Now we're back home we have the challenge of processing and communicating all the information and experiences we had in Zambia, whilst at the same time getting back into our "normal" lives here with family, friends, Church and work. It's a challenge! It's also a responsibility.
As the trip was ending I felt God impress on me that I was to "leak" Serenje everywhere I went.To talk about the farmers and orphans; to tell the stories and remind us of their lives, running alongside ours - a "world away" but only a day's travel away.
So I'm going to start with some highlights.
Today's highlight is our visit to Mwansankano village.Their generosity towards us was just incredible. They welcomed us with singing and dancing. We sat on red settees adorned with lace. Lace tablecloths hung from the trees above our heads. There were flowers and plants. The villagers took their places on the ground and told us of their progress. the seeds (beans / sweet potato / nuts / cassava) had grown well. The harvest produced enough food for the community plus seeds for the seed-bank, and some to sell. They were so hard working and enterprising. Some of the women also made beautiful baskets from reeds.
What came over was their faith and joy and hope in God. Their thankfulness to us that we would strengthen them and support them with the initial seeds. But mainly it was their sincere gratefulness to God who provides.It was incredibly humbling, and so very inspiring.
"Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person."Proverbs 4 v 27