Dear friends..it seems I have ran a little dry lately...I guess I could call it writers block, maybe I'm a tiny bit homesick. In all honesty, I just don' t have anything terribly exciting to tell you. That could be a good thing, i.e. no snakes! Woot, woot... imagine for one whole year now God has been answering that prayer! Yay God! I usually write about adventures that "I" have experienced, but I think it is time to tell you about the Zambian people that I "do life" with on a daily basis!
I probably won't be able to adequately describe how amazing the men, women and children here are. They "out work", "out pray", "out cook", "out sing" and "out do" me by leaps and bounds in so many areas.
Their unconditional love for one another is like none I have seen. When a family has become homeless there is always room to take in one, two, three (or more if necessary) in their already small hut.
I have seen a child with a small piece of sweet potato (which was probably her breakfast) share with another child who was hungry.
Would you be willing to walk 4 HOURS to preach? I don't think I would be ABLE to speak if I had to walk 4 hours to get to church. Gibson does this every Sunday! Keep in mind, there are no McDonald's or K&W's stop by, on the 4 hour walk back home.
They have unspeakable joy...you will hear the sound of singing and laughter coming from every direction throughout the day, it may be the construction workers, it my be a house mother or a precious child that has gotten their giggle box turned upside down. Owen, our school Headmaster has a contagious laugh that I feel sure can be heard for miles around!
Of course there are evil people everywhere, but what I am finding among many of our local village people is they don't want to hurt one another, but to help. They don't want to blame one another, but to commend, they do not hate each other, but love each other.
They struggle daily to overcome illiteracy, they work long hours to PAY for their children to attend high school. They have to work about 10 weeks to pay for ONE child to attend high school. An average wage is about $3.80 per day, it is a challenge but a challenge they are happy to take on and feel is necessary to combat illiteracy and see their child succeed.
The children here are taught early on that family takes care of family. There is a confidence that their children will provide for them when they are older...that's just the way it is done here.
Hopefully this will give you some insight on the people I "do life" with each day.
I'm confident there are many people right there in the good ole US of A in similar situations, but God has sent me here. I witness these scenario daily. The Bible is full of scripture telling us to help the poor, the widows, the less fortunate- who would God have you help today? You can be the hands and feet of Jesus and make a difference in the life of someone in the US! Be blessed my friends and thank you for helping us remain here as long as God desires.