Saturday, July 17, 2010

Our first week in Lusaka

Tricia Huckaby here to tell you about our first week in Lusaka, Zambia. First off, I want to say that things have gone remarkably well! Thank you, Lord! The weather here right now has been much like Bellingham's and has been very pleasant. We started our malaria meds and haven't had any problems, and there aren't even many skeeters this time of year. I think we are over our jet lag at this point but team Huckaby is getting hit by a cold... Lucas and Kelly are fully stuffed up and I know it's only a matter of time before I'm clogged as well. Please pray that we would be well so that we can keep up with all that we want to do as we settle in.

Tonight we leave the Hilty's house and move in with a lovely Zambian family for two weeks. Our "home-stay" is supposed to be an opportunity to learn more about Zambian culture. We are going to have to be proactive about asking questions of our host family and going out on the town for adventures. We are so thankful for this opportunity and are hoping for some real insights into our new home. One of our hosts has experience orienting people with the Peace Corps so it should be interesting and helpful.

One of my goals for the next two weeks is to find a language helper and make arrangements for weekly meetings. We also need to practice driving! Please pray for safety for us because the driving here is very offensive (and I mean that in every sense of the word).

After our "home-stay" we will be moving into our two-bedroom apartment on August 2nd for the remainder of our orientation period in Lusaka. Over these next months we will also be raising money for the refurbishment of the two-room building at Ciyanjano which will be made into our home. The apartment will be more than suitable for us as we work to get our home ready on the farm. Please pray for financial gifts specifically for our home at Ciyanjano Christian Enrichment Centre.

Overall I think we are having a fun time getting to know Lusaka and our teammates better. The Zambians we meet have all been so warm and welcoming. Yesterday I put in an order for some furniture to be made for our apartment and I was so pleased with myself for bargaining in true Zambian style... well maybe not quite :) I also had my first trip to the grocery store for some groceries. Zambian money, Kwacha, is becoming more familiar and I'm getting a feel for what our spending will be like. Gas for the car is outrageous!!! Diapers are highway robbery!!! But locally grown produce and even prepared food from restaurants are comparable to Bellingham and quite affordable. Furniture from carpenters is a great deal but all electronics are very expensive and not the best quality. Making decisions about how to outfit our apartment as well as finding a vehicle has been a big part of this week.

Honestly, I'm liking Lusaka more than I imagined I would and I truly do feel God's hand guiding things along and giving us strength. The most challenging thing about this week has been trying to be patient and firm with Lucas who has been quite a little nightmare at times. Tantrums are most definitely my new least favorite thing! I don't know why any of that should come as a surprise to me but I didn't expect plain old parenting to be the thing that is really kicking our muzungu butts this week!

Thank you to all of you for your prayers!!! We appreciate your faithfulness and care. We'll be sure to send out another update after our home-stay. God bless you and keep you,
Tricia for the Huckaby family

Sunday, July 11, 2010

First day in Lusaka

At two in the morning we sat in bed and ate peanut butter-banana sandwiches and watched some magic school bus. We kept telling Lucas it was time to go back to bed because it was the middle of the night, but he kept saying “But I'm not tired?! I'm really not tired!” We finally fell back asleep after a couple of hours and slept late. We sat around the breakfast table with the Hilty's eating toast and cereal, drinking coffee and tea. Ian is only two, maybe six months younger and he love to sip hot tea with his breakfast already – a true Zambian. It's great to see the Hilty's and reconnect with them. The kids are so cute and I have been so glad to see Ireen and Ian after being here last year. Lucas and them spend most of the afternoon and evening rolling around in the yard, tackling each other and wrestling. They also love to ride “motorcycles.” Meeting the rest of the team was great and felt so connected with them already, after a year of reading their blogs and praying for their families and ministries. It was great to hang out with Steve and talk about Oikos and Bellingham. Today we drove out to Ciynajano to walk around the grounds and see the development happening out there. It's amazing!! I am so excited for the possibilities out there and for the potential of that ministry. It was even better than I remembered it. Tim let Tricia drive the 7K dirt road out to the farm to help her feel better about driving on the left side. She did a pretty good drive on that wreck of a road but on on the way back to town, Tim drove it in half the time. We're running on empty now in the early evening and Luke is especially cranky, tired, and a little too rough with the kids. The sun is setting and the crickets are chirping and doves are cooing. Sitting on the Hilty's front porch, the city – dirty with dust, soot, smoke, and garbage, crowded with people and so much hurt and need and suffering, seems a million miles away. It's almost unbelievable; it could be a September evening in quiet Californian town. And the Hilty's new place is definitely a refuge for their family. I love it. Time to go though and so some parenting. Goodnight. 11 July 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Zambia, here we come! Today!

Well the day has finally come. Today at 6:00 we'll be boarding a British Air flight to London, and after a 7-hour layover we'll be off to Lusaka, arriving at 6:30am local time. We'll be having brunch with the team later that morning. It's hard to really explain how we feel right now. People keep wishing us a "great trip." But we're not really going on a trip. WE'RE MOVING!! TO AFRICA! So obviously we're feeling a huge mix of emotions. But we've had a wonderful last month in Bellingham, spending time with so many people we love and doing some of our favorite Bellingham things. Made me want to start a website - Bellinghambucketlist.com for locals and tourists. And now our time here has come to an end. Please pray for us today for safe flights, sleeping toddlers, lenient customs officials, and all forms of traveling mercies. We love you and we'll see you on the other side.

Faithfulness

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.

By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.

By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

*I'm sure Kelly will have something to post about our last hours here in Bellingham before we leave for Lusaka, Zambia. But for my part, I wanted to share this passage that I was reading through this morning. This is an amazing passage about God's faithfulness and also the faithfulness of his witnesses throughout the ages. Our God is an awesome God and we trust in his promises for us and for all those who love and follow the Lord. Please pray along with us that we will boast in nothing but Christ crucified for our sake, that we will always glorify Jesus with all that we say and do, and that we would be found as faithful managers of all that God has given us.