I wanted to say thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. I know it has been a few months since I sent an update. As you will see below, there has been a lot that has been keeping us busy. God has really been moving in Ndola and the rest of Zambia, as people are understanding how much of a need there is for mental health support. Opportunities have been dropping into our laps and we are so very humbled to be a part of spreading hope to people who thought there was none. (The Gospel anyone?!)
I am thankful every day when I wake up that I get to do this work! I think of you every day and it is definitely my intention to reach out more than I have been.
I can’t wait to show you what has been going on (keep reading below). And please as you read, lift up praises for all that has happened and pray for the things that are continuing.
We ended up on the national news! A talented local photographer was doing a spotlight exhibit on people going through mental health issues in Zambia and he invited YANA to be a part of the event. ZNBC was there and interviewed me to talk a little bit about mental health in Zambia and the resources (including YANA) that are around.
Luyando and I spoke to 500 church youth. YANA was invited to be a part of a local movement in Ndola against drug and alcohol abuse. Luyando and I spoke and presented some activities to help the youth understand a little bit about how mental health conditions can be connected to addiction.
YANA had a booth at Simba International School cultural day. We set up a game to help the younger ones learn a little about understanding emotions and gave out information and talked to parents. (pic above)
We have also made some exciting connections in Lusaka. We are now partners with the two private counseling clinics: Psychealth and Renesense in Lusaka. And are also talking to the Lusaka Film Festival about a possible collaboration. Exciting things on the horizon!
Counseling The pic above is when I took Helene out for a tumeric latte. She was such a blessing to our ministry.
High performance coaching. Through a cool connection I made after the SAMS retreat in South Africa, Helene Dubinsky, a trained coach from Canada was able to come and live with my in Ndola and provide coaching for some of our youth that wanted help with goals and career. They gave a lot of positive feedback!
Continued Counseling. We have been having more and more people reach out to us, so everyone in YANA is providing psychological support to different youth. We also have an upcoming training for volutneers in July!
I got the privlege of hosting our dear Stewart Wicker (SAMS Director) in Ndola. He got to see our work and meet our board.
Personal Updates: the pic above is when I hiked table mountain after the SAMS retreat in Capetown. What a time of refreshment. Literally cloud 9!
Unfortunately, the money I bought the car in December with was stolen, so I have been in the middle of a legal battle with the guy who took it. Happily, SAMS was able to front me money for another car so I am not just dumping money into taxis for months. Would love prayer that I get my money back!!
I went to Zimbabwe for Easter weekend with a group of friends. It was exactly the refreshing that I needed to keep on working hard!
The economy in Zambia has been tanking so I have added a few more early morning yoga classes to supplement my support.