Hello Dear Friends!
We hope this little hello finds you well. In some ways it seems there’s been lots going on for our kids over the last few months!In other ways we’ve appreciated this season of “normal” after a few years that have been anything but. The weather has started to turn here. Warm rainy days have been replaced by the cool dry ones this season always brings. Last month we had a fun Easter celebration here at the Project. We rejoiced and worshipped and watched an Easter video at church and made crafts of the empty tomb at Sunday school. In the afternoon the children did an Easter treasure hunt and had a wonderful time searching for goodies!
We now have 23 kids living with us at Project Samuel Zambia, but also five graduates who we continue to support and walk alongside as they pursue higher education. Earlier this year wealso had the privilege of welcoming Castro (who was one of our first Project Samuel kids) onto full-time staff. He is working in the garden with us. It’s been fun to celebrate with Lizzie,Kennedy and Alick, as they entered nurse training, second year med school, and automobile mechanics. Helping to get Webby started on his commercial driving training in Kabwe, has been another wonderful success and celebration.
Here at the Project we continue to champion our kids and provide home, family, belonging and love to each one. As you know we welcomed two new young ladies to our family in Jan/Feb. Seeing them flourish and find joy over the last few months has been a pleasure. We also received a visit from Social Welfare recently. We are proud to share that they feel we are doing an excellent job. We received high reviews on their report.
Our garden continues to expand and recently we were gifted with 400 strawberry plants. The kids are already anxiously awaiting harvest! We’ve also just extended our dripline into the maize field. This will allow us to grow maize on a larger scale in the dry season. We were able to make this addition because of the increased water supply we now have access to from the “new” well. We look forward to utilizing this crop to help feed the children and gain a small profit than can be put towards ongoing Project development.
Our Vowell family continues to do well. Livie has still been taking part in our early learners’ class and has just started reading very basic books. She’s recently gotten into coloring, puzzles, and enjoying dancing as well. Alissa is Little Miss Independent, at the moment. In between her “me” and “mine” moments, she showers us with cuddles and kisses and finds whatever she can to climb on! Brenden continues to oversee theministry and Kim’s days are full, with serving both our little and big families. We feel grateful for the many blessings each new season brings.
We thank you for your sponsorship, love and support. Our children are so fortunate to have you in their lives. Your prayers and encouragement mean the world to all of us. Thank you.
Sending lots of love,
Brenden & Kim (and our Big Project Samuel Family)