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Settling in has been a bit of an upward battle. Although things are going well, I'm still struggling to find a proper place to live. It's taken up a lot of my time and efforts, but I'm still thankful for the place I'm in now--even if it's another temporary measure. Have to wait and see on this one...FYI for a little perspective, in the 3 years I've lived in Zam I've moved 8 times!
However, other things are going quite well. When I went out to visit the ladies in the village, I was happy to see them still knitting away. Many of them continued to have orders for baby clothes and hats...so yaay! They're doing it on their own now! Exactly what the plan has been all along.
|First Day Back
Today, I handed out some of the wool and tools that were collected in Canada. It's getting cold now in Zambia, so the quality wool that was donated will fetch a good price as winter hats that the ladies can sell. The ladies were very excited about it and very thankful!!
Zambia is such a beautiful place with beautiful people. I've been making a point to carry my camera more often with me. It was nice to be traveling down to the village on the rural road where "everyone knows my name". It was also nice to be able to stop and talk to people I hadn't met before and feel welcomed and safe.
|This is Charlie. He works at this market stand.
There are lots of men like these ones...even young kids, who move coal or heavy loads of wood every day. When I see them I feel such compassion and remind myself to be thankful for what I have. Maybe they will inspire you in the same way.
Besides the village, I've also been conducting "Personal Development Programs" for people here. In Canada, we are so blessed with all kinds of support groups when issues arise--AA, group counseling, addiction experts, marriage counselors etc. Well, in Zambia there is very little available here. So, along with an experienced friend, we are helping those who want help. It's been very rewarding and good to share God's love and hope in a different way.
Please continue to pray for all these things. Feel free to drop and note and say "Hi" anytime. It's always encouraging to hear from you all. :)