Greetings from Zambia! After an exciting and eventful start to the trip, we finally left Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon, and arrived in Lusaka, Zambia Monday night. We even got bumped up to first class on our final leg from Johannesburg to Lusaka. Vince was so excited by his first-class dinner that he did a photo shoot before devouring it! Look for it in the upcoming release of Gourmet Digest.
It was like a family reunion this morning, reuniting with Patson and Patricia Sakala and their family. They are doing well, Patricia having recovered from Malaria in December. The building that we finished last June looks great. They have maintained it well, and even improved on it since we last saw it. It now is host to 95 students and still growing. We are amazed at the strength of the connections we made last June, when we saw how many of the children and adults remembered us and welcomed us back.
Having lost two days because of the flight delays, we jumped right into the first day of the CHE vision seminar. Tina and Linda led the seminar of 25 attendees. Patson and Patricia graciously hosted, and provided breakfast and lunch for everyone. The information was well received, with enthusiastic participation by all. We expect to see everyone back tomorrow. We were able to have supper tonight with Patson and Patricia, and also Megan and Bwalya (both of Arise Africa, a co-supporter of Patson and Patricia). It was a rich time of fellowship, and also an opportunity to hear the strategic visions of each. It is so exciting to see how God has given each of us this opportunity to serve Him and raise the name of Jesus in this community!