January is always a busy month paying school fees, buying supplies and uniforms everything needed for Global Orphan Relief's school programs Extended Care and our Town kids. House of Faith kids uniforms still fit them so we made a few repairs and decided to change up our colors starting our 2nd term in May. The children loved the new color. Do you know how hard it is to get 30 children or more to all look the same way with a smile!
Things are again moving on the House of Hope Activities /guest building. The temporary off road through the mountains has been made much better so the large trucks can now pass with a half load. So heavy building material can also be delivered like cement. It delayed the flooring a couple of weeks. We will be going down in June so Michael can oversee the plumbing and the wiring. Exciting to see this building coming together. Floors and the roof is finished and plastering of all the walls is almost done too.
Poles are in place for the power to go up the hill to the house and a water tank has been purchased and in place for the water lines to go in. The trenching has already been done. So things are moving slowly but surely. We will house a team the first of July there.
We have been told by the Zambian weather service that it could be one of the coldest winters in a very long time here becasue of all the rain we received. Normally we dont buy our House of Hope kids winter jackets becasue of the HOT place near the Lake. But this year Mama Lizzy thought maybe we should be ready in case it is COLD even at the Lake. The children loved their new market coats I found them.
I can count on one hand the number of times I have been sick with a team visiting us here in Zambia over my last 23 years. I added a finger with our May Engedi team :( I woke up about 2:00am feeling cold and pulled up another blanket and went back to sleep. About 6:30 am I called for Michael to pray for me I felt awful,cold body aches fever. After he prayed for me I rested on the couch until about 9:30 then took a shower and went to Livingstone to collect the team. I made it with all the driving but when we reached House of Faith I had to lay down I could not fix dinner for the team. I was so blessed how the team leaders jumped in to dice tomatoes chop lettuce and onions heat the already cooked Taco meat and warm the flour shells . I woke up the next morning feeling better but rested in-between meals for a couple of days to try and keep up my strength. What a blessed group they were ...
Our kids always look forward to team arrivals. If we have teams in May they help the children harvest their maize and that is one big job to have extra hands to help with. Thank you Team Engedi for your love and extra hands in the children's field this year.
The kids were also excited to have a whole day of fun,singing playing games and just hanging out with the team.
Our babies all had a great time too! I loved just watching them try to figure out what was happening all around them.
This group was also very hard working. They blessed us in so many ways. Michael is out teaching a couple of weeks a months so some of the maintenance things are always on a list of mine for him to get done. The list was a bit long and the team got it done! Thanks team Engedi for all your love and HARD work to help in any way you could, without complaining with some of the task :) Andrew was such a trooper even helping with a septic pipe problem.
Shopping for and organizing to give out clothes at three sites is always a very big job for me and I was so blessed by all the new clothes the team brought the children and gave them out ! What a blessing and Hugh time saver that was for me. Thanks team Engedi.
Church was also wonderful with an encouraging message from the team. Kids ministry and testimonies!
House of Faith's new Team Toilet Building is coming along also.... We are praying our builders will have the walls up and the septic built so our end of June Creative Ministries team can complete the building. Roofing, plumbing and door hanging will all need to be done and a bit of painting :)
Our older town girls received a special gift of three American Girl dolls and loads of clothes. Thank you Julie and Kaylee they were so very excited!
Money was raised for Royal to get a new wheel chair. We are excited for all the new ways it can help him to sit correctly with comfort. Keep Praying for Royal to walk one day.
Fast update on the new Team toilet/shower building It has started to move. Keep praying we can have the June team complete this building.
It's so hard to be far away from your family when they are having trials. My mom had knee surgery and Michael's dad has had health issues also this month. Please keep our parents in your prayers for strength and good health and our hearts to be at peace not being able to visit or help them.
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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.