So much to tell

Soooooooo much to tell but so little time.  I don’t even know where to start.  

Maybe I will start from the beginning.  Our trip here was long but went very well.  The children endured the journey with amazing attitudes and stamina.  Little Miss did have a bit of a meltdown in the immigration line in Zambia.  I was thinking that it was just not great timing but inside, I was about to meltdown too.   NOBODY slept on the second nine hour flight except for Grace’s 45 minute nap at the very end. Considering our 7 hour time difference and it being 6am in Zambia we were rather tired by the time we gathered our luggage and made it out to see Daddy!  

We headed back to the village and unpacked a bit.  I was so anxious to have some downtime with the husband but he helped me unload our stuff, changed into a shirt I had brought him, and kissed us goodbye.  UUUGH!  It turned out to be just fine that he left.  The children and I had a glorious nap (over 5 hours for the kids) while the husband went to the dedication of the Tree of Life Children’s village.  When he returned, we organized our house (called a villa here) a little more then headed to supper with the summer staff and the other family that traveled with me.  We enjoyed a meal of pizza at Manda Hill shopping center that pleased the children and us.  We even had yummy ice cream. 

Came back for some down time at the main villa and a little staff meeting.  After baths and more sorting through all our stuff, we finally got the kids in bed around 11pm.  A little late.  The girls had a terrible time falling asleep.  So much for that five hour nap being a good thing.  They did finally fall asleep and were rather difficult to get going this morning. 

The day was INCREDIBLE!  The children have been troupers and seem to be taking it all end with open minds.  Overall, they have been very flexible.  Our family enjoyed bopping around the town seeing the Family Legacy offices, the school, and the Lifeway homes.  We had a very cultural meal of nshima and chicken.  The kids were appalled that we TOLD them to eat with their hands, the custom around here when it comes to this meal.  We were thrilled that they did not complain when the strange looking “stuff” appeared before them.  They tried it and even liked it.  Kinda.  

The BIGGEST event of the day was moving the children into our Tree of Life Children’s Village.  It had to be one of the greatest experiences of my life.  This event is an entire post in itself and requires many pictures to do it justice.  Although I have no idea how just words and even pictures could adequately describe what took place today.  They never, never will.  After cheering for these precious children as their bus pulled onto the dirt road to their NEW HOME (they had no idea what was going on), we escorted them into the home.  While the children were settling in (as much as possible with all of the Zambian and American staff hovering over them), our son came up to us and said, “These children must be very happy to be here.”  I do believe he got it. He realized that not only did they have a grand new place to sleep at night but they had a HOME.  A home full of love and “brothers” and “sisters” and toys, and dolls, and books and even a table prepared for them. As one of the sweet little girls prayed a prayer like I have NEVER heard, the impact of the Tree of Life Children’s home hit me like a semi truck.  As tears started to drop from my eyes, all I could say over and over to my God was WOW!  

I leave you with that one word.  WOW!  

Oh!  And a few other words as well.  To make all of this happen, a lot of time, effort and love has been invested.  Of course it takes a lot more.  It is funny how our support raising for our personal salary took a massive backseat to all of the needs here in Zambia.  There are sooooo many needs and also so many ways you can go about helping.  If you are interested in supporting these children via our ministry, PLEASE let us know!!!  You can donate on Family Legacy Missions International’s website.  Your support can be sponsoring one of the darling children that entered the home today and more and more in the near future (they were moved in totally based on faith that the money would come in) for $150 per month.  You could simply make a donation to the infrastructure campaign -which is the biggest current need.  PLEASE go here and explore options of assisting us in providing homes AND the love of Jesus Christ to the orphans of Zambia.  

I am in awe what the Lord has done!  He has done great things for us, we are filled to the top with JOY.  And tonight as 14 little pairs of  feet crawl into beds with fresh linens and new fluffy pillows, I know that their hearts will be filled to the top with JOY beyond what I could ever comprehend.  

NOTE:  Our internet use is limited so it is difficult to download photos but I hope to do so soon.

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4 Comments

  1. Keila Clay
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Sounds so exciting! Can’t wait to hear more.

  2. Siv
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Yea! Love reading about your trip and all that God is doing there! PTL!! Love you and still prayig for you!

  3. Tiffany
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    My sweet friend, I’m so glad you arrived safely! Give those kids of yours hugs for me and know that I’m holding you up in prayer! God is going to do AMAZING things in the next few weeks — he’s weaving that beautiful FAITH fabric in your life! Love and miss ya!

  4. sincerelyanna
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    It must be an amazing experience to see their faces light up over their new home. Hope the trip continues to go smoothly. Praying for you all.


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