Saturday, 26 May 2012

Last Days In Choma

Hey guys so it will be really hard for me to describe these past few days, they have been really really full! Yesterday we worked with Scripture Union in Choma Day school and Choma Secondary school, both are highschools, and both went really well.
Choma Day School was very interesting, the group was there mainly to sit in on discussion that Scripture Union started so we got an idea of what we needed to do. The topic there  was called understanding love, and the students were given a free environment to discuss and ask questions about anything and I do mean anything. It went very well, the students were open and able to talk, we also had a girl named Seepo talk to them about how God views love, and what real love is. One thing we noticed about these two schools was their sincere desire to live righteously, it was just that before Scripture Union there was nowhere for them to go to ask queestions or learn about these topics because they kept it very hidden. Since AIDS became more of a problem here, the need to talk and educate has grown and it is such an honour to take part in doing so these past few days.
With Choma Secondary, it was Tyndale's turn to run the show. There were approximately 80 students that showed up so we split them up into 3 groups. The grade 8's  and 9's in one group, 10 and 11's in another and the grade 12's in another. Then it was basically our turn to talk, share testimony and get some discussion going about certain issues like self-esteem/self-worth, communication, integrity, sexual sin and relationships. Overall the feedback was that it was a successful day, and a lot of the student expressed their thanks for us being there.
I shared my testimony about struggling with sexual sin and self-worth and how broken relationships in the past took a toll on my relationship with God, this allowed the youth to open up and share some of their lives with us and ask questions. At the end a girl came up to me and thanked me for sharing because it helped her a lot, and that she learned a lot from us all being there and that is a Praise God moment for me lol
God is so good, it is so clear how he reaches others here and how others reach us. The people here have taught us all so much about life and its amazing how a missions trip changes you just as much as the people you are going to serve.
Then we went to the new church building and did some work all morning outside. There was a snake seen but just a little black one. The ladies did some gardening, and shoveling and the boys made cement, picked up rocks and dug a foundation. Afterwards, the peer educators came over for some volleyball and that has been the update up until this very moment :) Thank you all for your prayers, it is clear how God is working through this amazing trip.

I have been struggliing with major heat rash and sun burn beccause of the meds, my nose is florescent pink its kiind of unattractive, and painful and itchy so prayerswould be appreciated because I would like to sleep tonight. Sorry about the typos, this keyboard isnt working. Anyways yeah.

Finally today we did a childrens program this morning played some games and went over to the Pastor's house for lunch which was amazing! Today was our last day of planned ministry so this will be the last blog written until we get home, our next 3 days will be in Livingstone doing some things like a safari, and seeing Victoria Falls etc. Thank you so much for all of you who have been keeping up with this blog!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

First Days in Choma

Ahh so what to say, I feel like so much has happened in the past couple of days. I travelled to Lusaka for a night and then Choma the next day with Lucky and Dorothy (our hosts and family members now :P) and it was so much fun, Leah and Ben went with us too. I didn't have to go on the overnight bus but we will all have to take the bus on our way back.
Choma is beautiful, colder than Mongu and more developed. Dorothy and Lucky's house, which we will be staying with is wonderful with hot showers and that will be the first shower I have had yet, other than the random sponge bath I did once last week. I feel like we are spoiled here at this house because we have hot water and a team member, Jeremy, who can cook amazingly well for us all. After drinking the water from the tap in Mongu I have been completely fine and Choma we are advised not too but we will see how it goes hahahaa. God is completely faithful in keeping me healthy.
We met the Scripture Union peer educators we will be working with for the rest of the week here apart from Saturday when we work with younger kids. We will be in schools getting the class involved in discussions such as sex and love, communications, and life decisions and really just walking alongside each other in our struggles
What I wanted to be careful of was not coming here and thinking I was the one coming to help people and I was the one treating people here lower than myself, but that we would serve one another as equals, and be brothers and sisters across the world. These people here are teaching me and changing me more than I could ever help them and it is amazing how much more they have got right about life compared to our culture. They are starving physical but spiritually and emotionally are filled with joy and pure trust and dependance on the Lord. I will never forget the joy on the kids faces when they saw us every time we pulled into the village or saw us on the streets. One day we were walking down the street and sudden shrieks of joy came from the bushes, as kids screamed from the bushes "Makua Makua!" which means white person in Silozi, And we turn around and dozens and dozens of kids chase us down and just want to shake our hands and hold our hands and walk beside us. In the village I think I had 3 kids holding each finger on my hand. The other amazing thing that happened so far was meeting my very good friend Karen, she is 18 and so  so so amazing. She is so gently, and godly and loving, we promised to write and I can't wait to keep this friendship going. Her father is Manwele the wise man we met who was head of the Village there. The church experience at the village was amazing. 260 people crammed into  one little church and my little 3 year old Esther came and found me and sat on my lap  for the service. I pressed her cheek against mine hugging her goodbye after as it could be the last time I would see her and she smiled her smile for me and held onto my skirt standing beside me until  her mom took her away so I could go. Her mother is beautiful too, Mondae is her name and she is 19 with another 7month old named Joy, wwhich I have mentioned prior.
Anyways tomorrow we teach in the school with our new friends here whom we have already sung with, joked with and prayed with. Yay I love Zambia. Hopefully Dorothy is going to find a baby orphanage for us to go to!

Ps. Love and miss you all, thank you so much those who have been praying and reading this blog!! xox

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Getting In Contact!! Quick Update!

Hey all just to let you know because of limited internet access, I can't check emails, I can only blog and respond to facebook messages.! Sorry guys :( You can also comment on the posts I leave here so I can reply that way!