"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2cor4
The last two days have been thrilling, exhausting, heart breaking and miraculous. There are too many things to write and too few hours to sleep.
The greatest miracle to us:
The "people" pictured and not people - they are God's angels who walk among us. Not only do they care for, feed, organize and serve the 100+ volunteers, translators, drivers, cooks and staff, these angels also have stayed all night this week sleeping on bare concrete in order that 70 additional unexpected (!!) orphans can spend the night and come to camp all week. Last night Mama Margaret and these ladies bathed all 70 orphans, washed all of their filthy clothes, made a beef stew for them and put them down on the floor with brand new blankets. They rejoice to lay down their entire lives to truly love each orphan and pray over them and care for them.
The executive director of Every Orphan's Hope, Gary Schneider, graciously invited the board of directors and their wives to treat the Zambia Staff out to a beautiful dinner tonight to celebrate how God has blessed all this work for the helpless here in Lusaka. What a blessing to spend time with real living angels.
As head of staff in Zambia for Every Orphans Hope, Mama Margaret (pictured far left above) is an outstanding leader. She embodies grace under pressure. A wise Zambian pastor explained last week that meekness is "power that is restrained". This is Margaret. She is an absolute godsend to the orphans of Zambia as she boldly and humbly leads her team of staff, widows and the orphans who care for them at an entirely superhuman pace.
The last two days have tested us all. As we gain trust with our children we have come face to face with the most heart breaking suffering we have ever been exposed to. In one-on-one sharing time today Will's boys and girls all pleaded with him to tell them how they can have eternal life, forgiveness of sins and Peace from their terrible nightmares. Will and I, and our co-teachers (Claire and Benjamin), are taking time each day to meet with each orphan individually to take notes for the EOH staff on what home is like and how we can serve them. We are also offering to pray with each child.
One of the next posts will be about each of Will & Holly's orphans individually. We hope to raise awareness so that maybe otters ask "How can I help?" There are so many ways to make a huge difference! We will be listing some ideas in the coming days... Please keep praying.