My Heart is Overflowing!!I arrived in Zambia on Thursday morning at 5:50 in the morning! One of my favorite things is to step off the plane and go down the steps onto the tarmack into the fresh Zambian air. I hit the ground running after I got my bags and by the grace of God, I had energy to get me through the day without needing a nap. I had a meeting with the American who is over all of the schools here, visited 4 schools, bought a Zambian phone, went to lunch, and then had a meeting with the teachers who I will be working with for the next couple of weeks, and this was all done before 4:00. After all of that was the best treat of all. The kids from the Tree of Life were waiting for the Americans to come down from camp and I was watching them as my sweet Paulina ran up to me, put her arms around me and just started crying happy tears. She held onto me forever and I LOVED every minute of it!! I was able to visit with her for a few minutes and then they went to greet the Americans. I was standing back and this girl was walking toward me and I looked up at her face and it was my precious AnnMarie that I had at camp in 2007 & 2008. She had been moved into the Tree of Life the week before I got there! I thought I would becoming with the suprises and I was so suprised and happy to see her! She was happy and healthy and looked so good!!
Yesterday, I was at the FCA (which is the school at the Tree of Life), and was able see so many beautiful faces. Being with those kids fills me up to the brim and it overflows. These kids are so happy and joyful and I love how The Lord has redeemed them from the worst situations and brought them into a life of safety, love, and hope. That afternoon we went to camp and took communion with the kids. WOW, what a special and amazing time!!!!! Greer read something over them and the tears started streaming uncontrollably down my face. Through what he was reading he was telling the kids over and over how they were created in God's image, they were created with a purpose, and that God has a future for them. The kids at camp are in such tough situtations and then they exhibit such joy and happiness that could only come from The Lord. I LOVE being here!!!
The new group of teachers arrived this morning and we are getting ready to start a great two weeks of teaching. Please continue to be in prayer for all of the teachers, the kids, health,strength and wisdom to follow God's moving. Thank you for going before us in prayer!