Friday, August 21, 2015

too long...

It has been a long time, too long, since my last update! I don't even know how to describe the last six months except to say they have been busy! On this side when people are away for furlough we have to just fill in and make it work until they return. This spring I filled in for our Superintendent of Schools and then immediately stepped in to the Tree of Life Village Director's position when he left for time off. Life can be crazy over here with just your own job, so working two has kept me running. 

Term two started in May and shortly after that camp season hit. Our kids started out the season with their own mini camp and learning about GRACE! We had hundreds of Americans come over the last two months and pour into thousands of our kids! It has been a joy to watch both the Americans and the kids enjoy camp week after week. 

This camp season we opened seven homes throughout the village and were able to move in over 100 kids into the village. What an amazing time of celebration to watch these kids get to move home and be able to rescue even more children from terrible situations.

This past season God has been stretching me, humbling me, and pushing outside my comfort zone. Man, I never could have imagined what all God had in store for me when I moved over here, but not a day goes by that I don't feel your prayers and know how blessed I am because of all the people praying and encouraging me from back home! 

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you."



Life has been busy. A good busy. A GREAT busy, actually. The last few months we have been preparing for 9,737 kids to start school through our program. The holidays and dream camp flew by as we worked towards schools opening and for the first time, secondary school starting. After months of research construction and preparation, our secondary school opened in January. How exciting to see God working in so many different ways through our schools.

Our kids received everything they need for school from us. From pencils and notebooks to uniforms and desks, we order and distribute it all! For almost 10,000 kids, this becomes a lot to complete. As we are settling into school, it is exciting to think that each of the thousands of exercise books represents a kid who gets to go to school, who gets to learn!

This year our theme is "Unearthing Hearts of Gold." We challenged our teachers to dig deep into the hearts of these kids who come to us beaten down and feeling worthless and help them discover the greatness inside!

Copper and Gold

If I offered you a pound of copper or a pound of gold, which would you choose?
Many companies in Zambia are choosing copper.  That’s because the Copperbelt province of Zambia is rich with the metal, and mining it out of the earth is making these companies rich.  It is one of the most lucrative businesses in Zambia and the nation’s single biggest export.  But it is not the most valuable treasure there...

There is gold in Zambia, too.  But it can’t be wrestled out of the earth with heavy machinery and cheap labor the way copper can.  In fact, you could sift every square inch of Zambian soil and still not find much of it.  That’s because you’d be looking in the wrong place.
The gold of Zambia is in the hearts of its children.  Like copper, it lies beneath the surface, silent, waiting to be discovered.  It is invisible to those who don’t know it’s there, and only the ones who realize its enormous potential take the time and effort to bring it out.

At Family Legacy, we’re in the gold mining business.
Would you settle for copper if there was gold to be had? Neither would we.  We’re committed to the painstaking process of drawing this gold out, inch by inch, ounce by ounce, from every orphan and vulnerable child in Zambia.  Prospecting for this kind of gold is grounded in the idea that a very different Zambia awaits if we can plumb the hearts and lives of its future leaders.  Although this gold may be trapped beneath the hard soil of poverty, AIDS, and brokenness, it is not impossible to find - just ask the miners.

Our teachers have started the year digging for gold in our kids, and we are so grateful for these kids, the potential they have, and opportunity to help them discover the great things they can become. What a blessing to serve alongside these teachers as they uncover greatness that our kids never knew they had! 

This year I have taken the challenge to capture a HAPPY moment everyday! These moments are posted along with the HAPPY moments of 3 of my friends on Instagram! Follow us and celebrate the HAPPY in our days at