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Nearing the Finish Line

Nearing the Finish Line

Nearing the Finish Line
After an amazing sightseeing trip we are back at the Teen Missions base in Ndola. We dropped the nine Leader Development team members of our group and leader Peter in Lusaka for their flight to Debrief.  It took some getting used to having a smaller team, and we had to fix our count off :-).  
On Monday we celebrated Christmas in July, even though it was a day late because we were traveling on July 25. Each of the team members and leaders got a small Christmas stocking filled with candy. We had chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and peanut butter blossom cookies for dessert.
The team has now started back hard at work to prepare for pouring the concrete floor tomorrow, the Lord willing. The block laying on the foundation is finished. We have filled in the inside of the building up to grade and have added 6 inches of “laterite” for compacting.
We plan to have a long day pouring concrete tomorrow together with Zambia staff.

 We will appreciate your prayers as we begin to make preparations for our own departure early Sunday morning. 
We will plan to send one more report on Friday before we leave.
There is some news from the team members!
“Although team bonding has had its ups and downs, my experience has been breathtaking. I have matured greatly mentally and spiritually. Construction is hard, but knowing it’s for God you work harder.“ Matthew M.
“This last week and Zambia is going well! We just finished the foundation of the building! Debrief can’t come any sooner and I can’t wait to see my family and friends soon! Love you, mom, dad and Trin! I’ll be seeing you soon!” Franchesca M.
“Zambia has been awesome. I’ve been getting closer to the team through the long work days. We’ve got a lot done, we are actually getting to pour the floor on one building. It’s awesome, and my team is great.“ Aubrey A.
“We just finished the foundation of the first building, I’m excited for debrief and I can’t wait to make a few more memories before I leave.“ Albie M.
“Over the past week, we’ve been working extra hard on the worksite to try and get our project as far as possible. It was hard to say goodbye to LDT because we all became like a little family. Although, it was nice to spend our last few days together experiencing God‘s amazing creation at Vic Falls and spending time with the children in the village. Right now we are working on the laterite of building number one and we hope to see the concrete floor going tomorrow. It’s been amazing to spend time playing sports with the nationals here at the Ndola base and play with the kids. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye on Sunday! It was such a blessing to hear the LDT made it to debrief safely. Also sup little sis I miss you and love you Audrey.“ Lydia W.
“The last week has been very hectic, we’ve lost our LDT teammates on Sunday but we’ve been on top of our building project, the Christmas in July was a new experience for me and I enjoyed it. We’ve been having bonfires through the summer and we will be having two more before the summers over I miss the LDT but I’m glad we got to hang out and have fun at Vic Falls KP is an experience I’ve gotten used to. The food has been a blessing, and it’s very filling for the hard work we’ve been doing. It’s Wednesday, July 27, we leave on Sunday, August 1 for a flight back to the states. I love you mom and dad, I miss you guys, can’t wait to tell you all about my trip. It’s Derick BTW.“ Derick L.
“ over the last few weeks, many things have happened. I progress on the work site has been constantly further with our leaders guidance. We hope to fully pour the floor of our first building, having finished the foundation. We hope to finish preparing the second foundation. But time and manpower are the largest issue with that goal. Those of us here are working hard even though it was difficult to get back to work. Partially because the LDT left. We are blessed to see the falls as a team, and are glad LDT made it to debrief safely. Thursday, July 29, we should be pouring the floor for our building.  We are very excited for debrief, but I know you’ll miss the base. I fell asleep memories, and projects have brought us together here. We became a family no one really expected LDT join us unexpectedly, now that they are gone we realize just how much of a blessing they are. We’re very blessed as a team. I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store these last few days.“ Isaac W.
“Zambia has been a very cool experience for me. We have spent our time building a building. Sightseeing was very fun. All in all a great experience.“ Jonathan S.

Excited to be together!!!

Our team of 12 girls and 12 guys all arrived by Saturday evening. From the beginning, the team seems to be working together and enjoying each other's company. On Orientation Sunday we learned more about what is to be expected over the next two weeks of Boot Camp. Monday was our first day of actual training. Our team enjoyed learning how to mix concrete and lay blocks and were able to get some evangelism training in drama and music classes.

Growing Stronger Every Day

One of our highlights happened first thing this morning (Wednesday) when we ran the Obstacle Course. The last obstacle that we do as a team is the Wall. It is a 12-foot wall that is completely flat on the front. It takes the entire team to boost and pull each teen over the wall. morning the team celebrated as they got 12 over. It is exciting to see them growing closer together and learning to work as a team.

Awesome Weekend at Boot Camp!

On Saturday, our team had a normal training day of classes. We continued with music class and began our new classes in Advanced Evangelism (learning how to share God's Word) and Puppets (learning how to share God's love through puppets).

Greetings! Wonderfully Blessed

Following our original itineraries 19 of our team safely arrived in Washington Dulles and we are blessed by a host of believers in the area,...

Team Zambia arrived safely this afternoon with all of our bags!

Team Zambia arrived safely this afternoon with all of our bags!

Hello from Zambia!

Hello from Zambia, we’ve been here a few days and are getting used to the time change. After a long night of rest the team got to get a tour around the Ndola base and see the BMW projects and gardens.

Hello from Zambia

We are working on two buildings here in Ndola and the team is making great progress. The footer on the ablution block is already down to our shoulders in most places. On Sat evening the team enjoyed some group games for fun night. Even though we couldn’t leave the base on Sunday we were able to do our own small service and it gave us a chance to work on our team presentation. We caught up on versus on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed quizzing with quite a few getting their first quiz-
out!

Laying a Solid Foundation

Hello from team Zambia!

We have been making great progress on the work site. We are digging a foundation and will be able to pour concrete after the inspector comes.

Zambia team is excited to report that we are all safe and healthy!

Zambia team is excited to report that we are all safe and healthy!
Tomorrow we are planning our first trip into town since our arrival. The team is excited! We are also looking forward to our first close interaction with the staff and students here at the Zambia base.

Growing Closer

Team Zambia Has completed pouring the concrete foundation and is now laying the blocks back up to grade. Gabby, Jack, Josiah,Kenai, Jen, Lacey, Izzy, Mari, and Franshesca, have all layed block, putting their training to good use . Peter, Joel, Albie, Samara, Grace, Jonathan and Joseph have worked on mortar and concrete mixing. The trenches on the larger building are getting closer to completion as well.

Visiting Victoria Falls

It has been a hectic few days for Teen Zambia with many exciting experiences packed in a short period of time. The team spent 12 hours on the bus on Wednesday traveling from to Livingstone for our sightseeing.

On the Move!