Grace Bible Church-John Van Dyke, Alan Potts, Kevin Repasky
We can always count on our Montana team for manual labor. During their most recent trip they helped the construction crew tile and grout the Admin office floor, helped move furniture and equipment into the Admin office, put up poles for a volleyball net, and replaced the basketball nets.
The team had the priviledge of going to Zimba, Kalomo, and Choma to visit the kids at boarding school - we were able to take them out for lunch and had a special few hours with them. They also spent time with the Grade 12 and Grade 9 kids at GSO as they were waiting for the school results.The Grade 12s and Grade 9s came over to the guest house one night and cooked the food (shema, relish, beans and chicken) that we bought -they together and then played some games for a wonderful evening of fellowship.
The team also shared an 8 set video series with them by Lakita Garth-Wright. She is a pro abstinence, pro self control advocate, a very gifted speaker for young people, and the series came highly recommended by Focus on the Family. The series is called 'The Naked Truth' and we left it there with Ken and Karen as they were also so impressed with how it got the kids to open up and talk about things. They were going to share it with the boarder's when they come home in April / May on break.
We also had the joy of taking Manase, Gloria, Nanoka, Lot, Sanford, Nixon, Ken and Karen to Victoria Falls for the morning and then to the Waterfront for lunch - a great time was had by all!
Christ United Methodist-Anna Amagliani, Madalyn Blome, Caroline Carr, Kelsey DeFreece,
Jefferson Douglas, John Gibbs, Mary Morgan Hawkins, Hannah Isbell, Annie Mandrell, Lauren Lea Manhein, Mitchell Marino, Taylor May, Nikki Mullins,
John Oates, Andrew Renshaw, Madison Rhodes, Robert Schutt, Chris Stovall, Annalise Valle, Parker Wade
Zambia was truly an amazing time of seeing God’s provision and grace in and through our team. The students really did a phenomenal job ministering and serving during their time there. We were at two different sites doing various things. There was a group of 13 at a village called Zimba, where the guys did a construction project with a group of local men. They worked tirelessly for the week we were there. The girls did some teaching on purity with the local women and that was a very fruitful time. One of the women was so encouraging, “I am already teaching my daughters this everyday when I return home.” We had the rest of our team, 16 of us, at an orphanage. During the weekends we spent time with the children, playing soccer, basketball, talking about our relationships with the Lord, and just enjoying fellowship with one another. During the weekdays we went out to nearby villages to do ministry. Many of the students put on VBS-type activities for the children: sports, games, singing, and Bible teachings. While some of our students did this, we had a few others doing some teaching with the adults. We taught on salvation and what it means to be a follower of Christ, touching largely on your new identity as a Christian. We ended our time in each village discussing evangelism and discipleship, and how to walk in those as our response to the Gospel.
It truly was a remarkable time of growth for our team, and getting to see the Lord work. One night we showed the Jesus Film in their native language (Tonga) and got to pray with people as they gave their lives to Christ. There aren’t words to describe the joy our team experienced as we watched people receive salvation, the forgiveness of their sins and righteousness through Christ. We are so grateful that the Lord gave us this opportunity and for the relationships that we got to build during our time there. We were greatly impacted by the Zambian people and are praying that God used us to be a blessing there.
Briarwood Baptist Church- Tim, Cynthia, & Hunter Garrett, Rick & Laura Standard, Dawn & Bekah Bennetts, Jessica Hulsey, Emily Bennett, Cole Avery, Jackson Perry
We just returned from another incredible experience at Global Samaritan’s Orphanage. We were greeted on our arrival with hugs from several of the children who remembered our visit last year. We then spent the rest of that first afternoon playing with the children and readying ourselves for ministry. The next three days were used to present VBS-style activities for the children of a neighboring village as well as to host Bible studies for the adults of the village. The visit’s highlight was a showing of the Jesus film, with several people making a profession of faith at its conclusion.
The weekend in the middle of our trip was set aside to play with the children at GSO. We were able to rekindle former friendships and establish new ones. A movie night was presented on Saturday night and the children enjoyed Evan Almighty. A walk to the river with the children after church was followed by dinner at the lovely Combrink home on Sunday evening.
On Monday, we hosted a Pastors’ Conference in which 27 pastors and church leaders as well as 22 pastors’ wives were taught by Pastor Rick Standard and his wife Laura. A meal of nshima with all the trimmings was provided for the attendees. The participants in the conference were very appreciative of the provided instruction.
A couple of days later, a field day was hosted for the students of the Linda School in Livingstone. The laughs and smiles from the 300 students in addition to the singing they did for the team were enough to warm anyone’s heart.
Our fun days at the Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls capped off a perfect trip. The help we received from Ken and Karen Buckner and the interns Katie and Kirsten were invaluable in our ministries. We are all looking forward to our next voyage to GSO!
Grace Bible Church-John Van Dyke, Ping McKay, Brittnee Van Dyke, Kathy & Alan Potts
We have just arrived back from Zambia and another marvelous trip to Global Samaritans Children's Home. The Bible Study we took from Beth Moore - "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things" - went very well with 27 of the older children, and then Kathy went thru the same study with Miriam and the House Parents.
John and Brittnee then worked with 20 of the younger kids for four afternoons on some of the simpler exercises from Tim LaHayes book on 'How to Study The Bible for Yourself" and that went very well also. It was good foundational study application. All were accepted very well by all involved and most said they learned good Biblical Doctrines (truths) thru their studies!
We also painted the Church inside and outside -Dave claims "it looks brilliant", and all the kids really liked it too. Gibson and the construction crew also painted most of Patricia/Rhoda's duplex and most of Owen and Rebecca's new duplex before we left.
We found time to play some basketball, take Manase for a couple walks, have the 7 older kids to the Guest House for a meal of pancakes and eggs with us and then play some enjoyable games with them, and some individual time with many of the kids. Our team also had a few meals with the Combrinks and had the priviledge of encouraging and edifying one another. We also spent part of one day at Victoria Falls, Mukuni Park, and the Ocean Basket.