Meet Chikumbutso Jeremiah • Update from the Ottos

Hello to all of our King of Kings family, we bring greetings from Malawi!

We have secured a 5-year lease on a property in Ndirande just near our house. This is the area we have felt called to since we arrived in Malawi and are so thankful to be working with Christian community leaders in order to be making an impact. In partnership with Cornerstone School in Omaha, we will be opening Cornerstone Preschool Malawi in September. We are so excited to see the plans God has for the children, parents, teachers, and other staff that will be impacted by the work done at Cornerstone Preschool Malawi.

As a family, we are still waiting for the next step in our daughter Prisca’s adoption and are praying that God will bring it to completion so that we can make our plans to come visit the US. We are planning to come this summer as a family so please continue to pray we will find a place to stay for our time there. Blessings to you all and as always we appreciate all of your continued prayers and support! Click here for a full update on what we’ve been up to.

Every month we want to highlight one of the students we work with and give you an opportunity to pray into their life. This month we’d like to introduce you to Chikumbutso Jeremiah. Check out this letter he recently wrote to us:

My name is Chikumbutso Jeremiah and I am 19 years old. I was born in a family of six children. I have three sisters and two brothers. I am the fifth born in the family. I lost both of my parents when I was very young, my father before I was born and my mother dies of Kidney failure when I was in primary school. I remember very well when she was admitted to the hospital and the doctor said that my mom had to undergo kidney surgery. The doctor that said she needed an operation told my older sister that he was busy with other things and because doctors were few there was nothing we could do. My mom then died due to lack of doctors available to perform the surgery.

When I wrote my examination in primary school I was selected to Mountain View Secondary school. Even though I had no one to pay my school fees, I packed my things and went. When I arrived, I was told by the Head Teacher that they only give sponsorship to girls and not to boys. So he sent me back to the village to find money for school fees. So I went back to my village of Mankhamba and by God’s grace I met missionaries with YWAM who helped me with school fees. They paid for both Form 1 and 2 but then due to other circumstances they were unable to continue to pay school fees. It was then that I went to Jacaranda and again by God’s grace I was accepted. I started at Jacaranda in Form three in 2016 and graduated in 2017 when I wrote my MSCE exams and got good marks.  I will be studying clinical medicine at Central Christian University for three years, with hopes of then going to the College of Medicine to become a Medical Doctor and Surgeon. I don’t want anyone to have to see their relative die like I did because there is a lack of doctors to perform surgeries or a lack of money.

We are very thankful that Chikumbutso and the other students you will meet are currently being sponsored to attend University.  There are, however, many more students from the Jacaranda School for Orphans who are waiting for their chance to further their education.  If you feel like you could sponsor one of these children, feel free to email us at theottosinafrica@gmail.com.

This opportunity is life-changing for these first-generation college students. When they graduate University and begin to earn an income for themselves, most students will use a portion of that income to help their younger siblings and family in the village where life is very hard. By investing in the education of one child, it is impacting generations to come after them.

These are the things that Chikumbutso asks you to be praying for:

  1. That God would give him wisdom as he starts his journey to become a surgeon.
  2. For guidance and strength to achieve the goals he has in his life.

Please continue to pray for this student as he is at the beginning of his University journey. Pray that he would remain focused and dedicated to achieving the goals that God has set forth in his heart.

With Love,

Trevor, Kasey, Victoria, Corbin, Penelope, Elliott, Jeremiah, Prisca, and Gabriel

Check back next month as we introduce you to another student supported by the Otto's ministry.

About the Author

Kasey & Trevor Otto

In December of 2013, Trevor and Kasey Otto moved from Omaha to Malawi, Africa. Since then, they have focused on working to improve education for students in Malawi. If you’d like to learn more about the Otto family and their mission, you can visit their website or contact them at theottosinafrica@gmail.com.

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