We have been busy over here in Zambia! This past week we went to several different ministries all over the city. We loved the chance we had to see how these organizations impact the people in this city!
This past Tuesday we went to Cure Hospital, a worldwide organization that provides first world healthcare to third world countries. They gave us a tour and then we spent the rest of the morning coloring pictures with kids who were currently inpatients. That afternoon we went to Mother Teresa’s, a local orphanage here in Lusaka. We played with some precious little kids who showed us what it looks like to love selflessly. This visit impacted all of us a ton and our hearts broke for the kids who are in desperate need of homes here.
Wednesday, we headed back to Grace and Destiny schools to finish up sponsorship letters and say our goodbyes to the kids. A few of us had the opportunity to visit the families of some of the kids in the sponsorship program. They were so genuine and thankful for what Arise is doing for their kids, but most importantly, how the Lord is using Arise to change hearts.
Friday morning, we attended our last staff meeting here in Lusaka. It was bittersweet, as we had to say our goodbyes to a lot of the Arise staff. They have taught us so much about what it looks like to love well and serve with our whole hearts. They have shown us how to be generous with our time and patient with people, no matter the situation. The impact they have made on us will not be soon forgotten and we are returning to the States with full hearts.
Lastly, Friday night we gave the house mom’s at the Arise Home a break and spent the night at the home with the kids. We played games, cooked dinner, help them finish their sponsorship letters, popped popcorn, and watched their favorite movie, Spiderman. We loved getting to hang out with them and see their day-to-day lives.
It is crazy to think that we are leaving here in only a few short days. We are so thankful for our time here so far and know that the Lord still has much to teach us with our time left.