Greeting in the wonderful name of Jesus,
By the Grace of God, we are well. The past few weeks here in Zambia we have seen Covid, and its impact, ride a third and deadly wave. Essentially, all the thing we were warned about that could happen, have happened. Thousands of cases every day, overloaded medical system, deaths, and health complications. Sadly, we have lost two family members, many friends and many more acquaintances. But our trust and Faith in God is strong we know we are here, in this place, and this season.
Gold Coast, Maryborough and Mackay teams have been loading containers of medical and educational equipment.
We have seen God send amazing, essential, and much needed equipment. We have two containers loaded and overflowing with items much needed in this season. As with every container, we know the necessity and the impact the goods have, but 2021 has intensified the need. I have always witnessed that need was the signpost of where God was going to turn up next. Just as the need has increased, so has the supply of medical equipment, not just in volume but quality.
We have one container fully funded out of the Gold Coast set to sail on the 23rd July.
The second, out of Mackay, is loaded ready to go. We have about half the funds secured for shipping. We require a further $8500, then it can be shipped.
God is amazing! He knows what is needed ahead of time. We had two wheelchairs remaining from the 2020 container, they were child size and highly specialized wheelchairs. I recently dropped them off to a ministry friend at “Through the Roof”, a school for the disabled.
For them, these chairs were an answer to prayer. Daliso and Emmanuel are two students who needed wheelchairs. A couple of weeks prior, all the students traveled to a specialty hospital in the capital Lusaka and got fitted with free wheelchairs to suit their needs. That is, except Daliso and Emmauel, with Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy their needs required highly specialized chairs. They were heartbroken to miss out. Paul, the director, had found something, that was close, for sale privately, but would cost over $1000 usd each.
But God is great, our last two chairs where exactly the perfect size and perfect style in every shape and form. These chairs are the exact ones they would have ordered if they could.
In the last newsletter, I shared the story of how, in February during a rainstorm, Mrs. Phiri a single mother of 3 (her eldest Manase one of the Autistic children at Caleb Centre) had her house collapse on top of her and the children.
But with help of many who gave, and the Total Men’s Fellowship at church, she was blessed with a new home built and furnished through donations collected at church. This house will not fall as it is built with cement brick. It has been a major testimony in the face of lifetime of rumors and ridicule. She has been accused of being a witch, using witchcraft, and having curses placed over her, (having an Autistic child “Mad” and a single mother). To have a well-known church come in and honor the family, not only to meet a physical need, but this act of love has put a stop to many of the rumors and ridicule. God’s Love can not be Contained. The Church is Empowered to serve.
I have come to follow a new football Team, the ‘Kabwe Eagles”. This is a youth mentoring discipleship run by some men at church. It has been a powerful tool to transform and change lives, not just on the field but at home and the community, creating true young men. This season on field they are top of the table, with just two loses, putting them clear of the rest of the teams. But the mentoring and discipleship put them heads and shoulders above their peers.
We have been blessed with support to provide school fees and uniforms so four boys could return to school this year. We thank you for the amazing support, the boys have been funded for the whole year.
Through our small business we have been able to sponsor one full set of jerseys and with generous donations we have been able to buy the team a new set of boots ready for next season.
We are also so happy to report that the container shipped to South Sudan was successful and is being distributed to hospitals and communities in need. Thanks for the support and all the work to get the container loaded and shipped.
Our support continues for The Caleb Centre. We have seen amazing miracles with non-verbal children speaking; children unable to walk now standing up and taking steps; and reading and counting directions are being followed; and so much more. We continue to see lives change.
Recently we lost one of our own, Prosper, after long battle with a stomach issue. Sadly, he passed away due complications from an undiagnosed intestine twist.
Currently the Center is closed (along with all schools due to covid) but our teachers are now going from home to home each week with ongoing training and lessons, as well as life skills – cooking, washing, bathing, and cleaning.
2021 has seen us expand the center and we now have skills-training for youth/adults as well as standard schooling lesson. The youths have love it, and we are seeing some real talent emerging.
So far, we have had training in in sewing, hair dressing, arts crafts, cooking.
Caleb Centre has partnered with Saint John Hospital to host medical outreaches for Neurological Disorders, with follow-ups and free specialized medical aids and procedures.
Medical outreach for Kabwe through The Caleb Centre as we receive St John’s (Italian) hospital to offer free medical services for individuals with neurological disorders. Free surgery, admission, and assistive gadgets. What a link for Kabwe town.
A huge thank you to all those who gave in April towards the appeal for Jabez (brother-in-law and TTN team member) who had covid with major side effects. We praise God he survived. He had an extensive stay in hospital, major heart-attacks, and it is a miracle his heart has no signs of damage. Now, three months on, he still has a few minor issues with speech and memory, because of the strokes, but he is still improving, and we believe for full recovery and return to work soon.
A huge thank you for all your help in the timely intervention it was serious and real close.
Please stand with us in prayer as we weather the third wave of Covid and stand in the gap be a part of the solution. Your support to keep us in the field is a great encouragement to keep going. We look forward to where God would have us expand into.
Contact me if you would like to help us more with tax Deductible donations/support through.
His Harvest BSB 064-166, AccNo. 10549841 Commonwealth Bank
1. Shipping containers
2. Caleb Centre support
3. Kabwe Eagles Mentoring
4. Personal support