May 2012

Hello Friends and Family!

It has been a month since my last update.  So much has happened.  For the last month, I have been in Zambia learning more about African culture and interacting with the people there, in both urban and rural settings.  The first ten days were held in Lusaka.  Each morning we met in small groups for a time of Bible study and then went out in pairs, along with a Zambian helper, to take part in DFAs (daily field assignments).  The purpose was to help us understand more about the lives of Africans…how they think, live, worship, etc.  Each day I walked away having learned something.  After our time in Lusaka, we boarded a bus and headed to Petauke.  For the next two weeks we lived at bush camp!  This was by far the favorite portion of the trip.  We were paired with different helpers, as we went out each day.  Here, we talked with the people about life cycles and significant events, medicine and traditional healers, leadership in the village and community development.  Eye-opening!  We got another glimpse at how the African mind works and how they see certain things.  The time ended with 3 days/3 nights in the home of an African family.  I loved it!  It was an incredible month of learning and fellowship with new and old friends serving all across Africa.  I am so thankful to have had the opportunity.

What’s up next?  Well, some things have changed.  I will be staying in Ouagadougou (the capital) for at least a month and will be starting language study here.  Once our supervisors get back in country, I will get to head back home to Bobo to continue language learning there.  We meet with our teacher tomorrow, take a bus back to Bobo on Tuesday to pack up a few things for our month stay in Ouaga, bus back to Ouaga on Wednesday and then jump into learning Jula on Thursday.  Life is about to get crazy!   

A few things to thank the Father for:

  • An incredible month in Zambia
  • Safe travel as I trekked all across the African continent and good health through it all
  • An amazing time of fellowship with some of my best friends

Please lift up:

  • Language learning – ask that I would have patience during the whole process and that I’m able to retain all I learn
  • Friends who’ve been displaced due to chaos in their countries – ask that the Father gives them wisdom as they begin to figure out where to serve next
  • My time with the Lord – as the craziness of language study begins, I don’t want to neglect my time with Him

Thank you so much for lifting me up.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.  Be watching the blog, as I hope to post some stories and pictures from 40/40.  If you want to check out pictures on Facebook, here is the link!

Please let me know how I can be lifting you up!  As you partner with me in prayer, I want to do the same with you.

Grateful,
Amanda

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