Day #4: Opening Ceremony

Though there are signs of continued jetlag, the days never run together in Zambia. They each stand out uniquely—filled with incredible new faces, experiences and moments. Today was such a day.

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Our team arrived early at Hope’s Home this morning, greeted by our dear friends once again. We spent the next couple of hours getting ready for the main event: the orphanage opening ceremony. Half of our crew loaded into the big blue bus to pick up 100 balloons for decoration and the rest prepped the home for visitors. Around 11:00, we welcomed many people from the Lusaka community into the home. The guests covered a range of different people—all who have played essential roles in the home process. It was such a privilege and JOY to meet them and thank them for their hard and prayerful work. We enjoyed an authentic Zambian lunch and were serenaded by a local singing group—complete with interactive dancing! The ceremony concluded as we released 100 balloons, marked with scripture and prayer, into the sky over Hope’s Home. It was a sight we will never forget.

Today marked something incredibly special—the “official” opening and celebration of the home. So many of YOU have played a critical roll—through support, prayer and encouragement. Thank you! As we watched 8 beautiful children run around their new home, surrounded by so many loving, supportive community members, we were filled with gratitude to the Lord. What an amazing beginning!

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We were sad to leave our friends at Hope’s Home today, as it will be for the last time this trip. Yet it is impossible to leave with heavy hearts, as we KNOW the care and love they are receiving in their new home. Our afternoon activity led us to Mother Theresa’s—another local orphanage run by wonderful Catholic nuns. We were greeted by more precious faces—from newborns to toddlers—and immediately jumped in. All of these children have been orphaned and live full time in the orphanage. Our team held babies and played games with the kids for several hours. It was such a sweet afternoon.

Time here is flying by. We are thankful beyond measure for your prayers—we feel carried each and every day. These pictures should give you a window into our day. The Lord is at work today and in Zambia. What a privilege to be here.

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