Many of you know the story of Chikondi, Lefani and Herebat from watching East of Mvera. These boys were 3 of the first children we received into full time care and were the first to live in Timothy's Home. The boys won our hearts with their antics and love. However, it is often difficult for children who have been on their own to enter into a disciplined home. Chikondi struggled with stealing and often involved his brother, Masiku, in his acts of thievery. Even after Chikondi left Timothy's Home, he would entice Masiku to steal clothing from the other children, cell phones from the staff or money, if he could. After repeated discipline and counseling, Masiku was asked to leave Timothy's Home and return to his home village for a period of time. During this time his village chief was asked to follow up with him and counsel him on his behavior. He lived with his mother, who has abandoned the boys on numerous occasions in the past. At the end of the discipline period, Masiku refused to return to Timothy's Home. Many of us have grieved deeply his absence and have desperately wanted to do something to help him, but we've trusted our Malawian partners to lead with wisdom and we've prayed fervently for him for the two years he has been gone.
Over Christmas, Masiku's mother was violently killed by the man she was living with leaving Masiku and a younger brother, named Etifala (age 5) without anyone to care for them. The boys are severely malnourished and sick. Pastor Phiri sent for Masiku to come to the Grace Center to see if we could assist in some way. Over the course of the past 3 weeks, Pastor Phiri has been in conversation with the boys extended family and the village chiefs. As a result of these discussions, the decision has been made to move Elifati and Masiku into Timothy's Home.
Please join me in praying for these areas:
1. The health of Masiku and his younger brother, Etifala. Both boys are in pretty rough shape from inadequate, poor food. Pastor Phiri reports that over the past two weeks, there has been a slight improvement, but there is still a lot of healing that needs to happen.
2. The negative ties between Masiku and Chikondi. He has been used in the past to steal and if we are to bring him back into Timothy's Home, we need this behavior to stop.
3. Wisdom for Pastor Phiri and the Orphan Committee as they help the boys deal with the loss of their mother.
4. Herebat (the younger brother who has been in Timothy's Home for 8 years and doesn't remember any other home.) Please pray for his heart and that he will not be pulled into the negative circumstances his brothers have been in. Pray he will remain innocent.