Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thank You, USA!

Just wanted to say "Thank You" so much to all of our churches, family, and friends that have made our home assignment so wonderful. We appreciate you all. We didn't get to see everyone we hoped to see... but we sure saw a LOT of you! And we want to give a special shout-out to Oikos, Communion, Roosevelt, and West Hills churches, and our sister camp, Koinonia, that sought to encourage us in so many ways. And also to Value Village, SimpleBox, and Heritage Portable Buildings that helped so much with our container project.

Please keep us in your prayers today as we make the trip, first to Dubai, and then to Lusaka, Zambia. And please do pray for us as we take up our work again for the glory of the Lord. We are very happy and privileged to begin another term of service to the Zambian church in Jesus' name.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!
Love Kelly & Tricia Huckaby
Ciyanjano Camps


Monday, November 7, 2016

Container Project Update

We are nearing the end of our home assignment and have made exciting progress on our container library project. We have received more than 50 boxes of books for the library, bookshelves, tables & chairs, cushions, and more to organize a great library/tutoring/study space! We are especially thankful to the B'ham Value Village for hooking us up with so many helpful items.

Also, according to October's reports, we have raised $11,000 of the $12,000 or so we need in shipping money. So we are almost there folks! Please consider making a gift to help us reach our shipping goal. It is well worth is to get all these exciting supplies and the container itself to Ciyanjano.

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We love Katy, our Usborne rep, who helped us get lots of great Usborne reference books for the library project. 


Sure, it looks messy, but it is full of awesome supplies!

Books, books, Bibles, and more books!

These don't look like much, but when we unload these super big canopy frames and set them up at Ciyanjano Camp they will provide an excellent covered area for groups to use for mealtimes, meetings, or games. Our 40-ft. container allows us to bring large and heavy supplies that we would not ship alone.

This box is one of Tricia's most exciting purchases for Ciyanjano! A super cool mulching machine from Carl's in Ferndale. She is so excited to mulch like crazy at the property. Great soil, here we come!

Check this out Football Club. Our Champs asked for new footballs and we will deliver. Uncle Dustin's church in Olympia donated these great soccer balls for football club!

The container isn't full yet, but that is because we are saving a lot of space for some of the most exciting supplies we are bringing back - we have 3 storage shed kits that we will be loading into the container. Added storage is going to be a huge help around the property!
But that's not all. There are a few more fun surprises in this container, but we don't want to spoil the surprise for our staff. You will have to stay tuned for when the container arrives after the new year and we unload it. It will be like second Christmas at Ciyanjano!!! Thank you to SimpleBox, Koinonia, and all the other folks who have made this possible!!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Blow Me Away

This week something happened that I (Tricia) feel compelled to share with all our friends, family, supporters, and readers. Some of you out there think I am pretty crazy, and if that is how you feel then this blog will likely confirm your ideas about me. But if you think I am crazy, then at least think I am crazy for Jesus' sake!

I'll start at the beginning:  Last month my brother was married in San Diego and I was getting my groove on. I don't get out much, ha ha ha. And, let's just say I was getting crazy on the dance floor. All of a sudden, I felt like someone kicked me super hard at the very top of my calf behind my knee and I hit the floor. I have no idea what happened. The pain was so bad I thought I was going to vomit right there and I had to try to really control myself because I didn't want to cry like a baby in front of all of Ron's cool, tough friends.

After icing my knee, one of Ron's friends, Eric, helped me get up and I was able to hold my weight. But, from that point forward my knee kept giving out randomly and I was in a lot of pain in different positions. Up and down stairs, different things.

Most people would go to a doctor. I realize that. But, I was feeling very stubborn about spending a bunch of money on medical stuff after spending a fortune on Ethel's brain worms and a lot of time and worry on Kelly's knee. It just seemed downright stupid that I had hurt my knee and I just started asking the Lord to take it away.

Our friend, Jess, a knowledgeable PA, told me to wear a brace for six weeks if I didn't want to go get an MRI. But I was so stubborn I didn't even want to buy a brace. I started praying that the Lord would just give me one. I am not a good example to follow, I am just being totally honest. Okay, so two weeks later, with my knee getting worse, a very expensive knee brace came my way for free. That made me feel kinda justified in my stubbornness. Over the next two weeks, I wore the brace; my knee just felt worse. And also I was getting depressed.

