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Project 125

What an amazing weekend in Church! Fantastic to hear the personal stories of all the people being baptised .So encouraging and so faith-building to hear how God changes lives. Wonderful to worship together and to hear the preaches from Ben. Lydia and Liam. We announced the completely amazing Serenje gift day total of over £111,000 too! Boy oh boy, such a rich day! And yet this morning was cold and dull and wet. So I still needed to dig deep this morning - I couldn't rely on yesterday's incredible grace and blessing . Today was a day off so I took the dog on a lovely wet walk in the woods with some other brave souls - a great start to the day! Once home, on went the lights and the heating; and up went the volume on "Beautiful Exchange" by Hillsong. A large cup of coffee and I was all set up for a good day!

I heard a lovely sound this morning daughter's voice. Yes she really was silent for over 48 hours! All in aid of being sponsored for Project 125. Like many other young people in Kerith and  in Life, she is busy raising money to build a dormitory for teenage girls in Serenje, Zambia. Let's just say it was a challenge for her to be silent - and she did it! So think I'd better cough up now - it's for such a great cause! I already wrote about Martha on this blog. She is a double orphan in Serenje, living alone in Zambia Compound.

The conditions in the compound are very poor, especially as there are many unemployed young men hanging around in the local bars. the alcohol is very cheap, and so it's really not a positive for the girls to live in.
It was exciting to share the dormitory plans with the Pastors.  
This is very much a shared project. Leah in particular encouraged each community, church, pastor and volunteer to play their part in contributing to the dormitory. She spoke directly to the Pastors wives at our women's conference. She challenged them when she told them that children in UK schools are giving sacrificially for Serenje children - "children they will never meet". "The dormitory is for your children, it's for your children's children. We must give by faith. It's for your future!"

This is Ketty Kalunga, a pastors wife. She was the first lady to commit to giving money to the dormitory. They took up a spontaneous offering and raised 122,000 kwacha as a "seed offering". It was a holy and wonderful moment to see the women giving sacrificially. What a privilege to play our part too.



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