Monday, December 4, 2017

Farewell Holly Moir

A few years ago Holly Moir joined our team to take over and expand Bible Clubs. It was a huge blessing to me (Tricia) as we had added Mark and Manny to our family and I could not run Bible Clubs anymore. And, it was a HUGE blessing to all the kids in our community. Holly put so much love and energy into preparing wonderful and thoughtful lessons for the kids, and she invested an enormous amount of time into our first group of Champs and our newer group of Champs. Holly persevered through the ups and downs of adapting to a new culture and formed a lot of deep relationships with people around our community and in the city. She has been a key part of a lot of camps, outreaches and trainings and we are going to miss her so much! I know that there are a lot of churches that are providing better children's programs because of Holly's efforts and care.

Due primarily to funding challenges, Holly is returning to the U.S. Her home base is in Bellingham, Washington. She is flying out on the 13th. Please join us in thanking God for her great work here in Lusaka and in praying for smooth travels and transition for her. God bless you, Holly!

At staff meeting at our place we had a nice lunch together and had an extended prayer time for Holly. Of course there were some tears... but also some smiles.

Closing night for Bible Club. It was crazy with around 240 kids and a LOT of ice cream. Some of the kids sang a special song for Holly. And we passed out a lot of Bibles to the 11-13 year olds graduating.

This group of ladies at Holly's farewell tea makes me look freakishly tall. Apparently Holly likes short ladies best! We had a lovely time chatting and eating pastries together. From the Left:  Ndekazi, Judy, Easter, Jenn, Tricia, Yvette, Holly

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Early Christmas with our container arrival!!!

After a long, thoughtful struggle with bringing over a container, our container for Ciyanjano Reading Room finally arrived on Friday! What a relief and a blessing!

Before I go on to describe this upcoming project, I just have to testify to the power of Jesus! I am so thankful that I know and love and worship the God who loves me and listens to my prayers. It is so amazing that God takes notice of the likes of us, and even works on our behalf in this world. I am just absolutely blissful that our container is finally here, but above all else I am constantly astonished and overwhelmed at the goodness of our God through Jesus his son. Amen!

We will be converting the 40ft. container, donated by SimpleBox in Washington, into a small study and reading space. Local students, teachers and pastors will be invited to use the well-stocked library for studying, preparing lessons, or writing sermons and lectures. My goal for 2018 is to hire and train two attendants for the library so that we will be frequently open, and even able to give tutoring help. We also intend to have a weekly story hour for the kindergarten-age children around Ciyanjano.

This is a fun and practical way to encourage reading in our community. We will also have math tutoring and perhaps can add other subjects as well. If you are interested in giving to this project, please email us at We are looking for one-time gifts for adding a patio and picnic tables at the side of the container. And, we are praying for a few monthly sponsors to cover the cost of the attendants' salaries. Please consider giving to this valuable community project!

In addition to all the supplies necessary for setting up the reading room, the container was filled up with shed kits and bicycles for Camp Ciyanjano and for Breath of Heaven Children's Village. Our staff had an early Christmas when they received their "bonuses" of donated bicycles and helmets. It was such a blast, and a moment we have been looking forward to for a long time!

SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who helped with this container project while we were in the States last year. God bless each one of you!!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Our October Life in Photos

While everyone back in the States is drinking pumpkin spice lattes, going to homecoming games in sweaters and kicking the falling leaves, we're sweating it out during the hottest month of the year. It's a dry heat and it cools down a little at night but getting through 98 degree days without without air conditioning. It's too hot in the afternoon to do very much but take a couple of cold showers and work in front of a fan. It's pretty hot for sleeping too. 

Ethel is so good when the kids bring their extra siblings
Things are a little sweaty...

Right now our life is pretty hectic. Tricia works like crazy to keep nine kids organized with breakfasts, lunches, lots of laundry and the afternoons are pretty wild. By the time we pick the kids up from school, do homework, nine baths, dinner, bed-time reading and devotionals the days go by pretty fast. Pray for us. Pray for our kids as they live as missionaries in their own home. And pray for our foster kids the they would know Jesus and that God would give us the patience, grace, love, and perseverance to continue this amazing opportunity.  (continued below)

All the kids in their uniforms - I only took a dozen photos and somehow this is the best one...

