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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and
to keep oneself from being polluted by the world
. James 1:27

After the Mission ....

My life will never be the same! . . . . The most often heard comment from our team members after they returned to the U.S. Our words come slowly when trying to process all that our senses encountered.

   My mind says my life is different even if I don’t know what that means for my future.
   My spirit tells me that I am united in love with those who walk such a difficult life path.
   My emotions reveal that I don’t really understand joy yet, but I have met those who do.
   My heart longs for a way to give of what God has given me so abundantly.
   My desire is to follow God’s path should He graciously allow me to return.

We know that we have received more than we gave! [Read more]

Visual Report of the Mission (2 pages)

God has given us a mission at Wisdom Community School. See more about what is happening there.

Slideshow of Mission Zambia from departure into Wisdom Community School.

See our Facebook page for additional photos, videos, and info.

 

Before the Mission

May 30-June 16, 2012 [fact sheet on mission trip]

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and
to keep oneself from being polluted by the world
. James 1:27

On our last trip to Ndola, Zambia, God touched our hearts with that verse.

We visited Wisdom Community School in a slum area outside Ndola [see location]. In two rooms, they teach 160 children, grades 1-4, who could not attend school otherwise. The kids are orphaned or twice orphaned (both parents died). They live with an elderly grandparent or an older sibling. The school has no water, electricity, or toilets. They have very few books but can read and speak English. The school is community-based but Christian sponsored. The way out of poverty for these kids is to have an education . . . . . . . unreachable in their present circumstances, without this school.

The school has many needs that we believe God wants to meet through our ministry. The school is made from basic earthen/cement bricks and a tin roof. The first need is to put on cement/plaster on the outside to preserve it and then paint the outside and inside.MISSION ZAMBIA TEAM PHOTO

We have assembled a team to take with us to do the painting. We are raising funds to have the plastering done before we get there and to buy the paint.

We have assembled another team to work with the children while the team is painting the school. They will do VBS type activities, Bible stories, and soccer.

[Team members:
Back: Ed Edwards, John Holinsworth, Ron Jackson
Middle: Donna Edwards, Mary Kay McCormick, Darla Holinsworth, Kathy Jackson
Bottom: Karen Russell, Lois Jeffries, Norma McKinney]

The children at our church are donating new (or slightly used) books, which we will ship over and give out when we arrive. We also want to provide a Bible for each child.

When we visited there, the school no longer had funding for the three teachers and one caretaker. Our young-married Bible study class took on the funding of the teachers and caretaker for 2012.

While the teams work at the school, we will teach a pastor’s conference on marriage and family as we have done over the last 10 years. We provide study Bibles for them and fund all of the expenses for 50 pastor couples to attend.

John Piper said, “There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and disobedient.”

WISDOM COMMUNITY SCHOOL - BEFORE [For more information on this project]

     

       

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