Inshila and Visiting Friends

It’s amazing to me how it’s often the littlest things which warm my heart the most…

I had the opportunity recently to visit my friend Brenda (from the hospitality class) where she was working. The day after I saw Brenda, I went to visit my friend Charles where he was working. When we saw Charles he surprised me by saying one of my other good friends Justina was working there as well. What a nice surprise that was!!

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Me with Charles and Justina

I also was able to talk with two of my other hospitality friends. My friend Gasper and I exchanged Bible verses for each other to read and I was incredibly blessed by the one he gave me.

After last month’s Inshila meeting at Wiphan Nkwazi, one girl came up to me to tell me she hadn’t been feeling well lately and wanted me to pray for her.

Another girl asked me to write out the lyrics to Matt Maher’s “Lord I Need You” (I’d sang and played it on guitar for her at the previous meeting) for her and then asked me to sing it with her. Sharon, another Inshila student, also wanted to be a part. We sang Lord I Need You probably five times and by the end, we had some pretty cool harmonies going!

One boy indirectly admitted to me (through another friend) a sin struggle he was having and was asking for forgiveness. I regrettably didn’t have the chance to talk with him face-to-face that day, but God knew we needed to talk because he allowed our paths to cross a few days later. Dad was there as well and was able to talk to him just a bit also.

I only had a short time to visit with Luke and Ringson (see..) at this meeting, but they left me anticipating some deep Bible questions next month. Ringson told me, “Be reading your Bible and praying so you are prepared to answer my question next time!”

Before we left the Inshila meeting that day I met two new girls named Ruth and Dorcas. Ruth and I had a really enjoyable and long visit! The three of us then spent a long time singing Bemba and English songs together…all the while different people passed by shouting “Mulishaani!” (How are you?) to one of the three of us.

A few days after Inshila, I was at Wiphan Mapalo and a sweet girl named Miriam approached me. She was wearing a tube-top dress at least three sizes too big and it was falling down. She handed me a shoestring and in Bemba asked me to help her fix her dress. It took quite a while to come up with a solution, but we finally figured something out.

Mr. Kelvin (head teacher at Wiphan Mapalo) checked in with me on some “homework” he had given me the previous week to find the definition of a word. Turns out it was a trick question, but with some help I was able to figure it out and give him the answer. He scored me a 95% though because it wasn’t “exact”. We had a good laugh!

Madam Mubonga is a teacher at Wiphan Mapalo whom I love dearly! She is such a sweet lady with a sense of humor, but also can have some good and in depth conversations. This day, she gave me a hug as I came into the office, but later on, out of nowhere, she came and gave me another big hug.

After leaving Wiphan that day, my dad, Alex, Cameron, and I headed to the store. While there, two employees I know at a restaurant waved to me grinning; and inside the grocery store, three different people greeted me by name. One of whom is my sweet friend in the fruit section. I stood and visited with her for a while, while Dad did part of the shopping. =)

All these things which seem so small were big things to my heart! I feel so blessed by the Lord to be living and serving here in Zambia. Maybe I came here with my family to bless others, but so far I feel like I’ve received most of the blessings… It’s almost a surreal feeling most nights, as I lie down contentedly, and think, “God, I live in Zambia! This is incredible..! This life is what I’m made for…”

I don’t know what God has in store for the rest of my life. Maybe I’ll be in Zambia forever. Maybe I’ll return to the U.S.; or maybe I’ll end up somewhere entirely different! But right now, I know I’m right were I’m supposed to be and I look forward to what God has in store for my future.

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