From prison to the workshop
As a pastor planting a church in downtown Blantyre, Asante Masanche could not see past the need of the youth living on the streets. He invited them to join his church service. It was at this time that he met Innocent. At the time Innocent was deep in drugs and drinking. While attending church, he kept his distance, but in time he drew closer and a friendship developed between him and Pastor Asante.
Having been in and out of prison several times for small crimes, Innocent was released early 2020 when the government let out small offenders from the prison in attempt to protect its inmates from Covid-19. Innocent returned to Brother's Keeper and lived with them.
In an effort to continue the growth blossoming within the participants of Brother's Keeper, Innocent was connected with a Mechanic across town. From the time Asante met him, Innocent shared his desire to one day become a mechanic. With the help of financial support from a Swiss-Malawian couple, Innocent is now in a year long apprenticeship, fulfilling a life long dream.
A simple act of obedience to love others, to welcome them into our homes and lives has transformed Innocent's life. He no longer begs on the street, he no longer feels hopeless. He is filled with the hope of Christ, and can dream for his future. In a years time he will be able to provide for himself through the labor of his hands.
It took the support of a pastor and $200 to get Innocent off the streets and into an apprenticeship. Would you like to see more youth working towards their dreams to be able to provide for their families with a hard earned income? Consider partnering with Brother's Keeper Initiative as we work to share the gospel, restore self worth and dignity to the youth at risk living on the streets of Blantyre and eventually getting them apprenticeships to build their job skills.
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