Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Home Assignment Update

Greeting friends and family!
Right now we are settled into our 2-bedroom flat in the northern end of Bellingham, Washington. It's a great home base and the kids are able to go back to the school they attended 3 years ago! The kids have their first day of school today and were nervous about getting lost or not meeting new friends. We're sure they''ll do great!

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We have had the pleasure of visiting with a lot of great folks and updating people about our ministry. On Sunday we visited Communion Church in Mt. Vernon, which was awesome. Please pray that the Lord would raise funds we need for our family and special projects as well as recruit more missionaries for our team.

We also celebrated Lucas' 9th birthday with a visit to Grandma's for one last Washington swim in the lake. 

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Saturday we're all headed down to California to visit our dear friends at West Hills Community Church and then to go to our sister camp, Koinonia Conference Grounds, for family camp! This is going to be a super time of reconnecting. 

As you can see things have become busy for us and we would love your prayers for smooth transitions and calm nerves for the children especially. We also ask that you be praying about this reading room project we are working on - that the Lord would bring in the funds we need for shipping from whatever sources he has in mind. We are getting a lot of book donations, which is very exciting.

Also, we are interested in working on a fund drive with Value Village but we need a team of helpers in Bellingham and then also helpers in any other city that would want to do this along with us. Are you interested in helping with this?? If you want to be on Tricia's team for this, please let us know. It is a pretty straightforward fundraiser and the funds will go to the shipping cost of the container that we are planning on converting into a reading room.


Lastly, we've noticed that many folks would like to meet with our whole family. This is rather difficult now that the kids are in school and dinner dates will really be stressful for our children. If you are able to meet Kelly and I for a coffee or lunch date during the day to talk about our ministry and catch up, that would be so helpful!!! If you are interested in setting up a meeting during school hours please let us know right away so that we can put something on the calendar.

Feel free to contact us at (360) 685-3917 or at thehuckabyfamily@gmail.com. You can also check out Kelly on Facebook or our blog at thehuckabyfamily.blogspot.com. And if you are interested in missions or in giving, check out ACTION International at www.actioninternational.org for lots of great info.

God bless you all and happy fall!!!!

Love Kelly, Tricia, Ethel, Joy, Mark, Lucas, and Manny
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Action International Ministries/Zambia
www.actioninternational.org/huckaby

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What We Love About Kids' Camps

Yesterday was such a great reminder of what we love about kids' camps. We were given the awesome opportunity to take all five of our kids to Fir Creek in Bellingham. They get to attend each day this week. Talk about fun!!! 

As we walked up to the camp, it was bustling with excitement and full of already pumped kids. Our kids were a little nervous but they could easily see they were in for something special. Being on the opposite side of camp was a little strange - we kept feeling like any minute someone would point to us and say, "You! Yeah, you! You need to get over there and lead the craft." Or something along those lines. It was so encouraging to watch a great group of young people who love the Lord get ready to just dump love on all those kids.

When we went to pick up the kids, it was a little difficult to collect them because they wanted to go on to the next activity. Finally we got them into the van and listened to all five voices trying to tell us every cool thing about their day all at once. "Manny's leader is totally the funniest!" "I made a new friend and he taught me how to play Pokemon." "We played this game where you..."

The super neatest thing was when Ethel said, "And Mom, there are kids there at camp that are hearing about Jesus for the first time." And she went on to tell me about Bible study time and how some kids weren't Christians. They all wanted to show me the Bible they received. How wonderful is that!? We pray that the Lord will use Fir Creek in a mighty way in the lives of all these kids this week and this whole summer. And we pray that God would be using our camps and outreaches at Ciyanjano in the very same way. Praise the Lord!!!! I can't wait to hear what my kids have to say today!



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ciyanjano Reading Room Project

Hello everyone! I am so excited about this news and glad to finally share this project with you. This is a project that has been on my heart and in my mind since we first moved onsite at Ciyanjano. You may know that Kelly and I are both voracious readers - we LOVE books and we love to read. It is a value that we are passing on to our children and that we also incorporate into our ministry at Ciyanjano. So much of the information that has shaped me has come from books! I really cannot imagine being without them.

In Lusaka, most kids and adults do not have easy access (or ANY access) to books, magazines, or other reference and study materials. Many people have very limited access to the internet. The majority of the kids in our Bible Clubs and Bible Studies cannot read and have no access to books. I don't know about you, but to me that is just a terrible shame and one of the reasons I began our first Bible Club was because I wanted to expose children to good books and offer some reading help. And sure, we've been able to pass on Bibles and storybooks here and there but we can do more.

Our proposal has been accepted by ACTION Zambia to open a small resource library at Ciyanjano to serve 1) our Bible Club and Bible Study kids and teens, 2) our leaders and staff members, and 3) teachers and pastors in our immediate neighborhood of Kasupe. This will not be a lending library but a quiet place for study and preparation. I would also like to organize activities like regular story hours for children, reading tutoring, reading and math clubs, and more!

The first step of this big project has already been taken - SimpleBox is donating a 40-foot container which we can use for shipping supplies to Ciyanjano and then convert into our library building!!! Woo hoo hoo!!! Praise the Lord! And a huge THANKS to SimpleBox!


Converting the container is a convenient and affordable way to accomplish this project and will allow us to add another container space in the future if we wish. Now that we have a container we can begin the next steps in this process:
1.  We need to raise the money to ship this container to Lusaka, Zambia! Based on all the quotes I have looked at, shipping will cost around $12,000. So far we have raised at least $1,000. Please pray and consider if you may be able to help with this project.
2.  We need to fill this container with books and other supplies! There are many books and items that we need to make this reading room super useful and comfortable. If you are interested in helping with any books and supplies, please email me at thehuckabyfamily@gmail.com and I will send you our wish list for this project.
3.  Start praying! Please help us prepare for this project by seeking the Lord's help with all this!



