Janey a missionary from Scotland and Evans a children’s worker and teacher from Zambia are the founders of Mwana Ministries. It was in 2008 whilst ministering in an orphanage together that the vision was birthed in their hearts. The Lord revealed to them that ministering to children could be even more fruitful if they could put it on the TV. Janey at that point lived in Zimbabwe and in 2009, God opened doors for her to work with Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation to produce content for a 10 series children’s programme. This was popular but was limited by the constrains of the broadcasting station.
In 2010 Janey returned to Zambia and together with Evans they naively decided to make their own programme. Lack of training or proper equipment was not going to stop Janey and Evans fulfilling the dream that God had placed in their hearts. Using the puppets, scripts, songs and dances that had become popular in the children’s crusades, the first few programmes developed. They were advised by the broadcasting stations that 13 episodes were required for broadcast. Working tirelessly they continued and managed to produce thirteen episodes of 25minutes each and they called the programme Tommy Time.
On returned to Scotland in November 2010, Janey shared about the work and vision with her supporting churches, pastors and elders. Janey was advised that to continue the work effectively their was need to register as a charity to ensure the appropriate spiritual accountability and practical and financial support was in place to allow the vision the come into fruition.
With the assistance of six trustees, Mwana Ministries was founded and registered as a Scottish charity in May 2011. In the first two years the charity raised over £40,000. This money allowed Evans and Janey to attend a 6months training at the School of Video Production run by YWAM in Cape Town. The purchase of essential media equipment and a car has given the Charity a good foundation for progressing in all three aspects of the Ministry. The work is based in Lusaka, Zambia where they rent an offices/studio and have been working on the production of Tommy Time Two, the second series!
Janey and Evans married in March 2013 and together they lay down their lives for reaching the children with the good news of Jesus Christ.