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PFR (Pray For Rain!)

zambiarainThe Reuters article below pretty much sums up the situation here in Zambia. The article is dated October 15th, and, in that time (at least, in our part of Zambia), it’s only rained briefly a couple of times. The article also doesn’t mention the social consequences of low rainfall. With so many people losing jobs, things like domestic violence, prostitution, crime, drunkenness, etc. all increase. The situation is quite dire for many Zambians, and the consequences to their families are extremely hard. So please PFR with us! PRAY FOR RAIN to come and in an abundance to Zambia and Southern Africa.

Low rainfall and crippling power shortages hit Zambia’s economy

“LUSAKA, Zambia Oct 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brenda Nglazi Zulu has tried to adapt to the power cuts that sometimes leave her home in the capital Lusaka without electricity for half the day. She bought a gas stove and installed solar panels to help keep her lights on.

But the cost to her career as a freelance journalist and researcher is becoming intolerable. Her monthly income has dropped by more than half, because most of the day she can’t work at all.

“I now only work when electricity is available to power my mobile phone and my laptop,” said Zulu, 45. “Initially it used to be two to four hours of no electricity, but now we go eight hours to 12 hours a day without power.”

With increasingly erratic seasonal rainfall causing severe water shortages at Zambia’s hydropower plants, Zesco, the country’s sole power utility, says it has been forced to cut back on electricity supply to households and industries.

The lack of reliable power is hitting Zambia’s economy, as people struggle to make a living without electricity half the day, experts say. Unless heavy rains come to Zambia soon, they add, the country will face a heavy economic bill from climate change.

CRIPPLED COPPER MINES

In June, Zesco released a statement saying that erratic rainfall over the last two years has resulted in low water supplies at both its Kariba North Power Station in the southern part of the country and nearby Kafue Gorge Station.

Kariba is running at only 40 percent capacity, the company said, while Kafue Gorge is running at one-third of its 1,500 megawatt (MW) generation capacity.

According to the Zambia Meteorological Development agency, annual rainfall has dropped from an average 1,200 mm to below 600 mm in most areas over the last two years.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) predicts that the current El Nino weather event will only make things worse: “With El Nino forecast to continue into the first quarter of 2016, suppressed rainfall is likely over many regions during the coming rainy season, including in southern Africa, America, and the Caribbean.”

Continued low rainfall could have a huge impact on the country’s economy, experts warn.

The country’s copper mining industry, which accounts for 70 percent of Zambia’s foreign exchange earnings, has already been hobbled by the country’s power problem.

In September, Anglo-Swiss mining and commodity trading giant Glencore, which owns a large share of Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines, told the Zambian government it plans to lay off workers and cited power supply shortages as one of the factors behind the decision to downsize, alongside dropping copper prices.

“They intend to lay off close to 38,000 workers,” Zambia labour minister Fackson Shamenda told local media.

Also in September, copper mining firm Luanshya Copper Mines said in a statement it had cut production and sent some 1,200 workers on forced leave after reducing the mine’s operational hours to compensate for the electricity shortage.

The National Union of Miners Workers has since requested an emergency dialogue with the parties involved to try to save the mining jobs.

MORE DAMAGE TO FORESTS

Climate experts say that the damage low rainfall does to the country’s economy could also have a destructive impact on its environment.

“(The power shortage) may lead to soaring deforestation and further compounding on global warming as more households resort to wood and charcoal for cooking and heating,” said Chileshe Musonda, coordinator at the Zambia Climate Change Network in Lusaka.

According to figures from the Zambia Forestry Department, the country already loses between 250,000 and 300,000 hectares of forest every year, mainly due to the production of charcoal.

Recently, the government announced plans to build a 750 MW hydropower plant to ease the pressure on existing power stations. But that may take up to 10 to 15 years to be fully operational, the ministry of energy said, and changing rainfall patterns could also affects its operations.

In the meantime, power company Zesco says all that Zambians can do is hope for rain – lots of it.

In a statement released in July, senior manager Readley Makaliki said the company needs two or three normal to above-normal rainfall seasons to get back to its usual energy production patterns.

“The key thing to note is that even when the rains come either in November or December, (the power supply) won’t normalise,” he said.

