Thursday, April 14, 2011

Destination -- Villages of Hope, Zambia

Phote from AKCL International Website

The Great Road runs north and south through the country of Zambia, Africa. 
And on this road sits a plot of land. 
And on the plot of land sits an orphanage.
And in the orphanage children live – children who are orphaned because their parents died of AIDS.
At one time, homeless, helpless, and hopeless, they now live together in “new” families at the orphanage.
They have a home.
They have help.
And they have hope.
At the Villages of Hope orphanage, started and supported by All Kids Can Learn International (click here) and churches in the United States, “Aunties”  and others take care of the children, showing them love in the name of the Lord Jesus,  educating them and teaching them life skills to become godly, independent adults.
My family – yes, all seven of us – plan to board a plane this summer and fly half way across the world to Zambia  where we will spend two weeks ministering to – loving on – the children and staff at the Villages of Hope orphanage.  Along with five other members of our church – a church that supports the orphanage monthly – we are going to be the hands and feet and heart of Jesus – for the Lord Jesus.
And we can hardly wait.
It’s been a dream for us to do this.  For many years, we have waited on the Lord and prayed for an opportunity to go.  It seems as if He has opened the door.
There is a lot to do between now and then.  Intermittently, we meet with the other members of our church to prepare for what the Lord may have us to do. We are praying and saving and fundraising. 
And we can hardly wait.
Micah 6:8 says, “…act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.”  It’s my hearts desire to do that and to watch my children do the same. It’s a start in showing them that the world goes beyond their school, their city, their state or their country, and that God is at work all the time,  everywhere -- and that part of that work, includes them.
Will you pray for us?  

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