It has been a while since we have blogged and we are so sorry! We have been busy here in Lusaka and haven’t had much time to put pen to paper….or in this case, hands to keys.
Last week we worked in the two different schools that Arise partners with, helping all the children in the sponsorship program write letters back to their sponsors. We spent our days at Grace School and Destiny School chopping vegetables, serving lunch, writing letters with kids, and experiencing true Zambian transportation via the mini bus system. Picture a crowded, packed van driven by a crazy New York taxi driver. It was awesome.
We loved getting a chance to see firsthand the impact that the child sponsorship program makes in the lives of kids here in Lusaka. Witnessing kids reading letters written to them by their sponsors brought smiles to our faces as we realized how important and meaningful this program is to these communities. Not to mention, we loved the opportunity we had to get to know the kids in the schools as well as the Arise staff. They have an incredible amount of joy and hope, and the kids are so grateful for even a chance to attend school. We have all learned a lot from them and know that the Lord is doing big things in both Grace School and Destiny School.
We ended the week sorting out all the donation items that we brought over here from the States. We were able to give not only both schools clothes and other items, but we also donated to Mother Teresa’s (an orphanage here in Lusaka), Macdonald’s Farm (a family who has taken in thirty one street boys), and a reading program in Lusaka West. The Lord used these donations to answer prayers and He was very evident in the way that He met the specific needs of these ministries.
It is crazy to think that our time is drawing closer to an end here in Zambia. We ask that you all be praying for our last week here; that we would seek to serve the people we come in contact with well and that the Lord continues to work in their lives as well as our own. Be praying for open hearts and for eyes to see the needs more clearly over the course of this week. We are excited and expectant for what the Lord will do!