(Reporting by Danstan Kaunda; editing by Jumana Farouky and Laurie Goering :; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, women’s rights, trafficking and corruption. Visit http://www.trust.org/climate)”

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Some Mid-October Prayer Requests

IMG_1629-Please pray for us as we are in the thick of hot season in Zambia, with temperatures well into the 90s every day. This time of year is always challenging with such hot, dry, and dusty days before the rains start. Hopefully, in late October or early November, rain will be here.

-Please continue to pray for Zambia, as the entire country is still on 8-hour/day power outages due to low rainfall. Although, strangely enough, our power has improved a little bit this past week, and we even had one day where the power was on for a full 24 hours! 93% of Zambia’s power is generated by hydroelectric power. When there’s not enough rain, there’s no power. Tanzania, which borders Zambia, just shut down all of their hydroelectric power due to not enough water.

-After a slow start to the CROSS Project HIV/AIDS Ministry this term, we are praising God for three churches that have signed up! For those that are familiar with the Lusaka area, we have a teaching locations in Garden Compound, George Compound, and in the Kasupe area near Ciyanjano. All three churches are on Lesson 2 (out of 16) this week.

IMG_1617One of the churches we are teaching at this term. 

PRAY that God would work mightily in hearts, minds, and actions, as people think and pray about how should they respond to, as Christians, and glorify God in HIV/AIDS and domestic abuse in their lives, their families’ lives, churches, and communities.

-Please PRAY for John and Eta (our two national workers in the CROSS Project), as they do the bulk of the teaching at our new churches for CROSS to teach at this term (September – December).

-Please pray for Sam, as he’s been struggling with some stomach and digestive bugs for the last couple weeks. He’s still energetic and happy but just can’t seem to shake this little bug.

-We PRAISE God for two happy and healthy little boys, who keep us on our toes. Please PRAY for them and for us as we seek to parent them in a way that is honoring and glorifying to God. We, as parents, need a lot of wisdom and guidance, and please PRAY that God would give these two boys soft hearts to him and his Word. 

-Please continue to pray for Jason and Grace Van Ankum, as they are now back in North America this Fall raising more support and connecting with current supporters. They hope to be back with us here in Zambia by the first of the year. You can find more about them here.

-Please PRAY that God would give Derek wisdom and supernatural guidance as he continues to settles into this new role as Country Director and seeks to lead this field.

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-Pray that the ACTION Zambia Team would put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, love, and peace. And pray that the Word of Christ would dwell in us richly. (Col. 3:12-17)

-We would really appreciate broad, general (Pauline-type) prayers for our entire ACTION Zambia Team as well as their ministries – Ciyanjano, PLD/APC, CROSS Project, Bible Clubs, and Feeding Programs

-Please continue to pray for more funds for CROSS and CROSS Graduation Bibles. Click here if you would like to donate to help get Bibles future CROSS Project graduations. In the Comment box at the bottom of the page, type “Bibles.” Click here if you would like to donate monthly  or one-time to the CROSS Project.

Please click here for giving options, if you feel so led to donate to the Dearths personal support.

September Prayer Requests

Thank you so much for praying for us as a family, especially over these last couple of months as we have traveled back to the USA and Canada and are now getting readjusted to Zambia these last three weeks. Thank you!! 

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Here are some updated praises and prayer requests for us – 

-We PRAISE God for His grace, strength, and safety these last couple of months as we traveled. The boys both did really well, especially since they were sick for part of our time back in North America. 

-We PRAISE God for ACTION! We really felt encouraged by our time at the ACTION 40th Jubilee Celebration and the International Council Meetings that Derek needed to attend as the ACTION Zambia Country Director.

-We PRAISE God for our newest AZ missionaries, the Van Ankums! They transferred from their former organization to ours in July and will be helping in our Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) ministries. You can find more about them here.

-Please pray for the Van Ankums as they go back to North America this Fall to raise more support and connect with current supporters. They hope to be back with us here in Zambia by the first of the year. 

-We PRAISE God for two happy and healthy little boys, who keep us on our toes. Please PRAY for them and for us as we seek to parent them in a way that is honoring and glorifying to God. We, as parents, need a lot of wisdom and guidance, and please PRAY that God would give these two boys soft hearts to him and his Word. 