The girls are a little easier to photograph!
L to R, Joy, Hellen, Janet, Prudence, Ethel
Seriously, can I get everyone smiling at once? Is that too much to ask?
L to R, Mark, Benson, Emmanuel, Lucas
SOOOOO much laundry!
The kids invent games like marble war. Prudence and Joy are best of friends... when they're not fighting.
Prudence and Joy are best of friends... when they're not fighting.
Janet at the school tour of Kalimba Farms

We are hoping to raise money for two important things for our safety and sanity. One is a vehicle with more than 8 seatbelts. Our backroad drives to school are manageable for for a family of 11 in our Prado (which used to feel so huge!) but it's dangerous for the kids and for keeping our vehicle in good shape. Secondly, for our sanity we're hoping to add on a bathroom and bedroom as we feel like this situation is possible permanent. Eleven people and 2 toilets is a pretty rough time, especially if there is a bug gong through the house. We've had some close calls running to the Ripley Center! Pray that God would provide what we need to support the large family! He is doing a pretty amazing thing with all these kids!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gender-Based Violence in Zambia

You may not realize that spousal abuse (and gender-based violence) is one of the biggest problems communities deal with here in Lusaka and all around Zambia. Whether in the city's compounds or out in villages, people are very often drinking and very often abusing their family members or neighbors.

We try to be a voice of reason and love in our community, but certainly our patience runs very thin with this issue. We try to be respectful of cultural differences, but this is an accepted part of this culture that is sinful and hateful.

On Sunday Kelly was supposed to be preaching at our teammate's church. The family was dressed and ready to go when a woman arrived at our gate covered in blood. It is quite a complicated situation and we always find that if you dig into family and community dynamics both sides of every story are always pretty messed up. Everyone is busy sinning against everyone else. However, that never gives anyone the right to start throwing punches, branches, or bricks.

What Kelly found at the hospital where he took the woman to have stitches and get a medical report done so she could file a complaint was even more discouraging... disturbing... terrifying. The emergency room was packed with people with a broad range of serious injuries, and all of them the result of violence over the weekend. Another woman was there because she had been beaten by her husband, and she died there as Kelly and Nelvin (one of our Ciyanjano staff) waited with our neighbor to be seen. There were a doctor and nurse only, serving this hellish waiting room. Oh, and there was one person working at mopping blood all around the floor.

This experience was a good reminder of why the CROSS project is so important in this community. Andy and Jen Ott, John Chitambo, and Eta Imusiku visit churches teaching about a Christlike approach to HIV/AIDS and they now also teach on Gender-Based Violence. The curriculum is very well done and SO necessary. Please pray for our CROSS staff as they seek to build up the Zambian church in this, and pray for our whole team as we shine our lights for Jesus in this violent culture.
UCZ Leadership and the CROSS team with Nelson and Linda Reed 
Graduate from CROSS receiving his certificate and Bible

Graduation for CROSS at Chilnje UCZ

Monday, September 4, 2017

Another Day in the Life

People are always asking what our life looks like here on the outskirts of Lusaka, and every day is quite different. Here is a look at Sunday!

After a windy night of branches and owls scraping the roof and barking dogs around the Kasupe neighborhood, we were up at 6am to the sounds of slamming bathroom doors and whistles in the campground. Kelly and I both tried to start the day with Bible reading and prayer time, while dealing with interruptions from the kids.

6:30am we heard a knock at our gate. A young lady brought her 3-year old sister to see us for some first aid. The little girl's foot was burned in the fire so Tricia cleaned it really well and wrapped it in bandages. It's not that we have special training... just things that others around here don't have:  soap, clean water and towels, bandages, antibiotic ointment, etc...

7am gave the kids breakfast while we hear another knock with a man who needs medicine for a chronic eye problem. Also, he's looking for piece work (just like everyone else around here...)

Tried to get ready for church while at the same time getting our five kids ready for church. For some reason kids require about 24 reminders to do the same things they do every day. You can imagine I prayed for patience quite a few times...

I (Tricia) had made a too-quick promise for us to visit a church where one of the kids' former teachers is a leader, so we were making good on that promise.

