Spring 2017 Update from Jeff Davis at Marketplace Ministries Worldwide
I just returned from a visit with Johnwayne and Tarryn Kennedy in Nampula, Mozambique. It’s easy to see their passion for sharing the love of Jesus with children in the poor community where they live and work. Now in their 6th year of providing eggs as a nutritional supplement to primary school kids, they have grown their ministry to around 1000 eggs a day over multiple schools in the village of Rapale. Their commitment to advocate for disadvantaged kids takes a great deal of work and coordination given that their ministry is bi-vocational and they both work full time jobs.
In addition to their dedication to children’s health and nutrition, Johnwayne and Tarryn are venturing out to launch an innovative program for early childhood education. Calling it a Kids Club, they will serve children age 4-5 who speak only the local language, Micoa, and teach them to speak and understand Portuguese.
Since the national school system in Mozambique is standardized around Portuguese, a significant number of children can be left behind in their learning at school because they don’t understand the teacher’s instructions. This can create a lifelong disadvantage for these kids as they become marginalized for future opportunities.
With instruction in Portuguese, the children will learn from the Bible, sing songs, and do arts and crafts that illustrate the message of the Gospel. There will also be a nutritious meal provided, including egg protein. The benefits for these kids is truly holistic, transforming body, mind, and spirit. Johnwayne and Tarryn are impacting a generation with their incarnational ministry. Who knows what kind of leaders will emerge from these Kids Clubs to someday impact their nation at the highest levels and for the cause of Christ.
One Egg Mozambique Growth Plans
One Egg is off to a strong start in our new chapter in Mozambique, where we have a strategic connection and a shared passion for meeting the nutritional and spiritual needs of children. One Egg Mozambique is currently providing 250 students at Namitatari Primary School an egg, three times a week, with plans to ramp up quickly.
In Mozambique, we have partnered with Tarryn-Lee Kennedy and John-Wayne Kennedy, who were both born and raised in Zimbabwe, and have lived and worked in northern Mozambique for nearly four years. A qualified teacher, Tarryn-Lee teaches grades 4 and 5 at Rapale International School in Mozambique and is currently in her third year in her law degree. John-Wayne is a qualified youth and young adults’ worker with over 10 years of ministry experience, and currently works for Eggs for Africa, one of two egg producers in northern Mozambique, with responsibility for overseeing administration and operations of the company.
Better nutrition for rural children in Mozambique is a pressing and well-documented need. Research compiled in 2008 shows that 48% of children living in rural Mozambique experience severe malnutrition, and 39% of children do not have access to safe drinking water within 30 minutes of their homes or schools. Despite nearly two years of peace, political stability and economic growth, Mozambique remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
One Egg Mozambique has set an agenda to drive growth of the chapter, providing “more eggs to more kids.” Specifically the plan calls for:
- Providing an egg a day to the 365 students at Namitatari Primary School as soon as possible
- By the end of 2015, providing an egg a day to 1,000 students living within a 10km radius of Namitatari Primary School.
- By 2020, reaching 8,000 children in both Mozambique and Malawi.
In addition, in Mozambique plans are for:
- Establishing a vacation bible school to run during school holidays to maintain continuity with the students and to further their spiritual development by introducing them to Jesus
- Strengthening the local church, using the vacation bible school to train local leaders who can become effective children’s church teachers, while also acting as a connection between the students and local churches
- Enhancing children’s educational experiences by helping finish and furnishing school building, providing lap desks, drilling boreholes for safe clean drinking water and sanitary facilities (ablution blocks) by 2015
- Helping establish nursery schools within the churches, to further the distribution of eggs to preschool students at a critical stage of cognitive and physical development
At One Egg, our priority in establishing chapters is to find the right partners, who share our vision and the ability to deliver the promise of providing more eggs to more children. As Tarryn-Lee and John-Wayne share some of their story, it’s clear what a good fit this is for One Egg in Mozambique.
As John-Wayne writes:
In 2013, Eggs For Africa co-sponsored several events in Nampula, Mozambique to spread awareness of the value of protein and how eggs are a cheap and effective source of animal protein. One of the events was held at a local rural school—Namitatari Primary School, where children received eggs and t-shirts and played games. The following day I could not get these children off my mind or out of my heart. I drove back to the school and walked among the children. I felt God say to me, will you love these children for me? I could not help but say yes. I called Tarryn-Lee who also felt God’s call us to serve these children.
We did not know what God wanted us to do at first. We supplied books to the children, we supported the teachers and encouraged them in their work, and we played sports with the children as we kept praying for guidance of what we could do to help these children and let them know about the love of God. We shared with friends and asked them to pray with us too.
While doing some business in Maputo I met a couple, David and Pamela Burch from Memphis, who told me about a man from their church who had started a chicken farm in Rwanda with the desire to see malnourished children have access to protein. As they shared that story, it was clear what we were to do in Mozambique: help more children have access to protein. From then we have been dropping of eggs to an average of 250 children 3 days a week.
As we pursue our goals, we are actively and prayerfully seeking to establish partnerships with individuals or organizations within and abroad for both intellectual and financial support.
We are convinced that we can see the footprint of Africa, changed one child at a time.
“Train a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” — Proverbs 22-6