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Today was a busy day {and still can’t wait to fill y’all in on the good, amazing…really cool news too…but that’s another post:). We started our day at Mapalo school. Ran to see little Mumi. And I can’t even express how delighted I am by what I experienced. I spent some time in her home. […]

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Elle J - July 22, 2011 - 11:54 am

Amen! 1 Corinthians 13 ~ “but have not love, I am nothing.” ~ “Love never fails.” ~ “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

amy - July 22, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Oh my, you and I are soul sisters!!!!! I have always wanted to go… really didn’t matter where, I just knew there was more than this comfortable existence. I have been to a couple of countries in Asia and thought maybe… Then my daughter and I went to South Africa at the beginning of this summer and I thought YES!!! This is it!! This is where I need to be. My husband and I are praying. There are a few issues that need to be resolved here before we can go. Anyway, all that to say… I understand, I am praying and bless you!!
amy in GA

Kandra - July 22, 2011 - 2:09 pm

Praying daily, Andrea. I’ve been in tears pretty much every post. Glad you are able to post and share this journey.

mitzi - July 22, 2011 - 2:29 pm

I love your heart, friend. It is SO overwhelming… the need will swallow you if you let it! HOPE… in Christ alone… and giving that hope to others… wow… what a gift we have been given and can extend to others. Love the way you love. Praying for the rest of your trip. (shane leaves me tomorrow and to Zambia on MONDAY!!)

Lori Denton - July 22, 2011 - 3:05 pm

I understand your feelings. I went on a mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya a few years ago, and my heart hasn’t been the same since. There are friends there that I keep in touch with there. I hear their needs and see them, each child has a face and a name. I too have been overwhelmed by the many needs, and wanting to fix them all. I’m frustrated with the church here. It seems the church is unconcerned about the rest of the world, and perfectly content in their world of fastfood and pedicures. My husband is the youth pastor to a small church here in a sleepy little town in Georgia. I know that we are doing God’s work, but can’t help but feel He wants more from us. Both of us are feeling that call to step out of our comfort zone, and go when there are so many who need to hear about His love. We aren’t sure yet the doors He will open, but praying we run the race with endurance. I guess we will never be able to meet every need, but we can show them the one who can. The one who loves everlasting and heals every hurt. You are an encouragement to me. Thanks for the blessing. In Christ, Lori

Amber - July 24, 2011 - 12:45 am

Praying!! My heart aches to go on a trip like this. Thanks for sharing your stories, I’ve looked forward to reading about each day. God is doing amazing things through you.

Shelly - July 24, 2011 - 9:57 pm

I keep trying to chicken out of my upcoming trip to Africa. The Enemy whispers that I can’t leave my children, my husband, my responsibilities… But your posts just won’t let me do it. I can’t wait to GO and serve. Thank you for sharing this!!

a good day:)

Today was one of those “I could live here” kind of days. Our day began at the school playing with the children. I found precious Mumi…and this mommy found ringworm all over my precious new little one. She is dressed like a boy…with an open jacket, dirty pants and no shoes. We played together…and this […]

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mitzi - July 20, 2011 - 6:16 pm

praying more “i could live here” kind of days head your way! 😉

Dawn - July 20, 2011 - 7:48 pm

PRAYING for you all! What beautiful blessings…..

Natalie - July 20, 2011 - 9:58 pm

beautiful….it makes my entire body crave ethiopia. i want to be in africa. thank you for allowing me to slip away for a moment….your blogs are so special. Praying for you.

jenn - July 21, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Living vicariously through your posts. Wishing I was there soaking in the beauty of God’s grace flowing out among all those people! Can’t wait to hear more!

Shelly - July 21, 2011 - 10:18 pm

No fair on the amazing news… and you’re not sharing!! LOVE this post. You’re doing good work over there, girl. Keep running the race!


While yesterday’s post was full of things that were hard for us to comprehend–joy did come in the morning. We started our day making preparations for the conference for the orphans. I really wish that I could describe the details for you. But truly, there are so many aspects that make it jawdropping amazing. Every […]

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Bobi Bobbitt - July 19, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Simply amazing! I cannot even imagine what a blessing today was for you and for each of the precious children! A memory I am sure you will never forget, bless you sweet Andrea!

Sandi - July 19, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Simply wow! God is so good. Praying for every single one of their tender hearts that God just fills them up with love and shows them that he alone can heal their hurts and bind up their wounds. Those little eyes of theirs have seen way too much. Thank you for all that you are doing to give them hope in Jesus! Lives are being forever changed as a result of this trip!

mitzi - July 20, 2011 - 5:33 pm

tears… seriously… Praying that the words of TRUTH ring in their ears for YEARS to come!!


We started our day at church…a service which was a good 4-5 hours long. We danced…we sang…we worshipped. And I held back tears. I saw him before we walked into church. He was standing outside…around the same age as my older children at home…maybe just 5 or 6. It was apparent he had scabies when […]

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Elle J - July 17, 2011 - 12:34 pm

We’ve been praying and thinking of you – what a beautiful journey you are experiencing and sharing. Blessings to all of you and ALL those you connect with in Zambia.

Christy - July 17, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Oh Andrea, what a beautiful adventure you are having and what an incredible way GOd is using you! SO wish I could be there too! 🙂 Praying for you!

amy - July 17, 2011 - 2:37 pm

I have just come across your blog and I am lifting you up in prayer. My daughter and I recently returned from South Africa and she told people that if her daddy and brothers were there she would have stayed. I agree:) Love hearing your stories.

Jodi weelborg - July 17, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey. I am holding back tears as I read your adventure! Praying for you!

missy - July 17, 2011 - 4:57 pm

i can’t imagine how incredible that service must have been!!! it’s funny to think of how people in the states would react to a 4 or 5 hour service. i know your heart must have been overflowing to be with sweet beatrice. what an amazing opportunity you have to be there!

Alison - July 17, 2011 - 7:09 pm

PRECIOUS!!! Love hearing the stories and seeing their beautiful faces! Praying for ya’ll!!!

mitzi - July 17, 2011 - 9:49 pm

beautiful. my heart just beats for these people! And yes… it is honestly the ultimate feeling knowing we can go… and ALL be together as a family there. it is good. I love you and am praying this week God uses you all to serve your widows and sweet kids well… love you.

Meredith - July 18, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to read more.

Bobi Bobbitt - July 18, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Just amazing, Andrea!! I know God is using you in a mighty way! You are such an inspiration to me! (:

We are in Ndola, Zambia!

Just wanted to let y’all know we made it safely to Ndola today around lunch time. We pretty much went straight to the school to see the widows program. They had a graduation ceremony where 15 ladies graduated in the hospitality program (cleaning/hotel work)–and the AMAZING news is…ALL 15 now have JOBS!!! There were 30 […]

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mitzi - July 17, 2011 - 8:27 am

YAY! I’m stalking your blog like a …. stalker. 😉 Praying for your team and all you come in contact with… and praying today ROCKED at church and that you get some good sound sleep! love you friend!