Wednesday – I am a Widow

Posted: May 16, 2018 in Zambia 2018

“My name is Beauty, and I am a widow.”

With those words, our day today came sharply into focus.

We travelled this morning to the Kaputula community to meet with the volunteers of Shalom Home Based Care, let by the inimitable Loveness Chitafu. It was during the introductions that it really hit me. One by one the ladies (they were all ladies at this location) rose and said: “My name is …, and I am a widow.” One after another. More than twenty times. “I am a widow.”

There are innumerable widows and orphans (and double orphans) in Zambia, largely due to the AIDS epidemic of the last decade. And these repeated statements hit me like a series of punches. But the women we met today were far from hopeless. In fact, they were radiating hope. The hope that comes from pouring out the little you have in the service of others.

We split into five small groups and spent time talking with a few of these amazing women. And then we were honoured to be able to present them each with a small package of gifts – mealie meal (corn meal), salt, beans, a blanket, a knit doll (thanks Angela!), some dish cloths, and a soccer ball (they all gave grandkids).

Hearing the joy in receiving theses small gifts is something I will never forget. There was singing. There was dancing. There was shouting. And there was “hamming it up for the camera”!

And by the end of the day, they knew that they were appreciated.

Sometimes it is the small things that are the most impactful.

Oh. And Alan and Keith made some new friends.

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.”

Monday – And So We Begin

Posted: May 14, 2018 in Zambia 2018

Pastor Lawrence, feeling particularly generous today, let us sleep in a bit before stopping by to give us an orientation briefing on the work currently being done by Together in Action.

After lunch, we then all piled into a mini bus and headed to Mukobeko. There we met with the volunteers and saw first hand the work they are carrying on faithfully here everyday.

Tomorrow we begin our home-based care visits so a quick dinner, a bit of organizing, and an early night in as the jet lag is still slowing down a few.

Thanks for your prayers.

Hello Zambia!

Posted: May 14, 2018 in Zambia 2018

GoTeam Zambia have safely arrived! 🇿🇲

At around noon Sunday, we arrived in Lusaka, tired, but with all our luggage (Praise God!).

We were met by Melody, a good friend of ours, and proceeded on to Kabwe by bus. We have now settled into our accommodations here and, after a good meal and an even better sleep, are ready to begin our work.

Please keep us in you ur prayers. All are doing well, but there are long days ahead and God has big plans for this team. We will post as often as we can, but it may not be daily.

GoTeam Zambezi 2018 out.

Via Europe

Posted: May 12, 2018 in Zambia 2018

Our GoTeam arrived safely this morning in London and are now in Frankfurt, awaiting the next leg of our journey. Next up – Johannesburg!

And here’s our ride to Jo’burg …

GoTeam Zambia 2018

Posted: May 11, 2018 in Zambia 2018

10 years.

Has it really been ten years?

In 2008 we sent our first Zambian GoTeam to a small city in central Zambia by the name of Kabwe. We met Pastor Lawrence Kunda. Our lives were changed.

Now, in 2018, we are sending our tenth GoTeam to Kabwe. Please pray that it is the most significant team yet.

We have finished what we came to do!  The team was amazing!  Our Metro hosts and Leanna were amazing as usual.  We are all tired but our hearts are full!

We arrive at 4:18pm AC#664 from Montreal if you are picking up a team member!