Meet Francis, one of the kids in our program. He has dreams, and he would like to share them with you today:
“I am from Blantyre, Malawi, in a village called Chitakale. But now I am living homeless as a street kid in Lilongwe which is five hours drive from my home. I lost my parents at the age of 10.
Due to poverty at home, I was forced to go into the streets just to find food. I have lived here for three years, and the environment is not conducive to education. Here in the streets is where I started to attend the programs at Life Coaching Ministries that have been supporting me with my education.
“I am 14 years old. When I grow up, I would like to be a businessman. I believe with business, I will be able to help in the growth of my nation’s economy, and I will also be able to create jobs for other people. I like doing dishes and sweeping around the compound every morning. After that, I prepare myself for school. After school, I always try to make friends even though I know it is very hard for some to accept me because I’m living in the streets. It hurts me sometimes, but I don’t always mind them.
“I pray that God should guide me all the days of my life. I need school fees, school uniforms, school shoes, school bags, food, and anything that can help me to achieve greatness in my academics. My prayer is to be educated and that God will give me wisdom.”
Life Coaching Ministries – the non-profit that I am faithfully going to lead once I return to Malawi this June – is so grateful that you are helping us support street kids like Francis and make their dreams become realities.
As you know, we as a ministry have committed to our mission of supporting street kids and orphans -- to mentor them, educate them and discipline them, to give them hope, and build them into men and women who will realize the love of God in their lives. Being a street kid myself and knowing the desperation and despair of living in the streets of Lilongwe, there is nothing better than knowing that you have a heart for these children and that you support my goals.
What are my priorities when I return to Malawi in June?
1. Provide a Safe Home
for both boys and girls who are orphans and homeless. Initially, we will rent a building, providing physical shelter and the necessities of life.
2. Launch an After-School Program and Feeding Program to give children a supportive academic environment and nutrition for improved learning.
3. Start a Farming Project to help us grow food and raise animals so that we can sustain our programs in the long run. The primary expense is buying a piece of land.
4. Have the financial resources to support staff.
How can you help?
Please pray for our ministry. Consider getting involved by sharing your skills and talents, whatever they might be.
We are exceedingly grateful for your donations to date and for the financial support of UrbanPromise International. In the next several months, it is critical that we are ready to officially launch Life Coaching Ministries. Please consider financially supporting us to help raise the remaining $16,900.
Your gift will be used to change so many lives of children by providing hope and transformation in Lilongwe, Malawi. Here are ways you can make your donation:
Send Check to: UrbanPromise International, PO Box 156, Pennsauken, NJ 08110
IMPORTANT: Remember to write “Life Coaching Ministries” on the memo line of your check.
Thank you again!
Hamilton Douglas Banda
Executive Director, Life Coaching Ministries