We have had a wonderful month of ministry at both sites with the children and outreach with the Jesus Film. Michael had his last scheduled Jesus Film the end of October for the year. With the rains coming soon it is hard to show the film. He also had his second week of MOT MOT training mid October. Everyone is blessed and excited about the classes. Our garden has finally started with no animals entering to eat what we plant I feel we have finally received VICTORY! We are still working on the chicken pen and preparing ways to help it run better. House of Faith moms have began their work in the field with the children preparing for early planting with the first rains. We received a donation while in the states for a ox cart plow and animals. What a huge blessing. There has been a sickness in the area villages and many plowing animals (oxen) are dying. We all sat together and came up with a plan to loan out our ox cart and plow for a day in return for using animals for a day :) It is working well until we can buy our own animals after this sickness has passed. I will post several pictures now of what I have shared about.
Things are also moving forward at House of Hope. October is one HOT month there with almost every day over 100 degrees. Our builder returns soon and things should move a bit faster on site there. A group of friends in the Settle WA area donated funds for a play ground and Sheri found a way to use the slide until we can find a welder to put things together for us there.
Enjoying a movie on Sunday afternoon
Mama Jo Anne arrived into Zambia for a 2 month visit mid October and everyone was all smile on her arrival at House of Faith. She will be working with the children and helping with Royal. We are encouraged one day he will walk and we have started that road.
Zambia Celebrated their 50th Anniversary of Independence on the 24th of October. I was able to watch a parade complete with a band outside the house as they walked to the football field for more celebrations. It was a Happy day.
Royal will be coming in to Kalomo twice a month for PT strengthening more areas of his body so he can walk one day. It's exciting to see him doing new things already. Mama Jo even had him in the tire swing... He cried when she took him out.
October is our HOT month with temps near 100 most days. Rain comes normally in November. This is the time we get to see spring without rain :) I always love to see the Jacaranda and flamboyant trees blooming. Everything is brown and die and then there will be pops of beautiful color....
Sometimes I feel I am pulling from the closet all the time for winter clothes and coats then spring and summer clothes then shoes then underwear and PJ's. I am always thankful that what I have need of is provided. In the closet or at the market. This is two of our girls at House of Hope and the next couple of pictures is of House of Faith. We let the older children chose their own things and I love watching them.
We are trying to build up our garden area it has been very discouraging with cows goats and chickens always getting in to eat our nursery of plants. While the children where out of school for holiday we decided to grass the fence to keep the animals out. The cows watched as they worked. Praying this will protect our plants. We are also trying to protect our chickens and their newly hatched babies by fencing them in and giving each hen a nest of her own. Everything here is a work in progress Keep Praying!
Everyone enjoyed their Holiday play times with babies and lego's.... I was so blessed as the moms passed out toys and not one child was fighting over anything. Toys are not found here like the ones that have been brought over from the states and everyone was just excited to play. The last picture is of a wire truck with polish tin wheels. This is the type of toys they are use to the ones they make themselves. :)
With Sheri in the states we have been checking in on the House of Hope kids each week and the building site. We painted the second house while she was away and did I get a surprise. The 5 tins of paint I thought was Sky Blue was Aqua... I was thankful that all 5 tins were the same since I was not around when they started painting.
The veranda has been finished the foundation of one section of a guest house has been prepared and a road to the top of the hill is being worked on. So many projects happening all bit by bit....
August, September and October are busy weekends for sharing the Jesus Film. Michael packs the vehicle with the equipment and small tent for sleeping over night and heads out. Most of the sites for the film are newly planted churches far from town. We are seeing the Lord move in mighty ways among his people.
On the 4th of August we took a journey several hours into the game park to a resettlement area to help Obby and Osborn return to their father. His wife had passed away over a year ago and left him with 6 children and no relatives near by. The boys were so excited to see their father again. We will keep his baby boy who is just over a year old until he can also provide for him. Below are some pictures of our day and journey to their far away home and on a lot of just walking paths no roads. .
Many updates are happening at House of Hope. With Sheri in the states we are checking in once a week and bringing supplies. Verandas are being put on, cabinets are being built and the activity center is moving forward. Pictures below....
Michael had a wonderful first session of MOT MOT Bible training with 30 attendants from different areas. They will meet every other month for a week for two years to finish this program. We are excited to see what the Lord will do. Michael sleeps in his inexpensive tent on top of the vehicle. August September and October are busy months for the Jesus Film and he is out most weekends at newly planted churches far from town. His home away from home.
At House of Faith we are doing everything possible to keep the animals out of the garden and fencing our chickens so animals can not get to our baby chicks. Praying it will work. The cows were watching us put up the fence.
It's a holiday month and the children had fun playing, building things and working around the site.
Linda Jones was a missionary for over 27 years. She went home to be with the Lord in June 2021. I'm her husband Mike, posting on her blog.