From My Heart

From My Heart

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Zambia Mission Trip Day 9- Monze, Zambia

June 27, 2013

Daily Scripture (exactly as it was sent): Until God opens the next door...praise him in the hallway!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ... Give THANKS in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.

This morning we went to Pastor Kapapa's house to do some plumbing work. The guys got his family a toilet plumbed inside their house! :)

We then went back to Simukale Village to feed and play with the kids. I would've taken every kid out there a pb&j sandwich but I was told it just wasn't possible! We did take extra and give to the cooks though. They said they were nice (so they liked them)! They love trying American food. Grace took some candy (sweets is what they call it) to give to the kids- she got mobbed and Miss Gaylene had to save her. Pastor Kapapa's kids came with us today. I think Grace liked having them there because they speak English and Tonga. One girl, named Veronica, followed Grace every where, she is 13 and speaks good English also. We were told she needs a sponsor and Grace said she would like for us to sponsor her. A sponsor helps pay for the child's meal each day, their school fees and medical expenses. I was drawn to a 4 year old boy named Jhalem. His smile out shined the sun! He is an ornery little guy- perhaps that's why I was so taken by him! He is also needing a sponsor. Every one loved to have their picture taken and then see it on our cameras. When I pull out my picture album that I brought of our friends and family they all pile on top of one another just to get a glimpse. As little as each one has they still have an unspeakable joy! It truly is amazing!! When you give them something they take it, they do not say I don't like that color or flavor. They always want more of every thing but are also happy to share- no matter how big or small the amount. It is very dry here, very dusty and dirty. Many do not have homes so they build fires to keep them warm at night. There is also a very heavy smoke smell at all times. It really does make me realize how blessed we are. Again today my eyes filled with tears as we hugged and said good-bye. Grace's friend Veronica, asked if we will be back next year. I pray by the grace of God we are able to return. I cannot wait to bring Justice and Hartly, as I looked into the precious eyes of these kids I longed for JC and Hartly to be here with us, learning and loving- some day soon!! A day and a half was just not enough time but for whatever reason it is what God wanted and for that reason I am okay. Grace also told me that she wants to come back again next summer! My heart already aches knowing we will not see them tomorrow.

Until our next trip I will praise Him in the hallway!!

Plumbing

Grace and Veronica

Jhalem and Me

Grace showing her pictures from home.

If you would like more information on becoming a sponsor for a child please visit www.luyando.org.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Zambia Mission Trip Day 8- Monze, Zambia

June 26, 2013

Daily Scripture text (exactly as it was sent): But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Amen!!!! Isaiah 40:31 NLT Have a blessed day!

When we got to Monze we checked into our motel-Southern Comfort- not like any motel I've ever seen- had one room huts with grass roofs- yes they were quite cute! (The British say quite a lot so I think I might have picked up on it!-Giggle :)-) OK...Then we headed straight to the village of Simikale. We visited a school there and worked with Luyando Kids Club. They cook a meal and feed some of the kids. Before the bus even stopped the kids were crowding the bus! They are fascinated by Americans!! We immediately started helping wash dishes and pump water. We were able to play games with the kids and love on them. Every single one is so precious!! We met kids as young as 4 years up to 13 years, and a few little babies. There were ladies there that cook the meal every day. Today they had nshima, cabbage and sausage. We were able to eat with them. Talking to Kelsey (founder of Luyando KC) I found out this meal is the kids only meal, for most, of the day. Not all of the kids eat because Luyando is christian based and their parents are a different religion- called Seventh Day Adventist- so their children are not allowed to eat the food because it is made by Christians, even if there is no food at home. I felt like I was hit with a ton of bricks! Number 1- This was quite possibly their ONLY MEAL and number 2- Some kids had to watch the other kids eat and do without the ONLY MEAL they would have a chance to eat that day because of their religion!! As hungry as I was and as good as the food tasted, I could not bring myself to eat my bowl of food. Every bite I would take tears would stream down my face. I had already had one meal today and I had a bag full of snacks in my room and here I sit with a bowl full of food that one of those babies could be eating. I told Gaylene I wanted to give my food to the kids; she told me I could set my bowl on the ground next to them and after I walked away they would take it and eat it or even take it home so the rest of their family could eat. So that's what I did.

I think of the many times I have prayed- God, break my heart for what breaks Yours. Today is the day He answered my prayer! My heart is broken in more ways than I could ever put down on this paper!

I am so proud of Grace also. She has walked through every hardship, same as the adults and teenagers and has yet to whine or cry. She has eaten everything put in front of her (well tasted it at least!), enjoyed every obstacle and loved on those kids like Jesus would have. The kids love her and she has loved them back wholeheartedly!

We have only been here half a day and I already do not want to leave. Tears ran down my cheeks as I got back on the bus. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week holds in store for us. God is good!!



 



Zambia Mission Trip Days 6 & 7- Traveling

June 24-25, 2013

Daily Scripture (June 24) (typed exactly as it was sent): HAPPY MONDAY :)! The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17 Have a blessed day!

Daily Scripture (June 25) (typed exactly as it was sent): Sometimes bad things in life open your eyes to the good things you weren't paying attention to before. GOD is good.... Have a wonderful Tuesday! Love you

We arrived at the airport early today- did not want to miss our flight (giggle)! When we went to get our tickets we found out the airline canceled our flight! NOT JOKING!!! At this point we were saying OK GOD?! There was another flight leaving an hour after when ours was supposed to leave and they just happen to have enough seats for the 12 of us! YEA GOD!! We flew eleven hours to Johannesburg, ran through customs and the airport there so we would not miss our next flight since we left late! Then another 2 1/2 hours to Lusaka, then we stayed the night there. The next morning we rode a bus to Monze. Yes I was heavily sedated for nearly two straight days and remember very little, BUT I did not get sick! Praise God!! :)

Welcome to Zambia!