To My Dear Dad

06/12/14

For Father's Day this year, we asked several of the children in our sponsorship program to tell us who they looked to as a father. Mphatso of Malawi lost his parents when he was four years old. But because of your care and support, he has a new family. An amazing couple who serve on staff at COTN treat him and his brothers and sisters at the Children's Home as their own. Mphatso wrote this letter to honor Donald Chirambo, his dad at Chitipi Farm Children's Home

 
To my dear dad,
My father figure is Dad Chirambo. He truly is my amazing father and has brought much difference in my life.
 
Donald Chirambo and his wife Mary are house parents at one of our homes
Donald Chirambo and his wife Mary are house parents at one of our Children's Homes in Malawi, and have acted as father and mother to Mphatso. 
 
One thing that really has made him my father figure is his kind of care that shows no preference. He has every day made me forget I am orphaned as he treats me as one of his biological children. He is a hardworking dad who inspires all of us to work hard too. He has always been there when I am in need of something. He is always there not to condemn me of my conduct but to always guide me and help me understand the person I am and always encourage me.
 
Mphatso came to live in our Children's Homes when he was five years old
Mphatso came to live in our Children's Homes when he was five years old, after his parents died and his grandmother was unable to care for him. 
 
Dad is such a great man who has made a difference in my life. He has raised me up from when I was five years old up to now that I am finishing high school. He has helped me receive Christ and taught me to have a conduct that is moral.
 
Today, fourteen years after Mphatso first came into COTN's homes
   Today, fourteen years after Mphatso first came into COTN's homes, he is preparing to graduate from high school. 
 
He makes me feel how great I am, and gives me kind advice whenever I am wrong. He teaches me to work hard always and that I should grow into a strong man.
 
Through all times we have been together, I have learnt to respect him. Even the time I caused trouble to him he never gave up on me. He never stopped saying he was happy for the kind of person I am. He was willing to suffer for me whenever I had a problem and aimed at making me happy always. Thank you, Dad. 
 
By your son, Mphatso Phiri
 
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