Saturday, April 29, 2006

What's Goin' On

Here I am in Lusaka, Zambia...who knew. Well, I guess if your reading this you probably did or just found out. So here is the scoop. I got here February 13th, 2007 and am here for one year. You may have deducted from that statement that I will be leaving in February 2008...if so, you are correct. If not, you may want to brush up on your calendar skills...but who am I to judge.

Anyway, I live in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. I work with an organization called Action Zambia which is a faith-based organization that works with urban, indigenous churches. I have come to work with youth here in Zambia. This involves working with the youth programs in the local churches, helping develop youth programs and train leaders, and mentor/disciple the youth.

I live on a farm owned by Action Zambia in a more rural part of town. I live in a hut. Yes, a I live in a hut in Africa. It's quite "swank," as the young people say. The area, called Kasupe, has many children and youth and we have constructed a football (soccer) field and a netball field (a sport the girls play here). I have started playing netball with the girls and hope to develop a sports ministry here. As well on Saturday's I am involved in running a Bible Club for the younger kids.

Zambia is a country that has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Action Zambia has an HIV/AIDS ministry called the CROSS project (CROSS standing for Churches Ready to Overcome Silence and Stigma) and we are hoping to develop a youth curriculum for this project this year.

Another passion of mine is music. I have brought my guitar (and promptly dropped it within the first week...but there was minimal damage) and help lead worship for our team as well as with the church I am attending. I am also hoping to do some music education as well. I also have brought my recording equipment to record some of the local music.

Ulitimately, I am here because of the hope I have found in Christ and am here that He may use me to bring this hope to the people of Zambia.

So that's what I'm doing here in a nutshell...well, actually I am not in a nutshell, I am in a hut...but you get the picture.

1 comment:

John said...

So glad you are there Shannon. I was at Chisomo a few weeks ago with an MCC Learning Tour. Deeply impressed and challenged by Aaron and the kids. God bless you and hi to Aaron.

John Crozier, Pastor of a BIC (Brethren in Christ) church in Canada across the lake from Erie Pa.

(Aaron may remember me as the "Nike" Pastor with the MCC Learning Tour. Can you help me know how to get in touch with Aaron by email? That is how I found you on google.)