Another year has gone and a new year has begun. I hope you guys had a good Christmas. During my Christmas break I got to attend two weddings. The first one was in Arkansas – the wedding of two people that I went to Bible school with. After the wedding I returned to Florida and spent five days with my family. After Christmas I journeyed to Texas for the wedding of two other people who also went to Teen Missions BIBLE, MISSIONARY, WORK Training Center.
When my break was finished I returned to Teen Missions. Since I have been back I have been working in the Finance Department. The different jobs I do in this department are entering the donations into the computer that come in the mail for the staff and the summer team members and I also fill information requests that come in. Lately, I have been working with another department: AIDS Orphans and Street Children (AOSC). I help them by putting orphan information in the computer and updating what we already have so we can assign the orphans to sponsors. It is challenging to make sure that we have all the data and a picture in for each orphan. I’ve completed this for seven Rescue Units in Malawi and have two more to go. It has been fun to do, especially for the Rescue Unit that I spent a year at when I was in Malawi last year, because I recognized most of the kids from the pictures I was attaching to the computer records. After the Malawi Rescue Units are done, I get to work on the Units for Cameroon, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In 1992 Robert M. Bland, President of Teen Missions Int’l. (TMI) asked the TMI board for seed money to start orphanages to rescue as many children as possible. The TMI board not only gave start-up funds, but also full use of all their video, studio, printing, and graphics equipment. AIDS Orphans was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1993. In 1997 AIDS Orphans and Street Children began with a traditional orphanage. By 2001 we discovered a new concept in taking the “orphanage to the orphan” and that has allowed us a more practical way to help thousands.
Through these Units, we are meeting the needs of children who once had no one to care for them. We assist the children by providing them with: 1. Medical treatment and the provision of malaria and other common preventative medications 2. Food during nutrition seminars and teaching them how to plant gardens and care for animals to prevent starvation 3. Educational opportunities by providing school fees and uniforms for primary education 4. Camps for spiritual and social development
We are also making a difference by enhancing village life through the donations of nutrition seminars, wells, and grinding mills. The number of children that can be reached through AIDS Orphans and Street Children is only limited by finances and staff. The facilitators who are graduates of our national Bible schools are the lifeblood of the Rescue Units. These are very special national people who abound in love, servanthood and perseverance in the most remote areas of the bush. They make themselves available to the children and the villagers day and night, seven days a week.
In fact, when I went to Malawi in the summer of 2008 to May 2009, I stayed at the Wellman Family Rescue Unit. These units are only here because someone donated the money to build a unit so orphans and guardians can come, when they are starving or need medicine or counseling. When I was at the unit, I got to help the facilitators with first aid treatments. I also taught Bible lessons when the kids came to the Unit and sometimes got to teach Bible classes at the local elementary school.
And of course, I played with the kids. On Saturdays, we had workdays at the Unit. Usually I helped supervise the kids and often helped make lunch for them.
Every other Sunday, we walked to church. We (I worked with Ashley, a one-year volunteer from the States) stayed at the Unit on the other Sundays so the facilitators could also go to church. The church services were longer, about two hours. Because we had to walk six kilometers (approx 4 miles) to get to church, we stayed the day, visiting with people, going to the market and trying to make phone calls home to Florida. We could usually get cell service in town, but not out at the Rescue Unit, so phone calls, when they would go through, were a treat.
I want to thank you all for your prayers and support. I couldn’t be serving the Lord here at Teen Missions without you. God bless you and I hope you have a blessed year.
Amanda Evans Hebrews 13:5,6