Africa Malawi

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” — James 1:27 (NASB)

Bangula, Nsjanje - Malawi


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About Africa Malawi

Iris Malawi was established in 1999 after Heidi & Rolland visited villages of southern Malawi and began to preach the Good News.

People’s hearts were ignited by their teachings and many hundreds began a new life in a relationship with Jesus Christ. During this time the church was awakened by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit who brought freedom through deliverances, an impartation of physical healings, and spiritual gifts upon the multitudes of rural poor. 

Today, we are based in Bangula in the Nsanje district which is the most southern district in Malawi.  Bangula is a three-hour drive from the commercial city of Blantyre. Southern Malawi experiences regular crop failure due to extreme high temperatures, sporadic rains, and at times seasonal flooding due to rain run off from higher elevations.  Food insecurity is a constant issue among the people of the Nsanje District.  Most are subsistent farmers and live off less than a dollar a day. It is in this context we serve our community bringing the truth and saving love of Jesus Christ. 

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Bible School: 
 The development of Christian leadership is one of our prime objectives. We train 150 pastoral students each year. They come from all over the country and are typically very poor subsistent farmers with only a 5th or 6th grade education. We provide each student with transport as well as money to supplement their family’s needs during the time the pastor is at school, otherwise, they would not be able to attend. They come with very little - some arriving with only the clothes they are wearing. We provide them with basic needs such as soap, bed sheet, bug net, toothbrushes, as well as Bibles, notebooks and course materials. 

Our prayer is that the students are transformed by God, developing into Christian leaders with integrity and faithfulness.

Children’s Homes: 
 We now have 60 precious children residing in our care. We have established five homes on the ministry center with 12 children in each. Malawians have been recruited and trained to serve as parents and care for the children in each home. We only accept children who are most desperate, meaning, both parents have died and there are no relatives or neighbors able to care for them. Our model nurtures family, rather than institution. Each child has a valuable place in their ‘home’ and look to their caregivers as their new mother and father.

Children’s School: 
 Our primary school trains learners from pre-school to standard 8. There are now three school buildings facilitating nine classrooms and teachers’ offices. There is a library, resource room and computer lab. The school serves the children who live on the center as well as 30+ others from the area villages. 

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