Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Review

While this has been a hard, weird year for the Huckabys; yet it's been an awesome year! God has always done more than we asked or imagined. Here are a few highlights from 2013, that we want to thank our loving Father for...

Time with family, and overall a healthy year for us and the kids!

Time with our team! We are privileged to work with a really super bunch of Americans and Zambians!

Worshiping with our Oikos family in Bellingham, Washington. Love you guys!
And although I don't have a new picture, we have loved worshiping with our Zambian church family as well:  Blessed Family Church!

Time with good friends back in America while on furlough... there are many people we were so deeply happy to spend time with and I can't picture you all here, but I think you know who you are.

Saying goodbye to my dad and seeing him off to heaven. One of the most difficult things to do this year but we are very thankful for the time we had with him and the time we had with my mom and brother.

Other very special times for us were our time in Texas with Mimi and Papa - what a gift to relax and have quality time with them. And also, Ethel and Joy being granted their US citizenship was a very exciting highlight that we are so grateful for. Thank you for sharing this year with us. Thank you for all of your prayers and kindnesses toward our family as we seek to glorify our King, Jesus Christ!!! May God bless you all this year. I know for certain that God has another exciting year planned for us. Happy New Year!

Psalm 150:6
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pray for Rain!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. When we lived in Washington we prayed for sunshine. Now that we live in Africa we pray for rain. This year we are praying A LOT. Here's why. Zambia is an agrarian society and most everyone we know grows maize for their staple food, nshima. Last year we also had late and sporadic rains, the government-subsidized maize seed and fertilizer came late, and we had a plague of army worms. So farmers in our community are starting this growing season with less than their usual amount of reserves. People are going to be very hungry if we don't start seeing some daily rain very soon. Zambians rely on the fresh maize during the early part of the year as they wait for the rest of the maize to dry for milling.  Not only is it not raining but it's miserably hot, at least 95 everyday.  There are hot winds blowing from the south furtherer drying up everything. The mosquito larvae are usually washed away during the heavy rains but due to a few big showers and weeks of dry heat, we've had a huge increase in baby mosquitos. Lastly, a large portion of Ciyanjano's income comes from a mill for maize; we're already seeing low sage due to a lack of dry maize. Needless to say that we've been a bit hot and miserable and our friends are suffering with fear about the possibility of a very poor harvest, possibly worse than last year. SO PLEASE PRAY FOR RAIN FOR ZAMBIA!