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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.

September 2016: Month-iversary

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Along, Beside, & Between: A Newsletter (Issue 10)
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Happy Month-iversary to me! 

I have been here for a month already! Can you believe it? I am still trying to figure out life here and think I will be for a while. But I learn a little every day. I also look forward to January when the real work begins. Again, Thank you sooo much for your support and prayers. I thank God every day-- every time I go to the grocery store, take a taxi, have tea with someone--that I have a wonderful team like you behind me. 

Much love,
April 

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Story Corner:
One night while watching a movie with my coworker, I heard a knock on the door. It was our director’s wife slightly out of breath and asking for $13. I gave her the money and asked if everything was okay. She briefly said that one of the past gap year students had showed up out of the blue. He looked alright, if a little shaken. But the taxi man was waiting to be paid so she scurried off to pay the man and make dinner for the boy. While I can’t tell this boy’s story for safety reasons, I know that the reason he came to GLO is because he sees it as a place of safety. That when he didn’t know where else to go, he knew he would be accepted here. No matter who he is or what he has done, we will love him. I am proud to be a part of that kind of community.
 
GIVE NOW
  • I got to be the photographer at the Alicross Concert in Kitwe. It was also a time to catch up with friends from over the years! Extroversion to the MAX!
  • We have started to plan our December Youth camp, which is basically a 5 day student-led conference we put on here at GLO. Guess who is doing a workshop?!
  • They put our team to work painting a classroom that we are renovating.
  • We held an “Open Day” where we invited people to come to GLO to see all that we do. We set up stations at different parts of campus and talked about the Gap year, community work, camps, mission trips, and church leaders training.
  • I learned how to take the bus all by myself!
  • I went to a Zambia soccer game.
  • I even learned how to Congolese dance.
  • Ps. I wrote a blog post.
Pray for:
  • Unity on our team. Living and working together can be grueling sometimes. But it is a blessing as well! 
  • Finding a mentor. While there are amazing people here that mentor me informally (ahem, Nanna and Maria), I am trying to find a mentor outside of GLO. 
  • Bemba learning. I am starting “lessons” with someone from the community around here to help me learn Bemba.
  • My phone/internet. This whole thing is driving me up the wall. Internet and data are really expensive here and I am still trying to figure out how to do it modestly but still keep in touch with those I love at home. 
  • My home. I am still setting up my home…it takes a while especially when I don’t have a car. My roommate comes this week from Russia and I have all the new-rommate jitters.
  • My connection to God. It has been cool to learn from people here about their faith and it has challenged my own view of who I think God is and how I can see him work.It's one of my favorite parts about being here. 
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