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