Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ciyanjano Revealed

Have you been craving a comprehensive update on the ministries at Ciyanjano?? Check out what our past week has looked like...

Monday, May 18th:  Kelly led our Ciyanjano staff in their regular Bible study. Tricia led a Bible study out in Kasupe with some of the local women. Veritas Bible training for pastors arrived for their leadership conference and stayed through Saturday in the Ripley Center. A missionary family arrived and stayed in our Kenya chalet, also through Saturday.

Tuesday, May 19th:  Town day - Tricia went to ladies prayer while Kelly bought a new deep freeze and kettle for the group in the team house, and we also did all the shopping for our Bible Club meal and the Champs lunch.

Wednesday, May 20th:  Bible Club! Met with our children's ministry team and then did our regular Bible Club program.

Friday, May 22nd:  Kelly met with Juma, then we had our regular Champs program. Ciyanjano Champions for Children is a youth discipleship program. We have 12 youths who have completed the first term and it is going very well! Also, Friday night we had a youth camp of around 20 people arrive from a church in Chibolya compound.

Saturday, May 23rd:  Juma led our Ciyanjano football club which is a regular sports evangelism program happening on Saturday mornings with around 25 boys.

Sunday, May 24th:  Another church arrived with 15 people for a prayer retreat in the Ripley Center. They are too busy praying for us to get a good picture of them.

Monday, May 25th:  A day-use group arrived for the amphitheater - this was an especially neat group that came for a marriage enrichment seminar and they even brought wedding cake! This church is made up primarily of refugees from Burundi.

So, that gives you an idea of a Monday to Monday around here. Things certainly scoot along and we are so thankful to the Lord for helping us expand our team. We also thank God for the way Ciyanjano has been able to serve as a support for local churches and also accomplish our own local ministries. We are currently looking for more sponsors for our Ciyanjano Bible Club. Please pray for God's provision in this area and if you would like to help, let us know.

On a personal note, we would like to ask you to pray for us as we continue to pursue the adoption of Joe and Manny. They have been with us for a year now and we are asking the Lord to move this FORWARD!!! These boys are Huckabys and we need to get it official. Thank you for all of your kind prayers and support!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Important AZ Team Changes

Hello faithful supporters, friends, readers and ACTION missionaries around the world. I just wanted to give you an important update about some staff changes to our ACTION Zambia missionary team and to give you our current line-up.

First, last month our AZ team said farewell to Andy and Beth Rice, a couple who were part of our Pastoral Leadership Development ministry for almost two years. They have returned to Virginia.

In February we welcomed Holly Moir to the team. She is now settled in her hut at Ciyanjano and beginning ministry tasks and even driving around the city (please pray for safety!).

So, for those of you who are interested in our ministries, our current line-up looks like this. Derek and Kristin Dearth (formerly of the CROSS project ministry) are leading our team as the Director. Tracy and Karen Singleton continue to lead the Pastoral Leadership Development ministry - running the pastors' college and discipleship groups. Kelly and I are here running camping, conference and kids' and youth programs at Ciyanjano and hosting short-term teams, and Holly is also here now helping with children's ministries like our Bible Club.

That's kind of a small team to do a LOT of big ministry. We are interested in recruiting more long-term/career missionaries for maintenance at Ciyanjano, children's ministries, pastor development, HIV/AIDS trainings, teacher training, youth ministry and more. If you are interested in long-term missions please check out ACTION International's Web site to find out more about how to inquire.

We currently have a family from Canada who have been serving in Zambia up north. They are very interested in joining ACTION Zambia to assist with pastor leadership development and have begun the steps to do so. We are excited about the possibility of them joining our team and we are asking that you would pray for them as they go through this process. God's will be done!

In fact, can we ask you to pray for protection and encouragement for our team, in general, as we go through transition after transition? Our lives in Zambia seem to be a series of hellos and good-byes. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can manage gracefully to see people off and also welcome people to the field. We need God's wisdom, patience, and power every day. And please do remember to pray for those missionaries who have left the field, that God would continue to guide them in his good and perfect will. Thank you, and God bless you as you pursue him in the good work he has planned for YOU!