Monday, March 16, 2015

disaster strikes at sarah's orphanage in zambia

The children's bathroom --
the 28 kids had been washing their hands in this facility
just five minutes before the roof was torn off.

Jim woke me yesterday morning softly uttering, "Sarah's okay...".

I sat bolt upright in our bed instantly wide awake. Immediately I began praying for God's grace to handle whatever news my beloved husband was going to give me next about our 20-year-old daughter. We both know that when you allow your children to work in third world nations, you live each day aware that they could be danger at any time.

Sure enough, Jim's next words were, "...There has been a terrible storm and much damage has been done to the orphanage." (To learn about the orphanage click here: 

The classroom in which Sarah teaches

Orphanage director Tom assessing the damage

The sad job of storm cleanup got underway immediately

Social media has it's blessings, and in this case we were able to see pictures of the damage upon rising this morning. Tom and Amy, the couple who run the orphanage recognized their need for both prayer support and financial help as soon as the storm was over. Before going to bed last night, Amy put together a number of photos of the damage and a description of their devastating day and sent out a newsletter. You can find that newsletter at this link: Disaster Strikes at Kazembe Orphanage .

Children from the orphanage and the village retrieving roofing materials from nearby fields

If you would like to would like to help financially, here's a link: Donate to Kazembe Orphanage. Please consider donating. Having watched the operation of the Kazembie Orphanage through Sarah's eye's for four months, Jim and I wholeheartedly endorse the work Tom and Amy are doing to help the fatherless in rural Zambia.

Whether you can donate or not, please pray for Tom and Amy and their life's work; nearly three dozen orphaned children rely on these loving, generous followers of Christ. As we've pointed out many times in our blog, not everyone can adopt, but everyone can participate in orphan care. Prayer really matters in the care of orphaned children! We draw that conclusion straight from the Bible: "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress." (James 1:27)

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