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!
- 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*