Have you ever ridden a roller coaster at a large theme park? That’s my favorite ride of them all! You have the slow journey to the peak of the hill, a short lull as you crest the peak, heart racing, holding your breath, and then it hits your stomach as the cars plummet downward! People screaming, some laughing, and others left breathless by the sudden drop. This scenario could be related to any number of things: life, love, school, work, even church! But for Katie and I; this describes our mission, our ministry, our walk with God. Over the course of the past few months we have been slowly climbing a mountain, and now we find ourselves on the other side, soaring down an exciting path as we find ourselves here at Project Samuel Zambia!
This first week at Project Samuel Zambia has been chalk full! Saturdays are a ministry day for the children of nearby villages to come to Project Samuel, play games, and have a short Bible lesson with a new memory verse every week. Our first Saturday here I was given the opportunity to teach the Bible lesson, and we learned about Noah’s ark. We asked the children questions about the story of Noah afterwards to see what they learned and they learned about God’s faithfulness to Noah, Noah’s favor with God due to his righteousness, and God’s mercy. The children here at Project Samuel and in the villages have stolen our hearts. Every day I look at these children and I sense but a small fraction of the love, joy, and satisfaction that God must have over us, His children.
One of the most important jobs we’ve had here at Project Samuel this week has been harvesting the maize and the sunflower seed. Yesterday, I got out there and got my hands dirty! Working in the field was exciting and the heads on the sunflower were humongous! This years crop is looking to be four times larger than last years crop and this is a big part of the plan for Project Samuel to be self-sufficient.
But though the children and the work here are important to Katie and I, the most fulfilling part of Project Samuel Zambia is being in the center of God’s will! With being in the center of His will comes a knowing that whatever we do must be God’s before it can be ours.
“Unless The Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless The Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” – Psalm 127:1