Zimveka’s story

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Zimveka  is a four year old boy who lives in the village of Katsekera, Malawi. His village has no running water or electricity. Most of the homes are brick and have straw roofs. The more elaborate ones have tin roofs.

Zimveka and his brother lived with his grandmother in a make shift home that was literally falling apart. Since they didn’t even have enough money to feed themselves, they certainly couldn’t afford a better home.  Often there was literally no food on their table and the two boys went hungry day after day. Zimveka and his brother suffered from extreme malnutrition.

Things began to change for Zimveka when he joined the Learning Center in his village run by VisionTrust. When the leaders discovered that Zimveka’s home wasn’t livable, they built his small family a new house. His life is being transformed as he gets daily food and lives in a new house along with his grandmother and brother. In Katsekera, it gets down to 40 degrees in the winter and many of the houses don’t have windows, doors or blankets.

Recently, a VisionTrust team from the United States visited and said, “We saw their sleeping arrangements and they are simply a straw mat on the floor or something similar. They just sleep huddled together. The people in the village are hopeless. They think that this is all there is.”  The team did many home visits, and simply shared a story of how God had worked in their lives. Two of the women got teary-eyed when others told about God’s provision. The people were so grateful for a blanket and bar of soap. Most of the women or children walk about 1/2 mile to pump water from the well.

Zimveka now is one of the 90 kids in the program that receive one nutritious meal daily consisting of a protein, starch, and vegetable. They mostly eat eggs, peas, tomatoes, or potatoes. Zimveka is still very quiet and shy. The director says he is still learning to trust, coming back from severe malnutrition.

Discussion Questions:

  • What do you usually do when you feel cold?
  • How would it feel to be cold but not have a house or even a blanket to try to get warmer?
  • What do you think about Zimveka’s village? How could you bring hope to children like Zimveka?  (If you would like to share your ideas – please send them to mspoelstra6@gmail.com and we will share them in next week’s post.)

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for Zimveka to get his strength back and recover from malnutrition now that he has adequate food and shelter.
  • Pray for Zimveka to recover emotionally from the strain of poverty as only a four year old.

Fun Facts:

It is not unusual in Malawi to see a 12-seater bus transporting 25 people, plus goats, chicken, and baskets of vegetables.

Chichewa is the language they speak in Malawi.

Learn more about Malawi: https://www.visiontrust.org/where/country/id/malawi

How you can get involved:

  • Consider sponsoring a child like Zimveka in Malawi. Check out this link to sponsor a child: https://www.visiontrust.org/sponsor/
  • Pray for Zimveka every night this week.
  • Take some time to thank God for the shelter and food He provides for you each day.

Scripture:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.”  (Matthew 25:34-35)

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