“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” —Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
Moira Chimombo was set apart by God to come alongside Dick and Charlotte Day in Malawi and later to lead SAFE (Sub-Saharan Africa Family Enrichment) as both the Education Director since 2003 and the Executive Director since 2008. She will be retiring at the end of this month and she will leave an amazing legacy!
Moira recently shared, “Looking back on my life, I can see how God prepared me in so many ways for different aspects of my work with SAFE.”
Moira was teaching at Chancellor College when Dick and Charlotte came to Malawi in 1990, thinking they would be only be there for a one-year sabbatical. But that was 28 years ago!
Moira remembers that time, “The AIDS epidemic began very quietly in 1985, with just 2-3 cases, but first one English doctor, then another, who were attending the same church, started to share what was happening. By the time Dick and Charlotte came to Malawi in September 1990 I had counted so many colleagues, relatives, friends, and former students who had died of AIDS, (although no one ever stated openly that it was AIDS) I gave up counting when I reached 500 in the early 1990s.”
Moira continued, “When I first met Dick Day at Chancellor College, I had been searching for a Biblical worldview for a way of preventing HIV infection through a proper understanding of love. Dick came just at the right time like Mordecai telling Esther: ‘Who knows whether you have not come to this kingdom for such a time as this?’”
Inspired by Dick Day and Josh McDowell’s book Why Wait?, Moira wrote the Why Wait? curriculum for the secondary schools and later helped develop the curriculum for the primary schools. Thousands of teachers have received Why Wait? training and they, in turn, are impacting the lives of many thousands of students.
Under Moira’s leadership, many other aspects of SAFE’s work have grown — Gogo Grandmothers and orphan care, Community Based Childcare Centers, SAFE Haven, SAFE Life youth Clubs, The Jesus Film ministry and many others.
Moira’s legacy is all around her in the form of students who are now leaders in Malawi — healthy families who waited and have remained faithful to each other… thousands of orphans and vulnerable children who have been fed and educated in our CBCCs and gone on to be successful in school… grandmothers (gogos) given hope… children, youth and whole communities growing in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The letters of SAFE define Moira’s leadership and commitment.
Thank you, Moira!