We celebrated two things today: our long-standing relationship with Agape Home Based Care in the Kawama and Mukobeko communities, and Anna’s 14th birthday!
We started the day splitting off into groups and joining the volunteers of Agape in visiting a number of their clients throughout both communities . We had opportunities to pray, encourage, laugh, cry, draw water and clean. Then we headed back to the hammer-mill site to prepare for a food distribution for 20 of the most vulnerable clients. This privilege (for us) and the opportunity to play with the local children capped off our day well.
And as for Anna’s birthday, let’s hear it in her own words:
“Today I got to spend my 14th birthday in Zambia and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to celebrate as normal or that it wouldn’t be fun. I was COMPLETELY wrong. I would say looking back on today, that it was probably my favourite birthday. Being able to play with some kids and watch the biggest smiles on their faces as we raced up and down the street was a great present. I got to teach them games like red light green light, Simon says, and tag. Even when I blew bubbles they would all cheer with delight. It was an experience I will never forget.
Not only were the kids always smiling, but I could feel a wide smile across my own face all afternoon. Then when it was time to go home I got the cherry on top of the cake – they all hugged me goodbye and they were high-fiving me through the window of the bus as it started to pull away. I can honestly say, this is a birthday I will never forget.”