From day one you could sense their commitment in everything. Nsofwa, one of our students, came day 1 with the flu. Immediately the class came up surrounded her and prayed for her health. Day two Nsofwa felt great! We all celebrated the great blessing of financial provision for a school van. 1 week prior to our beginning we were $6000 short of a purchase. By the time I boarded the plane the Lord had provided! By Wed of the first week we had taken possession of a van for $2000 less than quoted.
The kids have enjoyed week one bonding with each other and doing a multiple of projects to bring them together. One of the best, is their task to organize the landscaping for our new classroom block. Stay tuned for pictures showing the transformation of their design.
The highlight for me was their first assignment. We had visitors from the states attend our 3rd day of school. The day before, I assigned them the task of introducing themselves, sharing their feelings of being selected and articulating their dreams for the future. Each student was videotaped giving their presentations. The goal, to learn poise, confidence and strong communication skills in presenting themselves to strangers. Watching each one stand up confidently and with energy and enthusiasm greet their visitors was way cool! They were impressive. What I saw was honestly what I thought would take months to develop.
Of course the Lord showed up in incredible ways to! Just a few cool things:
Wednesday: After a teaching on the full Gospel watching the entire class kneel in prayer to the worship song “Great I am” drowning in the Father’s love seeing them (some for the first time) feeling the Love of the Father. Most have had no earthly father figure to show them love. It was a tender moment that most didn’t want to end.
Thursday: After worship we spent time praying for each other. Martin shared his need for finding someone to help him at his small market stall where he sells some vegetables and small snack items. Going to the school was leaving a great void in his only way to earn a little money to help support himself. He was concerned about finding someone he could trust to run his stall while in school. We prayed for God to reveal the person. Friday He reported to the class that Thursday night his cousin called him offering to watch the stall for him …. for free! Yea God!
Thursday: I met a young mother named Sandra. She raises a small child, lives next door to our school in a dilapidated small one room shack. Her husband provides security for the church next to our school. This first week she had been helping Prisca ( our staff) serve tea to the kids during our school break. On Thursday she had been watching our prayer time with the students. At break she remarked how she wished she could have been a part of it and shared how she had been sick all week. We invited her to come and asked the students to pray over her. They did, and Friday morning we were greeted by a beaming Sandra feeling totally well! I loved what she told Prisca that day when she said: “those prayers were my medicine very powerful.”
These kids are so eager and hungry for everything we can offer them. The transformation is already happening. Monday I asked them a simple question. Who are you? Their answer, a typical response; giving their name and orphan status. By Wednesday when asked; they stood erect and answered; My name is…. and I am a son/daughter of the King! Pray for these kids. Many are experiencing a real loving Father God for the first time. They are eager but still very fragile. They are learning their identity in Christ and often it brings up painful wounds needing to be healed. Many have asked for counseling and prayer with Prisca and have shared some heartbreaking stories of their home lives. Thanks every one. Enjoy our pictures of week 1. Jeff.