LoveDriven Ministries is a nonprofit Christian organization founded by Ishmael and Thokozani Adam that exists to empower and provide opportunities to the children and youth living in Juma village, one of the most poverty-isolated and Muslim-dominated villages in Salima, Malawi.  LoveDriven Ministries believes that its mission can be achieved by investing in children, inspiring them to be active leaders in the community and preparing them to give back to the community

50% of the kids in the community drop out of school due to poverty, lack of role models, cultural and religious influences as well as insufficiency of high school facilities.  Our ministry focuses on supplementary education, Christian discipleship, youth empowerment (On Job Training), and leadership development.

Ishmael Rahim Adam


I was born and raised in a poor Muslim family in one of the villages in Salima, Malawi. Just like most of the villages in Malawi, my village is not developed and located 15 miles away from a trading center. In my village, people live in glass thatched houses, do not have running water, no electricity, barely have more than 2 meals a day; in general, people live in extreme poverty.

In 2007, YouthCare Ministries (YCM), an affiliate of Urban Promise International came to my rescue and adopted me into their orphanage and sent me to school up to college. YCM gave me a family, a home to belong to, and hope that allowed me to thrive in my education. Through YouthCare Ministries, I have managed to attain higher education. My academic accomplishment is celebrated by the entire community because I am the only and first graduate in my village as of now. The most significant thing that has happened in my life the time I have been part of YouthCare Ministries is a conversion from Islamic faith to Christian faith which happened in 2009 when I was in secondary school.

I am a strong believer that God created every child with a voice to be heard and the ability to live their fullest potential in life; my responsibility is to extend a helping hand to them and act as a mouthpiece to the world so that their stories can be heard and get the most needed support.  This is the reason why I accepted the call from God to start LoveDriven Ministries.
I am married to my beautiful, longtime friend, a partner in ministry, Thoko. Together we have a daughter named Kimberly Tikondwe. 

I hold a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from African Bible College, Lilongwe, Malawi obtained in 2017, and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, U. S. A. obtained in 2020. During my free time, I love watching the news, playing and watching soccer.  My favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 10:31.

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