Little did we know that Ursula Norel, the teacher responsible for the Outreach Group at Northwest Christian School, was looking for opportunities to get her kids involved in helping others. She had been following the work of MAF for many years and when our Maffy team contacted her school, it was an answer to prayer. Since then, they have partnered with us in praying for the kids of Mutale and, on more than one occasion, have made donations towards it. They even tithed their tuck-shop money! For Christmas they donated a load of Santa Shoe Boxes filled with presents for the children and we were able to afford them seats on our airplane. Bettina Kostlin and Amy Tschohl are two learners who were chosen from the group to deliver these gifts in person and meet the children for whom they had been praying.
Our first stop was Makomawabani Primary School where they taught the kids a worship song, with the school principal, Margaret, translating, Mrs Norel spoke passionately about Jesus. At Siala’s preschool there was a greater language barrier, but we believe that the actions of our young volunteers spoke louder than words. More than anything we want to convey to these kids a sense of hope that comes from knowing Jesus. We are amazed at how this initiative, that started with a colouring-in competition, led to an opportunity for two young girls to spread the gospel.
It was really inspiring to see them living by the verse: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
- 1 Timothy 4:12
When we asked the girls how the experience has changed them, Bettina said that it plays on her mind a lot and for days afterwards she was still telling her friends and family about it. Amy added that she will always remember the smiles on the kids’ faces, and both girls agreed that they enjoyed the experience and feel motivated to do more. Mrs Norel said that after seeing the need she has a better idea as to how they can make a difference and she really wants to get the kids more excited about giving.
We are so grateful for the willingness of schools like Northwest to partner and pray with us. We will continue to work together to build a brighter future for the children of Mutale.
Getting our hands dirty
Volunteers, Keith and Ian Wilson, put their maintenance expertise to good use and worked on the building over a number of flights. Even our pilots, Mark Liprini and Jeff Lynn, got involved putting in new window panes. We were also joined by Ane Krause, an aspiring missionary, who brought some life to the replastered walls with a touch of colour.