I believe that by now you might be aware that we have 2 fellows who have joined us at the beginning of this month.
Today I would like to introduce to you one of them. Meet Veronica Mbeya. Vero (as we call her) is a graduate of African Bible College class of 2019 and she graduated with a bachelor of arts in Christian Leadership and Community Development. While in college, Vero served with different campus ministries including Live Love Malawi where she was a student team leader.
In addition, Vero has a story that she is excited to share with girls in the community. As a young female Christian leader who is passionate about empowering girls and community development, I would like to share with you that Vero is serving with us as the Director of Girls Empowerment and Community Engagement. We believe that her love for the Lord and passion to see girls' lives and communities transformed will help her serve in this capacity well and faithfully.
When I asked her vision for the girls in the community; this is what she said: "I want to see the girls being independent, have passion for school and I would like to see many of them going to college and empowering other girls".
Vero's favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 11:1.
Please, say a prayer for her and give a shoutout to her as she is on this journey of service and growth.
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Ishmael Adam, ED
|Two weeks ago, my family and I moved from the States to Malawi. Though our trip had many dramas, lessons, and fears, there is one thing we are so grateful for; we made it home safely.|
|FAMILY UPDATES: THE FAMILY UPDATES-THE JOY OF MEETING OUR FAMILIES|
|Just as we were eager to see our families, they were also anticipating seeing us after 2 years of not seeing each other physically. Though COVID-19 could not let us have a chance to see and meet all our family members and friends freely, we are so appreciative of the opportunity to be home with the people we love so much.|
|MINISTRY UPDATES: COMMUNITY RE-ASSESSMENT BEGINS|
|Did I share with you that we are ready to serve the community? I hope I did because if I did not, then this is me sharing with you that WE ARE READY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY|
Last week, my team (board of directors) and I worked tirelessly to apply for the incorporation. I am super excited that on Friday our paperwork was submitted and being reviewed now and if all goes well, we will have our certificate of incorporation ready by the end of this week. Please, take a minute to pray for the success of this process.
|Though we have been working on paperwork almost every day since we arrived in Malawi, my heart was so excited when Thoko and I held a successful Community Re-assessment meeting with the headteacher of the primary school we will partner with. |
Thoko and I did a 20-minute oral presentation of our vision and desire to partner with the school to introduce After School Program and Girls' Empowerment Program at the school. The good news is; the headteacher was so excited with our vision and he went further to share with us some of the challenges that children and youth especially girls face at the school of which lack of role modeling is the main one.
|At the end of the meeting, we agreed to set up a consultation meeting this Wednesday with School Committee, Parents Teacher Association, and Motherhood Group.|
The president of Malawi has announced that schools will be open the first week of September, please pray that we should be ready by then to start serving the kids in the community.
Pray that we should be able to have volunteers to join our team before we commence or programs.
Pray also that we should find a house to rent to be used as office space as well as a place to accommodate our volunteers.
Pray that people in my community understand our vision, embrace it, and run with it alongside us.
Lastly, pray for the protection and good health of our family as we are serving the kids in our community.
Thank you, so much for your prayers and your financial support to my family and LoveDriven Ministries, we cannot do this by ourselves, we need you this time more than ever.
Ishmael Adam, Founder
Today, July 6th marks 56 years since Malawi, also known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” got its independence from the British colony. Since 1964, each year, Malawians gather in solidarity, hope, and anticipation for a better tomorrow to celebrate this gift of independence.
Over the past 13 months, Malawi has experienced one of the darkest seasons in the history of the country politically, socially, and economically. Our small and poor nation was at pause due to the political unrest. Almost every day, citizens were on the streets of our already dilapidated cities and semi-towns demonstrating and looting to demand political justice due to the irregularities linked with May 21st, 2019 tripartite elections.
A few months ago, Malawians got what we needed; political justice after both constitutional and supreme courts nullified the 2019 presidential elections and ordered the country's electoral commission to administer fresh presidential elections within 150 days. On June 23rd, 2020, Malawians from all walks of life went to the polling centers to cast their votes. Today, on July 6th, 2020, Malawi 6th president has been inaugurated.
Though Malawi's political maturity is up for discussion, there is one thing that I am sure of: Malawians no longer entertain mediocracy, incompetence, and injustice. And this assures me of one more thing; Malawi is ready for a change after 56 years of independence.
As a devoted citizen, I understand that I have a role to play for this change to come into reality. This is the reason why I am ready and excited to go back home and be part of this change in my community through the vision of LoveDriven Ministries
For us to be part of this change we need your help. Please join me in orchestrating this long-awaited change. If you have not yet committed to supporting us, please do so by giving one time gift or by committing to support us either monthly or annually.
Thank you so much, for your prayers and support all the times and God bless you.
