Friday 24th of March, team Zambia left the YWAM DP Belize base in anticipation of the new adventure God has lined up for them. We boated, bussed and flew till we arrived in Houston, Texas. Having 2 Texans on our team this was a huge deal. Missy and her family blessed us with a night at her house during our 20 hour layover, we had mattresses, warm showers, Romanian pastry, and real milk!
The team went in two waves to LAX where we met again as we waited for our 22 hour flight with Ethiopian airlines to Ethiopia and then onto our final destination; Lusaka, Zambia. We had such a blessed journey as all our bags came through safely, all our visas were accepted, and other misplaced items were found. Thank you Jesus!
Our welcome into Lusaka was incredible, our contact Nephtali and all the youth from the church we were connected with met us and greeted us. We rode the bus, African tunes blasting, bags packed into the back and people sat on top of each other. At a stop on the way to our host home we introduced the youth to some of our tunes, we danced and sang and in no time had attracted a decent crowd and there were even a few Asians recording us.
Our hosts, pastor Siame, his wife Aunt Reni and their 2 daughters Faith and Zanji, have been incredibly hospitable and so generous with their time and resources. It’s been another huge blessing and just awesome conformation that God wants us here as He’s providing for our needs. We have a fairly busy schedule here, after our rest day; we prepared a bible study for a home cell group where we split into 4 teams. Each team decided on a topic, then put together some notes and verses and prayed, inviting the Holy Spirit to talk through them.
We went to the Breath of Heaven orphanage. It’s was incredible! A couple from Ohio had set it up in 2012 and they have created such a wonderful community and its was beautiful to see how much they love the children there. We got to sing some songs and do a skit for them and spent the rest of the day playing with the kids and just loving them.
We spent the morning with the youth and some other members of the Marvels of Grace church talking to people about Jesus. It was a different approach to evangelism than many of us were used to. We went into houses and were asked to simply speak to people about Jesus. It was awesome getting to pray with people and such a blessing to spend time with God’s children.
We took up a portion of the church service on Sunday so we prepared a dance/drama, Alex and Katie spoke and Josh spoke on joy. We started with a song that the youth had taught us about Jesus being number 1 and finished with one of our songs. But as typical of the culture here they wanted to hear more so we did an additional song and when they asked for another, Ally saved us by praying over our community.
We visited a clinic with the intentions of doing some cleaning and maybe talking to some of the patients. We ended up only having an hour there, the boys stayed outside tidying and cutting the grass with machetes. The girls split into 2 groups, one cleaning and one evangelising. We had the opportunity to speak with and pray over mothers and their children, men and women. It was a huge blessing, some of us felt deep compassion for the patients and others saw the hope that this clinic provided. It was definitely challenging and draining and only possible in God’s strength.
We had an awesome day where we slit into pairs and went to a Zambian home to experience their daily lives. We got to go to the market, make powder from grinding and sifting peanuts, cook caterpillars, cut okra, make the traditional nshima and eat ALL of it! Others learnt how to hand wash clothes, carry water containers on their heads and carry babies on their backs. It was such a fun day and. So full of joy and new experiences. It was something new and we felt honoured to have been invited into the homes and welcomed so warmly by all the families.
Something vital we’re learning here is dying to self and keeping our hands open; the way of life is very different. We may arrange to leave at 8am for an event but the truck doesn’t pick us up till 10am, or we’ll plan to go back to the house between events and end up hanging around and not get then break we’d hoped for.