20 Year Celebration in Zambia
In August, I was blessed to attend the twenty-year celebration of the churches that AOM helped start in Zambia. The celebration was combined with their annual church conference held in Mongu, Zambia.
This year was the largest gathering in the churches’ history, with over three hundred registered attendees and representatives from three other African countries where we have related churches: Zimbabwe, Mozambique (me), and now Angola. What an encouraging time to be with the churches in Zambia!
Over 300 in attendance!
Scott teaching during the conference
Several guys in traditional Lozi dress
Chico’s Baptism In July
We’ve known Chico for several years. He’s a seventeen-year old boy who has gone blind. Not long after we met him, his father died, forcing his mother to find extra work as a security guard to support him and his siblings. Several months ago, we gave Chico a solar powered audio version of the New Testament. He was so happy and proud of his new Bible, and it is really amazing to see how he is learning the Word! It was with great joy that we recently took Chico to the bay and baptized him. Additionally, through the ECHO Project, we are able to help him and his family with a monthly food package. Please pray for Chico and his family.
ECHO Project Repairs Community Water Wells
In June, the church in Guinjata was approached to help solve a problem with the community water well. They had already attempted to fix the pump several times, but the replacement parts would only last about a day before breaking again. In partnership with the local church, the ECHO Project was able to contact a technician to come in and evaluate the situation. The community then agreed that if the ECHO Project would source and purchase the necessary replacement parts, the community would pay the technician for his transport and labor. It took us several weeks to get the parts up from Maputo, but the repairs were done in a couple of hours and the community once again has water. The church went and met with the community and prayed for God’s blessings over the well after the repairs, raising the community’s awareness of the church and fostering good will.
The ECHO Project was also able to return to Magola where the church has a community water well and replace some of the pipes that had cracked over time, thus causing a decrease in water flow. Once again a small investment in new pipe and a couple hours work blessed a whole community.
Jayden Graduates High School
On July 17th, Jayden graduated from Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. It was bitter sweet for us as his graduation marked the close of several chapters in our lives.
For the last eight years, we have had at least one child at RVA. We are grateful to the school and the staff who have been such a blessing to our family.
It also signifies the last of our children leaving Africa to attend University in the States. Jayden just started his freshman year at Abilene Christian University, the same school Mariah attends. Not only are they happy to be together again, but it makes it easier on mom and dad to just follow one school calendar and one place to visit two of our three kids.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our ministry.