Malawi Foot Washing | Teen Missions Trip

Foot Washing

Sharing New Shoes for Orphans

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.

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 a day of repacking supplies, you head to the first of several AIDS Orphans Rescue Units, where you will pitch your tents.


You will visit Senga Bay and help support the locals by buying wood carvings, wicker baskets and wire sculptures from more than fifty booths filled with handmade items.


You will be housed in classrooms/dorms while at the Teen Missions in Malawi BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center. While at each AORU you will be in tents. Bathing and laundry will be done using buckets.


After Boot Camp the team will fly from the 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”.

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

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Building teamwork on the Obstacle Course at Boot Camp

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 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. How old do you have to be?

  2. Will we be getting a boot camp schedule in the mail like in past years?

  3. This sounds great!

  4. Can i still sign up for this trip? what is the deadline?

  5. I am so excited to serve the Lord in Malawi this summer!!

  6. thats what i thought:P your last letter kind of confused me:P

  7. can you get support from this website?

  8. well, my parents said i have to raie the money needed before i sign up hahaha

  9. when is the last day you can sign up?

    • As long as you sign up before Boot Camp starts, you can sign up anytime (however, you choices will be limited). However, the earlier the better, especially if you need to raise your support.

  10. oh, ok thank you!

  11. Hi, I was wondering if there was any way I can know who will be the leaders to the teams, or is it undecided? Thank you!

  12. Is boot camp mandatory?

  13. I don’t understand the boot camp thing-. Soo first we go to a boot camp.. where?? and what do we do at the boot camp and for how long is it? thenn we go to Malawi

  14. THAT’S GREAT! i’m thirteen 🙂

  15. what is like kind of the range of the ages that go to this trip?

  16. I don’t think i am going to be able to go this summer… 🙁

  17. I can’t wait to go on this trip! I signed up a few months ago and am currently working on my fundraising..God always provides!!

  18. I have the same fears as you abby, but I decided to sign up because it sounds like a great experience.

  19. Is this team full yet?

  20. Is it too late to sign up?

  21. Thanks for your help, Leah. I am real contemplating going.

  22. Oh trust me, it will be the greatest summer of your LIFE. EVER. It’s the most amazing experience you could ever imagine…you learn to depend on the Lord like you never have before, the real meaning of unity in Christ…gosh…so much more. DO IT, you won’t regret it.

  23. this sounds so fun! it would take my whole summer…and it’s far away…does anyone else have the same fears?

  24. For the packing list, also look in the forums, because some FTMs have some great suggestions about how to pack.

  25. when booking flights…. what day are we supposed to arrive? the day it starts or the day before? also…. will we be getting picked up from the airport? thanks =)

    • Everyone needs to arrive in the 24 hour window as listed for their Boot Camp. Arrivals are to be at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) only.
      Early Boot Camp: Between 10 AM on June 12 and 10 AM on June 13
      Super Boot Camp: Between 10 AM on June June 23 and 10 AM on June 24
      Preteen Boot Camp: Between 10 AM on June 29 and 10 AM on June 30
      Peanuts: Between 10 AM on June 17 and 10 AM on June 18
      Mustard Seeds: Between 6 AM and 10 AM on June 24

      We will pick everyone up at the Orlando International Airport or the Titusville Greyhound bus station.

  26. Beth- you are very good at answering all these questions- even time after time. Bless your heart! <3 Elizabeth … aka Emily Calvert's older sis =)

  27. how do i get the packing list for this trip

    • Go to our web site and click on 2010 Mission Trips. Go all the way to the bottom of that page and look to your left and click on “packing list’.

  28. Jenna, I was a lot like you before I went, but I’m telling you, GO. You won’t regret it, I promise. The best place to be on earth is doing what God wants you to do. GO.

  29. when you pay for this missions trip… do you fundraise money or does it come from your own money? thanks

    • It can come from many sources such as friends, family, churches, fund-raising (car wash, garage sales), yourself or your parents. Most of the support raised is from a combination of these. We provide support letters and prayer cards to help you raise your support.

  30. oh yeah by the way my name is natalie fazzone but if u message me on facebook, my name on fb is changed to “natalone fazzie”…one of my friends did it as a joke..

  31. Hey everyone!! Malawi is really awesome. Ive been on several TMI trips to malawi, so if you have any questions about anything, just ask! none of the teams I went on were foot washing teams, but I can answer any general questions about the TMI base, what the culture is like, stuff like that. find me on facebook and we can talk about it!! : )

  32. I have my heart set on this mission trip but when ever I try to Register it wont load the page, What else can I do to make sure I get a spot on this mission so I can really help those In Malawi and come closer to god. 🙂

    • Everyone will be back to work tomorrow and the web site should be up and running by then. Please keep trying though.

  33. i really do feel like gods calling me to go on a trip this summer. i have prayed about it and i feel like this is a good opurtuity to share the gospel with children and people in other countries and to strengthen my faith through evangelism. i hope i can go!!!! 🙂

  34. hey umm where is the debreif for this trip?

  35. i really want to go on this trip my sister went on a sounth africa footwashing trip i think 2 years ago and i have wanted to go on one ever since. but im scared about boot camp i know its so lame and shouldnt stop me from going but im scared also. my faith is not very sucure like i have doubts and i dont know if i should go if im not even sure about my own faith. please e-mail me if you have been on a trip before and can give me some advice—-> [email protected]

  36. Do the dates June 24- Aug 11 include boot camp and debriefing?

  37. I am so exited to go on this trip!! it sounds awesome!!

  38. I would like some more information on this trip.

  39. Jade Long and Carla Hulen

    Jade: Dude! Cannot wait to go on this trip! Will be beastly.

    Carla: i am so excited to go!!!!! i am having my b-day on this trip, but it will be special without that in it!!!! whoo hooo!!!

  40. What is the age limit on going on a team trip?

  41. Hey! Can i be sent more info about this trip? I am interested in serving God to the best of my ability!
    God bless!

  42. ill be 16. can i have more info plz

  43. I am interested in this trip. I will be 14 at the time of the trip. What would I need to do to get registered?

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