Thursday, January 26, 2012
U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
January 25, 2012
Lion on the Loose in Livingstone
The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens resident in or visiting
Livingstone to exercise caution following Zambia Wildlife Authority
(ZAWA) reports that a lion is on the loose in the area. According to
ZAWA, the lion has not been spotted, but its footprints were found in
the Songwe area. Lions are habitually present in Livingstone's Thorn
Tree, Dambwa Forest and Chief Mukuni's Big Five Sanctuary.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
In reflecting on the goodness of God we have so much to be thankful for this year. It's crazy.
At the risk of sounding like Kanye at the Grammys, I'd like to give a shout out to the Lord first and foremost. He is good and has sustained us for a year in ministry and life in central Africa. Not just sustained but we see bounty, provision, presence, and love that is overflowing for the likes of proud, foolish and boastful sinners such as ourselves. Overall we've had good health and have been strong enough to do some good work (and even start a garden).
I'd like to also take the time to thank some people in no particular order and know that if you are not specifically mentioned we still love you, are thankful for you and you're in good company.
- to our faithful supporters who have been with us in giving and prayer throughout the year. We can't do anything here without you. We love you.
-to our home church, Oikos. Thank you for not forgetting us and for loving us and supporting us and caring and praying for us. We love you deeply and desire greatly to see you here in the field with us. We love you.
-to our families. We know it was tough when we packed up and moved to Africa with your only grandson. You have been so supportive and helpful in a thousand ways and thank you thank you for welcoming our girls into the family. We love you.
-to our team. You guys are awesome and our endurance in this race is only possible with your constant companionship, fellowship, encouragement, and helps. We love you.
-to our girls. It's been one year this week since we brought you out of your orphanages. Our life would not be complete without you. We're so excited to see you growing in so many ways. We love you.
-to our little man, Lucas. You are such a champ! Thanks for being so flexible. We love you.
-to Megan Bloemker for your faithful help in getting through the bureaucratic nightmare of adoption in Zambia. May your legs always be strong enough to jump through the hoops! We love you.
-to our friends in Zambia. Thanks for your understanding and emotional support in our adoption, and life and ministry here. It's hard to imagine Lusaka without some you. We love you.
-to our Ciyanjano staff and their families. What can we say? Life at the farm would be unbelievably difficult without your knowledge and help in language, culture, etc. Thank you for your friendship and trust. We love you.
-to our teacher, Violet. Wow. It is an amazing blessing to have someone that you can trust with your kids. Thank you for your special care of our children and your friendship to us. We love you.
-to our friends, Dave and Kim Breuninger from Koinonia camp. You rule. We love you.
Again, there are many, many more and rest assured, WE LOVE YOU!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This last week we had the opportunity to hold one last Christmas party. Sure it was a little late, but really we want celebrate Christmas all year. We had the boys over from Kakabalika for a game of pick up football, a huge dinner, a time for gifts and a movie. Kakabalika is a house and school for boys that are off the street. It's home to 30-40 boys and is a great ministry operated by the church we attend here in Zambia. The boys are aged 11-20(ish) and are such an awesome group. We had a huge dinner of beans and franks with nshima and salads. Tricia made an absolute TON of food and the boys polished it off without much trouble. We are also able to give each boy a pair of tropicals (flip flops), an exercise book for school, and most importantly, we had the funds to give each boy their own bible. I'm so thankful the work that the church, staff and missionaries have put into building up those boys!! And thank you to all of our supporters who made these Christmas parties possible. We can't wait for our Christmas in July parties!!