Please pray for Mzati Banda. Scharlie taught him the two previous years and he is a fantastic kid. He lives about 5-7 minute walk from the ABC Mission campus in the same "neighborhood" as we do here. (This is also indicative of the mood of the country as we are in the "hunger times" and moving towards the elections in May.) As the email closes with, give thanks to God that he is still alive! It could easily have been otherwise. Also pray for a full recovery.
Not sure if you've heard by now, but Mzati Banda in 9th grade was attacked by robbers this evening as he was walking home from school. Two guys assaulted him with pangas and dealt him some pretty serious blows. He has two large gashes on his head, two on his shoulder, and one on his elbow: all requiring stitches. Thankfully he was just near his house and was able to get inside for help soon after. He lost a lot of blood, and was taken to The Clinic, a private clinic near Lilongwe Hotel. He got stitched up and will be receiving IV fluids, pain meds, and antibiotics through the night there. In the morning he'll go to KCH for x-rays on his skull and shoulder (the two deepest wounds). I was there with Todd, Steve and Marion, Caleb and Sam and Mzati's grandmother. Limbi and his grandfather were arriving as we left at about. While we were there he was talkative and joking a bit. He looked drowsy and a bit glazed, but actually was doing pretty well.
Please be in prayer for him and his brothers and his family. He was starting to really feel the pain when we were leaving, and large cuts mean susceptibility to infection. Pray that his wounds don't involve any fractures or permanent injuries.
Also, praise God that it was not more serious. He could have easily been killed by these guys wielding pangas, or been knocked unconscious and bled out on the road.
I'm sure we'll get an update some timemorning, but please be in prayer for him. Thanks