Oscar & Maureen Chama Newsletter (Fall 2017)

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

We thank God for allowing us this opportunity to share what God is doing through your support and prayers. It has been a while since we wrote a newsletter, so we will try to get you up to speed on what has been happening.

We have been teaching in the TMI Bible school that trains upcoming missionaries to continue the work of the Lord. We have 34 students and they are really looking forward to getting to the mission field to help the orphans and vulnerable people in the remote parts of Zambia.  The past few weeks we have been renovating the building we use as a classroom and the work on it is still going on. We hope to finish it by December, God willing. 

The second week of September was a very busy one. We received a team from HALO Mission, which came to give our orphans and their families some much-needed health checkups.  The Team was comprised of medical doctors, dental surgeons, and ophthalmologists. The three departments worked tirelessly to touch the lives of over 100 people. The ophthalmologists performed 77 surgeries to restore sight for the people who had such needs. The dental team helped over 1,100 people. The general health care team also helped over 1,000 people with various needs. We helped over 500 people with reading glasses. All in all, the team really helped our people. I was part of this team helping with translation and making sure all our orphans were checked. We thank you for all your prayer support that you had invested in this mission. And to HALO Missions: thank you very much for the help you rendered to our people. May the good Lord richly bless you all.

We continue to help the orphans with school uniforms, shoes, socks, books, pens and school fees to enable them to go to school. Our Zambian schools only allow the kids in school after all the requirements have been met. Many of our orphans could not meet all the requirements, so without our help, they would be just staying in the village with no hope and no aspiration for the future. But through your support, we are able to pay for some as we have funds. Your help in this regard is highly appreciated.

Over the years we have helped many orphans complete school and now they are working and helping their family and are forever grateful for the support they got from us. These kids, many of them after completing school, enrolled into our Bible school and now are running our Orphan Rescue Units, helping their fellow orphans. We are helping the orphans daily with school, medical help and agriculture so they can have food to eat. And most importantly—the Word of God is taught, which helps keep them from bad vices such as prostitution and stealing and they learn to fear and love God at a tender age. 

Melody, in the picture, was brought to us was burnt by the fire that destroyed her mother’s hut. The family is very poor and without a father, so she had little chance to afford the cost of treatment. The government clinic sent her mother away because they had no medication to take care of her baby. So she went to our Rescue Unit and we began to treat her wounds and by God’s grace, she is now healed. Melody is well today thanks to the treatment we gave her. 

Daniel had a similar problem: they were sleeping in a grass-thatched hut when it caught fire. The family members began to save the little items they could and as Daniel’s auntie was running out of the hut with the baby on her back, part of the roof fell on her; both baby Daniel and auntie got burnt. They were both brought to us for help and we helped them both.  

We also have Edward who is crippled and is eight years of age. He lives with his grandmother who has advanced in age and struggles to feed herself as well as Edward. We just finished teaching a Sunday lesson and were giving school books and pencils to the school-going kids. We came to Edward and he was sad that no one takes him to school. We gave him the book and pencil and promised to get him started in school. He was so happy that his face just lit up. Today, Daniel is in school.

We are grateful to God for allowing us to be part of so many AIDS Orphans lives and helping them in the best way we can, to give them hope that with God their lives will turn for good to the glory of God. 

We are having some financial challenges to continue serving the Lord and helping the kids we do. We love these kids with our lives and want to continue helping them as a service to the Lord. We are asking you to prayerfully consider supporting us to help us continue to serve. We have been serving for 17 years now. Our work is full-time and is faith-based. We are trusting the Lord to meet our daily needs. School fees alone for the girls are $900 per year. We want to raise $6,000 dollars to help support us in the work for two years, that is $250 dollars a month. You are welcome to give as the Lord leads you to help us in meeting our target. 

We have a beautiful family and God has blessed us with four kids, three girls and one boy. What a joy these kids have been to us. Tehillah is the oldest, she is 13 and doing grade 9. She is currently sitting for the National Exam. Chimwemwe is 10 and she is in grade 5. Comfort is the youngest of the girls, she is 5 and in preschool. She will be starting first grade next year. Oscar Jr. is our youngest child and he is 13 months old—he has just begun walking so he is always wanting to walk by himself. 

We want to thank you all for your support and may the good Lord richly bless you and your families. We thank God for you.

In Christ service,

The Chamas

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

James 1:27

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