Monday of Camp Life is likely the toughest day of the week because you are confronted with the reality of life in Lusaka, Zambia that the orphans live in their daily lives. It can be emotionally taxing to your heart. Then you meet your children for the first time and begin to interact with them to find out that indeed their life really is that hard.
Despair begins to set in immediately that you can’t do enough, you can’t say the right thing, and you can’t take them out of the living situation you find them in. Then you remember that there is a God who is a Father to the fatherless. He isn’t surprised by their living situation. He knows the pain and hurt first hand they are experiencing on a daily basis. You realize that you are learning what God already knew.
In fact, Monday can be a shocking day that takes your breath away with the different realities you see and hear. And when we are shocked, it is easy to forget that God is in control. God created hope through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Zambian orphans have hope in their desperate situation. Likewise, we have hope in our shocking and desperate situations because we cling to the same God that the rest of the world can find their hope in.
Monday is a rough and sobering day. How was your Monday? Remember Peter’s exhortation to the suffering believers in 1 Peter 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
We have been born again to a living hope; therefore, our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. The circumstances of life have a way of making us believe that our hope is gone, defiled, and faded away, but by God’s power through His Spirit, the living hope we have is being guarded until we see Jesus face-to-face. Take heart my friends, we have a living Savior, and we have hope!
After touring Lusaka, we returned to the Legacy Conference Center to meet our 10+ kids. I wish I could put into words the emotions one feels when they see these kids who mobbed you in excitement to know that you have returned. Nobody ever comes back for these kids, and yet sponsors with Camp LIFE come back again and again to exhibit and display a tangible love of Christ for these kids.
Furthermore, the singing and dancing time of Camp LIFE is like no other. Hopefully the videos post as my view from the back resulted in some cool pictures and videos.
Our group of 18 is spread throughout the conference center where everyone can be seen dancing, singing, and finding joy in praising God and serving the children. We are participating in the unfolding story of God in the lives of these orphans in Zambia, and it is an amazing privilege and experience.
Additionally, it is God’s unfolding story through scripture that points to Jesus Christ that we tether ourselves to so that our sorrow and despair is turned upward such that we hold tightly to God that He knows best for our lives and the lives of these orphans. We have been given the wonderful opportunity to be a tool in the hand of God.
Thank you for praying! I’m reminded of a quote I heard James Arnold repeat recently by Sam Storms, “Never presume God will grant you apart from prayer what he has ordained to grant you only by means of prayer.” Let us be about the business of praying to our living Savior!