In the Nkhata Bay District in northern Malawi there is the community of Kavuzi. The residents of the community had a great need for a local community medical clinic but had been unable to convince anyone to open a facility there.
Johnston Nyirenda’s family lives in Kavuzi and he dreamed of furthering his education after high school and perhaps attending nursing school. His dream of attending nursing school however looked hopeless when his father died in 2001, leaving his mother with Johnston and three other children. His mother simply could not afford any kind of tuition. When the local Presbyterian Church heard about Johnston’s situation, they offered to pay his tuition to Ekwendeni Nursing School if he would return and open a clinic in Kavuzi.
Imagine his excitement as he went to enroll at the school. However, soon after he began his classes, the church ran out of money. That would have been the end of the story for Johnston, the church and the community if MBF had not stepped in with a scholarship for Johnston, making it possible for him to finish school.
Johnston graduated in December and he has gone back to Kavuzi and to open the first medical clinic in the area. The local church will increase its impact in its community. The community will finally have healthcare and Johnston will have a job and be able to help support his family.
Malawi is one of the poorest nations in Africa and many other students like Johnston are unable to pay for their nurses training. Today, MBF ministry partners are providing an opportunity for eight additional students at Ekwendeni Nursing School.
Because of the sacrifice of our ministry partners, an entire community will be changed.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matt 25: 34 – 40