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Welcome to my blog, everyone! I live and work in Zambia as a youth worker. Here you'll find tidbits of beauty that I find as I live, love, and serve.

Building Students by Building Couches

Building Students by Building Couches

“You have taught us a lot, you know,” one of my students told me while I made both of us tea.

“Oh really?” I responded.

“Yeah. Like you built your own couch!”

It was true. When I loved in, I had only had grimy couches in my place and was convinced a U couch would be perfect so I asked around and finagled a way to get free wooden pallets. I bought a bucket of varnish, mattresses, and material for cushions and sanded away for months until I had a couch that perfectly fit my living room. “We were all watching you everyday sitting on your porch sanding and measuring,” he continued. As I remembered the students popping their heads out of the dining hall to watch me like l was insane.

“We kind of thought you were crazy.” I laughed and nodded. “But then we realized that if you want something to get done, you find a way. That taught us about facing challenges in life.”

Flattered and a little shocked, I reflected that my job is so unique because I’m never “off.” Even the little things I do affect my students and can teach them something. Even something as mundane as building a couch.

Buried in my pages of calculations. 

Buried in my pages of calculations. 

Chapwa! (That's "Finished!" in Bemba)

Chapwa! (That's "Finished!" in Bemba)

I Don't Deserve This

I Don't Deserve This

Gap Year Graduation

Gap Year Graduation