August 19th 2009
Promise Mchenga, a graduate of ABC, has been working with ProjectTEACH in Malawi. Next month, he will start a fellowship with UrbanPromise International.
While it's sad to see our fellows leave after one year at UrbanPromise, it is exciting to see them begin their new ministries and to invite a new group to the U.S. for a year of training. This year, 7 individuals have been invited to serve with UrbanPromise. Five graduates (four men and one woman) are from the African Bible College in Malawi, one man is from the Ugandan Christian University, and one Kenyan woman joins us after teaching at Bates College in Maine.
Shoni is our fellow from Kenya. She interned with UrbanPromise this summer and will continue with a UPI fellowship this fall. Charity is joining us from Uganda and is due to arrive on September 7th after visiting a friend in Minnesota.
Our five new fellows from Malawi are on hold, however, due to new visa regulations. Requests for visas are in process and we hope for their acceptance ASAP! At this point, they will arrive late, but we hope that they are here shortly after other interns arrive at UP. In the meantime, they are helping our leaders in Malawi in their programs. This is a great opportunity for our new fellows to learn about the work and begin to develop a vision for this work. It is also a great asset to our leaders who have extra hands on deck for a couple of months!
Please pray that our group will arrive safely and that all of our Malawian fellows will be approved for visas soon & help us welcome them when they arrive!