That means God is good, by the way. Yes, I am unabashedly showing off my Bemba skillz here. It is also the song we sing the most here at GLO. :)
So it has been a while since we have been in touch...that's my bad. A bunch has been going on here (see below). Relationships have been deepening and the gap year students have been growing so much. I type this as we are on a mission trip to a different city and being able to see my little kiddos step up to the plate and lead group discussions and devotions is amazing. I feel like a proud mamma duck.
The last update is that I got sad news that I am running low on finances, even to the point of having to leave early. Please take a look at the prayer section below for more! I would appreciate prayer, as I know you have been doing already.
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Kids Camp--GLO was flooded by 6-13 year olds for 5 days and I was a small group leader. We went on a jungle safari exploring the nature of God (get it? haha) and these kids were really impacted by the Truth of the Gospel.
Family visit--YEP! Dad, my little sister Audrey, and my Aunt Stacey came all the way across 6 timezones to see little old me in Zambia! They stayed for a bit under two weeks. It was such a blessing to show them my real life, what I do, and the people I love here.
Student break--the students ended their first term and went home for a break of two weeks. The week they arrived back, they went on a mission trip to the north part of Zambia which I unfortunately could not join because they go through Congo to get there and Congolese border patrol and American passports mix about as well as milk and lactose intolerance.
Moved house--my Russian roomate got married to a Congolese coworker so I got moved to a different house on campus. I am still in the process of making the new place a home.
Gap year--Caring for the students has had unique challenges these days. One of the girls in my mentor group named Angela was hospitalized for a couple days with severe malaria. Some of the guys have been picking on each other, and I have had to lead discussions in working together. Everyday has a new challenge with these students.
The Eagle group at Kids Camp.
ALERT ALERT: BIG NEED!!!
I have just gotten word from SAMS that I am running behind on finances and I would need to come home a month earlier than expected. My ministry is so relationally based that leaving early would interfere with my work and goals here. I would not be able to finish the gap year here and be there for graduation in the beginning of July.
This is where you come in:
Please pray about a one-time gift you could give to help me finish that last month here before I go home for my first furlough (of sorts). I need $2000 to cover that last month as well as the furlough time.
Tax refunds? consider giving to the work here in Zambia!
We took our students on a challenging 25kilometer walk to the stadium and back.
We took our students on a tour of a local university.