(Most recent picture of some of the Kalomo orphans in Zambia)
This was really a fantastic weekend. First, yesterday the conference. We heard testimony from a mother whose son committed first degree murder. It was a complicated story, but the strength she has and her son, who is in jail for life without the possibility of parole, has now become a missionary in the prision, sharing his faith with other prisoners. It was very touching and strong testimony to the power of God in people's lives. Then, today, I got to preach at another church about my Africa trip and what a blessing it was! God really used me today and gave me the words He wanted me to say. They actually were going to pay me which I couldn't believe, but instead, we're giving it to Launch Out Ministires for Kalomo. I recently learned that the orphanage I visited last June lost all their funding so the building has been repossessed by the government and about 75 children have nowhere to go. My friend, Pastor Malala, is helping to place these children in other families, but they desperately need basic items like clothing and blankets as the cold season is about to start. Then, God blessed me again by allowing my church to donate $1000 to this cause! WOW! I'm still in shock. I can't wait to tell Pastor Malala!!!!!
To top off a great weekend, I decided it was time for a change and got a haircut by a cute little Puerto Rican girl who attacked my locks with the vigor of a soldier hacking through the jungle!!! I won't show you the whole thing, but the picture should give you an idea about how drastic a change this is!