Thank you so much for your support and prayers! We arrived safely in Zambia yesterday afternoon! The plane ride went well, though it was extremely long. When we arrived in Zambia, Aaron was there to meet us with his adopted son, Caleb, who is six years old. The drive from the airport to Aaron’s house went well, though our three large suitcases were hard to fit in his little car. When we arrived, after eating lunch, we decided to get out some of the things we had brought Aaron. First we took the ten soccer balls out. The older and younger alike were very excited about the balls. While one of the older boys was pumping them up, we took out the Bibles we had managed to fit in our luggage and gave them to Aaron. He was so excited! Bible’s a very expensive here in Zambia and most Christians don’t even have one! As we piled up the Bibles, Aaron teared up saying, “Jason, you have no idea what you’ve done.” This morning, Aaron took us to a remote village where they built a school building. This place was the “real Africa”. Just like you would image it to be. As we drove in, children ran after our car shouting out “Mzungu! Mzungu!”, meaning “White Man”. What a joy it was to meet all the beautiful little boys and girls! There was hundreds of them! We were introduced to the children in school and they were so very respectful. I seemed like we were the first white people they have ever seen. We ended taking photos of every child so we could print them out and give them a photo of themselves for later. After that, Jason turned on the front facing camera and pointed the iPhone at them so they could see themselves. I don’t think any of them had seen themselves before. They would look and then run away, laughing.
It wasn’t long before Jason was running after all the children and chasing them everywhere. The children laughed and laughed! Then, we would sit down and watch the video with them. They crowded around us, laughing and pointing at themselves when they saw it. What fun! I can’t wait to go back today to see them again.
When we got back to Aaron’s house, we were able to give him the computers. Charles was there also, so Jason began to show the two men how to use the computers and what different resources were on it. Jason had uploaded quite a few different sermons on it and Aaron and Charles couldn’t help remarking, “It is a Bible school on my computer!”
What a blessing it has been to be around them! We are so thankful to be able to share with them these two computers, all the Bibles and the soccer balls.
While we were at the school, Aaron shared with us more of what they need to do at the school. The school is only big enough for about 50 children and there are hundreds. They are all so teachable and willing to learn.
Today we are going to the market to make plans for the school. We have a lot of work to figure out costs and materials. We also are planning to setup a projector and show “The Jesus” film in their own native language (Bemba). For most, this will be their first film. Please pray the Holy Spirit will be working and many will come to faith in Christ.
We will write more later.