Saturday, June 27, 2015

Team Time!

Thank you for your prayers for my tooth! The dentist did a complete root canal on a DIFFERENT tooth than before, and my pain is now gone! Praise the Lord! Here are a few pics from the week... (I'm not even going to talk about the 16 ministry pics that I accidentally deleted from my camera yesterday....)

Proof that you can't come to New Day just once - Josh holding a baby crocodile in Zambia at age 13..

And Josh holding a chameleon in Zambia at age 18.. :)

Teacher Abby and Laurie presenting their rap song about a children's book we read during our teacher's workshop!

Blu & Galen sitting in The Ark after 3 hours of soccer with the kids..

Dani & Naomi with some of our girls during P.E. class!

Dani & I working hard this morning! The team is leading a women's conference, and the store in town "forgot" to make the 200 rolls for the conference snack! So Dani and I grabbed all the bread we could find and started buttering and jellying like crazy! :)

Hanging out with some of their favorite peeps :)

Josh & Galen enthralling the boys with a story

Yuck - that's a small puff adder...which means where is his mama?!

Naomi was SO excited that Mama Lala made her some chocolate chip cookies!

Twinkies :)

(and remember..we're not going to talk about the pictures I deleted of our kids' awards ceremony, Dani & Galen doing a craft, Josh & Naomi leading Music class, and Debra doing reading assessments...we're just going to pretend I never took them...)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A little catch-up...

As I was looking through my recent pictures, I realized I forgot to blog a few things! Here's a little catch up!

This was an AMAZING book...I'm reading his second book right now, and it is set in Lusaka, Zambia, so I'm loving that one too, but this one was GOOD!

Cambree playing War with Daddy

Blu & Don from the Amarillo team (who is actually from Ohio - our first Ohio volunteer!!) working on roof trusses

Bob & Dave from Amarillo building roof trusses

Galen & Josh teaching our kids Volleyball!

Naomi & Dani having fun with the kids!

Jan & Debra are leading a teacher's workshop this week! With me teaching in the mornings, teacher's workshop in the afternoons, ANOTHER dentist appt in Lusaka on Thursday, and a women's conference on Friday, you might not see many blog posts from this team!

The workshop is for New Day teachers and teachers from our local Kabanga Basic School

We are so excited to have Josh & Dani Duncan here from College Station, TX! We have known the Duncans since 2001, when Josh & Dani would run around the house as a 4 year old and 2 year old during our Sunday School fellowships! How awesome to have them serve with us here in Zambia! (our kids are pretty excited about it too!)

Last week, we said goodbye to the Cooks, who are leaving to serve at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya! We are sad to see them go but pray God's blessings on them!

Last week's team did a Readers' Theater with the New Day kids - it was so fun to watch them read their stories and to remind ourselves of how far some of them have come!

Jodi did a great job heading it up!

At the end, we surprised Ricky & Niki with a going-away party and a memory book with pages for each child/staff member!

We found the way to Stanley's heart - cupcakes!

Me & Cason, hanging out!

We couldn't let the Cooks get away without some water pouring!

This is a full week of ministry, as I mentioned above! The team is busy doing construction, teaching PE and other classes, leading workshops, leading a women's conference, planning Art and Music activities for the kids, and just being involved with all that goes on at New Day! If you are reading this, I would appreciate prayers for my tooth! Today is 23 days of pain, and Thursday I have to make my second 9 hour round-trip to Lusaka to get my root canal completed - not fun! It is hard to even think these days when I feel I am consumed by pain! Please pray that the dentist will be able to fix my tooth so I can do all that needs to be done (my kids are leaving for the USA in 9 days!!!) Thank you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Glimpse of Rosemont

It has been a flurry of activity at New Day for the past 5 days as we have hosted a team from Rosemont Baptist Church in La Grange, Georgia. I waited to do a massive post on their last day, so here are 74're welcome. :)

Wow - that's a lot of American goodies!!

Teams this summer are also helping out with our New Day Wishlist which includes a lot of school items!

Here are a few pics of church on Sunday - Agnes enjoyed sitting with Pam!

I love this pic of someone's Bible propped up against the grass wall!

Chris led the Adult Bible Study

Terry cuddled up with Jayde!

Mallory took a fussy Justin outside.

Randy's umpteenth trip to Zambia, but his first time to preach at New Day Church!

I love it when Stella joins the choir and dances!

A great team pic after church!

Sittin' on a stump...

There has also been a lot of construction going on! We don't care how old you are - we will put you to work! Barbara helped sweep out the newest orphan house.

Painting in the new orphan house

Plenty of tools to choose from!

Wes & Chris working on roof trusses for the new school building

Peyton was able to use her talents to give some great haircuts!

Homework help in the New Day School with Erin & Miranda

Peyton and Jodi giving Cynthia a hand

Most of our teams this summer are also working at Kabanga Basic School giving them much-needed instruction and resources! April gives the students a hand.

Jodi, a high school Math teacher, did a great job!

Mallory looks through a broken classroom window at Kabanga.

Pam, a 4th grade Math teacher, had a great time at Kabanga.

Kids Club was fun - Barbara enjoyed babysitting Emma!

Checking out the action!

150 kids to entertain!

Teaching the lesson on Elijah and the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel

My handsome soccer star!

Cambree loves hanging out with teams!

Going for a ride!

Cason has REALLY loved being spoiled by Miranda this week!

My little mess..

Debbie & Laurie hanging out

Jayde & Glory

Pam brought her son, Justin, and her daughter and her mother - a family trip to Africa!

It's hard to resist this smile!

Lexi spent a lot of time with Agnes

An Agnes sandwich with Lexi & Erin!

Luumuno was grumpy at Kids Club.. :)

Our silly little Lulu!

Mallory & Phillip

Lots of time to play soccer!

Peyton & Agnes

Sweet Prince

Agnes loved Uncle Randy!

So did Caedmon!

The New Day staff (minus Mulenga!)

These three looking good (they leave in 15 days - aaahhh!!!!)

Love Muchoni's smile :)

He loves soccer, that's for sure!

Colby played a lot of soccer...

...until he sprained his ankle!

Poor guy!

Our girls love to play as well - Machila is one of the best!

Even Randy joined in the game!

No one is too young for soccer at New Day :)

Tank stand visits - don't forget your Sharpie to sign your name!

On Sunday, the team had the "opportunity" to help unload a 40 foot container, get it off of the 18 wheeler that carried it, and then reload it! It was definitely a joint effort!

Erin is probably saying, "Cason..this is too heavy for you!"

Jayde & Laurie make it fun!

Kefbert helped...a little..

Mama Lala & Christina haul some books

Lulu was a big helper!

Load after load after load after load in the trucks!

Even Prince gave us a hand!

It was lots of "fun" - can't you tell?

Everyone gathered around to watch the excitement!

That's a big container!

Did I mention it was load after load after load??

Papa Wes & Misheck check out the 20 new tires for the New Day vehicles!

Rosemont leaves tomorrow, and we are grateful for the 5 days of ministry they took part in here at New Day!