Finally, I talked to Kelly and said I was ready to get an MRI and deal with whatever the problem was.   This was Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning I sat down with my prayer journal and started praying. I told the Lord that I was sorry for always asking for signs of his love and attention, but that I needed to know he was with me. I needed even more reassurance and more help to trust him. I wrote, "I need you to blow my mind with your love, healing power, and miracles."

Kelly called the doctor and they said they could fit me in that afternoon. As I drove to the doctor's I was worshiping the Lord along with some awesome music and I just started weeping. A wave of relief just totally rushed over me as I worshiped God. I tried to pull myself together to park that beast of a van and find the office in the large complex.

I explained everything to the doctor and he had me get up on the table and stretch out. I was a little nervous because I've heard how these guys can get rough. He asked me to relax my knee and he started manipulating my leg; this way, that way, every which way. NO pain. I said, "That right there should be hurting me." But it wasn't. NO pain. The doctor and I were both rather surprised.

That morning when I woke up:  pain.  That afternoon:  NO pain. I believe the Lord answered my prayer and healed me. I know some of you unbelievers out there think I am nuts. Whatev... God is SO awesome and I am so needy. I need his attention all the time. I need his love all the time. I need his power in my life. I LOVE to see GOD do amazing things and I am going to keep asking him to do amazing things. It is so much fun.

Thank you GOD for your goodness to a little stinker like me! I am sorry for being so stubborn and ridiculous. You are good! You are powerful! You are merciful! Thank you, Jesus!

Monday, October 3, 2016

A Strange and Comprehensive Wish List

Hello fine readers, supporters, helpers, brothers & sisters, prayer warriors, campers extraordinaire,

We have wonderful news:  we are getting closer to reaching our goal of sending a container full of awesome supplies to Ciyanjano! First off, we have collected a lot of useful items, including many books for our reading & study room. Second, we have raised $8,000 toward the shipping money we need. Thank you, God!!!! Please consider making a donation toward the shipping money we so that we can reach our goal of $11,000 very soon.

There is still work to do. We have room in our container for more supplies. All sorts of strange things will come in handy for the reading room and for our camp. Perhaps you have something sitting in your garage that we can put to better use. Please look over this wish list and let us know if you can make a donation!!! Thank you! Stay tuned for cool pictures of our container!

Ciyanjano Wish List


shade cloth
astroturf
swings
slides
balance beams
rings
bean bags, balls of all sizes
jump-ropes
canopies, carports, party tents
Bellingham flag, Christian flag, USA flag, UK flag, Zambia flag
zip-line and hardware
trampolines of all sizes
bandanas
plastic buckets
strong ladders
folding tables, folding chairs
sturdy planters
ping-pong table
picnic tables
bicycle helmets, bike locks, spare tubes (for staff members)
athletic uniforms for our football club kids like matching t-shirts and/or shorts - they can say anything on them it doesn't even matter as long as they match

Reading & Study Room Wish List


YWAM book collection about Christian Heroes
Encyclopedia Set (new)
globe
Bookshelves
Crayons, markers, erasers, pencils, a good wall-mounted pencil sharpener

Huckaby Family Wish List (just in case :)


Trampoline
ping-pong table
high-quality Queen mattress set
extra knee-caps... just kidding...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Recent Promotion

Here is some exciting news!


This man has been made the Deputy Director of ACTION Zambia. I thought of a lot of smart-aleck things to say about this but I am just going to leave you to your own thoughts... and prayers...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

California and Koinonia Family Camp!

ball fight at Koinonia!
Last week we had the great privilege and joy to be at Koinonia's annual Labor Day weekend Family Camp. Even though we have had an excellent first half of our home assignment, last week was particularly amazing. So, what was so special about our time in California? I thought you'd never ask.

1. We got off the plane and ate at my favorite fast food place. 

2. We stayed in Morgan Hill with friends from Zambia!

3. We worshipped at one of our supporting churches - an extra special church that was deeply involved in planting the ministry ACTION Zambia - West Hills Community Church. They sent a short term team to Ciyanjano last year to the Champs and other Zambian youth in how to use a an excellent cross-cultural tool for teaching the Bible to children.

4. We hung out with all the folks from that team and had such a blast with them!
West Hills friends!

Hanging with the WHCC folks


5. Went to the beach! I love the beach and it was the first time to see the ocean for Mark and Manny and I was so glad they loved it so much. However, getting sand out of their hair...
Buried alive at Capitola Beach

6. We went to Koinonia!!! This is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. In the Santa Cruz mountains, surrounded by ancient redwoods and our brothers and sisters in Christ from so many different walks of life.
Madness on the green at Koinonia


Joy finds a friend

Ethel and new friend



kid's worship

Uncle Dave!! Uncle Dave!! Uncle Dave!! Uncle Dave!!