-Please pray for us, as we have battled through sickness these last couple of months. Derek, Charlie, and Sam have all been sick on and off with colds or some sort of ailments. As usual, Kristin is our family’s picture of health and beauty! 

-Please pray for Zambia as the entire country is on 8 hour a day power outages due to low rainfall. 93% of Zambia’s power is generated by hydroelectric power. When there’s not enough rain, there’s no power. We are now entering the driest time of the year before the rains start, Lord willing, in late October or early November. Please pray for a plentiful rainy season this year (November – March).

-Please PRAY that God would give Derek wisdom and supernatural guidance as he continues to settles into this new role as Country Director and seeks to lead this field.

-Please PRAY for John and Eta (our two national workers in the CROSS Project) as they seek new churches for CROSS to teach at this term (September – December). It has been a little slower than usual to get churches lined up for this new term. Pray that God will lead the CROSS Team to the right churches to teach at this term! 

-PRAY that God would work mightily in hearts, minds, and actions as people think and pray about how should they respond as a Christian and glorify God in HIV/AIDS and domestic abuse in their lives, their families’ lives, churches, and communities.  

-Pray that the ACTION Zambia Team would put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, love, and peace. And pray that the Word of Christ would dwell in us richly. (Col. 3:12-17) 

-We would really appreciate broad, general prayers for our entire ACTION Zambia Team as well as their ministries. 

-Please continue to pray for more funds for CROSS and CROSS Graduation Bibles.

Click here if you would like to donate to help get Bibles future CROSS Project graduations. In the Comment box at the bottom of the page, type “Bibles.”

Click here if you would like to donate monthly  or one-time to the CROSS Project.

Please click here for giving options, if you feel so led to donate to the Dearths personal support. 

Thank You! (And Some Praises and Prayer Requests)

Hi, everyone! Well, June is almost over, and this is our first blog of the month! June has really gotten away from us as we get ready to head back to the USA and Canada for the month of July.

We both, and especially Kristin, have been busy chasing a three year old around and an almost eight month old, teething baby around. I (Derek) have been busy with normal ministry things related to the CROSS Project HIV/AIDS Ministry and ACTION Zambia Administration and also getting ready for the ACTION International Council meetings (July 6-9) near Calgary, Canada with reading and writing things.

Along those lines, we want to thank everyone who gave and prayed for the $5,000 we needed to cover our time at the ACTION International Council Meetings and the 40th Jubilee Celebrations for ACTION! God has been so gracious to us, and all of the money has come in!

Thank you so much for your gifts and prayers, and we praise God for all of you!!

Here are a few more praises and prayers: 

-We praise God for Charlie, who turned three years old on June 15th! He is such a happy, funny, very thoughtful, questioning, and inquisitive three year old. We love him so much and are so thankful for him.

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-We praise God for Jason and Grace Van Ankum, who will be joining AZ this July. They are originally from Canada and have been living in Zambia for almost a year working with another Christian organization up in Ndola. But now their transfer is complete, and they will be helping out in our Pastoral Leadership Development department with ACTION Pastor’s College. They also will be staying in our house while we are gone in North America, which is a huge help to us!

-Please pray for us as we travel this Monday (40 hours total on June 29 and June 30!!) to Minneapolis via Johannesburg, London, and Chicago. Pray for Charlie and Sam that they will both do really, really well with all the waiting, sitting, and long plane rides. Please also pray for safety and that we make all of our connections.

-Please pray for our time up in Canada. The International Council Meetings will be taking place July 6-9, and the Jubilee Celebrations will be taking place July 9-15, both at the same location – Prairie Bible College. We are very thankful for ACTION and the work that God has done through ACTION for His glory for these past 40 years!

-Please pray for the electricity situation going on in Zambia right now. Because of the low rainfall this past year and because 93% of Zambia’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power, Zambia’s power company can’t generate enough power for the country. So, we are now experiencing at least 5-6 hours a day of load-shedding, which is another way of saying that the power company turns the power off for 5-6 hours a day. We’ll be gone the month of July and get a reprieve from the frustration, but please pray for the rest of our team here on the ground as they deal with this problem that won’t get sorted out till after the rains start again in November or beyond, unless electricity starts getting imported.

