Malawi Foot Washing II | Teen Missions Trip

You’ve seen the pictures—children running around barefoot in the dirt, their feet cracked and calloused. Every day they put on the only outfit they own—the same shirt, ripped and worn. But what can you do? Come to Malawi on a mission trip with us and spend time with the orphans who will walk miles just to visit with you. Upon arrival, you travel two hours by truck to the Teen Missions in Malawi BIBLE, MISSIONARY &WORK Training Center in Chipoka, located on the shores of Lake Malawi. After a day of repacking supplies, you head to the first of several AIDS Orphans Rescue Units, where you will pitch your tents. Your project is to wash the feet of these orphans and put new socks and shoes on them. In addition, you will also complete small work projects on or near the Units, providing help for these needy children. You will be sharing the love of Jesus through songs, games, puppets and balloons. Because all of your duffel bags will be filled with shoes and socks for the orphans, you will only be permitted to pack what can fit into a Teen Missions-issued carryon bag.

Making Friends in Malawi

Making Friends in Malawi

Dates: June 24 – August 11


The team will visit the Teen Missions in Malawi BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center in Chipoka, located on the shores of Lake Malawi. After you recoup, the team travels by truck to the AORU in the scenic Dedza Mountains.


You will visit Dedza Pottery, an artisan workshop located in this region, and known for the beautifully-decorated pottery it produces. Here you can purchase handmade ceramic ware with African motifs and a number of other souvenirs. An outing to Senga Bay on Lake Malawi will give you the chance to enjoy a relaxing rest on the beach.


Housing will be in tents; bathing and laundry will be done using a bucket.


After Boot Camp your missions trip will begin with a flight to Orlando International Airport to Dulles International Airport in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Your next flight crosses the Atlantic Ocean to Rome, Italy for refueling, then over the Sahara Desert to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The team will overnight in a hotel before continuing the next morning to Lilongwe, Malawi, known as the “Warm Heart of Africa”. Upon arrival the team will load the Teen Missions in Malawi truck for the two-hour drive to Chipoka located on Lake Malawi.

(Note: Florida Debrief)

Contributions Equal To: $4190 U.S. plus Registration Fee

Exploring Malawi, Africa

Exploring Malawi, Africa

Malawi is a small land-locked country in southern Africa and shares borders with Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is known as the “warm heart of Africa” as the people are a very open and friendly, clearly living up to the motto. The landscape of Malawi is mountainous in parts and the beautiful lake Malawi stretches along almost the entire length of the country. Of the 13 million citizens, 900,000 are living with HIV/AIDS and the life expectancy is only 43 years. Around 80% of the population survives on less than $1 a day. The major source of income for Malawi is agriculture, especially tobacco. Although almost 80% of the population claim to be Christian, there are many who practice witchcraft or other tribal beliefs. Muslims make up 13% of the population.

Teen Missions in Malawi is located on 160 acres along the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi. Monkeys are a common sight and hippos are sometimes visible on the lake. The first Boot Camp was run in Malawi in 1988. The base, which was purchased in 1995, is home to two annual Boot Camps and a BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center (which was founded in 1998). The base also hosts retreats to bring in extra income for its ministries. One of the most important ministries in Malawi is the ministry to the AIDS orphans. There are seven AIDS Orphans Rescue Units in Malawi and two Matrons Units that provide a safe place to stay for young girls who are attending school. The TMI staff also run a Motorcycle Sunday School Mission Circuit, teaching Sunday schools at several Rescue Units and villages in the Dedza Region of the country. Mathew and Heni Wylie are the coordinators for Malawi. At this time, there are 26 national staff and interns who help run the BMW, AIDS Orphans Rescue Units and other ministries.


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  1. Hi Beth. I was wondering what the difference was between malawi foot washing 1 and 2??

    • There wasn’t a difference in anything except it was two different teams with different leaders/team members. It was a very popular team and that is why we had two. However, We do not have Malawi FW this coming summer, but we do have Malawi Boat and Malawi Backpack.

    • There isn’t a Malawi FW this year. See above comments.

  2. This is my first out of country mission trip. I want to go here, but the people I have talked to have said that seeing orphaned and sick children on my first mission trip would not be something they would advise me to do. Is that something I should think about before I decide on where I want to sign up for?

  3. Do we need to get any shots for this trip?

    • Please check with your physician on what he/she recommends. At this time, Malawi doesn’t REQUIRE any shots

  4. I would love to go next year, but I’m worried about getting homesick. Any suggestions?

  5. What type of air mattress is recommended, a self inflate or just a pad? Also how many girls are in a tent?

    • Either mattress will work as long as it fits in your weight limit! There will be two to a tent. However, they may put three in a tent right before pack-out to get the extra tents down quickly.

  6. I am going on this team and I am wondering whether I can bring my guitar. In the general facts sheet it says I can, but on this trip we only get a duffle bag for our stuff… does that mean I can’t bring a guitar? And if I can, do I have to tell the office? Thanks

    • Yes, you may bring your guitar. If there is not room in the luggage count (you can only take so many bags) or too many bring guitars, you can leave it at Boot Camp and pick it up at Debrief.

  7. are there still spots on this team?

  8. Beth, is this a work or evangelistic team? I am just wondering because the packing list is different for the different types of teams. Thanks.

    • It is both a work and an EV team. Since it is a foot washing team, everything will have to fit in a carry-on bag. That packing list will be sent with the April newsletter.

  9. what are you supposed to wear for this trip? ex. like skirts, jeans, or sweats…

    • All of that is in the General Fact Sheet and the Individual Fact Sheet (which will be mailed out later this month).

  10. Hey Linnea, go check out the forum – a bunch of Former Team Members (FTMs) are posting tips and helpful stuff to know in there for the first-timers:) Can’t wait to see you in bootcamp! P.S. look me up on facebook if you want to chat about Teen Missions. I’m Leah Grace:)

  11. It’s me again, sorry to bother you. What trip would you reccomend for someone on their first ever mission (15 yrs old). I’ve always had a heart for Africa and am very hard-working. Any reccomendations?

  12. Wow, thank you so much! I’ve decided (with His help) to participate this summer and learn to really depend on Him. Thanks so much!

  13. Beth, I want to serve the Lord this summer, but I’m afraid my faith isn’t strong enough yet. I’ve never been comfortable with open song/worship praise either (not against it, just more reserved). Am I ready for the trip and if so, what can I do to prepare for the trip if I choose to regester?

    • I like it that you don’t think your faith is “strong enough”. When we don’t think we can do it, then we lean on the Lord to help up and that is what He wants us to do! Some on every team are more “open” with their song/worship praise and others are more “quiet”. Both are needed on every team. How can you get ready? I think you just need to be open to what the Lord wants to teach you and be willing to do what He asks you to do. You will learn to depend on Him in every area of your life.

  14. Can I still sign up? or it it all filled up?

  15. yeah is it?

  16. Is this trip full?

  17. That is one of my biggest concerns…I don’t know if I am ready for it yet. I may wait until summer of 2011 to go…

  18. My gracious yes you get homesick. But it’s a great opportunity to learn, as I did, to lean on the Lord and not your family. It’s actually great prep for college:D

  19. Does anyone get homesick on these trips?

    • Yes they do. However, the worst usually occurs during Boot Camp and we keep you really busy during that time which usually decreases it.

  20. this looks fun too!

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