Huckaby and Widman families together

Beautiful Koinonia
New friends!

7. We were utterly spoiled by our dear friends from Koinonia!


8. Being at Koinonia Family Camp was like a miniature preview of what heaven might be like. Christians from different churches, denominations, ethnicities, races, backgrounds worship God together, learn together, pray and feast together, play and enjoy time together! SO much fun and such wonderful new friends.




Instant BFFs
Kids brave the high ropes!
super Ethel!
This week has been a bit of a rough one - the kids are back at school, Tricia is back in California for her brother's wedding and I'm playing single dad. The kids love school but they never wanted to leave camp. I know how they feel.

Thank you Koinonia staff, board and friends for your love and support - a truly blessed experience at camp last week!



California and Koinonia Family Camp!

Last week we had the great privilege and joy to be at Koinonia's annual Labor Day weekend Family Camp. Even though we have had an excellent first half of our home assignment, last week was particularly amazing. So, what was so special about our time in California? I thought you'd never ask.

1. We got off the plane and ate at my favorite fast food place. 

2. We stayed in Morgan Hill with friends from Zambia!

3. We worshipped at one of our supporting churches - an extra special church that was deeply involved in planting the ministry ACTION Zambia - West Hills Community Church. They sent a short term team to Ciyanjano last year to the Champs and other Zambian youth in how to use a an excellent cross-cultural tool for teaching the Bible to children.

4. We hung out with all the folks from that team and had such a blast with them!
West Hills friends!

Hanging with the WHCC folks


5. Went to the beach! I love the beach and it was the first time to see the ocean for Mark and Manny and I was so glad they loved it so much. However, getting sand out of their hair...
Buried alive at Capitola Beach

6. We went to Koinonia!!! This is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. In the Santa Cruz mountains, surrounded by ancient redwoods and our brothers and sisters in Christ from so many different walks of life.
Madness on the green at Koinonia


Joy finds a friend

Ethel and new friend



kid's worship

Uncle Dave!! Uncle Dave!! Uncle Dave!! Uncle Dave!!

Huckaby and Widman families together

Beautiful Koinonia
New friends!

7. We were utterly spoiled by our dear friends from Koinonia!



8. Being at Koinonia Family Camp was like a miniature preview of what heaven might be like. Christians from different churches, denominations, ethnicities, races, backgrounds worship God together, learn together, pray and feast together, play and enjoy time together! SO much fun and such wonderful new friends.




ball fight!
Instant BFFs
Kids brave the high ropes!
super Ethel!
This week has been a bit of a rough one - the kids are back at school, Tricia is back in California for her brother's wedding and I'm playing single dad. The kids love school but they never wanted to leave camp. I know how they feel.

Thank you Koinonia staff, board and friends for your love and support - a truly blessed experience at camp last week!



Home Assignment Update

Greeting friends and family!
Right now we are settled into our 2-bedroom flat in the northern end of Bellingham, Washington. It's a great home base and the kids are able to go back to the school they attended 3 years ago! The kids have their first day of school today and were nervous about getting lost or not meeting new friends. We're sure they''ll do great!


We have had the pleasure of visiting with a lot of great folks and updating people about our ministry. On Sunday we visited Communion Church in Mt. Vernon, which was awesome. Please pray that the Lord would raise funds we need for our family and special projects as well as recruit more missionaries for our team.

We also celebrated Lucas' 9th birthday with a visit to Grandma's for one last Washington swim in the lake. 
Saturday we're all headed down to California to visit our dear friends at West Hills Community Church and then to go to our sister camp, Koinonia Conference Grounds, for family camp! This is going to be a super time of reconnecting. As you can see things have become busy for us and we would love your prayers for smooth transitions and calm nerves for the children especially. We also ask that you be praying about this reading room project we are working on - that the Lord would bring in the funds we need for shipping from whatever sources he has in mind. We are getting a lot of book donations, which is very exciting.


Also, we are interested in working on a fund drive with Value Village but we need a team of helpers in Bellingham and then also helpers in any other city that would want to do this along with us. Are you interested in helping with this?? If you want to be on Tricia's team for this, please let us know. It is a pretty straightforward fundraiser and the funds will go to the shipping cost of the container that we are planning on converting into a reading room.



