"The World already has a Savior. And it's not you or me."
Zambia is amazing. And amazingly broken. The picture above is one I needed to see. Our second Sunday in Zambia, and I was already feeling defeated and purposeless. But that? That is what I do. I sing songs from God's Word that are catchy and get stuck in your head.
We are adjusting to a new place and culture. (We've been informed that studies show it takes 5-7 years to adapt to a new culture well enough to effectively minister. So I guess we will be "adjusting" for quite a while still.) We love it here. The load-shedding (relatively random power outages), lack of water, dirt and dust, and new sounds and language are all taxing our brains and bodies. But things are still amazing.
Knowing what to do and how to do it is difficult. The current dialogue about foreign aid, dependence, and indigenous ministry pales when we see the immediate need here. We are challenged to practice ministry in a way that neither slips into a savior complex or into depression and defeatism.
"I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me." Psalm 16:8
We so appreciate all of you who made it possible for us to be here! Two weeks of this new life in Zambia has challenged us and given us a glimpse of why the Lord brought us all the way across an ocean. Thank you for praying, giving, and caring!
And just because it is cute, here are our girls with some of the girls from the project we work with: