Monday, December 17, 2012

ACTION Zambia Christmas Party Outreach at Ciyanjano

This year for our Christmas party we got to work with some new groups of kids from nearby Ciyanjano. We had an orphanage bring about 45 kids and community school brought about 30 kids both from the Chunga/Zingalume area. We had a great craft  - the kids made crowns, adding color and stickers and we talked about the birth of our King. The kids played on jumping castles and our playpark. We cooked up about 20 chickens and ton of nshima. A choir from the United Church of Zambia congregation came and sang some Christmas songs and our dear friend Warren also led worship with drums and guitar. A group of girls from the orphanage also had some Christmas songs they had worked on and number of kids from the community school shared memory verses. Our ACTION International missionary care team was visiting so pastor John Reed gave a gospel message featuring a naughty monkey, a sly snake and hungry croc. It was a really great day and the weather was fabulous - especially considering it rained cats and dogs for the next two days. Thanks to everyone who made this Christmas party possible and pray that the kids who heard the gospel and celebrated the birth of the King with us will grow to know and serve that King!
working on crowns

georgie passes out stickers

this girl was very pleased with her crown!

looking sharp

UCZ choir (amazing!)

tyler cooking up the nkuku

jumping castle madness!

gift bags!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ACTION Zambia Team Retreat

This year the entire AZ team headed north for a retreat at Nsobe Game Camp. It was a great time of fellowship, prayer, worship, and encouragement. The Tychicus team came and cared for the AZ kids so that the adults could have sessions with ACTION International missionary care crew, John and Georgie Reed. We also had free time for game drives, canoeing, napping, walks in the woods and swimming in the pool. We had such a good time and loved the Tychicus team and our time with the Reeds. For me I think the best part was just being at Nsobe - it was the closest thing to the PNW I've seen in 2.5 years. The area is heavily wooded with trails for walking or biking and there is a nice little lake for fishing and canoeing. With the rainy weather and cool evenings it felt like we could have been at Lake Padden (except for all the monkeys of course). To see more pics go to our facebook .

Ablution Block (Phase 2)!

This weekend we had Horizons Zambia here running a camp for over 100 children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They had a great time despite a little rain and few army ants. But boy did they wish that our new toilet block was already finished!! But the good news is that we're already moving on to stage two of our project and the walls started going up this week! We'll be finishing the wall phase in January and then working on roofing and electric. More good news is that we think we have finally found a good plumber. This has been a major problem and a huge prayer request so keep praying that our plumber we've chosen is the best choice for the job.