Happy Thanksgiving from sunny Lusaka.
In our 20+ years in Africa, virtually all of our Thanksgivings have been spent here. A few times a large chicken had to double as a turkey, but they have all been spent with great friends and colleagues. Haley always makes sure we have stash of canned pumpkin and yams. Home is here, but it is sad not to be able to be with parents, siblings and family on this most sacred American holiday. Today is the first time at least one of our kids will not be with us for Thanksgiving, but so glad they are having a great California Thanksgiving together today.
It was great to get an email today from a Rhema Zambia grad and staff member that reminds us why we are not with family on Thanksgiving:
“It’s been three years or more that I’ve been blessed by you through your teaching at Rhema and now Church. I have seen myself grow in the things of God and also personal responsibility. You have helped me with great advice, I appreciate the times I have walked into your offices just for someone to listen to me and thanks for giving me your time, smiles and attention – it’s helped shape this young man greatly. Am grateful to God that you answered His call to come to Africa. I am still growing and I thank God am in the right place, right environment with the right leaders to help me grow. Thanks for being such a blessing. God bless you and your children.”
“After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy.” 1 Thess 2:19-20 NLT