We spent 3 hours at the church service where we were warmly received, but unfortunately strongly disagree with the doctrine and methods. We pray we can encourage the leaders in the church to consider more training and turn away from "health and wealth gospel, prophecy and calling down fire on witches" to the truth about our wonderful suffering savior, Jesus Christ.

Totally exhausted and hungry we made it home for a quick lunch and some quiet time before heading over to the Sakala house to visit their new twin girls! (I stayed home to prepare a massive dinner.) Very exciting to have these new babies at Ciyanjano.

At 16hours we were joined by the 4 kids from the Kakoshi family that will be staying with us Sunday to Friday during this school term. Our kids along with Janet, Ben, Prudence, and Hellen bathed and packed up supplies and snacks for their first day at a new school:  Breath of Heaven Academy. Mark and Manny will be homeschooling this term, while the other 7 will attend BOHA.

Dinner and clean-up is quite a process around our house, but it is getting smoother all the time as the kids get better at helping out. We all sat around our two tables and enjoyed green beans, potatoes, and Hungarian sausages (along with a lot of bizarre conversation). Then reading time and teeth brushing, prayer, and bedtime where we sing to all the kids... I know they are quite big, but it is a tradition for us to sing to them before bed so we still do it!

I (Tricia) am such an early bird and I love to sleep so much that by 20hours I was in bed and asleep while Kelly stayed up and watched a show on the computer. Then, as he does every night at 22hours, Kelly got Mark out of bed to take medicine and then got Manny out of bed to use the toilet... and then he called it a day. Only to be woken up by Manny wanting to crawl in bed with us at 03:45 because he was feeling sick - it could be the 2-pence coin he swallowed the night before. He was in bed with Kelly while I dozed on the couch and Manny took the opportunity to wet our bed. And then the day really started! To say we could use your prayer is an understatement...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mr. Director Installed

We have had a busy term break so far in August, especially enjoying hosting guests, Dave & Kim Breuninger from Koinonia, and now Nelson & Linda Reed from ACTION USA. It's been really encouraging seeing friends as we say goodbye to Derek & Kristin Dearth this week and also celebrate Kelly's installation as Director. Please continue to pray for our ACTION Zambia team as we bump along this transition.

Here are a few pictures from Kelly's installation at our house on Saturday.

Here are pix of Dave & Kim with our Champs alumni along with our new Champs for this year. They had a fun lunch together and encouraged the Champs in camping ministry. Stay posted for a few more pix from this month...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7 Years in Zambia!

Yesterday we celebrated 7 years in Zambia. We thank God for sustaining us as a family and in ministry! He has brought us quite far over these years. I just had to post a few highlights....

Adding Ethel and Joy to our family was quite an adventure. They are definitely the sugar and spice in the Huckaby tribe. We have enjoyed a lot of "firsts" with them, but a special highlight was when they became American citizens and we knew we were finally, totally, completely official on both sides of the ocean. It's also been a highlight to see the way Lucas has grown up over the years alongside his Zambian sisters and brothers.
This is a picture of when they were getting tired of us taking pictures...

Oh boy! Here come the boys! Adding Mark and Manny to our family was a highlight. Oh brothers...
I think Manny's face in this picture is just priceless... That's his silly intimidating face.

Bible Clubs has definitely been a huge highlight. We really love serving kids from around the city with different events and camps; but, serving the kids in our own community has been really special.
Wednesday Bible Club was a fairly small affair a few years ago. Now we are serving almost 100 kids on Wednesday night alone.

Starting up the Champs discipleship group for youth has also been a highlight. We love working with Zambian pastors and their wives, and church leaders of all sorts, but we have especially enjoyed working with youths and encouraging them in their faith and in their service to kids.
This is a picture of some team-building activities with our first group of Champs. We are now on the first term with our second group of Champs, while 6 of our first group now serve as ministry leaders at Ciyanjano weekly.
We are so proud of them! And excited to see how God will lead the new Champs as well.

It would be impossible to list all of the highlights over these years. Here are just a few things, though, that stood out to me as I thought about our 7-year anniversary. I hope you will join us in thanking the Lord for all his faithfulness to us, and in asking Him to give us another great 7 years ahead!