Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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.
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014
Here are a few pictures of the latest graduates from the Montessori Early Childhood Education program and the new school.
Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012
“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
Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012
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!
Music by fellow 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!
Guardians and relatives!
Gift of exercise books for graduating students!
Congratulations Precious Kafuwa!
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! You did it!
Precious Kafuwa! You did it! We love you!
Evison! We are proud of you!
Kevin! Yahoo! You did it!
Precious Kaonjezere! We love you! Amen!
Olive! You did it! Amen! We are proud of you!
Bertha! Wow! You did it!
Mercy! We love you! Amen!
Takondwa! You did it! Congratulations!
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!
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012
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. The children were very interested.
Nature games in preparation of our trips!
Inside the class studying seed dispersal!
Collecting seeds for examination!
Prey and preditor! The staff enjoyed the practice too!
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.
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!
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.
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.
On top! Half the group went to the waterfalls and half to the top. Wow, they look tired!
Mount Mulanje! Beautiful and majestic!
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.
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.
First turtle and first turtle feeding!
Geese and Turkey encounter!
It was the best day ever!
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012
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- 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).
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.
Simon telling Bible Stories!
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.
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.
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!
Inside Madalitso center! So sweet!
Madalitso you are doing a great job!
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012
Jane Kabambe leads our internship program, a week-long introduction to Montessori education that is composed of both theory and practical application of the lessons with the children. Jane is so lovely and joyful and a serious instructor (smile).
We work with non-profit, private and church organizations which are running preschools, to train their teachers in early childhood education. These partnerships are truly a two-way blessing that allow us to bless more teachers and impact more children.
The interns practice their new skills with the children, who are the best teachers.
Our children are great teachers!
Teachers who fulfill the requirements for the week, leave with a certificate. Along with the internship program, we have a week of Montessori theory and leadership we present twice a year.
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012
Here are the first four graduates of our Montessori Early Childhood Education Program celebrating at their graduation this April 6th. From left to right: Hilda Mandota, Shabana Latif, Jane Kabambe, and Tisungane Howa. Ladies, 340 hours of instruction and 540 hours of practical teaching, many exams, projects, papers, etc. you earned the diploma! Congratulations for your hard work!
Here is Tisungane Howa, our director of the school and teacher training center, using her beautiful voice to praise the Lord for this amazing day!
We had speeches, singing, dancing, delicious food and much much more. What a beautiful day! Here are our staff and current diploma students celebrating with the graduates!
A very special thank you to the graduates' families and our current diploma students for blessing this celebration! Nazrana, thank you for all our decorations, etc. etc.! It looked beautiful!
Hilda and family
Tisu and her family!
Shabana and her family!
Jane Kabambe and her family!
Lots of smiles! Our staff is proud of you all! What a great accomplishment! Master and James joining in the celebration.
Dancing! Yamikani Tambala, director of hospital outreach, and Jane!
Our children recited poems and sang songs as part of the celebration!
This picture of Tisu sums up the day! Amen!
Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012
A special thank you to Hilda Mandota, who leads Paw Paw class and assists me and our diploma students in the practicum program. Hilda! We love you and appreciate you!
Practice! Practice! Practice! Here are our diploma students at work practicing their new learning and skills with the children at our school. It is an extra blessing for our children at our school to have additional teachers to guide their learning. Hilda Mandota, who is our main Paw Paw Teacher (our 2 1/2- 6 year old class) has been instrumental in helping me with the diploma students this year. I could not supervise teachers and run the practicum program without her. Hilda! Zikomo! Zikomo! Zikomo! Great things are happening!
Maria and Caroline sorting student materials! Look at those smiles! Love you two!
Having our diploma students work during class time with our students really multiplies learning for our children!
Marcela teaching land, air and water and what creatures live where!
Narzana working with Joshua on his Montessori Word Building!
Jane Kabambe with one of our Paw Paw students! Parts of a seed lesson.
Bhavya working with Wisdom on number rods.
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Our Ministry (Wa Yesu Ministries) is self-sustainable because of our three income generating activities. Our NGO is our income generating enterprise (Zikomo Yesu Enterprises). In order to continue to provide services to the children in our school and in the community, we have three income generating activities that allow us to generate Malawi Kwacha for Malawian Kids. We offer a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education together with our American accredited college, Montessori Training Center in California, montessoritrainingcenter.net Students must take course instruction and practice their skills within a Montessori classroom. Here are some amazing pictures of the teachers in the afternoon course instruction(340 hours- 9 courses) They are an encouragement to me!!! They are an inspiration to me!!!!! To all the past and present diploma students I send you a big kiss and hug! See you soon! Love, maribeth
Studying the history of the countries of the world!
Hands on learning is a vital part of Montessori education... Geography -Lake and Island! These diploma students are getting prepared to teach well! Jane, Hilda and Priya, what a beautiful world you are creating!
Maria'h we love you! Studying history (time) and geography with student created materials. And we learn how to sing our lessons too! "The earth goes around the sun, the sun, the earth goes around the sun. It takes 12 months, 32 weeks, 365 days. Woo!"
Shabana, we love you! Waving our precious flag of Malawi!
Practice makes perfect! Botany! Botany! Teachers practice the Montessori materials and lessons in partners and small groups. They demonstrate the lessons to each other. They have great love and joy in their learning. Evone Azraa, we love you!
Sabah and Azraa 2 (smile) working on the timeline of Dr. Maria Montessori in our Foundations course. Our students take their learning seriously!
- In our Classroom Leadership & Environmental Design course we learn the roles and responsibilities of being leaders at our school sites.
Art Lesson Demonstration! Rubina and Nazrana we love you!
Making Montessori math materials! Bhavya, we love you!
Yumna and Azraa 2 practicing Montessori math! Ladies you are lovely!
Hanging Teen Board and lots of fun and love!
Priya and Rubina practicing Sensorial Lessons.
Evone Azraa leading her fellow students through a Montessori math lesson. Practice, practice, practice!
Azraa 2 (smile) demonstrating the tens board. Right on!
Marcela demonstrating the Stamp Game introduction to fellow students. Great job!
Evone Azraa leading a small practice group in Stamp Game Addition. Well done!
- More math practice! Priya, make them work hard!
Jane Kabambe! Our cultural leader! We love you!
Do not underestimate our staff members, Tisungane Howa or Jane Kabambe. Jane, our school's head teacher, has taken over the Internship Program and plays a significant leadership role in our Montessori & Leadership Training Week. Tisu, who is our Director of the School and Teacher Training Center, is now a Montessori consultant. They both graduated with a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education this April. Ladies! Sending you prayers and hugs!
We are so grateful for our diploma students, who will become the next Montessori teachers in our beautiful country of Malawi. Many children will be impacted by their love of teaching and love of children.
A very special thank you to Eileen Perkins, Montessori professor from Montessori Training Center, Shingle Springs, California, for coming to Malawi and teaching Practical Life to our diploma students. We love you Eileen!
Eileen, your joy, encouragement and excellent instruction, was a blessing to us all!
Thank you Eileen for sharing the rigor and love of Montessori education with us in Malawi. Here is Eileen observing and evaluating our diploma candidates. I am committed to bringing the best of this education to Malawi for the children and the future teachers.
- A very special thank you to Paul Nyirenda, who has helped me tremendously with all the diploma program duplications. I could not do it without your help! Paul you are so patient, loyal and hardworking! I appreciate you soooooo much! p,mb
Thank you all! love, maribeth