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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  

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

Convenient location-Chileka & Devlin

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

New Leadership in Malawi!

Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

James Arnold Machila became Executive Director of our ministry and non-profit. Really awesome! We had a celebration where we all sat around and acknowledged him and then worshipped God and prayed over him. It was lovely! I might have to say it was the most memorable moment for me as a leader in these six years. I was so proud of James and happy for him. I am now the Advisor to the Executive Director on the board.

New Graduates and a New School

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Here are a few pictures of the latest graduates from the Montessori Early Childhood Education program and the new school.

The Staff of WAY Ministries/Zikomo Yesu Enterprises

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

“Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us;  we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” From Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth, chapter 5, verse 20 To the Ambassadors of WAY, May God bless you abundantly for the work you are doing to bring the Gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to deliver those held captive by sin, to  heal the sick, and to free those who are oppressed. Your Father in Heaven loves you and so do I! love, maribeth

Montessori Christian Nursery & Primary School – First Graduating Class 2012!

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Uncategorized
Hugs and acknowledgements!

Hugs and acknowledgements! As a ministry, we have been praying for over a year for a school partnership for our graduating students. This past May, God answered our prayers. 10 of our students graduating from Standard 5 at our Montessori Christian Primary School will be moving on this new school year to Elim Pentecostal Primary in Ndirande, which extends to Standard 8. This is a local Christian school within walking distance for our students. We will sponsor the school fees for our students and some necessary materials for their schooling. Our students will visit us monthly so we can check in on their progress. Amen! We are committed to seeing our students reach their educational and career goals and fulfill their potential in Jesus. Here are the pictures of our July graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Class of 2012!

Congratulations Class of 2012!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music by fellow schoolmates!

Music by fellow schoolmates!

Gifts given to graduates by their schoolmates!

Gifts given to graduates by their schoolmates!

Skits and drama - In this skit, Tisu cries and begs the students to stay and not graduate. Lots of laughter. She is a good actress!

Skits and drama - In this skit, Tisu cries and begs the students to stay and not graduate. Lots of laughter. She is a good actress!

Guardians and relatives!

Guardians and relatives!

Gift of exercise books for graduating students!

Gift of exercise books for graduating students!

Congratulations Bertha!

Congratulations Bertha!

Congratulations Talandira!

Congratulations Talandira!

Congratulations Evison!

Congratulations Evison!

Congratulations Takondwa!

Congratulations Takondwa!

Congratulations Lekeleni!

Congratulations Lekeleni!

Congratulations Mercy!

Congratulations Mercy!

Congratulations Kevin!

Congratulations Kevin!

Congratulations Olive!

Congratulations Olive!

Congratulations Precious Kafuwa!

Congratulations Precious Kafuwa!

Congratulations Precious Kaonjezere!

Congratulations Precious Kaonjezere!

Happy Parents & Guardians with Graduates!  Amen! A special thank you to our parents, guardians and relatives who have volunteered many, many, many hours to make our school a very special place. We will miss you all! Come back and visit us!
Lekeleni! Amen!

Lekeleni! Amen! You did it!

Precious Kafuwa! You did it! We love you!

Precious Kafuwa! You did it! We love you!

Evison! We are proud of you!

Evison! We are proud of you!

Kevin! Yahoo! You did it!

Kevin! Yahoo! You did it!

Precious! We love you! Amen!

Precious Kaonjezere! We love you! Amen!

Olive! You did it! Amen! We are proud of you!

Olive! You did it! Amen! We are proud of you!

Bertha! Wow! You did it!

Bertha! Wow! You did it!

Mercy! We love you! Amen!

Mercy! We love you! Amen!

Takondwa! You did it! Congratulations!

Takondwa! You did it! Congratulations!

Talandira! We are proud of you!

Talandira! We are proud of you!

And a very big acknowledgement to the teachers that made it possible! Tisungane Howa, Jane Jamu, Jane Kabambe, Hilda Mandota, and our newest teacher, Beatrice Kondwa. May God bless you abundantly for your gift of love and excellent teaching!  

Our Nature Adventures! Zikomo Deb & Jim!

Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

A big thank you to Jim and Deb House for bringing Project Wild to Malawi this past June! Our children at our Montessori Christian Nursery & Primary had a very unique and rare opportunity to experience the beauty of their own country. Most of our children have not traveled beyond their town of Ndirande. Many of our staff members never had the opportunity to see their own country as well. Jim and Deb trained our school staff on how to teach the study of nature and conservation in interesting and active ways. It is our great  hope and prayer that our children, who will lead the country of Malawi in the future, will develop a profound respect and advocacy for the natural resources of their country. God made us stewards of this planet. We need to take this responsibility seriously. I hope these pictures inspire you and make you smile! peace, maribeth

Let the adventure begin! Deb and Jim spent lots of time preteaching plant and animal concepts through Project Wild.

Let the adventure begin! Deb and Jim spent lots of time preteaching plant and animal concepts through Project Wild. The children were very interested.

Nature games in preparation of our trips!

Nature games in preparation of our trips!

Inside the class studying seed dispersal!

Inside the class studying seed dispersal!

Collecting seeds for examination!

Collecting seeds for examination!

Prey and preditor! The staff enjoyed the practice too!

Prey and preditor! The staff enjoyed the practice too!

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

Making friends is what we do! Learning to love and learn together!

Making friends is what we do! Learning to love and learn together!

Our students loved the preparation for our adventures out into their country. The fieldtrips brought a new level of love and friendships. We believe all children can learn in an environment of peace, love, and encouragement. Children can heal in an environment of acceptance and love.

Our students loved the preparation for our adventures out into their country. The fieldtrips brought a new level of love and friendships. We believe all children can learn in an environment of peace, love, and encouragement. Children can heal in an environment of acceptance and love.

And the adventures begin... 36 people on a bus for 24! (Big Smiles!)

And the adventures begin... 36 people on a bus for 24! (Big Smiles!)

Big Smiles from our staff, Hilda and Tisu as they see the animals at Nyala Park. A very special thank you to Sean Saunders for our entrance to the Park!

Big Smiles from our staff, Hilda and Tisu as they see the animals at Nyala Park. A very special thank you to Sean Saunders for our entrance to the Park!

From zebra to wildebeast to giraffe, they saw the wild animals of their country and these memories will live in their hearts and minds forever!

From zebra to wildebeast to giraffe, they saw the wild animals of their country and these memories will live in their hearts and minds forever!

What a great bus adventure! Beatrice, standing next to Tisu, is our newest teacher in Paw Paw class.

What a great bus adventure! Beatrice, standing next to Tisu, is our newest teacher in Paw Paw class.

Our children had some special treats along the way! Birds on a stick!

Our children had some special treats along the way! Birds on a stick!

Climbing to the top of Mount Mulanje, third highest mountain on the continent of Africa.

Climbing to the top of Mount Mulanje, third highest mountain on the continent of Africa.

On top! Half the group went to the waterfalls and half to the top. Wow, they look tired!

On top! Half the group went to the waterfalls and half to the top. Wow, they look tired!

Mount Mulanje! Beautiful and majestic!

Mount Mulanje! Beautiful and majestic!

Top of the Zomba Plateau! A special thank you to Auswald from Malawi Wildlife and Conservation Society!

Top of the Zomba Plateau! A special thank you to Auswald from Malawi Wildlife and Conservation Society!

Being quiet in the wonder of creation. Falls at Zomba.

Being quiet in the wonder of creation. Falls at Zomba.

The children traveled back late each evening. Here is a Malawian sunset for you! There is nothing like it.

The children traveled back late each evening. Here is a Malawian sunset for you! There is nothing like it.

Our Paw Paw students, the youngest children, had a very special field trip to St. Andrews Primary School's Farm. They encountered little and big creatures for the first time. A big thank you to Peter Slone, Headmaster, and Sarah Wiggin, teacher, for making this happen for our children.

Our Paw Paw students, the youngest children, had a very special field trip to St. Andrews Primary School's Farm. They encountered little and big creatures for the first time. A big thank you to Peter Slone, Headmaster, and Sarah Wiggin, teacher, for making this happen for our children.

First horse!

First horse!

First turtle and first turtle feeding!

First turtle and first turtle feeding!

Turtle love!

Turtle love!

Bunny love!

Bunny love!

Geese and Turkey encounter!

Geese and Turkey encounter!

It was the best day ever!

