December 5, 2011

Diggin’ Deep: Zambia HANDS Team Raises Funds to Build Well

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In May 2011, a HANDS team of 11 Canadian Christians traveled to the country of Zambia in southern Africa. There the group visited and worked with several CCAP schools, including Kabinda Day High School and Mphamba Basic School. It was an incredible journey—a time of serving and working, of learning and friendship-building as they came alongside educators and students at EduDeo partner schools. They came home amazed at how the Lord is at work in the hearts of those in Zambia and grateful for the opportunity to see how His Kingdom is being built on the other side of the world.

But the Mutondo team’s story of service did not end once they set foot on home soil.

While in Zambia, the team had visited Hoya Basic School. The school body was large—made up of approximately 700 students! The building, however, only contained 5 classrooms. As a result, these classrooms were extremely crowded. Some of the roofs were also damaged due to high winds. 

Clearly the Hoya Basic School had needs to be met. The major issue the community expressed, however, did not have to do with the building. No, their main problem was something many of us in Canada take for granted: access to clean drinking water.

While there was a water point near the school, it usually dried up during the dry summer months. As a result, students and teachers had to walk long distances to the next closest water point. They would often arrive late for lessons due to these long, tiring walks. While the community had taken steps toward solving the issue, including making bricks for a new well, they did not yet have the funds to go forward with drilling it.

That’s where the Mutondo HANDS team came in.  With trusting, humble hearts and of their own initiative, they began a fundraising campaign to raise additional funds when they returned to Canada. After EduDeo went back to the partner organization to confirm that the well was a need and a priority, the campaign was set in motion. And, by the grace of God, the Mutondo team was able to raise the $10,000 needed to enable the community to complete the new well!

What a great example of HANDS team members continuing to serve the community they visited, even after the trip itself was over. Many members of the Mutondo team were also prompted to get involved in service and volunteer roles in their local community. Overall, their HANDS experience was an amazing way to increase their missional perspective (a vital aspect of HANDS short-term mission trips, as we noted in a recent post).

We thank God for all He is doing in Zambia to bring the ‘living water’ of the gospel message to students, families, and communities through Christ-centred education. And we praise Him for working through all of our HANDS team members in many ways, both during their trips and through their lives at home.

Comments:

Henry Lunshof
Dec 6, 2011 at 7:25 am

What an inspirational story of how God stirrs the hearts of young people. You've set a great example of what is possible.

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