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, Makhuwa, 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.