Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ciyanjano Christmas Outreach!

Ciyanjano Christmas Outreach!

This year the AZ team was super excited to throw Ciyanjano's first Christmas Party outreach! Christmas parties are a wonderful ministry of ACTION International; kids get to hear about Jesus and have a lot of fun at the same time. It is also a great opportunity for us to work with ACTION pastors who are trying to build up their children's ministries.

We invited two groups of kids plus parents and church leaders (from Makeni area and from Kanyama compound) to Ciyanjano for a full day of fun. The first group arrived a little after 8am, had a snack and played on our newly expanded playground and a rented jumping castle. Then we marched them into our classroom spaces and put them to work decorating their own T-shirts with puffy paint and magic markers. The T-shirts have "GOD LOVES ME" printed on the fronts to remind kids about the first Christmas - they were so excited to decorate their own shirts!!!

Then ACTION Pastors' College graduate, Patson Sakala, and Ciyanjano's foreman, Jailos Sakala led the kids in song and prayer. Pastor Sakala gave a message about Christmas taught from John 3:16. Kids were able to hear about God's amazing love for them and how he sent the first Christmas gift ever- his own son! After the message kids ate hotdogs and played some more.We now have a lot of ideas for next year's Christmas outreaches: first a Christmas in July party and then more in December. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these outreaches!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mutale's First (fourth) Birthday

Last week we celebrated Mutale's fourth B-day! It was a pretty mellow day. She opened presents from Grandma and Grandpa, Mimi and Papa and her uncle Casey and Auntie Michelle. She loved all her loot! In the afternoon her friends from Ciyanjano came over and took some swings at the piƱata that Tricia made. The kids had a great time trying to hit it while blindfolded. The Zambians thought we were crazy once again. (So wait, you fill it with candy and then break it open with a stick to get the candy out?)

The next morning we left the house bright and early for the second part of her b-day surprise. We took the kids to the airport. We told them that we needed to pick up a "package." It was actually Tricia's mom. She's here for a month-long visit and we didn't tell the kids 'cause we didn't want them to act insane for the weeks before she came. The day she came in we took her to Sugarbush which is an organic farm and leather shop and cafe. It's pretty much the closest thing to Bellingham in all of Zambia. Then we took Mutale to get her ears pierced. She's been soooo excited to get them pierced for her 4th b-day present. But after the first ear was done she was so mad and didn't want to get the other one pierced. Finally she let the guy finish and with much tears we piled back in the car. But later that day she spent a nice long chunk of time admiring herself in the mirror. Overall, some very fun times.