Leaving For The Bush – 11008

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11008-OA I11008-OA IZambia Orphan Angels Missions TripHello! I am happy to report that the OA MSSM 1 11008 team is leaving today for our circuit in the bush. We have been at the Ndola base for the last three days completing our motor bike training. Everyone seems comfortable on the bikes. We rode into town safely and have been praising God for His protective hand over us as we ride these motorbikes. Within the next hour we will ride approximately eight hours to our destination in the bush. Monday and Tuesday are our preparation days and then we will start the Sunday School on Wednesday. We are so excited to get started. We want to thank you for all your continued prayers and support during this time. 

Team Member comments:

Dear Mom and Dad, I am starting to have a lot of fun! We finally took the bikes out on the street. Well, actually when we did it the first time it was only our second day riding here. We are going about as fast as the bikes are capable. I can’t wait to ride when I get home. Dad, me and you are gonna cruise the streets. LOL.  Tony, dude, how are you doing? We are gonna have a family biker going when I get back. I can ride pretty much any bike now. Mom, how’s it going? You need to learn to ride. LOL Madi, I love you and hope you are doing good. In his grip, Jacob Hall

My experience here at the base camp has been very inspirational. Being here in Zambia has really opened my eyes to everything I take for granted, like driving on the right side of the road. It is so weird seeing a car come at me from the right instead of left side. I am just afraid now that when I get back home i will forget that I am not in Zambia anymore and will end up driving on the wrong side of the road! But I will just have to see when I get back. Besides the driving, I have gotten to know BMW students here and it is amazing. It has been awesome being able to play soccer with them. I will miss it while we are in the bush, which we leave for tomorrow, so wish us luck and keep us in your prayers.   -Michael Seltzer

Tomorrow I head out into the bush (aka the jungle!) We will be on a eight-hour bike ride. I am a bit nervous, but it’s good to know God is with me. It was comforting to quote one of our bible verses as I practiced today, something the Lord told the Isrealites long ago, Isaiah 41:10; “Fear thou not; for I am with thee. Be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea I will keep thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Being on the mission field has a funny effect on having to depend on God, as you normally don’t in the States. If you are reading this, please say a quick prayer for our team. That God  would uphold us, be with us and use us. P.S. Hi Mom!    -Joshua Rex

Dear Everyone, Zambia so far has been such an amazing experience. I feel like we set the bar so high when it comes to all the things that we count as necessities. We thought Boot Camp was roughing it, but then when we get here and we have even less…and we haven’t even left the base yet. It’s amazing because us girls complain when we don’t have a blowdryer or something stupid like that, but the Zambian people are so happy  and content with everything they have. The people at the base are always so kind and welcoming. They are like a big tight-knit family but they welcome you with open arms. Well tomorrow we begin our circuit around the bush to all the different villages. All the girls are excited because the women at the base told us after we asked them to teach us how to balance things on our head (HUGE THINGS!) So exciting!   -Mikayla

I cannot believe its already been three weeks. Time seems to just fly by when you are out here! Tomorrow we start our journey out into the bush. The first ride is eight hours! Crazy! But after 2 1/2 weeks of training like a Zambian dirt bike rider, it’s time to rest our skins. I feel very confident that our team will do well during our next two weeks. We are in control of our bikes and we mesh together very well. We are starting to grow into a family 🙂 This is already a summer I am never going to forget and the next three weeks will be life changing. Praise God!     -Bailey Seltzer

I LOVE IT HERE!! So far my trip here in Zambia, Africa has been a blessing from the Lord. Everyone here at the TMI base is very welcoming. It gets very chilly at night, but during the day it is beautiful! I cant wait to start our journey to the bush tomorrow. I have definitely been relying on God through everything. The hard things and the fun things. My favorite part of the whole day is our morning devotionals. I have been able to connect with God in a way that I never knew I could. Thanks for all the prayers!   -Katelyn Gannon

Dear Outside World, Zambia has been great so far, all the riding along the roads is perfect practice and just getting used to the bikes everyday is bringing us together. We start the bush run soon and will be gone for two weeks! But it is going to be an amazing time to worship and spread the gospel to those who need it! Until next tim, Zambia OA MSSM 1 OUT!    -John Atkins

