Over the last few months, and through a series of providential occurrences, God has deeply laid it on my heart that I am to return to Zambia, Africa for a third summer and minister to orphaned children!
I will be going to minister to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Zambia with dear friends through an organization called Family Legacy Missions International based in Dallas, TX. Family Legacy Missions International is a public charity whose mission is to alleviate the suffering of children in Zambia, while bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
At Camp LIFE I will be directly ministering to a small group of 10 kids each day: playing games, teaching Bible lessons, singing songs, and just plain loving the kids. I will be on a team with over 100 Americans serving over 1,000 kids the week that I am there. Everyday, we will bus all of the children into a giant recreation facility and give them an incredible day of discipleship, counseling, food, fun, and love – all in the name of Jesus!!
And through the Father’s Heart Sponsorship. program I will be visiting one of our sponsored boys, Kenneth, spending time with him and providing him with a special blessing of food and gifts. I also hope to visit our other sponsored boy, Edward, as well as Gift and James, who are sponsored by two of my dear friends.
As I was preparing my heart to write this post, I was reading in Psalms 68 and David the King was praising God in verses 4b-6a saying “…His name is the Lord—and rejoice before Him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing…”
These verses are especially meaningful to me, as I truly feel that I am the hands and feet of Jesus to these orphans in Zambia. And God has set two lonely Zambian boys in our family, Kenneth and Edward, as our sponsored boys. Kenneth has no parents, as they have died, and Edward’s mother has died, leaving him the oldest of six children to help his father raise.
Zambia is a landlocked country located in south central Africa. It has a population of 12 million people, but a full 1 million of these people are, in fact, children who have been orphaned due to the ravages of AIDS and other extreme poverty-related diseases. The U.N. says that Zambia has the highest per capita orphan rate in the world. Although Zambia is some 10,000 miles away and seemingly forgotten, these children are ever before the heart of God. And as such, God has continued to lay that burden on my heart.
God has called me back and I have committed to trust Him and follow His lead, as He has provided the last two summers. But going is only part of the investment required to serve these children. Those who can’t go, but can pray for and financially support those who do go, are fully equal co-laborers in this ministry project.
The total cost for this trip is $5350 and all funds must be raised by April 1st. So far I am half way there in my savings. God has given me a job that is helping me save a large portion of these expenses. But I very much want you to be involved with me on this project so that you, too, will be blessed as a result. Because I know that God has called me back to Zambia, I am confident that He will also provide a way.
Proverbs 19:17 says, that “when you give to the poor, you are lending to God, and that God Himself will repay you”. By helping me help these kids is an investment for which God will surely repay you – likely in this life, and definitely in eternity!
Please consider the plight of these countless orphans and consider giving me and them the joy of seeing God’s hand at work to change their lives. I know that I truly will never be the same for having gone and I will be forever grateful for your willingness to invest in me and in the orphans of Zambia.
If you are able, please donate at this link: www.camplifezambia.com/humphries. Or, if you know me personally, feel free to donate any of the below items that I can bring for Family Legacy’s Tree of Life Children’s Village, a 130-acre community of homes for orphaned children.
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