The Long Awaited Report From Zambia!

Zambia 6:27 #2I apologize for the late report. Everything is going well. Our last day of foot washing and giving out the shoes was on Thursday, July 9th. It was sad to know that our project was finished and the trip is now coming to a close, but at the same time we know that we have been able to share true everlasting joy with these orphans.
 
The team did a presentation for the kids and adults at the Rescue Unit, and gave an invitation to receive Christ afterward. Nearly 90 hands went into the air to make the decision to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!!! It is easy to become desensitized and to forget why we are doing what we are doing, and Who we are really serving. But when we receive such a huge blessing like this, we are reminded of the God we serve and our purpose here in Zambia. Please pray that these lives will be truly changed for eternity and that they would be able to be discipled and encouraged as followers of Jesus.
 
We arrived back at the base on Saturday from the Rescue Unit in Ngosa. It was difficult to say goodbye to the kids and the circuit riders, but we know that means we have been so blessed to have people so difficult to say goodbye to. 
 
We had a safe journey back to the base, and we all agreed it felt like we had come home. The team showered thoroughly after spending three weeks in the bush and it was a gift straight from the Lord, even if the water was freezing! We are humbled to have experienced life in the bush first hand and it will take a little bit of getting used to the culture back home. 
 
We were able to spend several days at the base, helping out with some chores, reviewing memory verses, spending time with the BMW students here in Zambia and doing other work projects. It was nice to have a little bit of time to “recover” and prepare for our journey back to the States. The Lord has been so good to us this summer, and looking back on everything that has happened since the beginning of Boot Camp, it is obvious to see His hand in every moment and to see how He has orchestrated and gone before us everywhere we went. 
 
We left the base this morning and made the six-hour drive to Lusaka. We are staying at a pastor’s home for the night and our plan is to drive to Livingstone tomorrow, Lord willing, and to have our sightseeing day on Saturday. We will travel back to Lusaka to fly out on Monday back to the States for Debrief.

We are quickly coming to the end of our time together as a team, and it has been hard to think about for everyone. We have all been blessed immensely this summer by each other and the bond we have in Christ as the family of God. He is so good to us, constantly pouring out blessings. And we even received a new family member two days ago, Miah! She accepted Jesus as her Lord and personal Savior, and we have been praying for her since before Boot Camp. She has been such a unique and essential part of the team this summer, the Zambians even named her “Mapalo” which means “blessing” in Bemba. And it has truly been a blessing to be a part of her life and to witness her come to the Lord. Praise God for a new daughter in Christ!!!! We definitely feel closer as a team with her as our sister now. 
 
Thank you so much for your continual prayers and thoughts for us. We are very sad to be leaving Zambia soon, but we are also excited to be coming home to familiarity and family and friends. Pray for us as we have a lot of traveling over the next few days, and a lot of emotions to work through! Pray that the Lord would prepare our hearts to leave this wonderful country and these beautiful people. We are so blessed!!!

Love from the 2015 Zambia Foot Washing team!
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  1. I don’t think I could have said it any better than Connie did above. We are praising God for this experience, all the lives saved, and for our very own Miah (I think I will always see each member of this team as my very own) come to know her Lord and Savior! More joy than I can express! Cheyenne, thank you for your detailed updates throughout this trip. You have been such a blessing, giving us details, and letting us know how to pray. We have felt like we have been along on this journey with you. Prayers for continued health and safety as you finish your journey! Love from home!

  2. Tears are pouring down my face as I read this! I have been praying hard for our beloved Zambia Team and I’m happy to hear that everything is good. I am soooo Thankful and I’m PRAISING God that Miah gave her heart to the Lord! It’s bittersweet for me, as the journey home begins. I can’t wait to see my Sweet Sierra again, yet I’m sure she would be more than happy to remain in Zambia….along with many of her teammates!! We are all praying for your safety and health as you travel. God Bless each and everyone of you!

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