ZAMBIA 2016 TRIP UPDATE!
*Photo credit goes to Naomi Lehr
June 22, 2016
Dear GAP Supporters
Thank you for your generous financial and prayer support for our trip to Zambia! Our team of 12 accomplished much on your behalf. Here’s a snapshot of the projects done during our 2-week trip:
We taught them how to sew, and helped them make aprons to sell, funded an irrigation system for their large garden, played, taught them how to fly a kite, worshiped, laughed, moved bricks (helped work on their property), did morning devotional with them, danced, arts and crafts about their future, games, washed clothes, and treated children for all kinds of basic medical. We brought food, pillows, small solar panels for battery operated devices, battery operated DVD players with educational DVDs and painted a mural in the older girl’s bedroom! One team member brought a polaroid and took each of the children’s pictures to give to them – a rare treat.
A newer orphanage, the team helped prepare walls and paint them as they are just starting to create space for their 8 girls. We also brought groceries and donated funds for one of their older girls, Precious, to start nursing school.
We did a 2-day camp and ended with an alter call, where about 100-130 kids gave their life to the lord. We did teaching, games, small groups, worship, crafts, some kids performed a skit, some did bible verses, and the 6-8 year olds performed a dance.
The theme for two days was gods purpose for our life, and how he can redeem anything when we choose forgiveness… We anchored it in the story of Joseph and how God was with him even though it looked different than he thought and how the Lord redeemed it. Then the exercises were around them processing forgiveness.
On a practical level, we provided lunch for all the children both days as well.
Hosted and staffed an outdoor medical clinic serving 98 people in 1 ½ days. Also provided additional building materials for the physical clinic building being constructed by the community there. In 2015, your donations funded a water well. We plan to complete the clinic building in 2016 and begin fund raising for the school in 2017. Once the school is built, the government will provide teachers. Our friend Pastor Sydney Mulenga will be able to recommend Christian teachers for the community. Everything in this village is solely funded by GAP Community! Your donations and prayers are building community.
We facilitated training for 10 couples and saw miraculous transformation in marriages! The openness and passion shared was inspiring.
We were able to fund a new laptop for Gladys who, although blind, completed a course in computer work to allow her to obtain a better paying job. She was so excited to receive a laptop so she can continue her training and support her family. We also provided her oldest daughter Patience with a cell phone and talk time so she can communicate with her mother during the day.
The team also donated funds towards tuition and books for a young man, Joakim, to complete Bible school.