Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Milk and Medicine Distribution Kalingalinga Compound

There is always so much to love while in Zambia!!!  Keep scrolling down for more of our adventures.

Milk and Medicine distributions last for a whole week, but I think today was our last day to be able to join them.  Our schedule is so full, and at the end of the trip, I’m sure we’ll still know of things we wanted to do but didn’t have time to do.  

Today we met at the Jesus Army Church in Kalingalinga for distribution.  There were so many young girls today in charge of families-either their own or siblings and cousins.  Today’s health talk was about HIV and the new recommendation from international health organizations that it’s safe for an HIV positive mom to nurse until the baby grows teeth and can potentially draw blood.  That still makes me nervous, but that’s what I’m learning many organizations are saying. 
Abram and big sis Loveless drawing with chalk.

Charles thought the van so was cool!  We toured the whole thing.

During distribution, I had three awesome helpers.  My job was to hand out rice, and these three cuties had a ball reaching for the bags, counting 1, 2, 3, and then stopping until the next family was called.  So cute!!!

Abram, Charlies, and Annie helping me.

With some boys who stopped by to say hi.

 We would love to have you join us in sponsoring this program.   Please feel free to ask us questions!

We spent the afternoon at Garden Hills School which is a grades 8-9 campus.  They are trying to build 2 new classrooms to expand the school.  Isaac and Banda helped the construction team measure out the foundation and begin digging it.  There aren’t back hoes and Caterpillar machines, so the guys worked insanely hard for several hours. A few of the little kids from the area had come to watch.  I think one or two of them had a dad working the site.  I know enough Nyanja to ask for their names and tell them mine.  I played and sang kids’ praise songs with Jess, Joshua, Moses, and Mate for quite a bit.  I doubt they knew a word of what we were singing, but their smiles showed they didn’t care.  Then I listened to the school kids have devotions and worship after their lunch break.  So amazing!  I also did some shoveling but then ended up teaching an impromptu civics lesson to the grade 9s.  Lucky for me, the Zambian Constitution’s Bill of Rights nearly mimics ours so we were in business!

Joshua and Jess

When we got back to the House, a local family was here.  The mom is named Lynn and brings her kids by every so often to visit the babies.  CACZ needs more families like this!!!  I asked her if she had considered having her kids’ schools do charity events for CACZ.  They haven’t yet, but she loved the idea.  I hope something comes of this!  She wants to bring her kids back to play on Monday or Tuesday since it’s a national holiday, and wants to visit some more.  Anna, from Every Orphan’s Hope, was back today too.  We had a great visit while playing as well.  Lord, thank You for Your people! 

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