My family spent 10 days this past June outside Lusaka, Zambia at the Family Legacy Missions International facilities there. We were there to participate in Week 4 of Camp LIFE which is the primary engine that fuels the other facets of their ministry in that country.
The theme of camp this year was “Faith to move mountains” and a larger theme of “building the next 50 years of Zambia”.
Quick History Lesson
This year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of Zambia becoming a nation. It just so happens that Greer turned 50 years old this year as well. For those that don’t know, Greer Kendall was born in Zambia while his parents were missionaries there and remained in the country until about 6 years old when his parents returned to the states.
It wasn’t until about 13 years ago that he returned on a church mission trip to his home country that the gravity of the situation there and his calling to do something about it came over him. He was a successful business owner in Dallas, TX at the time and basically gave that up to start the Family Legacy ministry in 2012.
So 2014 is a special year for Greer, for Family Legacy and for Zambia.
We are the Next 50 Years of Zambia
This was instilled in these kids all week and all 7 weeks of the summer during Camp LIFE. These kids, like our own, believe they can make a difference in the future of their country just like ours believe that here. Through American sponsorship and support these children have the opportunity to obtain a good education, discipleship and guidance from the Zambian and American staff of the Lifeway Christian Academies in their neighborhoods.
Second only to the Catholic Church, Family Legacy is the largest private educator of children in Zambia with 17 LCA’s spread across numerous slum compounds of Lusaka. These schools are designed to provide Father’s Heart sponsored children with a Christian education. These schools were opened in response to the critical need for quality education.
The LCA’s have a low student to teacher ratios and highly qualified teachers who provide the orphans with a solid academic base. The teachers are well educated and specially trained in working with orphaned and vulnerable children. They long to see these children exceed the expectations of the slums where they live.
We are Building the Next 50 Years of Zambia
As the American ambassadors for our 30 children from Camp LIFE, we are building the next 50 years of Zambia. These children need sponsorship in the Father’s Heart program to be see the path of hope to the future. But it is not just sponsorship, many of the children that come to camp will not be sponsored which truly breaks my heart. There are stories of children breaking the cycle of despair and poverty just by being exposed to the hope of a better future while at Camp LIFE.
That we in the most abundant country on earth can’t find the extra $600 per year to change the course of a life and of a country is beyond me.
I never would have thought a year ago that I would feel so passionately or care so much for forgotten children half way around the world. But now that I have seen them with my own eyes, touched them with my own hands…heard their pleas for help and hope, wiped the tears from their eyes…
These are my kids…and they need our help desperately…NOW.
Psalms 68:5 – 6
A father to the fatherless, a defender of the widows is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun scorched land.
Change is in Motion
There are over 7,000 children in the education system that Family Legacy has built and continues to expand! Some of the first kids helped 12 years ago have graduated from university and have moved into the business world. More are in university now and the ripple is turning into a wave that will soon flood the universities and the country with well educated and principled young adults that are the next 50 years of Zambia!
I pray that we find sponsors for the remaining 15 children that we are responsible for. I urge you to find the way to help one of these children, it is the most rewarding and fulfilling thing the I personally and we as a family have ever done.
The deadline to have the sponsorships complete is closing in. October 1st, 2014 is the last day to get them sponsored so the necessary fees, supplies and administration can take place for them to participate in school in 2015.