Six Days

 We have been in Zambia for six days now.  Well, the husband has been here a lot longer than that but we have been a family again for almost a week.  Our son just told me how much he likes it here.  His comment kinda surprised me. He has not mentioned his desire for video games since leaving DFW airport.  Miracles do indeed happen. 

Speaking of miracles, I have many to mention.  I would like to share one sweet experience.  When we made the decision to bring all three kids to Zambia with us, we were a little doubtful about all of them handling the cultural differences, esp. our son. Over time, we were assured that this is what the Lord has called us to do so…..here we are!  We have been amazed how the children have handled everything-eating strange foods, the time difference, people who look and act differently from us,  and staying up way late.  Sure, we have had a few meltdowns but all in all it has been beyond wonderful.  I will never forget this summer.  

Anyhoo, back to my point.  The Lad has always struggled with transitions and things not going as he plans.  Hmmmmmm. Not sure where he gets that from!?!?!? We knew that this trip would stretch him way thin.  I felt like the Lord was telling me a few months ago that this time here would change our boy’s life.  I believed it.  I just did not believe that it would happen so fast.  

Last night during testimony time with 54 other Americans, our ten year old son raised his hand.  I was about to hide under the table, not knowing what on earth he would say.  You just never know.  The lad is not a big fan of public speaking and most certainly not one to share his thoughts and feelings with strangers.  Apparently, that all changed last night.  For some reason the staff kept changing his Zambian partner.  I was not too keen on this and dreaded the Lad’s response.  Well, his response FAR exceeded my expectations.  The way that boy stood before others and announced that he knew that Lord was going to do great things even if it was not the way he wanted things to go, made this momma cry.  He was the sweetest and cutest child.  I have rarely seen that side of him.  In fact, he had about half the room in tears.  

And to verify that the Lord is certainly at work in his little life, satan has attacked us in many ways in less than 17 hours.  The poor Lad woke with a tummy ache and has thrown up numerous times today.  Somebody did not want him at camp today. We are truly victorious in Christ!  The Lad is feeling much better and both of us (and his youngest sister) have enjoyed a quiet afternoon.  

I so want to share photos with you.  We will go to an internet cafe on Sunday so hopefully I can take advantage of faster internet then.  Until then, please picture 500 Zambian children singing, dancing, laughing, hugging, and crying.  It has been an incredible first two days of camp.  There are so many wounded children (both physically and emotionally).  I have been SHOCKED at the stories of witches and satanists in the lives of the children.  Not all of the children in our care this week are true (double) orphans but the majority of them come from horrible situations.  One gal in my group started crying when telling me about her father being sick.  I kept asking how he was sick and she finally told me that he was praying for satanists and then they beat him very badly.  Another gal lives with her grandmother and said she only eats when they have food.  No telling how frequently she actually eats.  

Please pray for the children in each of our groups.  Pray that we love and minister to them.  Pray that they will certainly grasp the main message of camp this week that JESUS LOVES THEM.  We are teaching them that God is all knowing, all powerful, ever present, etc, etc.  Basic YET powerful message!

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3 Comments

  1. Keila Clay
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see pictures!

  2. Johanna
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    You guys have such an amazing family! We are praying for you while you are serving! Thanks for sharing about your son!

  3. Posted June 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Finally had a chance to catch up today – looking forward to your pictures. Your son sounds like an amazing kid – way to go, God!! 🙂

    Praying for your fam….


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