Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Too much to write today...






This was a day I wish you could have been with me on. I wish everyone could have experienced my day. I was thinking of you as I was experiencing it all, sad though, because I knew that I was not going to be able to remember all that I saw. Words don't even begin to paint the picture of all the little indescribables I just wish every mom and dad, son and daughter, grandpa and grandma, aunt, uncle, pastor could have experienced my day. I am tired. But it was good day. I went with Vosco and Graham to see Lusaka and the ministries that are already in action. We went first to Chisomo Drop-In Centre. They are a residential house for orphans and vulnerable children. They have 18 Zambians, more boys than girls. They are a school, a mom and dad, a place to eat and play and be safe. They are loving kids who normally wouldn't have a chance at life. Many were street kids and many have left the house to go to boarding school. Isn't that great? Some of the kids have recently gotten them into dancing... I included a dance they did for Graham and I. It has brought them together and they have been doing some competitions. The next place we went was Jesus Cares ministries. They are a residential house of 18 Zambian boys and girls, and they also have a community school for 2o0!!! Maureen, a teacher, house mother and an all around incredible woman, showed us around and shared how they go at night down to the streets to rescue street children. It is a humbling ministry to see how these people really give their lives for the least of these... We went to Chilenga Transient house for orphans and vulnerable children. They had 10 kids from age 4 to infants in their house. One of our team members adopted a child from there about four years ago. Amazing to see these little infant babies, their lives dependent on these faithful workers. That was my day. Then, as a family, later, we went to the house of Paulina, a house helper for a few weeks, who helped train our house helper, Miriam. She lives in a two bedroom house, made of brick. It was in the compound, a good 15 minutes over bumpy dirt roads. The little boys and girls were watching us drive by and yelling "Mzungu, Mzungu! (which means white person). The Allen girls squealed with laughter at the reaction of the Zambians seeing blonde haired girls. We also took one of our guards home to his house. He didn't have electricity in his house which was the size of our girls bedroom. He lives in this house with his wife and four kids. Our girls didn't quite know what to do with the dirt roads, small houses and no electricity. They were so naive and innocent in the things they would say... "Your house only has 2 bedrooms? Where are the lights? Wow these roads are really bumpy!" Paulina had walked 2 hours each way to our house for her job. She shifted to a team members house that was only an hour each way, away. Mwape or as Julia calls him "Moppee" lives only an hour a way. Mwape is an amazing worker. He inspires me because he works hard even when he doesn't know I am watching, watering the yard, gardening and doing it enthusiastically. He is an amazing man. I feel humbled by him. So, after my day, I just realized how so little can change so much. Like for example, Jesus Cares ministry can't use their office because their roof leaks and they can't afford a few tiles to cover it up. The Chilenga House had wood floor tiles donated a year ago but can't find someone to install them. The Chisomo house had pictures of a youth group that had written them years ago. It takes so little to affect so much.

2 comments:

Ben said...

Thanks for sharing Steve, and thanks for remembering me in your prayers even though you are on such a great adventure yourselves!

~Ben

Kristi Knifong said...

Hey there! Thank you for being so detailed in your journaling. Do not apologize for writing too much. This is your life and you will one day want it all written down anyways. We can always skip stuff if we can't read it all! Jason and I both commented to eachother how great it is that we know someone we trust that is right where the needs are. We want you to share about things we can give to that would help your neighbors. These ministries should not have to be suffering with such fixable problems! Don't be afraid to just tell us to do something and fast! You are the hands and feet there and we are the deep pockets you can dig into OK? Don't become weary at doing good and at reaching out to understand the culture. I know it must get really tiring to be ALWAYS learning something, but keep pressing ahead Allen family!! We love you!!! PS just read Irrestistible Revolution...wow.