Thanks so much for reading! Please feel free to contact us with questions or if you would like to help at thehuckabyfamily@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Home Assignment: Texas Highlights

Psalm 34
I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

The Huckaby family all at church together. We thank God for this special family time.

sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.


The children have enjoyed fun summer programs at the Leakey library with their Mimi!

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, O children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.


God has really blessed us with relaxing times at the Frio river. We are feeling renewed and peaceful.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Making pizzas at Mimi and Papa's house

Birdwatching

Fooling around on our hike at Lost Maples Park

I am sure you can tell that we have really enjoyed our time in Leakey, Texas with Kelly's folks and we are just so thankful to the Lord for this gift of rest and family time. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for us during July that the Lord would use this break for healing and refreshment. Our God is so good to us!

We will be back to Washington in a week and ready to get to work. Please keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming news and projects. Check out Kelly on Facebook for a lot more goofy pictures as well...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Our First Week on Home Assignment

We have totally and completely enjoyed our first week back in the good ole U. S. of A. The trip here was long and exhausting (of course) but the kids held up pretty well and we and our luggage all made it to Seattle safe and sound with only a few things missing.

Our friend Jordan picked us up with burgers and fries and a sweet van for us to use, and took us to my mom's house in Alger. Praise God and thank you, Leviens. Amazingly, it has not been very difficult for me to drive the van and switch to the other side of the road. The roads are INCREDIBLE and there is basically no traffic where we are.




We have really adjusted quickly and have had a restful week at my mom's place. God even blessed us with a couple of really warm days so that we could go swimming at Cain Lake! That's our kind of welcome home. Then we had some good, drizzling rain that reminded us exactly what Washington is best known for.

Last Sunday we were welcomed at Alger Community Church when we decided to stick close to my mom's house. This weekend we were SO happy to worship at Cornwall Church on Saturday night and at Oikos Church this Sunday morning. We love the family of God!!!!! The smiles and encouraging words have been great and so appreciated.

To all of our good friends in Zambia, we are already missing you! But please know that we are being very well taken care of and having some restful time that was really needed. The kids are excited to be with Grandma and they have already made many friends. They were especially shocked to see white sugar and white eggs.

Kelly had a great appointment about his knee and will make an appointment with a physical therapist. I have started my own sort of physical therapy by doing easy jogs at one of my favorite places:  Lake Padden. The quiet time alone with the Lord getting some much-needed exercise has been very therapeutic for me!


Thank you for all of your kind prayers!!! If you would like to see us and you haven't yet given us your number, please email us at thehuckabyfamily@gmail.com with details about when you are most free and a phone number where we can reach you. We are excited to connect with you!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Upcoming Home Assignment

The first part of 2016 had been full of adventure for us at Ciyanjano. We've wrapped up our Champs program and now have 10 of the original fourteen that started the group early last year on our staff and able to serve as competent cabin leaders for camps. We had a great youth camp here last month where the Champs team really strutted their stuff.

The Sakalas' house remodel is finished and they have moved into their place again. They are super stoked on their now 3-bedroom house.

Because of a number of factors we also added multiple security measures this year that have everyone on the property, including visiting church groups, feeling safer and more confident. We are praying for peace during the upcoming election, but we are happy to have much stronger security just in case.

After 2 and a 1/2 years in Zambia this term we have decided to bump our home assignment up from next year to this. The boys' adoption is complete and we received their Zambian passports today (Thank You, Jesus!!!!!!!) Another thing, Kelly has a knee injury and we thought he might require surgery. We have been praying that he would only require physical therapy and had a great visit with an orthopedic surgeon yesterday who confirmed that will likely be the case. So, we are very pleased about that and think a 6-month home assignment to get Kelly back in shape is the right choice. 

We are so excited to visit the States with our larger family. It is definitely time for the boys to meet all of our family and friends. At the same time, we are happy that we will be back in Zambia before the end of this year, refreshed and ready for ministry. Please pray with us that God will order all of our steps for this home assignment and that we will be able to accomplish all that we need to while getting some much needed rest.

Thank you! And perhaps we will see you soon.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

April Ministry Wrap-up at Ciyanjano

This April has been extremely busy at Ciyanjano, Tricia, Holly, and our fantastic team of national workers and the Champs (with a few helpers) were able to host the ACTION Pastors College Wives Conference, The APC Reunion Retreat, and 4-day, 3-night teen camp with the kids from Faith Tabernacle's feeding program. Tricia did a lot of driving and our Children's Ministry team - Holly, Juma, Hellen and the rest of the Champs did a terrific job of preparing and putting on a camp for kids. While the month quite hard and stressful, pastors' wives were taught and encouraged, pastors were trained and enjoyed renewed fellowship, and kids from vulnerable situations in one of the toughest compounds heard the Gospel preached - all to Glorify our God who gave all the grace and strength and time and energy for this busy month.

APC Wives and teammates Aunty Karen, Aunty Easter, Aunty Eta

Pastor Tracy right at home - teaching pastors!

Champs! (plus a few extras)

Kids doing a game

Fooling around for the camera

The Awesome Aunty Hellen and Uncle Juma (nevermind his Village People T-shirt)

Swinging around

Boys drummin' for fun

Girls from camp