It was the best day ever!

Africa ABC Initiative- Impacting a Community

Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized
We love you Simon Nkambala! Simon is our Children's Bible Director. He trains teachers at the Community Based Child Care Centers on how to teach Bible stories and the Word of God to the children at these centers. He is working with seven centers that serve 40-150 children each. Here is Simon carrying books and t-shirts for a special day at Samaritans Trust. Samaritans Trust is a local organization that houses, educates and provides vocational training for 110 children from the streets of Blantyre.

We love you Simon Nkambala! Simon is our Children's Bible Director. He trains teachers at the Community Based Child Care Centers on how to teach Bible stories and the Word of God to the children at these centers. He is working with seven centers that serve 40-150 children each. Here is Simon carrying books and t-shirts for a special day at Samaritans Trust. Samaritans Trust is a local organization that houses, educates and provides vocational training for 110 children from the streets of Blantyre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Africa ABC Intiative impacts children with disabilities (Master Litchowa), children at the pediatric wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Yamikani Tambala) and the children at our Community Based Child Care Centers ( Felix, Simon Nkhambala, and Paul Nyirenda).

Our Africa ABC Intiative impacts children with disabilities (Master Litchowa- left), children at the pediatric wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Yamikani Tambala- right) and the children at our Community Based Child Care Centers ( Felix, Simon Nkhambala, and Paul Nyirenda).

Paul Dancing with children at the Community Based Child Care Centers. We work in partnership with these centers to transform them into vibrant learning environments (Head Start Malawi).

Paul Dancing with children at the Community Based Child Care Centers. We work in partnership with these centers to transform them into vibrant learning environments (Head Start Malawi).

Teachers from the Community Based Child Care Centers come to our school and training center to strengthen their teaching skills and make materials to take back to their centers.

Teachers from the Community Based Child Care Centers come to our school and training center to strengthen their teaching skills and make materials to take back to their centers.

Visiting Community Based Child Care Centers weekly to encourage, pray for and teach.

Visiting Community Based Child Care Centers weekly to encourage, pray for and teach.

Simon telling Bible Stories!

Simon telling Bible Stories!

Felix helping teachers from CBCCCs with materials for their centers. Thanks Felix and welcome to our staff!

Felix helping teachers from CBCCCs with materials for their centers. Thanks Felix and welcome to our staff!

The CBCCC team, Paul and Felix have been responsible for painting educational artwork on the walls.

The CBCCC team, Paul and Felix have been responsible for painting educational artwork on the walls.

We work in partnership with the Community Based Child Care Centers in Ndirande to create vibrant learning environments. We are committed to the same goals for the children of Malawi. Amen!

We work in partnership with the Community Based Child Care Centers in Ndirande to create vibrant learning environments. We are committed to the same goals for the children of Malawi. Amen!

Master works with 31 families in Ndirande who have children with physical challenges. Together with our volunteer occupational therapist, Anna Checkley they serve these children through home visits to meet their spiritual and physical therapy needs. Master works with Josephina Mussa at Chikondi Center for Disabilities and Joyce Kasamba at Feed the Children Rehab Center. Master trains for women, who are mothers with children with physical challenges, to support these 31 families.

Master works with 31 families in Ndirande who have children with physical challenges. Together with our volunteer occupational therapist, Anna Checkley they serve these children through home visits to meet their spiritual and physical therapy needs. Master works with Josephina Mussa at Chikondi Center for Disabilities and Joyce Kasamba at Feed the Children Rehab Center. Master trains for women, who are mothers with children with physical challenges, to support these 31 families.

Yamikani works within the five pediatric wards at Queens to bring the love of Jesus to the sick children and guardians. A place that was once so dark, is truly coming into spiritual light with him being there. He counsels parents, preaches, praises, teaches and prays over the children and guardians.

Yamikani works within the five pediatric wards at Queens to bring the love of Jesus to the sick children and guardians. A place that was once so dark, is truly coming into spiritual light with him being there. He counsels parents, preaches, praises, teaches and prays over the children and guardians.

More of our CBCCCs!

More of our CBCCCs!

Inside Madalitso center! So sweet!

Inside Madalitso center! So sweet!

Madalitso you are doing a great job!

Madalitso you are doing a great job!

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