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Welcome to my blog, everyone! I live and work in Zambia as a youth worker. Here you'll find tidbits of beauty that I find as I live, love, and serve.

September/October 2018: We Bless the Rains Down in Africa


Along, Beside, & Between: A Newsletter #28
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We Bless the Rains Down in Africa

Hello from an increasingly hot Zambia, friends!
(We are just waiting for the rains to come to give us a bit of relief from the heat!)

We have been working hard to get YANA off the ground here in Ndola! The first phase of registering is done. And now we are moving into fundraising for YANA through donations and grants. (Our first donation has already come in from a long-term partner in New Zealand!) But the need here is so great that we cannot wait for funds to come in. We have started distance counseling for about 15 youth across Zambia while we are still getting off the ground. I cannot say it enough: THE NEED IS IMMENSE! So thank you for making the work possible! 

A couple of things:

Financial support: A few of you have asked me if things change with giving because I have transsitioned to The YANA Foundaiton. I’m so sorry for not being clear about this. The answer is no. While my work here on the ground has changed, everything Stateside stays the same. SAMS is still my (wonderful) sending agency and all funds still go through them. :-)

Coming home: I will be back in the US starting in late November! I can't believe it has already been over a year since I have been back with you guys. I can't wait to meet up and share stories. More details to come on that soon. 

Start Brain Storming: While I am in the States, I will be trying to make connections with mental health organizations and any other company, church, or individual that would have a passion for supporting mental health in Zambia. If you have any connections that come to mind, please let me know!

Prayer requests:

  • Pray that my car will sell quickly. (I am selling it to get one that is less maintenance-intensive and lower on gas since prices recently increased)
  • Pray that we will have success in fundraising for YANA
  • Please pray blessings over my time in the States

I cannot express how thankful I am to have amazing friends and partners like you who support the work God has called me to, even as the call has evolved over a couple of years. I am inspired by you every day, as we work together to pour into the youth of this country!

Sending so many blessings and hugs, 


*check out my blog at www.missionaryaprilsylvester.com*

Check out the YANA Website!!
Are you really even an organizaiton if you don't have a website? lol.
I put a lot of effort into this little .org so please do feel free to check out our website!

More Ways to See Your Impact
INSTAGRAM: If you would like to see more of the day-to-day of my work, follow us on instagram @theyanafoundation
(some of you probably follow my personal insta account where I post about my yoga hobby, but for a look into what I really do everyday follow YANA)

BLOG: for reflections on life here www.missionaryaprilsylvester.com
Story Corner:
(As we have been building YANA, we have been collecting stories of youth struggling with mental health issues in Zambia. Here is Sam's story)

I realized that it was probably weird for a girl my age, 20 at the time, to enjoy being in her own room all day more than being out with my friends. Getting me to leave my comfort zone would usually require a lot of coaxing and some bribery but I would be uncomfortable 80% of the time. To me that was anxiety. That was as bad as it got and I usually just pushed through it to be there for my friends and family but this year it became so much worse. The thing with anxiety is that it is an illness of sorts but explaining it to other people is not only difficult but gives me anxiety as well. I'll push through it regardless. The first time I noticed something was up is when I started to shake involuntarily. You know how people's hands shake in movies when they are about to open a door but they are scared of what they might find on the other side? My shaking was similar to that. It was most prominent in my right hand and left leg. Shaking turned into fits and fits turned into me never leaving my apartment building unless I was going for work. I struggled to cross roads without my heart beating out of my chest. I struggled to answer phone calls regardless of who was calling. I struggled to talk to people. Anxiety does this thing where it convinces you that you're either too much or not enough or somehow simultaneously both. I didn't feel like anyone in my life really wanted to be there and the worst thought was that they stuck around because they pitied me. I got help because it started affecting me at work too. Anxiety had turned me into a ghost of who I once was. I was happy and joyful and goofy and adventures with my friends were my absolute favorite way to pass time (second to sleeping which I couldn't do anymore).
Let's just say it has been a challenging year. But here I am, still alive and trying.
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My mailing address is:
3745 Social Circle
Norcross, GA 30092

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PO Box 399
Ambridge, PA 15003
+1 724-266-0669
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