April Prayer Requests

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Thank you so much for praying for us as a family, especially over these last couple of months, as Derek adjusts to his new role as ACTION Zambia Country Director. 

-We PRAISE God for His grace and strength these last couple of months as we have all adjusted to this new role, being back in Zambia after Home Assignment, and to life in Zambia as a family of four! 

-We PRAISE God for two happy and healthy little boys, who keep us on our toes. Please PRAY for them and for us as we seek to parent them in a way that is honoring and glorifying to God. We, as parents, need a lot of wisdom and guidance, and please PRAY that God would give these two boys soft hearts. 

-Please PRAY that God would give Derek wisdom and supernatural guidance as he settles into this new role as Country Director and seeks to lead this field.

-We possibly have a new family that will be joining ACTION Zambia this summer from Canada. They are currently with another organization here in Zambia but are looking to to transfer to AZ. Please PRAY that God would make His will and calling so clear for them. 

-Please PRAY for John and Eta (our two national workers in the CROSS Project), as they teach our new 5-week Domestic Abuse Lessons to the Ciyanjano Christian Campgrounds staff. So far, things are going very well with lots of good discussion about how Christians should look at domestic abuse. 

IMG_0684John teaching Lesson 3 of the CROSS Project – March 2015

-The CROSS Project is currently teaching the normal 16-week Biblical Worldview of HIV/AIDS Curriculum to two churches this term. One church is located in John Laing Compound on the South/West side of Lusaka, and the other is in Chilenje, mainly to a group of youths, near our house. Please PRAY for open hearts and minds as we go through the material with them. 

-PRAY that God would work mightily in hearts, minds, and actions as people think and pray about how should they respond as a Christian and glorify God in HIV/AIDS and domestic abuse in their lives, their families’ lives, churches, and communities.  

-Pray for unity, endurance, hope, and joy in Jesus for the ACTION Zambia team and sweet times in the Word each day. 

-We would really appreciate broad, general prayers for our entire ACTION Zambia Team as well as their ministries.

-Please continue to pray for more funds for CROSS and CROSS Graduation Bibles.

We are praying for additional monthly prayer and financial partners for us personally. Please click here for giving options, if you feel so led to donate to the Dearths. 

Click here if you would like to donate to help get Bibles future CROSS Project graduations. In the Comment box at the bottom of the page, type “Bibles.”

Click here if you would like to donate monthly  or one-time to the CROSS Project.

Our December 2014 Newsletter

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Merry Christmas from Minneapolis!

Here is our December 2014 newsletter (click here 13.4MB). Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support in 2014!

Some of the highlights from this newsletter include:

  • A review of our year – God’s faithfulness in the midst of some losses and gains
  • The birth of our second son, Samuel Henry Dearth
  • Encouraging news about the CROSS Project – testimonies, an HIV Feeding Program, and the Bethlehem Baptist Short-Term Team
  • Derek’s changing role from CROSS Project Coordinator to ACTION Zambia Country Director

We are so thankful to God for you and hope you have a very joy-filled Christmas and New Year’s season in the Savior. We have been so encouraged by seeing so many of you over this Home Assignment and continue to covet your prayers as we head back to Zambia on January 14th in a new role and with a new baby!

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 ESV

That Zambians would know Jesus,

Derek, Kristin, Charlie and Sam

Introducing Samuel Henry Dearth

We are thrilled to announce the birth of our second born son, Samuel Henry Dearth!! Sam was born on October 30th at 6:28pm CST. He weighed 8lbs 10oz and was 21 3/4 inches long.

Both Sam and Kristin are doing really well, and we praise God for a quick delivery after Kristin was induced yesterday at 2pm. Charlie is also doing well and is interested in this new addition to our family, but he’s not too sure about him yet and is still keeping his distance right now. We were able to get Charlie to give him a little kiss today though. 🙂

Please pray for us as a family during the next three days before Derek needs to go back to Zambia for a little trip from November 4-13. More on the need for this trip in the next couple of days.

Thanks so much for all of your prayers the last few days. God has been so faithful and gracious to us, and we praise Him for this precious little baby!!