The construction of the orphanage for Kids Alive Zambia is coming along nicely and we will start to put up the roof soon. I have been learning a ton and am fortunate to be with a great crew. Recently, the pastor from the church that I have been attending asked me to give two Sunday sermons. I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to speak on the topic of faith at the first service and the second on Jesus Christ. They both went well and overall it was a great experience for me. I got to dig into Christ and attack my fear of public speaking.
God has been good and He has been teaching me a lot. Two other experiences I would like to share are the following:
My faith was tested; to see whether I built my Biblical foundation on rock or sand. The waves came and a majority of my house fell to ruins but God, forever faithful, has used this for His good. He revealed weaknesses in me and is guiding my steps as I begin to rebuild.
God has gifted me with a servant hearted roommate. Right before I was heading out the door my roommate stopped me, grabbed a cloth, bent down and wiped the dust of my shoes. My shoes were on my feet! It was very moving and showed me that actions speak louder than words. God has blessed me tremendously and I feel very lucky to be here in Zambia, Africa. Thank you all, again, for your love and support.
Blessings, Chris Hagel May 2011 Leadership DTS Class