The word "mutendi" means "believer" or "one who follows the word of God" in the Shona language, spoken in Zimbabwe.
Founded by Dr. Sheryl Walters Malcolm, Mutendi strives to not only encourage those facing challenging situations, but to share that a life, focused on God is essential in overcoming these challenges. Sheryl was a consultant, researcher and professor specializing in international business and aviation management, and was recently diagnosed with a rare neurological condition.
She first realized that something was amiss when, while on a trip to Montreal, she couldn't reach the overhead bin to put away her luggage. This prompted several trips to various specialists and after three years, a neurologist finally made a diagnosis, nemaline myopathy. More specifically, Sporadic Late Onset Nemaline Myopathy (SLONM), since it occurred as an adult.
This rare condition affects the proximal, respiratory, neck and facial muscles. As a result, Sheryl is unable to walk, lift her arms, rise from a seated position and has difficulty breathing. She had to resign from her position as a professor. Since she requires 24-hour care her husband is unable to work, as he takes care of her and their two daughters.
With no income, a daughter in college and the other in high school, battling a condition for which the doctors had no clear answers or direction, Sheryl had to rely on her faith to get through this incredibly challenging situation. She started this blog to not only document her experience, but with the hope that it will be a source of inspiration and encouragement for those experiencing challenging situations.
Our vision statement is “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13. We believe that all things are possible through God. Additionally we encourage the individuals who follow this blog to live by this principle.