Our GAP Community team in Zambia is seeing God move in incredible ways! Be in prayer for them as they continue to serve and love on the people they are meeting and working with.
See some highlights and updates below!
Highlights from Jean-Marie Jobs:
1. Seeing hope manifest when the drilling rig hit water in the village.
2. Treating 159 patients at the clinic.
3. Having everyone in the village get tested for HIV/AIDs.
4. Seeing Jim get to build his playground for the kids.
5. Having multiple young men say “madam, can you photo me?”
Updates from the Team:
Zamtastic melting moments…
The Zambian church was an amazing experience. It was beautiful and inspiring to see how God is worshiped and pursued in a different part of the world. On Monday we worked at Chimata Village. Seeing the people come from miles around for a chance to receive the most basic of medical care was incredibly humbling and gave me a clear vision of how desperate people are for what we take for granted in the States. I’m so excited for the following days to see how many people might come and how God might use us to have an impact in this rural village.
– Allen Marshall
Today was the first day of ministry in the bush. Jean and I taught 21 women and some babies under a tree, in the sun, with no food or water. What I noticed the most was how some of the women were intent on learning and some were resigned to the “lack” they didn’t have. Even in the face of Gap community building a well, training on leadership and self defense some people were completely uninterested in the possibilities in front of them. Of course there were others who participated completely going to our free clinic, doing the leadership exercises and gearing up to invite others to tomorrow’s training! I personally loved noticing how when I participate all I see if blessing and provisions And when I am resigned I see nothing.
This is my first mission trip and I was amazed and overwhelmed today. I have been a nurse for over twenty five years but nothing quite compares to improvising in the bush in Zambia. After screening patients this morning I had the opportunity to visit two shut in patients this afternoon. Seeing the realities of how their life is and doing the assessment in their home, gaining their trust. They were so receptive, open and thankful, for what we were able to do for them, the advice we gave them. I am excited to continue the week and see how we will be able to bless them, and how they will continue to be a blessing to us.
Wow! What a first couple of days in Zambia. First we get to attend a very fun and inspirational church service with great music and friendly people. Then we pull up to a field in the middle of nowhere and set up a medical clinic serve one hundred or so people and play football with a bunch of darling kids while the cows are moving through literally through the football area and into the clinic. No worries though a four year old boy picked up a stick and shooed them off. And just last week I didn’t know how to spell Zambia.
It hard to remember that we have only been in Zambia two full days as I think about all that we have gotten to do so far. From being the “honored guests” at a local church, to completing the first day of our medical clinic, it has been a great experience. Getting to put my medical skills to use, limited as they are, reminds me of why I am going into the medical profession. It is a joy to serve people that are so grateful for something as simple as a blood pressure and temperature check! For more stories from my perspective visit: travelcamblog.blogspot.com
– Cameron MacInnis
Ministering in Zambia has been a fun and amazing experience. I’ve spent a lot of time playing with and loving on the youngest members of the Chimata Village. Their favorite sport is soccer and we play it a lot. Between 20-30 show up to an open field and we begin to kick around a few balls; usually 3 or 4 cows will manage to walk through our game, but the kids don’t seem to mind. With the help of a translator, I’ve started teaching them Jesus Loves Me. I’m looking forward to the few days we have left with them and telling them about the love of Jesus for them and all of Chimata.
Second Update from some of the Team on June 20th, 2015:
We have concluded our four days of work in the Chimata Village. I personally led a prayer with 20 women and 6 littles standing in a circle holding hands as they gave their lives to Jesus. As women, we had a beautiful time of sharing our struggles and ultimately me sharing about the need for a Savior to be with us in our hard times. I see so powerfully how it is Jesus who gives me and the women peace in the midst of hardship. I felt so blessed at their openness with me and how they shared so vulnerably about their lives.
Throughout our time here, we have driven by many shops and places of labor. One such place was a lumber yard. There we saw men loading push carts with bed frames or a bike with many pieces of lumber. They no doubt have to carry these heavy loads a great distance and for very little reward or form of payment. While working in Chimata village we saw how hard the people must work in the bush. From the moment a child can walk or carry something they are given responsibilities children in the states would never dream of. We have seen five year olds caring for babies on their backs, we have heard women say they leave some of their children at home to work and keep the home so the mothers can attend self defense courses. The people of this nation work so hard for what amounts to so little, the majority do so without complaining or bitterness and have great joy in their hearts. The people have humbled me when I consider the situation in our own nation. How so many in the U.S. are so entitled, jealous, and bitter, how unhappy we are with how much we have.
– Allen Marshall