Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday Joy!

We're having a two day celebration of Joy this weekend. She's finally turned 5 (going on 13)! Tricia and I were working with our short term team here at Ciyanjano to host a hospice seminar and so we were a bit busy. But in the morning Joy got to open her presents including a new bike from her grandma and grandpa! They got to eat sugary cereal (bubblegum cherrios), I helped her ride her bike out on the road and then we played Hungry Hungry Hippos (from Mimi and Papa) and then I went to work. For dinner she requested fish and cake - so that's what we had! Today we're going to Kalimba farm to see the crocs and swim and she got to invite a friend. I think she's had a really great b-day!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tychicus Team Teaches Hospice Care at Ciyanjano

Late on Monday night we picked up the Tychicus team from KK International and got them settled in at Ciyanjano. After a day of prep and orientation they got to work with ACTION Zambia's CROSS team. We invited a number of churches that have participated in the CROSS Project curriculum (Click here to find out more about CROSS) to come and get additional caregiver training for those churches that work with people with HIV in their communities. Check out the pictures to see what they were teaching about.
John teaches about sanitation

Kristin teaches on wound care

our dark hut for glowing germ handwashing

Mary demonstrates good handwashing techniques

Tim and Derek teach about repositioning a bed-bound person

Carissa teaches about glove use and blood-borne pathogens

trying on the gloves

at the stations

Tricia cooks big lunches

John and Eta talk about prayer and bible reading

serving up lunch!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving (Zambian Style)

Just another normal Thanksgiving afternoon. The wind is roaring, pulling dust from the townships up into the air and creating a brownout near George compound. Thunderheads stack and the temperature hits at 92 degrees. A few drops hit the windshield as I swerve around a stalled minibus with no brake lights. A kid runs along the roadside rolling a large hoop. Garbage smolders in the drainage ditches as people try to finish up their burning before the rains come and make the heaps of trash to soggy to burn. Old ladies wearing bright chitenges wrapped around their waists and floral print blouses from the seventies chop with wood-handled hoes at the earth, making rows for the maize they will plant as soon as we get our first real rain, a few brief showers and towering black clouds, aren't enough to start planting yet. We're on our way to our teammates house for an old-fashion American style Thanksgiving. Karen and Tracy hosted the whole team and thanks to a box from friends in the States, the Dearths had some of the necessary staples for the meal. At the Singletons, the power was out and after a prayer of thanksgiving and asking for power, the Lord provided and ovens and fans came back to life and dinner was shortly served. It was quite a feast with all the usual fixin's. The best part was just spending time with our team. When we were asked to share what we most thankful for this year, many of our teammates agreed - we are so thankful for our current team. It's small but we're tight. And we really feel the love, which is so important when you're celebrating holidays away from your usual friends and family. We feasted and had a great time of fellowship and encouragement and it felt like we were home. Thank you Lord for our team, our family away from "home." God has been so faithful this year and we have much to be thankful for!

wind blows dust and some scattered drops on the drive across town

dust and trash blows through freshly hoed fields

tricia fills her plate and tyler gets started

kids table!

singing hymns of thanksgiving

the men sweat it our in the kitchen doing unending stacks of dishes
as Karen says, "No man was ever shot doing the dishes!"

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tis the Season!

Short-term team season that is!

December is a busy time at Ciyanjano because so many churches run camps while schools are out on their long holiday break. We've got two large children's camps, an AWANA leadership training, a gospel-based healthcare worker conference, and a Veritas College pastors' training, just to name a few! But between now and the end of the year we have even more going on than our usual camps.

We will soon be hosting a team of Americans who are coming to do HIV/AIDS training in partnership with ACTION Zambia's CROSS Project. We will have three day-long conferences here that will surely bless the church and challenge and empower Christians to serve those living with HIV. Please pray that these conferences have a great turnout and that people will be blessed and inspired by the teaching.

Ciyanjano is also sponsoring another Christmas party this year. We'll be inviting children from a nearby orphanage as well as from a local community school to come out for teaching, music, crafts, lunch, and of course a lot of time to play. These are new groups we've not worked with before. Please pray that children will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and trust him as their Savior, Redeemer, and closest friend.

ACTION Zambia is also having a team retreat of our own with guest speakers, John and Georgie Reed. John and Georgie will be ministering to all of us and helping us refresh and prepare for the year ahead. And, our American team that I previously mentioned will also be with us, running a fun program for our own children while we are enjoying our own sessions. Please pray that this will truly be an encouraging time for our team where God really teaches us and challenges us in new ways.

On top of all that, we, the Huckabys, are hosting a Christmas dinner at our house this year. I can't think of a better way to build memories in this new home of ours than celebrating of our Lord's birth. Thank you, Father, for the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of your Son Jesus, and for his ongoing ministry in the world through the Church!!! Please pray for our family this season to enjoy the love of our Father and celebrate the coming of Christ for our sake. And please pray that we will find ways to express our faith through a generous outpouring to others.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Baptisms at Ciyanjano!

There is nothing more exciting to me than to see people who have committed their lives to Christ taking the step of baptism. Most churches in Zambia do not have regular baptisms for lack of a baptismal. Some churches try to raise money to book a swimming pool at a local lodge or hotel. Our church here announced the completion of their baptism class and I was so excited to offer Ciyanjano to host the service. So this last sunday we had about 35 people come out to see 10 people get baptized by our pastor here. It was such a great service and a joy to see. It was the first group of people I've seen baptized at Ciyanjano and I'm hoping to see lots of groups over the years!