Hope in the Eyes of the Weary

Day two in our new school placements=SUCCESS.

Today started out as another early morning. Everyone headed out in a different direction with new opportunities awaiting. The group of us going to Faith Christian Academy (Abby, Jenna, Paige C., and I) walked down the road from the House of Moses to the bus stop. It was like the first day of kindergarten all over again—lunches packed (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches of course), backpacks on, and butterflies fluttering in our stomachs as we waited for the bus to pick us up. After waiting for twenty minutes, we finally got on the bus and joined the other FCA teachers. The Faith Christian Academy is a school for orphaned and street children. Most of the students at the school live in homes behind the school and are sponsored by Americans. Each house has a Mama and about twelve kids of similar ages. Jenna, Paige C., and myself are all working at the school compound. Today we not only got to observe in the classrooms, but we all got to teach multiple lessons! The familiar butterfly feeling quickly returned when we were each asked, “Can you teach a lesson now?” We  got up and taught lessons in our classrooms–anything from shapes in preschool to fractions in seventh grade. The Zambian teachers in our school are so eager to work together and learn from us. We have felt so welcomed since first stepping foot on the FCA school grounds.

Only a short walk up the hill on the dusty road, Camp Life is taking place. The camp hosts kids from surrounding villages that come from very impoverished areas. Here they get the chance to play sports, learn about the Bible, and get a free health screening. The kids are brought into the nurse’s tent in groups where today Nurse Abby diagnosed and prescribed medicine to them. In her words, “She’s livin the dream,” treating cases of ringworm, skin infection, and burns. The four of us laughed on the bus ride home as we shared stories of challenges, accomplishments, rambunctious students, and ways we saw God at work.

Sitting around the dinner table tonight we shared breathtaking moments, moments of accomplishment, challenges and heartbreak, and ways we saw God working. Eyes lit up as people shared stories of lessons they taught and interactions with students; hearts ached as we heard other stories of poverty and lack of opportunity; and our hearts were filled with thankfulness and encouragement as we shared how good our God is. In the wise words of Jack V., “When I see the things they lack, they see the things they have.” There is hope where many would not see any hope. There is hope in the students’ eager attitudes to learn, hope in the smiles exchanged among poverty on the streets, and hope in the bond shared among believers around the world.

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31

I think it’s safe to say everyone’s exhausted from another long and eventful day at school. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us tomorrow and the days to come. Please continue to pray for rest, health, safety, wisdom, and the ability to bring hope to our Zambian brothers and sisters.

 

Written by Lindsey with the help of Abby 🙂

PS. Hi mom and dad

Faith Christian Academy school grounds
Faith Christian Academy school grounds
All aboard the teachers bus on the way to Faith Christian Academy
All aboard the teachers bus on the way to Faith Christian Academy
Among the many public buses that pass our bus stop, none quite have the character our bus has--  "Be Real"
Among the many public buses that pass our bus stop, none quite have the character our bus has–
“Be Real”
Our trecherous journey fighting traffic and snakes.  (Walking back from the bus stop to the House of Moses)
Our trecherous journey fighting traffic and snakes. (Walking back from the bus stop to the House of Moses)

 

 

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