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P.O. Box 620170, Kalomo, Zambia
Our vision is to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the children of Zambia through physical and spiritual means.Our hearts longing is to empower the local church and village community to meet the great need of the many orphans and widows through the development of an orphanage.(Psalm 68:5-6a)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Home sweet Home in Zambia

Greetings to all in Our Lord Jesus Christ and do pray that all of you are well. Amber and I arrived in Zambia save on the 21st of Mei 2008 and had to spend a couple of days in Livingstone to get our 1964 Land Rover cleared and registered in Zambia. We thank you for all your prayers and thank God that it is registered, cleared, and working in Mukamba. Amber had to drive the Toyota Hilux off road and she did very good and even had to go through a river with water still in it. After only driving automatics in the States and 5 years of relatively little driving with a manual stick shift, I am very proud of her. 5 hours of difficult off road driving was definitely being thrown into the fire.

Work here in Mukamba is progressing slowly but is moving. Some of the villages have started to make their bricks and to date there are about 50 000 mud bricks molded. Community involvement has been excelent and now the next task is to get them burned so that the builder can start to build the first orphanage house! We have also been and still are working on getting our kitchen, toilet and bathroom finished which is also going slower than what we would like it to go. Out "updated" flush toilet is working but you still have to pour the water in the bowl manually. We are in the process of putting up a water tank to have some flowing water. Next we want to complete the bathing room so that our days of bucket bathing in the cool winter air will be lessened Brrrrr! We also had a snake for a visitor one night at our temporary kitchen, and boy was he long and strong but we did not kill it for we knew what snake it was. While we are known for killing both black mamba's and puffaders two of the most venomous snakes out here, this visitor was a Southern File snake for those of you who would like to know and are not poisonous. Because burning bricks take a lot of wood to burn we are starting to cut trees down in the farmers fields where they are planting so in this way we are helping some people in the area with clearing their fields. Amber and I both were a bit sick but must thank God that we are well and strong again with God's help. Another fun event is that we happened to find some baby fruit trees in Livingstone that Amber planted and has been tending like children. Our dogs continue to grow (along with the puppies - one of which has graduated to goat/cow herder at the animal property) but are still as naughty and active and wonderful as always.

It is both exciting and a bit overwhelming at times as we adjust and go through the whole range of emotions of living here now permanently. We are very excited about the two upcomming teams that will be visiting us in June and July (including two college age ladies who will be visiting us for a month) but are now feeling the time crunch of getting things ready and completed in time for them. Soo much work to do and yet so little time - but in this all - we know that God is the one in control and as we do our part, He will do his. One added blessing of this is that we have REALLY come to appreciate Sundays as a true day of rest. During this busy transition time in our lives, I don't know how we would get through the week without God and his wonderfully ordained day of rest.

For pictures of what it look like and what we were up to this far please go to: www.picasaweb.google.com/missionoflovezambia

Thank you again for your ongoing prayers and financial support. Thanks for partnering with us in this exciting phase of the ministry.

Mission of Love Comminuty Orphanage