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We are home…and safe. And experiencing culture shock.

I walked in my home to see my clean children…faces so clean…barefoot but no dirt…big smiles and happy hearts. Even with mommy gone for 10 days, they were safe, happy and well–because they had a mommy just gone for a bit…not forever like so many of the precious children we loved on this past week.

I haven’t begun to catch up on emails. If you bought a tee-shirt and have not received it (the subject of MOST of my incoming emails) I apologize profusely! I left my hubby 3 bags full of over 150 tshirts to mail. I was 99% sure he could mail them the day I left while my mom was here–but he got overwhelmed and could not. The tees didn’t get mailed out until this past weekend. So, I apologize. If you ordered them the first of June–it took 3-4 weeks for the pre-orders to print and they were packaged 2 days before I left. I had my sweet mom keep my kids so I could package them and you’d have them the week I left. They ARE on their way now–so thank you for your patience. Daddy has his hands full managing more than he is used to–so thank you for extending grace. I was delighted that I only received 50 inquiries and not the full 100;).

I’m doing my best to beat jet lag in 1 day. Rico Suave had to dash off to work this morning as soon as I walked in the door from the airport at 10am. So…it’s a full day with my 4 littles. I’m trying my best to be all here while processing what we have just taken in. I have to say that this time I have been hit the hardest than any other single past trip of my life. Something about having my sweet Isaac home…and then seeing hundreds upon hundreds of eyes looking up at me that remind me of him…that I had to leave…and right this minute can’t do anything about their situation. But I know my God sees them…but just praying for them–just isn’t…enough. I feel Him calling me to do more.

We need 300 more sponsors.

We need EVERY child at Wiphan sponsored. ($39 a month to sponsor 1 Wiphan child)

We need the Mapalo kitchen built. (several thousand dollars…but desperately needed)

We need ANOTHER school for the hundreds of children on the streets…wandering…with no place to go…no public school to accept them…no one to look after them day after day. (300 families to commit to giving $1,000…which would build the school, complete with kitchen, bathroom AND fund all of the teachers for a complete year)

We need families willing to join us…to make radical life changes and sacrificies for the sake of hundreds of little lives in Ndola, Africa.

One of our team members will soon return…to stay for several months and get more completed. My heart longs to join her–but I know He is, for now, calling me to be a voice for the voiceless and help raise up others to join us.

Will you?

Will you prayerfully consider how God might want to use you to change the world of hundreds of children in Ndola, Zambia?

Life is just too short to live any other way…

We have to do something. And praying for them…just isn’t enough.

Dawn - July 25, 2011 - 6:56 pm

Feeling the burden. Thank you soo much for your posts….making it all real – again. Reminding us there is soo much to do!!! PRAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thinking, remembering, feeling….

Stacy - July 25, 2011 - 8:16 pm

My Mom and I will sponsor 3. How …?

Rory Cookman - July 26, 2011 - 9:47 am

I didn’t even go with you to Zambia and I feel like I need to process!:) Praying about what God would have our family do in response to this. Praying the same for others. You’re right, we can all do something.

Brittany - July 26, 2011 - 10:30 am

I desperately want to help…in any way possible. I am moving from FL to Atlanta in 2 months and would love to get involved. Let me know how!!!!

Allie - July 26, 2011 - 4:40 pm

I just LOVE your heart. We just sponsered a child from the Wiphan website! I actually went to Zambia in college for a few weeks and my heart will never be the same. We will continue to pray for our new sponsered “daughter” Sarah and the rest of the precious children on the other side of the world!