I am not sure this will get to you but am hopeful. The Internet has been down since about 30 minutes after my last update, so if you haven't heard from your loved one please know it wasn't due to lack of effort. Praying this is repaired tomorrow, even though it's a holiday here.
Yesterday (Saturday) was truly magical and blessed beyond our hopes as we united to travel out to Village of Hope in Chongwe to have a "Field Day" with all of the EOH orphans (82) and mamas (11).
To witness the changed lives firsthand was life-changing for many of us. These kids are just awesome. So much growth and fruit in the past year. So much spiritual growth and healthiness. So many walking miracles.
Recently a female orphan of about 12 years arrived at in Chongwe and was renamed "Precious". Her life was so horrific prior to her rescue a few months ago that the EOH mamas actually changed her name when she arrived. Without going into details, her trauma was so acute that she lost the ability to communicate, in addition to other things. In just a short time Precious has bonded with the mamas and other orphans and is now beginning to say a few words, smiling and starting the healing process. Everyone who meets this girl instantly loves her. Though she doesn't say much, her heart is visible in plain sight and she is so sweet.
Yesterday, at the end of the day, after playing group outdoor games, having a picnic, singing songs and flying kites, a couple of us saw Precious actually skipping home as the sun was setting thru the gate (reading "Village of Hope") and in her joy dancing and pointing her index fingers in the air, not knowing anyone was watching. God is working mighty miracles here!
Saturday night we started training for Camp Hope. Camp hope is an outreach to orphans each summer seeks to share the love of Jesus Christ through small groups of approximately 12-15 orphans lead by one missionary and one translator. Our focus for the week will be on teaching interactively on Truth, Faith, Hope and Love, with two lessons on each.
We will also have 1 on 1 time with each orphan in our small group throughout the week. During this time we will seek to take inventory of their sufferings, faith journey, questions and pray together. We will also be taking them each through the gospel during these meetings and inviting them to trust Christ with their sins and receive eternal life through his finished work on the cross.
Camp hope begins tomorrow. Our days M-F will be spent sitting in the dirt with orphans and taking them through the bible, singing songs, playing games, memorizing scripture, praying and comforting. As its 1:07am on Monday here as I type, the team will wake for Day 1 in just 1 hour.
1. For energy and rest for our team of missionaries, interns, translators, Zambian Staff, cooks and drivers.
2. For rest and energy for the over 150 orphans (ages 6-16) expected to attend this week, many of whom will not have eaten for over 24+ hours and have walked for over 3 miles.
3. For the gospel to ring out clear through our weakness and for the enemy schemes to be destroyed.
4. For heart-to-heart connections to be made, true teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness to take place in each group and for God to take our inexperience and timidity and work might miracles as we are given all authority and power and wisdom.
We are thankful that his power is made perfect in our weakness, and grateful for your prayers!
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.