The Passion Center for Children serves children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Malawi. We seek to rescue those children at greatest risk, providing food, comfort, medical care, and a safe place to live in the name of Jesus Christ.
Martin and Mathias were born to Calista Tambula on February 8, 2014 in an ordinary village outside of Zomba, Malawi—near the Passion Center. Ten days later their mother died due to birth complications. Martin is in his aunt’s arms and Mathias is in his grandmother’s. Ordinarily the twins would face long odds of surviving, but this doesn’t have to be the way this story ends. The Passion Center is working with the surviving family who is willing to raise the twins, and some formula has been donated. The staff in Malawi is urgently asking for donations to feed, clothe and care for Martin & Mathias. Please consider giving on our Donate page, praying and also sharing this story with others.
Though their story is not uncommon in Malawi, we are praying and working to see hope live and take root in their young hearts. George Makumba and the late Calista Tambula are the parents of Martin and Mathias. Calista was diagnosed HIV positive some years back and was on antiretroviral drugs. George and Calista lived together but were never married. Calista stopped taking the drugs for fear of being dumped by George, neither did she disclose her serostatus to George. When Calista became pregnant she never went to an antenatal clinic until her delivery. George does not work and depends on piece jobs to survive and by the time of Calista’s death, they were no longer living together.
During Calista’s labor she experienced hemorrhaging but was discharged anyway. She went home with her two boys but continued to suffer until returning for a checkup on the 17th of February. She was given some drugs but unfortunately she did not survive and died on the 18th of February. Before her death, she wasn’t able to nurse the twins and an aunt had to ask other villagers for ordinary milk. After the funeral well-wishers donated one tin of milk and it was finished within a few days. The grandfather then bought another tin which was also finished quickly. Nearly two weeks after their birth they share one feeding bottle, have never experienced the warmth of clothes and are wrapped in Chitenjes and shawls. The surviving aunts and grandmother are subsistence farmers and have no money for formula, clothes or other baby necessities.
Having no place else to turn, the surviving family turned to the Passion Center and the Community Health Network for help. As the Passion Center responds to this situation we’re asking all our friends to join us in praying that God would write yet another story of His grace and hope rescuing and redeeming the lives of these two little ones.
What was until recently unimaginable is now a reality!
Twelve-year-old Eunice and 14-year-old James, have both now moved into their new homes. Eunice is the sole provider and caregiver for her younger brother and blind grandmother, as is James for his four younger siblings. Both “families” lived in deplorable houses, and without any parents couldn’t see their living conditions changing. But now they do; thanks to the donations made to the “Build Them a Home” project. You have made the unimaginable happen and helped declare that “with God anything is possible”.
At the same time we were celebrating this news, we learned that seven houses were damaged by heavy rains and wind. The rainy season usually lasts until April, so the Passion Center staff is trying to respond to this urgent need. Like Eunice and James, these “families” are also headed by the oldest sibling. Please pray for these children as they have no other place to go, the staff as they respond and for gifts to make the repairs needed. We would appreciate any donation if you’re able to give and would like to help.
Upcoming Summer Missions Trips
We want to thank you again for your prayers and gifts that help communicate the tangible love and grace of our God and Savior. Before closing, we want to inform those who would like to actually go this summer to the Passion Center in Malawi that there are two main trips planned…
June 23 – July 7
There are also three and five week slots open, but since space is limited on all the trips, please contact me immediately if you’re interested or have questions.
This is a sweet day! It has been amazing seeing God’s hand on Maxwell—and Maxwell responding to God’s call in Jesus! What a privilege it is to see how God is now using the rescued to rescue! The restored to restore!
Thank you to everyone of you who spoke God’s grace into his life and modeled Christ’s love to him. May God continue to bless the ministry of the Passion Center. Read more…
As we celebrate the Hope and promise that comes with Christmas and a New Year, I want to thank you for praying, giving and caring for the children, staff and ministry of the Passion Center for Children this past year. Through your support we have seen hope take root in the hearts of hundreds of orphaned children as well as dozens of rural villages. Though there are real challenges and obstacles, the work is worth it when we see vulnerable orphans start to feel safe and protected; when smiles find their way to faces that have mostly known grief and disappointment; and when impoverished communities respond to efforts that bring health, education and Christ-centered Biblical training.
We’d like to share three areas where your gift makes a direct difference.
In Malawi, only about 2.3% of the poor even attend Secondary School, much less graduate; orphans fall into this group. However, 90% of the Passion Center kids (all AIDS orphans) attend Secondary, not all are able to overcome long gaps of education to graduate, but all have the opportunity to go. This year, of the 7 who finished four years of Secondary school, 5 passed their exit/graduation exams! Those who graduated will go on to the University or a technical college—this is remarkable in a country where only 0.1% go on for higher education. It’s also exciting to report that 3 of the 5 who passed are our first girls to finish Secondary School—may they be an example to the younger girls to work hard and trust God.
Passion Center Sports Network
The Passion Center Sports Network continues to grow and impact thousands of people and dozens of villages. Young men and women are deciding to follow Christ, Bible study groups are forming and this sports ministry provides us a unique opportunity to speak against destructive practices that impact so many young people. It’s humbling and exciting to see our role in advancing Christ’s kingdom of grace and hope growing.
At its core, the Passion Center is about seeing God rescue, redeem and restore “the least of these.” Hundreds of orphans now have a future and a hope. Daily they’re seeing and hearing God’s grace and love in real ways. The latest example of this are the 10 newest kids who are now part of the Passion Center family—8 girls and 2 boys now have a place to call home. Of the 10, several are from an Islamic background, they now have the opportunity to learn, hear and respond to Jesus—who came into the world to rescue and save even orphans like themselves. What a joy and privilege to represent God’s concern and hope to them.
These are just three of the ways in which your gift can directly help the overall ministry of the Passion Center. In closing, we ask you again to please consider giving a Christmas gift to the Passion Center. May God bless you and may the joy of His rescue and redemption continue to spread until He returns!
“You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.”