Friday, May 11, 2012

A First Post from Zambia!


Hello from Ndola, Zambia…we are safely here in the Copperbelt of this beautiful land…I think all in all we had about a 45 hour travel adventure to get to our new home for the next 8 days!  Everyone has been nodding off in our mini-bus as we travel down the Zambian highway…this is very much Africa in all its fullness…there are big cities, lots of kids walking miles down the roads in their uniforms on the way to school, beautiful landscapes, and people who are remarkably welcoming to visitors!

We are all set up in rooms with bed nets and we even got some hot water for our first showers in 3 days…we enjoyed our first African dinner and had a short conversation sharing our hopes and dreams for our time together in this place…many, many of our team members are excited to build relationships, to have their hearts and views of the world forever impacted, and to engage God’s Kingdom work as we hear and enter into the stories of children and families in Zambia…

Personally, it is so, so much fun to bring this group here in my 6th trip to Zambia…to this country I love, to meet the people who have changed my life, and to discover with them the next chapter for us at CU and as individuals as we join God in what we is doing in a place with remarkable needs and incredible blessings on the other side of the world…and to write new life stories as we enter into the stories of life here in Africa…

Tomorrow we will go thru an orientation with our friends at Jubilee Ministries who welcomed us each with roses and prayed for us tonight…and then get the chance to help in the building of a home for orphan children who have been deeply affected by HIV/AIDS…

It is beautiful here tonight (clear skies and about 60 degrees) as we head to an early bedtime in hopes of being rested for tomorrow…

For the Zambia team,

CHIP

7 comments:

Gerald said...

Glad to hear you guys made it safely and am so excited about your time in Zambia! Praying for you...

Tami Grotenhuis said...

So glad to hear you made it there! We are praying for everyone!

Jen Machiela said...

How exciting! I'm a friend of Tami's and grew up in Nigeria -- just reading your post brought me right back "home" again. We'll be praying for a powerful week and huge evidence of God's hand at work.

Christine M said...

SO GREAT to read this. Praying for you all!
Christine Mutch

Sam and Cindy Wiltheiss said...

Cindy and I will be praying for your Team. I will be watching to see how God will direct your path and bring about growth in all involved.

Sharon said...

So excited for you guys, Chip! Praying that God rocks your world, turning it upside down and transforming the hearts of all on the team.

Kendra said...

I ditto Sharon in her prayers.