Our Summer Mission Trip: LHI led a group of 18 with the primary focus of Housemother’s Training, a Performing Arts Camp and construction work on the LHI land.
Kathy Flowers and Trina took the lead on Housemothers Training with support from Shay Dembicki, Melanie Beaudoin and Sarah Barker. Our seven housemothers were taught “The Five Love Languages” and engaged in a women’s Bible study looking at Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. The housemother’s training has been a great success the last few years in developing our housemothers into better care givers while developing closer bonds of trust with the American women.
The Performing Arts contingent led by Kim and Kathy Cooke with support from the whole Mission team pulled together a great show which consisted of worship and ballet dances along with scenes from Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof. We conducted 3 performances: one at Seeds of Hope orphanage for approximately 125 children and their staff, the second performance was to a packed house of students at Simba International school and the third performance was an evening show for the general public. Without a doubt the Arts touch people and transcend culture.
On Sunday morning before church we conducted a baptismal ceremony where 22 American and Zambian youth demonstrated their acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Strengthening the Zambian youth spiritually and morally was also an important element of our trip. Kim Cooke and Jamie Flowers took the lead with the boys and Kathy Cooke and Kathy Flowers championed the girls and taught the plus 10 year olds “Passport to Purity” (P2P) a Family Life curriculum. It was an inspiring time for the kids talking about peer pressure “running with the herd”, and moral decision-making based on God’s plan and not the world’s.
Jamie Flowers and Davies Chipoya, our LHI Zambian Director, took an unplanned challenge to present the Gospel to our neighbors on the LHI land. Approximately 70 people (men, women and children) watched the Jesus Film under the stars and about 50 of them expressed their faith in Christ for the first time.
Jamie took the young men on the team to the land to layout our next building and while there the local children captured the hearts of our young men who were persuaded to build soccer nets out of sticks and twine, then two of our guys bought the local kids team jerseys.
Our Children’s Achievements: 2015 marked the first graduating class from Mapanza private school. Congratulations to Dalitso, Joseph, Victoria, Maureen and Angelita. All graduated with honors. Ackson finished high school and is awaiting his final grades for college placement. And although Marvin and Emmanuel have moved out of the LHI home and are now living with their guardians, they were approved to retake their high school senior year and LHI is continuing to support them. Aaron finalized his class work and received his electrical trade school diploma. Venus has started his second year at the International School of Accounting in Lusaka and is doing exceptionally well. Davies’ three older children are also doing well. Womba, the oldest daughter, is in her third year of college studying to be a teacher. Enduwa is in his second year of med school and Wana, Davies’ second son, is attending the National High School Academy in Lusaka. 2015 also marked the official establishment of the Education Endowment Fund with a large donation that originated from the annual LHI golf outing.
Our First Coffee Crop: Our second year harvest was large enough to justify exporting. A total gross weight of 4,672 lbs. arrived just before Christmas but due to the Holidays and FDA red tape, the coffee didn’t reach the roaster until January 5th. Our commercial webpage is in the final stages of being launched and we expect to kick-off serving coffee at OPC Novi, OPC Milford and Bell Creek yet this January. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get home delivery and be ready for the launch of livinghopecoffee.com.
Building Bonds of Trust: Trina has been going to Zambia every year since 2001 and has been working with the housemothers since 2003. But in the last three years a major breakthrough has occurred. New levels of trust, relationships and friendships have bloomed. The Zambian women who previously never shared anything about their personal lives have opened up. They want to know about USA culture and in turn they are sharing their stories and lives. As a result, Trina, Kathy Flowers and other US women are hosting women to women “get-togethers” at Word of Life Church in Ndola with upwards of 40 Zambian women. Praise God!