Sorry (again) for our lack of posting any blogs lately. Our July and early August have flow by (literally) as we made our way back to the States and Canada and back to Zambia again in 39 days. God was so gracious to us and to our boys with all the travel! We were really worried how the boys would do and how we, as parents, would do. It seemed pretty crazy to take a three year old and a 9 month old on a 24,676 mile (just flight miles, not including driving miles!), 39 day trip to North America and back again. But they did so well on the flights, minus one incident on the way back to Zambia that we’ll share about in a later blog, and they really enjoyed seeing all the friends and family that we got to spend some time with.
Our primary reason for heading back to North America for the month of July and early August was for me (Derek) to attend the International Council Meetings for Action International Ministries that I need to attend since becoming the ACTION Zambia Country Director this past February. Those meetings went really well, and I enjoyed the fellowship with the other country directors and some of the members of their country boards.
Right after the IC meetings concluded, the ACTION 40th Jubilee Celebrations kicked off. We really enjoyed the rest of the Jubilee celebration time as well. The worship times, fellowship, and conference speakers and subjects were a blessing to us. I think the biggest highlight for us, as far as the Jubilee, was just spending time with other ACTION folks and hearing their stories and experiences and what God is doing in their part of the world.
We are very thankful to God for ACTION and to be a part of it. We are typically not an organization that gets together that often (like, never) worldwide, so it was a real blessing to celebrate God’s faithfulness these past 40 years to ACTION with almost 200 other ACTION missionaries from around the world!
After our 11 days in Canada, we headed back to the USA and took a few weeks to see family and friends. This time was crazy busy, but we really enjoyed spending time and connecting with everyone.
Below are some pictures of our time. Thanks so much for praying for us and for all your love and support!
International Council Group Picture
The Wells’ from ACTION Cambodia and Us
Worship Time at the Jubilee
Charlie and Another MK Playing Around
Charlie Fishing in WI
Sam and Charlie Playing in WI
Happy Spring from Zambia! Here is our First Quarter 2015 newsletter (click here). Some of the highlights from this newsletter include:
- A summary of how our first three months back in Zambia have been going
- Our quick trip back to the States and Canada this summer
- Derek’s changing role from CROSS Project Coordinator to ACTION Zambia Country Director
- Prayer request for a one-time $5,000 need
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support!
What do Zambians talk to me the most about? That’s a good question, and the answer will probably surprise you.
You might think it’s the gospel or HIV/AIDS or why I live in Zambia or where I come from or that I’m mzungu (white person) or what I believe about such and such or how do I like being the new AZ Country Director. Well, I do talk to Zambians a lot about those things, but that’s not what they broach with me the most.
Apparently, I’ve found out, I must be one of the very few people in this country that uses the air conditioning in my car. Wait, you say, what does that have to do with talking. Well, when you use your air conditioner in a hot climate, condensation builds up on the a/c unit and drips down onto the ground.
This has been extremely perplexing and worrying to so many people. Whenever I’m waiting in my car to pick up John Chitambo for the CROSS Project HIV/AIDS ministry, at least once a week, if not more, someone knocks on my window to let me know that, “Sir (panic in their voice), there is some kind of water leaking from your vehicle!” Even the other day at a stop light, the guy behind me, who was in a suit, ran up, knocked on my window to inform me that water was leaking from my vehicle and that I should pull over as soon as possible. I tried to explain that it was ok, but I don’t think he believed me.
So, as much as I give a defense for the gospel in Zambia, especially in the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, I also, at least weekly, give a defense about my air conditioning to someone who is very worried about why my vehicle is leaking water.