By Wednesday of Camp LIFE, the kids know you, the Zambian partners know your style, and you are comfortable with the schedule. It was nice to have a day that ran smoothly from beginning to end even with some situations that needed to be handled.
It’s easy for a routine day to cause you to put a little more trust in yourself than you should. Sitting in villa time (debriefing on your day and looking ahead to tomorrow), we were reminded that we are in Zambia among orphans that are in great need. All of us have kids that don’t have their parents, eat once a day, and have been wearing the same clothes for all the days of camp. Therefore, it was a good reminder that it wasn’t in our best interest to be putting any trust in ourselves as much as we remember our big God remains in perfect control.
Tomorrow is really a big day in the week of camp. We travel to Bauleni to tour the school facilities of our kids, which everyone visits tomorrow for an hour. Then we head out from the school and travel to our different communities to walk the compound and share Christ with anyone we meet. The orphans, who have learned the evangecube, are the main communicators of the gospel during this time. We will have the opportunity to spend the most time with our kids compared to any other group.
This is also a time where our kids have a new level of respect and love for us as we walk where they walk and experience where they live. Our affection for one another only grows after this experience.
As part of our week, we conduct “blessing times” with each child to find out their circumstance, assess their need for further help, share Jesus with them, and just take the opportunity to bless and love them. Over the course of the week, you begin to see every child warm up to you as they see you really care for them, you hold their hands, and give them hugs. The transformation from Monday to Friday is remarkable.
We appreciate your prayers for what we have ahead of us tomorrow and Friday. Our group is praying for all of you as I’m sure we are missing our homes, but we are enjoying and savoring our time here in Zambia. Thank you for joining us in our journey.
The following verses come to mind, so I hope you find them encouraging.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Enjoy the freedom and confidence of drawing near the throne of the most high God who will hear and answer your prayers because of our great high priest, Jesus. That is something worth dwelling on, tasting, and seeing the goodness of God.