The 10 member Presbyterian Youth of Victoria (PYV) team arrived safely in Blantyre on 24th June 2017. After almost 28 hours since departing Melbourne they emerged out of Chileka airport weary and wide eyed. They were greeted excitedly by the Manners family, members of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) - Blantyre Synod, Education Secretary Moses Kasitomu, the Orbus Headmaster Wills Mbewe, Nansengwe CCAP minister Rev. Lyton Kilowe and an Ndirande CCAP traditional choir who performed three songs.
25th June 2017: There is a new prayer house (church plant) in Blantyre! The "CCAP Orbus Prayer House" has started up in one of the Orbus classrooms. It started in October and has seen steady growth. The congregation has lots of children, some Orbus teachers, police families and others from the area. After the Manners and the whole PYV team attended the 7 am Nansengwe CCAP service on 25th June 2017, we split up into two groups, with some going to the Chitemba CCAP 9am service and some to the service at Orbus.
26th June 2017. Public holiday for Eid, so although no school we managed to achieve a few things. After meeting with Synod leadership in Blantyre, the PYV team headed out to Orbus for a site tour, strategy meeting with the Head teacher Wills and a Malawi v Australia soccer match, which Malawi won by 12 to 5! (Some of the photos below are a sample of Abby Assender's skill with a camera).
27th June 2017: We were greatly blessed by joining in at the daily Chapel at the Synod's offices and then out to Orbus for the Team's first full day at Orbus. The team put in a powerhouse effort going from one class to the next spending around 35 minutes with each of the 8 classes conducting a Bible talk and fun activities.
28th June 2017
29th June 2017