|Southminster Presbyterian Church is partnering with St. Andrews Mission Secondary School (SAMSS) to help end the cycle of poverty for students in Mulanje, Malawi, Africa.|
Malawi provides free education for all children through the eighth grade. All high schools are private. Some of the villages pool their resources and select a student to support. Sometimes it is extended family members who pay the tuition. Education is the springboard to a better life, a better family life and a better community at large.
Education is a priceless commodity in Malawi. A full school year’s tuition is $300, which is $100 for each of three semesters, yet the average yearly earnings are less than $320 per person per year for 60% of the population in Malawi!
Some of the students walk up to 6 miles to attend SAMSS. At a walking speed of 3 miles per hour, it could take over two hours to walk to school in the morning and over two hours to walk home in the afternoon. School is that important!
In 2016, the Transformational Mission Committee provided funding to build dormitories to house 54 male and 54 female students. The dorms are some of the best built in Malawi.
In 2016, the Mission Committee provided funding to purchase five sewing machines, fabric and sewing supplies. A teacher from Kaziputa Training Tailoring School taught 12 women of the St. Andrew’s Women Guild for 6 months. The goal is to sew uniforms for the 300 students to create a stable income. Treadle sewing machines are in demand because they do not require electricity which is very expensive.
In August 2017 Brooke Merry will begin a year of service as a volunteer teacher at the St. Andrews Mission Secondary School in Mulanje, Malawi. Brooke will teach science courses at SAMSS and volunteer at the local hospitals as she is able. Brooke is writing a blog about preparing for her Malawi year and will continue the blog while in Malawi. Click here to read Brooke’s Malawi Adventure 2017 blog. Please keep Brooke in your prayers as she prepares and travels.
You can be the answer to a prayer by donating funds for:
A bicycle for a student walking long distances
Nutritious lunches at school
Sewing machines, fabric and sewing supplies
Travel expenses for Brooke Merry
|Southminster Presbyterian Church (SPC), Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and St. Andrews Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (SACCAP) in Mulanje, Malawi, have a unique story. The Senior Pastor of SPC, Rev. Dr. Dan Merry, and his family served as missionaries to Malawi in 2004-2005 and continued this relationship with SACCAP upon their return to Pittsburgh. In 2008 SPC members, including Chuck Stout and Jim Carr, visited Malawi to talk with the members of SACCAP about how best to be in partnership. It was decided that the best thing that could happen would be to build a high school to educate their children.|
As a result, St. Andrews Mission Secondary School (SAMSS) was constructed in collaboration with the two churches in 2012. SPC member Chris Stengel installed computers donated by Mt. Lebanon High School at SAMSS. In September 2012 SAMSS opened with 100 students. In 2013 SPC high school students went on a mission trip to Malawi which included spending significant time at SAMSS. Upon their return, they established a Malawi Club at Mt. Lebanon High School to further the connections. The 2013/2014 school year attendance at SAMSS reached maximum capacity with 300 students in grades 9 through 12. SPC continued its support by sponsoring teachers Mark Etzel and Steven Taylor. The partnership continues to grow and flourish in exciting ways.
Rachel Heyse and Nick Lies spent the summer of 2016 in Malawi. They met with the leaders to create a Contemporary Worship Service for the students and showed them how to use a projector and laptop for worship. They hired workers to clean up the English Missionary Cemetery. And most exciting, they helped with brick making and foundation filling of the new dormitories. They also created the St. Andrews Mission Secondary School Facebook page.
Praise be unto God!
|St. Andrews Mission Secondary School|
|Please make your check payable to Southminster Presbyterian Church and send to Southminster at 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. |
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|Click here to print a brochure that can be shared with church members and friends. Thank you for your support of the St. Andrews Mission Secondary School.|