidechurch.com/giving -faqs/ (login and give to missions -Maribeth)
  • Facebook: Zikomo Yesu Enterprises – Please search for us and like our page!
  • Website: http://malawimontessoriproject.org/

Announcing Montessori Early Childhood Education Diploma Program

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

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ANNOUNCING!

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Graduated 10 more exceptional Montessori teachers
4th January 2014

Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education
One Year Program
First Course begins 4th March 2014

Learn how to teach young children with excellence and great love!

For More Information Contact
Diploma Director: Maribeth Sexton
Montessori Training Center- Nyambadwe, Blantyre
montessoriteachertraining@gmail.com
011627100
www.malawimontessoriproject.org

Montessori Private Christian Nursery School- Newly Opened

Offering the best in Christian Education
in a Beautiful, Safe and Loving Environment
~Pre-Nursery ~Nursery ~ Reception ~

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Come Visit Us!
0111627100
0998092940
Nyambadwe, Blantyre

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