Hello from Zimbabwe! This past week has been a busy one for our team. On Wednesday, our team traveled to a local hospital offering prayer to the sick, and sang songs of joy. There were no doctors or nurses in the rooms, in fact, we never saw one health care facilitator. The patients sat in old iron beds with various colored fleece blankets. The girls took turns in each of the rooms praying for the patients, or offering up words of encouragement. We continue to be humbled by how gracious and welcoming the people of Zimbabwe are. On Thursday, we were able to visit an elementary school, and put on a presentation for them. The children loved the puppets, and the girls were able to wash the feet of all of the orphans in the school and give them a pair of shoes. Several children accepted Christ as their Savior after the John 3:16 skit. On Saturday, some of the local children and orphans came to base to visit with us. (A 1 mile walk, by themselves, some barely 4 yrs old) The girls sang and put on a puppet show. Again, after the John 3:16 skit, 20 more children accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. We had around 100 decisions for Christ this week. The people in Zimbabwe are much more receptive to the word of the Lord, than those back in the states. On Friday night, Bobbi and Suzanne made the girls pizza for a special treat. All of the girls loved it, and the girls told them that they are happy that their cooking has much improved since Boot Camp. =)
The team is doing well, and even adjusting to our lovely squatty potties. We still have some colds, and runny noses, but no major illnesses. The girls are doing well, and their only complaint here has been the lovely rooster which begins crowing around 4:30 every morning. The girls have also complained a bit about the ice cold showers, but again, they are good sports and very flexible. We’ve also been enjoying the goats here which we must constantly shew away from our dishline. Each night, a different team member leads devotions. Abby did hers on growing in the Lord, Ezzie’s was on the Armor of God, Hannah’s was on the different names and their meanings for the Lord, and Courtney gave a devotion and verses on treasuring your purity with the Lord.
As Mary treasured things in her heart, so do we as leaders, treasure watching the girls grow and mature in Christ. We’ve seen bad attitudes turn towards ones of joy. We’ve seen rebellious spirits change into humble spirits, and greatest of all, we’ve seen the girls love and passion for Christ grow stronger everyday. We all feel it is truly a priviledge to help lead such an amazing team of teens. As always, it’s a great day here in Zimbabwe.
Claimet, Bobbi, and Suzanne