Monday, March 27, 2017

Prayer for 2017

Now that first term is wrapping up soon, we have a very solid ministry schedule going at Ciyanjano and we have been able to get a good idea of what programs will look like for the rest of the year. Please pray along with us:

Monday:  Kelly leads men's Bible study. Tricia leads ladies' Bible study at our home. Please pray that our staff and visitors would be regular participants and gain a deeper understanding of God's Word and a deeper love for the Word. Pray that we would be good leaders and that the Holy Spirit would work powerfully.

Tuesday:  ACTION Zambia Staff meetings every other week. Holly leads Tuesday Bible Club with Alum Champs Happy, Rogers, Abraham, Josephine, and Judy. Please pray for God's will to be done in AZ ministries and especially at Ciyanjano. Pray for strong faith for the Tuesday kids.

Wednesday:  Kelly and Holly lead children's ministry meetings and devotionals with our leaders. Holly and leaders get it done at Wednesday Bible Club. Please pray for God to continue to bless our leaders and all the Wednesday kids. Pray that Bible Club kids can be lights for Jesus in this community.

Thursday:  Kelly leads new Champs group in the morning along with Holly, Josephine and Happy. Pray that God would take these Champs deeper into his Word and love. Also pray that these new Champs would be sensitive to the Lord's calling - are they being called into children's ministry? Our children's leaders the lead our Teen Bible studies Thursday evening. Please pray for this large group of teen boys and even larger group of teen girls to make sincere commitments to Jesus and learn what it means to have a close relationship to Christ. Also pray that they would pursue holiness and be witnesses to this community.

Friday:  Usually different church groups arrive for retreats or camps. Please pray that each and every camp that comes to Ciyanjano would be preaching and teaching the true word of God only! And that all worship and teaching would be glorifying to God. Pray for people to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Pray that Ciyanjano would be a peaceful and comfortable place for them.

Friday is also a day where our children's ministry leaders do home visits to kids and teens from the clubs. Please pray that these visits would be a blessing to kids and their families.

Saturday:  Football club meets for football and devotions. Pray for blessing on the leaders and that this would be an effective outreach. Pray that all the boys would come to know the Lord as their personal Saviour.  

Sunday:  Often camps are leaving on Sundays. Please pray that people can bring new life and truth from God's Word into their daily lives each day. Pray that people are refreshed and committed to God's will for their lives. Also pray for our staff to enjoy a Sabbath rest and to be ready for this new week. And please continue to pray for the safety of our staff here at Ciyanjano and around the city.

Thank you so much for your prayers! In April during the school break we will also be having a number of extra programs, including opportunities for Bible Club kids and Bible study teens to go out into the community in teams to share the gospel. Please pray that they would really shine for the Lord and that many people would hear the good news that Jesus has paid the price for our sins and defeated death for our sakes. Amen!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Roast or Boast

Today is Kelly Huckaby's birthday! Because Kelly has such a great sense of humor, I (Tricia) often tease  or "roast" him instead of boasting. He is an easy target. But today as I thought about Kelly, well, I just HAVE to take some time to boast in the Lord and to boast about what the Lord has done in my husband over these years.

When Kelly and I were married, he was definitely a "good" guy. But since making the decision to give his life to Jesus Christ in 2002, I have had a front row seat in watching the Lord transform him from a pretty "good" guy into a godly man. I just have to praise God and thank him for his great mercy in bringing Kelly to himself about a year after he saved me. I just can't imagine the life we would have led if Kelly had never come to the Lord. Thank you, Jesus! You are so merciful and kind!

Kelly amazes me in the way he cares for vulnerable people, especially children. He is really full of compassion and a ready desire to serve people. I watch him daily set aside his own wants to help others... people who really do need a helping hand.

Kelly is also a wonderful and thoughtful teacher and shepherd. I love the way he pours himself into discipling the young people around Ciyanjano, and the way he has truly loved our staff. He invests himself without fear of not having enough time, love, money, or whatever. He is trusting in our Lord.

He is a safe person for anyone to talk with no matter their background, current situation, religious beliefs, political standing, whatever... He really is just such a super wonderful person!!! I know you guys agree, right?!

Anyway, I could go on and on and on... Happy Birthday, Kelly! May the Lord continue to build you up in knowledge, faith, character, and action. You are such a blessing to us all and especially ME!!!!!




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dec 2016, Jan & Feb 2017

Since arriving back in Lusaka we have been taking time to settle back into life here (fighting termites, weeding gardens, eating nsima) and diving into ministry. Here is a quick look at what has been going on for the Huckaby family and Ciyanjano:


Bible Club is always one of our favorite things in the whole wide world. In December we hosted kids for an open house at our place and then in January we started Tuesday and Wednesday Bible Clubs up again. We are hoping to start a new Bible Club mid-year.


During the Christmas season we had a fabulous time catching up with our Champs and friends around Kasupe and in the city.


We even made new friends, hosting two high school-age teens.


We've enjoyed spending time with many ministry partners.


In January it was quite a project getting the kids all ready for school. They are now attending a small, private Zambian school out about 30 minutes from our place. They are loving it, and Tricia is loving a break from home school.



We have had a marvelous rainy season (God is SO good!) and we have done a bit of landscaping work around the front of the property as well as started a large foundation/patio to give us more usable space in the campground. It will have a small stage and flower beds.


In February Tricia hosted the teen girl Bible Study for a sexual abstinence and healthy relationships workshop (and a tasty lunch).



The Huckaby kids have also spent an enormous amount of time eating mangoes, guavas, passionfruit, and avocados over the rainy season. And, they have spent a lot of time playing with friends and being silly (as usual).

2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year here at Ciyanjano. Please remember to pray for our Bible Clubs and Bible Studies, our Champs, our brand new group of Champs starting right now, our mens' and women's Bible studies, our projects around the property, and camps. And most of all, please pray that God's Word would be faithfully taught and that God would be glorified in all that we are doing. 
Thank you!