Sunday, September 21, 2014
This past week we held teacher training for our 140 teachers to prepare them for Term 3. While this week was intended to teach our teachers new things, God used it to teach me.
On Friday, we did a bus tour like we had done last term. This time I was stationed at Chaisa LCA. I knew Chaisa had been a bar before we bought the property, but I had no idea how bad it was. With each group that would pass through, our Discipleship Staff and myself would introduce the school. Every time the Discipleship Staff would tell the teachers this place used to be a bar called, Kalingindi, you could hear the teachers gasp and start to talk amongst themselves. Our school had not only been a bar, but a brothel and one of the most well-known across Lusaka because of the awful things going on there. Thousands are people are said to have died from that place and even more contracted AIDs. The teachers recognized the name of the bar because they had heard of the evil going on there. There are many students who attend Chaisa LCA who lost their parents because of Kanlingindi Bar and Brothel. How amazing is it that a place once filled with so much sin is now spreading the gospel. Chaisa is special because from our school you can hear the music of the bars and clubs in the compound. When you walk out the front gate of the school there are thousands of glass bottles lining the streets that are sold and filled with liquor and beer. Even one of our students at Chaisa LCA was out there selling with her caretakers when I was there. The contrast from the outside of the gate to inside the school is an amazing difference. Chaisa LCA is a safe place for the children and a place where they can see a new life. God opened my eyes to see nothing is impossible for Him. From destruction, to new life, He can make all things new!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENA!
I am so thankful for my older sister, Gena. She has been an example for me my entire life. I have been encouraged by her and loved unconditionally throughout the years! I could not be blessed with a better older sister!
I love you so much, G, and can't wait to celebrate with you when I get home!
An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, a counselor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too. - Pam Brown