Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We’re gunna RISE up!
On Monday the team visited the RISE Malawi after school program located in Madisi. This is a wonderful and very organized program with amazing children as well. We started our day there by visiting with Za and Tenashe. They then introduced us the Standard 8 teens whom had just sat for the national exam. It was wonderful to hear the testimonies, hopes, and dreams of these exceptional teens. We shared some of our personal experiences and why God has led us to Malawi as well. Next we visited with the 4 street leaders who are wonderful role models to these struggling children. They bless them and their communities by letting each and every child know how special they are to God. During the afternoon we were able to share a meal with the children as well as sit in on tutoring, play games, and do arts and crafts. Becky shared the hidden treasure bookmark lesson (based on the parable of the lost coin), which the children loved, and drove home how important they are to God. Reluctantly we left Rise Malawi but we have a greater sense of what is needed to help make this program even better.