Our First Days in Zambia!
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 and when we arrived, 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 and everyone was super 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!
Bibles are very expensive here in Zambia and most Christians don’t even have one. So 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 called Twashuka where the school building is located. 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”. It felt like we were the first white people they have ever seen.
When we got out of the car, we were introduced to the children in school and they were very respectful. We ended up taking photos of every child so we could print them out and give them a photo of themselves for later. After that, my dad 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 my dad was running after the children, tickling them and making them laugh. Then, we would sit down and watch the video with he had taken of 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 my dad began to show them how to use the computers and what different resources were on it. My dad had uploaded quite a few different sermons on it and both Aaron and Charles were amazed by the resources. “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 these two computers, all the Bibles and the soccer balls with them.
Today we are going to the market to make plans for the work we're going to do on the school. There's a lot that needs to go into figuring out costs and materials. We are also are planning to set up 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.
With Love, Anna