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Never Received Any Accolades

IMG_1252 copy(Walking into Garden Compound for the CROSS Project – January 28, 2014)

When I think back over my life, I can think of numerous times that I have been recognized or clapped for in front of an audience or a small group of people. Some of those events were just causal events like a party or with a group of friends, and I got clapped for for winning a silly game or for saying something funny. And some of those events were serious like a graduation or our wedding that I or we got recognized or clapped for.

But what would it be like if you had never been recognized or clapped for in your whole life? or you have never really accomplished anything that the world would recognize you for or give you accolades for?

For the poor and urban poor in Zambia, this is very sadly the case. To point out a fact, they have accomplished a lot. Living on a few dollars a day in deplorable conditions, most of the urban poor, especially so many of the women, should get a standing ovation everyday for their hard work and ingenuity in scraping out a living and a life for them and their children. But, sadly, you don’t get recognized or get accolades for that.

A few weeks ago, at one of our CROSS Project Graduations, one of ladies was in tears as we called her name to come up and receive a certificate and Bible. I don’t know for sure the reason why she was so touched by that moment. But I later thought, it could be that this is the only time, or one of the few times in her life, that she has or ever will be recognized, clapped for, or receive accolades. Such is the case for so many of the poor around the world.

The good news for all of us, earthly poor or earthy rich, is that one day, if we have trusted in Christ as our treasure and savior and have lived a life that seeks to glorify Him and have been good stewards and faithful with what God has given us in this life, He will one day wipe every tear away and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21 ESV)

I think there are going to be a lot of very poor people from an earthy perspective that will be very rich in heaven, because they have been so faithful and glorified Him with what He has given them here. I know quite a lot of these people here in Zambia.

April – June Newsletter

(Garden Compound CROSS Project Graduation)

Photo Jun 24, 3 22 42 PM

Happy Summer Everyone!

Here is our April-June Newsletter (click here to view in your web browser – 8MB or a smaller version here – 1.5MB). In this newsletter, we cover the last three months in Zambia with:

-Home Assignment Looming (Sept. 3 – Jan 14) – Looking Back and Looking Ahead

-When You’re In Ground Zero – An article about Vera, a 14 year old girl who passed away from AIDS who attended the Feeding Program that the CROSS Project helps out at.

-Prayer Requests

Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We are so thankful to the Lord for all of you and how you encourage and strengthen us in so many ways. As always, feel free to email or even give us a call on our Skype number – 612-284-5554 or find us on Facebook or Instagram @ derekkristin2006. We would love to hear from you!

DSC_3341(Charlie’s 2nd Birthday!) 

“And Death Shall Be No More”

As I mentioned in “Our Latest Prayer Requests” post from April 28th, the CROSS Project is helping out at a Feeding Program for over 100 HIV-positive children through a local church in George Compound. The church is Faith Tabernacle Church that is pastored by Wozifera Ngoma. Pastor Wozifera and his wife, Easter, both work for ACTION Zambia in our Pastoral Leadership Development program teaching a discipleship course – Navigators 2:7.

Pastor Wozifera contacted me this morning with the news that a 14-year old girl, who had been coming to the Feeding Program and was HIV-positive, had passed away at the hospital. Kristin, Kristin’s Mom (when she was here in March), and Eta (one of our CROSS Project national workers) all had spent some time with this young girl, and Pastor Wozifera and Easter and the other folks at FTC have spent a lot of time with her, ministering to her at the Feeding Program week in and week out. Please pray for this young girl’s family as they go through this difficult time and that God would use her death to bring many sons to glory! 

This girl’s death this morning has made me think of the following two verses (below) from Revelation and how there are so many children here in Zambia who do nothing wrong, but they contract HIV from their moms when they are born or through abuse and who’s lives are filled with so much emotional and physical suffering and are often cut so short. I’m so looking forward to one day not living in a Genesis 3 world anymore! Below is a picture of Wozifera and Kristin talking with the girl – she’s the one in the pink.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things (HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, sexual abuse) have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20.