March 21, 2014

Building a Foundation of Love

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It’s not your trip, it’s her trip. It’s Kyndra’s trip.

Kyndra ReAnn Poelman tragically passed away February 19, 2013 at the age of 22 years. In memory of Kyndra and out of a desire to serve God, the Poelman family created a foundation through Christian Stewardship Services to give children in need the opportunity to know the Lord through Christian education. As long-time donors, the PoeImans approached EduDeo Ministries to see how they might honour Kyndra’s passion for children and be a blessing to children and to participate in that blessing. Mwase Day High School, a school in Zambia with a desire to expand its facilities, was identified as a school that would benefit greatly from their assistance. A HANDS team made up of Poelman family members and friends was formed and in December they traveled to Zambia to help build and serve at the Mwase Day High School.

The time the Poelmans spent in Zambia was one of much excitement, knowing that they were taking part in “doing what God has created us for”. It was also something they knew would honour Kyndra - as she had been so deeply impacted by times of serving and ministering to children.

The trip turned into a time of immense laughter and was spiritually uplifting. Their time with the Mwase community started off with quite the surprise as they were warmly welcomed with the gift of two live chickens and a goat!  The team worked hard alongside ther new friends as they made mortar and laid bricks to form classroom blocks. They looked forward to the moments spent with the children they met - their smiles, laughter and excitement were definite highlights - especially when the soccer ball came out. In addition, the team enjoyed participating in two church services and worked hard to learn the songs and dances – which sometimes led to bouts of laughter between the group and their new Zambian friends.

A special moment was shared at a thanksgiving dinner with an inspirational woman of the community. She related to the Poelmans’ loss of Kyndra as she too had faced many painful losses. They were amazed at the beautiful source of encouragement in her outpouring of love and the joy she expressed in Jesus Christ. The team expressed, “We are finding that the Zambian people are incredible ambassadors for God.”

As their time in Zambia drew to a close, a farewell ceremony and a dedication of the school in Kyndra’s name was held. A plaque presented by the Poelman team was given to the Mwase school leaders to be hung inside the school upon it’s completion. It read, “‘For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ’ (1 Cor. 3:11). In loving memory of Kydra ReAnn Poelman.” Philemon, their in-country host from EduDeo’s partner organization (CCAP) and now a dear friend, stated it best as the ceremony came to a close, “It’s not your trip, it’s her trip. It’s Kyndra’s trip”.

The Poelman's ministry efforts in Zambia may have been one of healing and demonstrated their deep love for their late daughter Kyndra, but more so, it was one of love for others and for their Lord.

The Poelman Family worked with Christian Stewardship Services (CSS) to establish a foundation. Funds were received from the family, the family business, and a number of friends and business contacts. CSS focused on the administration so the family could focus on helping others.

To learn more about CSS, please visit www.csservices.ca.

Great News! Kyndra's Foundation website is now up and running. We are excited and look forward to our continued partnership and to walk alongside them in their desire to give children in need the opportunity to know the Lord through Christian education.  

 

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