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MATOLA

Children center

We're a Christian institution helping children, majority infected with HIV/AIDS

overcome health conditions, poverty and inequality. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

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We celebrate God's love and life in each of them!

For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because 

I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful,  I know that full well. Psalms  139:13-14

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Our MISSION

We are committed to expressing a living and tangible response to those commandments that Jesus called greatest: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It is our conviction that the Spirit of God has asked us to make this love concrete in the world, incarnate in our thoughts, our bodies, our lives and our every action. Iris Global exists to participate in bringing the Kingdom of God to earth in all its aspects, but most especially through our particular calling to serve the very poor: the destitute, the lost, the broken and the forgotten.

Our values

We are a Christian organization
here to follow Jesus' example- showing unconditional love to the hurt, poor and oppressed believing no child is lost - no situation is hopeless because our hope is in Jesus! 

 
our commitment

To honor your generosity and use your supported donation in the most effective way possible.

our goal

Career Training for Boys and Girls at Iris Matola Rio Vocational Center where young adults will be taught job skills and business training to empower their future. 

about us

JUNE NEWSLETTER from corri ockhuysen

We have good news and we have sad news….. let’s start with the sad news. In the first half of 2020, we lost three precious children: Lieza, Ivo, and Mario. Although we know that they are in a far better place now, we miss them a lot. We thought that we were preparing Mario for a future with his own restaurant. I miss Ivo who came every morning to take his shower in my house and have his eggs prepared exactly the way he liked. I miss Lieza’s smile, she suffered for more than a year of encephalitis. It came to the point that she was totally paralyzed. She went to heaven on the first of January. Ivo was doing very well, at least that’s what we thought. He didn’t have epileptic attacks anymore and went to school for the first time. He was so proud and happy, but he got skinnier and weaker as time passed. His body was probably tired of fighting Aids (his immune system had never improved). He died in the hospital at the end of April. Not even a week later, Mario passed away. I was with him in the hospital his last week and saw him getting weaker and weaker. We will never know why his kidneys failed to work and why even hemodialysis didn’t have the result that we expected. Ivo, Mario, and Lieza are in heaven where Aids or any other sickness has a place. 

Lieza

Ivo

Mario

good news

 When I close my eyes, I almost think that it is all a dream. Our teenagers are so on fire for the Lord! Every day they have prayer time and Bible study. Every week they visit the poor and evangelize. Even now, on Friday night I hear them singing. The most amazing thing for me is that my son in-law, Fausio (the same Fausio who gave me sleepless nights before) and his friend Carlos are the pioneers in all of this. Fausio was baptized a week ago with Angelo (a boy who I know from the time that he was two weeks old) and, Zacarias (see photo). Zacarias is one of the four new children we received in the last few weeks. Dinho is another one. He is approximately 10 years old. He got lost here in Maputo, but he is from Inhambane, another province, and comes from a family of witchcraft. He still needs deliverance. We hope that he can stay with us, but there is a chance that Social Welfare Services will take him back to his family. Vina, about the same age as Dinho was also found lost in Maputo. She probably knows where her family lives but likes here with us way too much 😊. David, another addition to our family is 10 years old. David comes from a very poor family, he has Aids and you can learn more about him here.

We've started building a new church in Chinonanquila. The other one was totally wiped away by storms. We also started computer classes again and a vegetable garden. We still want classrooms for vocational training and nutritional courses. People are dreaming about a “Mario Alberto Nutritional Center” in honor of Mario, "our chef”. Let’s pray that Richard comes back to assist the center and be in charge of all of this.  
We also want to work on “my future house”. We will start with a wall around the property and repairing the roof next week. We want to build rooms/apartments for our boys and girls, 18 years and over, who are not ready yet to live on their own. 

prayer request

Please pray for Richard and his plans for the future. Pray that the spiritual fire for the Lord in the center will stay and get even stronger. Pray for those who have left the center and don’t have jobs yet, especially Betinho, who is in prison. Pray for Pai Macamo, he works so hard for others. May they learn from him😊! Pray for the new children in our center, especially Dinho. Pray also for our van that's old and tired... even Lazarus was resurrected only once.

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Zoe - 6 months

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP, PRAYERS, AND SUPPORT.

 IT MEANS EVERYTING TO US!

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A new horizon

Dedicated to our conquerors 

Nelia's story

Nelia is a smart young lady, who is 23 years old now. She is married to her husband Pedro, and together have a wonderful little boy Gabriel (Gaby) who is three years old. Nelia and her family attend the Harvest Church in another part of Matola.

Nelia came to live with us when she was about 11 years old. She studied and was focused on her school work. When she turned 18, she got a boyfriend and together they decided that it was better to start their own life together. They faced many obstacles like everybody who wants a better future. After leaving the center, Nelia lived with a family for a while and stayed faithful to Pedro.

Today they have been granted the opportunity to live in a house without having to pay rent. Pedro works as a builder and has started to build their future home. We hope that it will be ready soon. Nelia works with us at the center as a tutor and gets paid for that.

We hope and pray so much that God continues to bless them as a family, and that He may do great things for them and through them.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

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Iris Matola Rio Children Center

Qua. 2,  Casa nr. 3

Matola Rio, Mozambique

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3 WAYS YOU CAN support our mission

Child Sponsorship

Support a child of Iris Matola Rio Children Center with food, medical care, clothing and other basic necessities.

Educational Sponsorship

Support the educational resource requirements of Iris Matola Rio Children Center such as educators, administrators, equipment, supplies and more!

Building Sponsorship

Support raising the funds to construct a vocational center to equip children with skills and career trades.

MATOLA

VOCATIONAL CENTER

People within Europe who want to support us on a regular base (or a onetime donation), please support us through:
God’s Embassy Amsterdam, Ellermanstraat 30, 1114AK, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Acc.nr: (Iban) NL32 INGB 0004 9787 45 for Children’s home Mozambique, Iris Ministries.
If it is a personal gift for one of our workers, please include their name. Swift code: INGBNL2A. Donations are tax deductible.

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