Lastly, we've noticed that many folks would like to meet with our whole family. This is rather difficult now that the kids are in school and dinner dates will really be stressful for our children. If you are able to meet Kelly and I for a coffee or lunch date during the day to talk about our ministry and catch up, that would be so helpful!!! If you are interested in setting up a meeting during school hours please let us know right away so that we can put something on the calendar.

Feel free to contact us at (360) 685-3917 or at thehuckabyfamily@gmail.com. You can also check out Kelly on Facebook or our blog at thehuckabyfamily.blogspot.com. And if you are interested in missions or in giving, check out ACTION International at www.actioninternational.org for lots of great info.

God bless you all and happy fall!!!!

Love Kelly, Tricia, Ethel, Joy, Mark, Lucas, and Manny
--
Action International Ministries/Zambia
www.actioninternational.org/huckaby

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What We Love About Kids' Camps

Yesterday was such a great reminder of what we love about kids' camps. We were given the awesome opportunity to take all five of our kids to Fir Creek in Bellingham. They get to attend each day this week. Talk about fun!!! 

As we walked up to the camp, it was bustling with excitement and full of already pumped kids. Our kids were a little nervous but they could easily see they were in for something special. Being on the opposite side of camp was a little strange - we kept feeling like any minute someone would point to us and say, "You! Yeah, you! You need to get over there and lead the craft." Or something along those lines. It was so encouraging to watch a great group of young people who love the Lord get ready to just dump love on all those kids.

When we went to pick up the kids, it was a little difficult to collect them because they wanted to go on to the next activity. Finally we got them into the van and listened to all five voices trying to tell us every cool thing about their day all at once. "Manny's leader is totally the funniest!" "I made a new friend and he taught me how to play Pokemon." "We played this game where you..."

The super neatest thing was when Ethel said, "And Mom, there are kids there at camp that are hearing about Jesus for the first time." And she went on to tell me about Bible study time and how some kids weren't Christians. They all wanted to show me the Bible they received. How wonderful is that!? We pray that the Lord will use Fir Creek in a mighty way in the lives of all these kids this week and this whole summer. And we pray that God would be using our camps and outreaches at Ciyanjano in the very same way. Praise the Lord!!!! I can't wait to hear what my kids have to say today!



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ciyanjano Reading Room Project

Hello everyone! I am so excited about this news and glad to finally share this project with you. This is a project that has been on my heart and in my mind since we first moved onsite at Ciyanjano. You may know that Kelly and I are both voracious readers - we LOVE books and we love to read. It is a value that we are passing on to our children and that we also incorporate into our ministry at Ciyanjano. So much of the information that has shaped me has come from books! I really cannot imagine being without them.

In Lusaka, most kids and adults do not have easy access (or ANY access) to books, magazines, or other reference and study materials. Many people have very limited access to the internet. The majority of the kids in our Bible Clubs and Bible Studies cannot read and have no access to books. I don't know about you, but to me that is just a terrible shame and one of the reasons I began our first Bible Club was because I wanted to expose children to good books and offer some reading help. And sure, we've been able to pass on Bibles and storybooks here and there but we can do more.

Our proposal has been accepted by ACTION Zambia to open a small resource library at Ciyanjano to serve 1) our Bible Club and Bible Study kids and teens, 2) our leaders and staff members, and 3) teachers and pastors in our immediate neighborhood of Kasupe. This will not be a lending library but a quiet place for study and preparation. I would also like to organize activities like regular story hours for children, reading tutoring, reading and math clubs, and more!

The first step of this big project has already been taken - SimpleBox is donating a 40-foot container which we can use for shipping supplies to Ciyanjano and then convert into our library building!!! Woo hoo hoo!!! Praise the Lord! And a huge THANKS to SimpleBox!


Converting the container is a convenient and affordable way to accomplish this project and will allow us to add another container space in the future if we wish. Now that we have a container we can begin the next steps in this process:
1.  We need to raise the money to ship this container to Lusaka, Zambia! Based on all the quotes I have looked at, shipping will cost around $12,000. So far we have raised at least $1,000. Please pray and consider if you may be able to help with this project.
2.  We need to fill this container with books and other supplies! There are many books and items that we need to make this reading room super useful and comfortable. If you are interested in helping with any books and supplies, please email me at thehuckabyfamily@gmail.com and I will send you our wish list for this project.
3.  Start praying! Please help us prepare for this project by seeking the Lord's help with all this!



Thanks so much for reading! Please feel free to contact us with questions or if you would like to help at thehuckabyfamily@gmail.com.