"May the God of Hope fill you with all Joy & Peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with
HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit" Romans 15:13

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Going Back to Zambia!

Dear Friends and Family,     
   I am so excited to tell everyone that with much prayer, I feel like God is calling me back to Zambia this year!  Each year that I have gone to Zambia, it has brought about a different experience and has taught me so much about God and myself.  I am expectant that this year will be no different.  Though I will not be there for 6 weeks like last time, I will be there for a couple of weeks working with some of the teachers employed by Family Legacy in their private schools.  Since I was there last, they have opened a new school and are in the process of building some schools for the students that are in grades 8-12.  Over the past three years of the Teach One trips, they have seen AMAZING growth in the teachers and the students.  
"Look at the nations and watch and 
be utterly amazed.   For I am going 
to do something in your days that 
you would not believe, even if you 
were told.”  
                     Habakkuk 1:5

The last time I was there, my sweet Paulina could barely read at age 13, but this Christmas I got a letter from her that she wrote and there is no doubt that she has made huge progress and is now reading!  What a beautiful gift to be able to read that so many of us takes for granted.  Zambia just celebrated their 50th year as a country and the theme for the children in Family Legacy’s program is “I am the next 50.”  That couldn’t be truer and the next 50 years for these children are filled with joy and hope for a better future.  I praise the Lord for all that He is doing in and through these children as He is growing them to be leaders.  Not just academically (which is huge), but spiritually He is giving them the hope of a future that many didn’t have before.  They truly love the Lord with all that they are and they know that they can do all things through God’s strength, guidance, and promises. 

The teachers that work in the schools are amazing and are hungry for new and different ways to teach and better help their students.  I am extremely excited to partner with them and work together to find ways to make the kids more successful.  These children come from extreme poverty and often abuse.  The heart of these teachers is like no other.  Not only are they educating each child, but they are also nurturing them as well as guiding them spiritually.  I will forever have the imprints of the teachers and children on my heart!  

I am asking that you would partner with me in prayer with the following requests:

   1.       That God would give me His heart for His people.
   2.  God’s guidance and wisdom in the best way to help equip the teachers and students while I am in Zambia. 
   3.     God’s love, hope, and joy to be poured out over the people in Zambia and that they would long for more of Him.
   4.     Safe travels to and from Zambia and safety while in Zambia.
   5.     God’s Word to ring in my heart and to have ears to hear all that He wants to teach me during my time there.
   6.     For my heart to be teachable and sensitive to God’s moving.  
   7.     That I would stay healthy; specifically pray against stomach problems, sinus infections, and against upper respiratory infections.
   8.     That all the American teachers would come together and bond as a team to make the biggest impact in the school. 

If you feel led to do so, I would love for you to partner with me financially as well.  I need to raise $5000 for my trip by the end of March, and your donations are tax deductible.  I have always been blown away and overwhelmed by the ways in which God has provided the funds for my trips.  I am praying expectantly and believing He will provide what is needed again. 
If you would like to contribute toward my trip, you can donate online to this link:
                                                Or, you can send a check to:
Family Legacy Missions International
5005 W. Royal Lane Suite 252
Irving, TX 75063
 In the memo line please write: Allison Rhodes/Teach One 2015

I appreciate each one of you more than you know and I am so thankful that God has placed you and your family in my life.  I can’t wait to share with you about my time in Zambia.  I will send updates through email as often as possible (that all depends on if the internet is working or not), as well as update my blog: myhopeisingodalone.blogspot.com  If you are not currently on my Zambia email updates and would like to be, please send me your email at:  allisonerhodes@gmail.com  Thank you again for your prayers and encouragement, they mean the world to me!!!

                         Love, Allison Rhodes

“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see what he has done and be amazed.  They will put their trust in the Lord.” 
        Psalm 40:3