In the beginning, God gave us a huge vision to see the youth of Zambia be made into disciples for Christ through showing them radical, Biblical, love through service. Our strategy is simple; love does.
So if love does then the question is: Where do we start? We started with Kids Club 7 days a week during which kids could be educated in a number of ways. We believe education is key in beginning to break the cycle of oppression.
We then looked at how Jesus often served during His time on earth. We saw Him meeting physical needs which opened the door to meeting spiritual needs. Using that example, we knew we had to confront the issue of malnourishment in Simukale. To do so, we started the Feeding Program, which ideally would occur 5 days, a week but currently takes place 2 days a week. At first, we fed 150 kids each time. Today, we feed over 300 kids. Our Feeding Program has not only improved the health of our kids, but has also helped to keep them in school.
By this point, we were on fire and excited about what the Lord was doing and wanted to do MoRe. Kelsey wanted people in the United States to get involved on a personal level. The best way to do that while also changing the life of a child was through Sponsorship. So we started our Sponsorship Program. There are over 180 children registered in our sponsorship program.
We couldn't stop with just the kids. We started creating jobs for men and women in the village. Our first job project was our Community Garden and then came our Basket Maker. We now have women of the community learning how to sew! They make bags and aprons to sell both in Zambia and abroad. There are 8 men who now have a stable job working construction projects. We will soon be finsishing up our Chicken Run which will also employ a father from the community.
That was our start and we call it our Isaiah 1:17 Response.
"Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow."
God gave us a huge vision, and in that vision was a place where orphans from Simukale can grow up in loving homes, receive a quality education, learn a trade, and become a disciple. In Zambia, 3 out of every 10 children are orphans. To meet the needs of the orphans, we not only needed to take them in, but we also needed to give them a family they could call their own.
This part of the vision we call our James 1:27 Action.
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."
We are in awe of the lives that have been transformed by the Gospel and the obedience of Believers to love the least of these. When you meet extreme poverty and stare it in the face, you have no other response but to react. This has been our reaction so far.