We leave tomorrow! The time here has gone by fast. Yesterday we rode out to a round-a-bout! I felt comfortable and in control of my bike. Today was fun—we all got to go to the town. The girls and I went shopping for “wrappers!” We were looking forward to that so it was fun to buy our favorite patterns. We also packed food and got the truck ready for tomorrow. We are all ready and excited to leave the base so we can begin our project. I am not worried about the cold weather; it feels like summer in North Dakota! Please do pray for our team’s safety on the bikes and good communication and cooperation.    -Rachel Toddhunter

Hello Zambian Parents! Well it is the 3rd and final day here at the Ndola TMI base before we head out into the African bush. We have been doing alot of motorcycle training. Yesterday we took the bikes out and practiced on the local round-a-bout! The staff and BMW students here are really cool. (Although, I am a little biased) Everyone here, including myself, is excited to head tomorrow for our two-week trip into the bush. God has been doing some great things, and answering prayers. We have all really started to bond as a team. (warts and all) and are getting along well. Please keep us in your prayers as we head out. Hi Mom!    -Chad Codding

My experience here has been a good one so far. The weather is great I love it here. The BMW students are very kind and fun to talk to. Going out into town with Oscar and the other kids was great because we got a glimpse of what the peoples lives are like and how they get through on the roads. The bikes have been quite a challenge yet fun when we get them going. Sunday, July 3rd, we are heading to the bush for two weeks. I personally am scared to ride there but I am excited to become part of the orphans lives.   -Andy Kneip

Hey Everyone! Today was our last full day at the TMI base. Tomorrow we leave for the bush…it will be an eight-hour motorbike ride. Please pray our bikes run smoothly and we have a safe trip. The last three days have gone so fast, but we have really been enjoying our time. God has been showing Himself in big ways already 🙂 Can’t wait to see how our ministry in the bush goes! Love everyone!! Hope everything is going great back home! Happy birthday BRO 🙂 I love you Mikee!! Miss you all!    -Kristen Oliver11008-OA I



  1. Andy, We are excited to hear the reports from your team. We are looking forward to any news we get. We have you in our prayers. Have fun riding the motorcycle.
    Love and miss you, Dad

  2. Jessica Seltzer

    Michael, Bailey, and Casey, It is so exciting to hear from you guys and your team! God is so good, you are in his protection and loved! We are all praying for you guys, and now that you have mastered the bikes I know your fun has quadrupled!! “=D haha I will be praying for the others on the road to get out of your way as you learn to drive on the opposite side of the road! haha 😉 May the Lord be with you all as you bring his good news to the people in the Bush! I love you guys!

    Michael I love you, miss you and can’t wait to give my little brother the biggest hug in the world when he gets back! But I am so proud of you and thank God for giving you this amazing opportunity to share his love with these people in Zambia. Bailey, you are the sweetest cousin anyone could ask for and God is using you, Casey and Michael in amazing ways on this trip be encouraged and know that many people are praying for you guys. Casey, I am so proud of you, keep letting God use you for his glory! It is amazing the places he will take you! 😉 Love ya.
    We love to read the updates and we will continue to check back in!! God bless you guys!!

  3. Carolyn Sawyer

    So good to hear from you all. Michael, Take care and thanks for writing. I am so excited that you are in Zambia sharing the Gospel. May our Lord use you to spread His word and truth. As you are stretched, know that Jesus is holding you so very carefully in the palm of His hand. You are protected and loved! May your walk with our Lord deepen as you have to depend on Him. Love, Mrs Sawyer 🙂

  4. Leo & Shawna Koivu

    We are so proud of you. We have been praying for all of you. Keep sharing the best news ever!! We love the updates…we will keep checking back. God Bless you all.

  5. Awesome hearing from you!
    Love and prayers, Mom

  6. Debbie Todhunter

    SO GOOD to hear from each of you! Many people are asking how you are doing and if we’ve heard, so now, we can say “YES!”. We’re praying for your safety, among other things.

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