Please join me to celebrate Malawi’s 56th anniversary. Long Live Malawi!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Ishmael Adam
At this moment when COVID-19 and other animosities have frustrated the world almost in all fronts; economic, socially, political, and even in our faith; it is hard to find anything positive to channel our energy and thoughts onto. The good news is, it is also in the moment like this that God continues to create beautiful stories in our lives. Here is a story of hope to reflect on amidst this time of uncertainty
|Ishmael graduates from Eastern University|
|On May 9th, 2020, I officially graduated from Eastern University with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. This was one of the days I had many emotions because I took a few minutes to reflect on the journey of my life. I recalled how dilapidated the house I was sleeping 14 years ago affected my life when I was homeless and a street kid in the city of Lilongwe. I also reflected on my life as a kid how I had to endure just to see the next day. At the same time, it was one of the happiest days of my life because, on this day, I had added another milestone in my academic journey and became the first person in my community to graduate with a master’s degree on top of completing my fellowship training at Urban Promise School of Entrepreneurial Leadership (UPSEL).|
"For my life to be where it is today, God has used many people from different parts of the world to invest in it".
Today, I would like to thank every person who has contributed to my life in one way or the other.
In a special way, I dedicate my accomplishment to Urban Promise International community through YouthCare Ministries for rescuing me from the streets of Lilongwe and for giving me a future.
Please join me to create more of such stories of hope in the lives of many children and youth in my community through LoveDriven Ministries.
Thank you so much and God bless you.
BY ISHMAEL R. ADAM, CO-FOUNDER, LOVEDRIVEN MINISTRIES, MALAWI
May 02, 2020
A story is told about a young boy from the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi. This young boy lost both of his parents at a tender age; and became homeless, hopeless, and meaningless boy; wandering in one of the cities of Malawi.
Just like any other homeless kids in Malawi, he had to develop what I call survival attitude and resilience to get through each day in the worst streets of the city. Every day, he was forced to be 10 times stronger than the rest of the kids to compete with furious men in the city.
All the trauma and struggles he swallowed in the streets made him develop unwelcome behaviors that made him unacceptable in society. No wonder, when he was in high school, he was more than once kicked out of school on disciplinary grounds. Today, that boy is a man with a beautiful family, about to graduate with a master’s degree, and founded a nonprofit organization that aims at providing educational opportunities to potential needy students in his home village.
Friend, the story I shared above is the story of my life; the story of God’s love. Believe me when I say that my upbringing made me a difficult person to love. But over the years, I have seen people loving me wastefully regardless of my history; all for the betterment of my messy life and God’s glory. The person I am today is because of the generosity and love of different people all over the world who believe that my life matters.
Kathy Calvin says that “giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” So, thank you so much for supporting the vision of LoveDriven Ministries; be assured that it will help to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged kids in my village.
God bless you and keep on praying for and supporting us as we are helping to write better stories in the lives of children and youth.
THE POWER OF UNREASONABLE COLLEGE STUDENTS
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Recently I have read a book titled “The Power of Unreasonable People” by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan, the veteran authors in the field of Social Entrepreneurship. The first time I put my eyes on the cover of the book I was so confused because I have never thought of me crediting the power of unreasonableness. One of the things they share about unreasonable people is that"They are Insanely Ambitious". Do you know anyone in your life who is insanely ambitious? I know Dr. Bruce Main, the Founder of Urban Promise Ministries. After graduating from Azusa Pacific University, he decided to move to Camden, one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the United States of America. He has one goal in life; to be part of the solution to the troubled world. Today, the work of Urban Promise has transformed the lives of thousands of children and youth all over the world. Bruce is one of the unreasonable people I have known in my life.
Today, I would like to share with you the power of unreasonable college students in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. After being rescued by a local orphanage in 2007, I was privileged to go back to high school and later on to college. In 2014, I decided to do something to young men and women who were struggling to finish high school due to a lack of tuition. I formed a team of unreasonable college students from African Bible College and Bunda College of Agriculture. Our vision was to provide educational opportunities to potential needy students in local schools. People laughed at us. "Do you even know what you are getting into?" One of the well-respected people in my circle asked me. But do you know what? Without a financial basis; without being recognized by the government and without expecting any rewards in the end; this team of unreasonable college students has transformed the lives of many students as of today. One is in medical school studying Pharmacy; one right now is applying for college while many more are striving in different high schools in Malawi. This is the power of unreasonable college students who see no failure but possible success in the lives of others.
It is this mentality of unreasonableness that my wife and I believe that in 5 months we will be able to raise enough funding to continue helping children in the poorest villages in Malawi. Would you consider writing a better story in the life of a child in Malawi through LoveDriven Ministries? You can join us by helping with a gift of $25, $50, $75, $100 or a gift of any size.
Thank you, so much in advance for your help.