Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(Home)SICK


So the Huckabys have been sick. Lucas had a cold that developed into an earache. After a full run of an antibiotic he was back in action… for about three days. After Lucas got sick, Tricia and I both had a run-in with what seemed like the flu. Fast forward a week and we’re reliving the whole thing. Lucas started with stomach cramps that kept him up all night, followed by a fever, followed by cold symptoms followed by diarrhea and some barfing. Meanwhile Tricia was also sick with nausea, dizziness and exhaustion and now I’m feeling it too. Luckily we’ve ruled out most of the nasty stuff, but a dose of deworming meds is in order. All this to say, we’ve been sick off and on for about 4 weeks and it’s taking its toll on us emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

It’s not that I miss the cold and wet, but being sick just makes you wish you were home. For us that would be curled up on the couch of our parent’s house watching movies and being waited on hand and foot by people who love us. We missed a Thanksgiving party here as well (due to illness) and our internet was inaccessible for about 4 days. Needless to say, we’ve been feeling very disconnected and lonely. It’s these times when a quiet voice tell you, “It’s ok, you can give up and just go home. This is too hard.” But we’ve got work to do and we’re praying for those quiet voices to be overwhelmed by all the good we’re seeing done here – with schools, churches, pastors, and children at risk. So pray for health for the Huckabys – being sick is really getting us down.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Expecting


We're still waiting to hear from social welfare about our home assessment. Please pray that we can have it done soon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ciyanjano House Project


Please consider giving towards our house project out at Ciyanjano! We are at 20% of our needed budget to rebuild and repair staff and director housing at our camp. This week we hired an architect to draw the plans for the house we'll be living in. The plan is to build little by little (pang'ono pang'ono) as the money comes in! Click here to give a gift to the project.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Girls Part2

People have been asking a lot of questions about our upcoming adoption. So here's a bunch of answers.

Why adoption? We have been adopted into God's family! We didn't know or love Him until he reached out to us and called us to His family. So adoption is the picture of the Gospel. We've also known that we've wanted to adopt for a very long time because the world has so many orphans who need homes and families and besides, why would we want to pass on my genes?

How did we find Ethel and Mutale? We'd been visiting orphanages just to love on some kids, playing games or holding the little ones (if you like holding and snuggling toddlers, visiting an orphanage is a great way to show love to kids!). We let social welfare know that we were interested in adoption and they encouraged us to move forward. They gave us a list of adoptable children in the orphanages we'd been visiting. Tricia and I both felt that God had been calling us to adopt siblings because they have a harder time being adopted and staying together. In our minds we wanted an older girl, 5-9 and a boy 2-4. But social welfare only had two sisters, 3 and 5. So we started praying and fasting. As soon as we realized who the girls were - we jumped. Mutale (3) already loved me and will jump into my arms when we visit the house. Ethel (5) had been playing with Lucas and laughing and fooling around with him. We felt God saying this was it. And we wanted to seek His will in something this big and not just do what WE wanted.

How did we know? Well, I'm still working on that one. But I had a strange moment with Ethel after praying and fasting before our first real visit with her. I had this very strong buzzing feeling - I guess, like de je vu, like I was already looking back at this moment from the future as a moment that changed my life forever. It was WIERD, and awesome. It's hard to explain but Tricia and I just feel assured it's the right thing for us to do... just like we felt about moving to Africa!

When do you get to bring them home? Please pray! So we found out that they were adoptable about three weeks ago. We met with Social Welfare and turned in our initial paperwork a week ago. I think we'll have our homestudy done on Tuesday of this week. And then... Only God knows. It could be weeks or months before the girls are released to our custody... but probably more like the beginning of the year. We have plans to go to Botswana for a day in Dec and the girls would not be able to leave the country with us. So we are praying for the first weekend of Jan. AND we want to take them for day trips and to bring them home for a couple days for Christmas to get them used to us more before January comes.

So that's the scoop, we'll keep you up-to-date. Please pray. And when things are official we will send out a picture of the family.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Girls

After years of prayer about adoption and of course more recent prayer and fasting regarding the decision....

Today Kelly and Tricia Huckaby went down to Social Welfare and officially applied to adopt Mutale, estimated age 3, and her sister Ethel, estimated age 5. What?! I know!

Because their birthdays are unknown, for the sake of the paperwork, we were given permission to just give them the birthdays we wanted for them. For whatever reason this detail of our meeting at social welfare was what really hit us. We are well on our way to being parents of three. We are already lovingly referring to them as "the girls." Well, Lucas officially joined this family with a birthday and today we felt like "the girls" did too.

All we can say is: please PRAY!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ambassadors

In 2 Corinthians we read:

...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

This passage is amazing. Kelly and I are "missionaries" in Africa so of course we have to remember each day that we are ambassadors for Christ. I am reading a book right now called Instruments in the Redeemers Hands and the author, Paul Tripp, expands on this passage and what it means to be an ambassador: it's a 24/7 calling. But what I love about this passage in 2 Corinthians is that St. Paul is not talking about the call of missionaries to be ambassadors, he is talking about the call for every believer. God is making his appeal to the world through each one of us: Be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. I was challenged by this today and I hope you are too. Let us truly be ambassadors for Christ, faithfully proclaiming a message of reconciliation.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A friend in need... (Part 1)

Hmmm. Where to start? How can I possibly explain the amount of need we see here in Lusaka... Let's start with this from James 2:15-17:
"15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
or how about this from Matthew 5:39-42:
39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."

How are we called to respond? Scripture seems pretty clear. I'm still putting this all together in my mind but here's what we see:
We can't go anywhere without being inundated with requests for food, money, rides, work, help, etc. We are approached daily by random strangers looking for work or help. It's not just because we are mzungus (white foreigners), Zambians with (and even without) resources have similar experiences. While we live very modestly by American standards (and by wealthy Zambian standards too - people are shocked to find out that Tricia does her own laundry and cooking), we are still living far and above the average Zambian standard. We are constantly reminded of this as we visit people in the compounds (slums).
People ask us for things because they can clearly see that we have resources! For instance, we needed a roof-rack for our truck so we can take visitors and short term teams and their luggage to and from the airport, and so we can haul stuff to Ciyanjano. While it was being installed I sat and practiced my Nyanja with the guard. I learned that he and his wife and their infant daughter lived off of his wages alone. The roof-rack I was installing was almost a year's salary. So how are we called to respond?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Faces of Zambia

astridah (our househelper)
abusa martin phiri
kids in n'gombe compound

ciyanjano worker
christopher