Dear Friends and Family,
The last few months have really flown by! Busy, busy, busy! We will just share a few topics, leaving out most of the challenges that went on in the midst of it all.
Summer teams: Yes, we are still hosting teams. Three teams visited from the States. They were filled with energetic, enthusiastic teens. We love hosting them and watching God work in their lives. Two of the teams were working with the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission. Doug helped with the field training in Zambia, getting them acquainted with driving on the other side of the road and other challenges of driving in a foreign country. It is also tricky learning to ride the type of motorcycles that TMI keeps in Zambia for this purpose. They are not exactly like the ones that they trained on in the States. We always thank and praise God when they come riding in the final time, wiping away the tears in our eyes, that God has once again kept everyone safe over the hundreds and hundreds of k’s that they have ridden. They touched many lives through their evangelistic outreach and saw many come to know the Lord. We give God all of the Glory!
We were thrilled to have our grandson, Chad Codding, on the first motorcycle team. He is 18 years old. He stayed on with us until Sept 22nd. We really enjoyed getting to know him in our “home” away from home. He was able to go two more times to the “bush” with Oscar Chama (our staff member). During these visits, plus his team experience, he was able to see all of our Rescue Units, Matron Units, and Sunday Schools, except for Mansa. He helped a lot around the base and blessed our hearts with this visit. Chad is in some of the pictures below. God bless you, Chad, as God continues to lead you in the future and keeps you in His arms.
Our third team was a Bridge Team at Kansoka. Bridge teams are always difficult teams and you can see from the photo that they completed it. This will be a blessing to the people during the rainy season that is coming soon. We thank all of the teams and their leaders for blessing us with their visit and their ministry. Your labor is not in vain!
Container: You can see from the photos that the container arrived from Teen Missions USA! We were shocked to see how tightly it was packed. No spare room anywhere was to be seen when it was first opened. All of it has been distributed to the orphans, except the bales for Mansa. The orphans are so blessed with the gifts and they say thank you to the givers. The number of vulnerable people is endless. Our facilitators are continually telling us stories of needs and more needs. We know that as you have given that you are “lending to the Lord”. Our heavenly Father loves each one so much. God bless you for your part. “How blessed is he who considers the helpless; the Lord will deliver him in a day or trouble.” Psalm 41: 1
House: In the midst of everything, we moved into the new staff house. What a blessing it has been! We thank and praise God for being able to enjoy this provision from Him. God used many of you to help get this accomplished. Thank you. As we were really getting settled and this luxury was becoming our new way of life, the city water went off, the phone and internet went down, and last night the electricity went out as well. Then we remembered this is still Africa! There is a new stadium being completed nearby. They have cut the utility services while they put things in place for that. Water and phone could take up to a month. Their answer to “when” is, “We don’t know.” Like the Apostle Paul, we say, “ With little or much, we learn to be content.” God is good!
Thank you again for your love and your prayers and your support. We are amazed at how God takes care of us so that we can be in Zambia doing what we love. Our supporters are the best in the whole world and “thank you” is not enough. May God’s Word be true to each of you, “Pressed down, shaken together and running over!”.
Thank you for joining your hands with ours as we labor together,
In His harvest,
Doug and Barb Petersen