Today’s world is highly connected as we know from the News. Zambia is no exception. As China has cooled down, so has Zambia, which was exporting large amounts of Copper to China. As a result, the Zambian local currency (Kwacha) has devalued against all major world currencies, placing a hardship on all Zambians because just about everything is imported. Consequently, it now takes more Kwacha to buy imported goods. The annualized devaluation has amounted to 72%. If that were not enough, electricity came into short supply forcing rolling blackouts throughout the country forcing LHI to buy battery/converters for the children’s houses and a diesel generator for the land to protect our coffee crop which needs electricity to run the well pumps to water the plants.
In addition, LHI lost two close Zambian friends in 2015. Mr. Shadrack Chupa, a member of Word of Life Church (our family church while in Zambia) went to be with the Lord in December. Shadrack was our great friend and our interpreter whenever we were asked to deliver the sermon, which is every time we are in Zambia. He died of an infection in his knee that subsequently spread throughout his entire system. This is a complication that would have never happened in the USA. Health, another thing we take for granted in the USA. Shadrack leaves behind a wife and three young children. Then just last week, Mr. Fred Phiri, a long time CRU associate died. Fred was involved in a traffic accident some ten years ago that left him paralyzed from the chest down but, nothing could deter Fred from ministry. He founded “Life on Wheels” which has supplied thousands of wheel chairs to disabled Africans. Fred leaves behind his wife Catherine and three grown children. Please be in prayer for the families of these two Men of God.
Lastly, LHI is asking for prayers of recovery for Melody, one of our housemothers. Melody has undergone her second surgery in the last five years for the removal of ovarian cysts, and for Mr. Chris Musonda, Zambian Country Director for CRU. Chris was diagnosed last summer, following the OPC summer mission trip, with tuberculosis of the spine, something that I and maybe you didn’t even know was possible. I always associate tuberculosis as a pulmonary disease. Here in the USA, we take access to medical facilities and procedures as matter-of-fact. In Africa those facilities and procedures are not available and people die from infections that a simple antibiotic could arrest. Please pray for your African brothers and sisters in Christ.