06 October 2012

News from Zambia - 5 October 2012

5 October 2012

Greetings from Luanshya!

Birthday, Building and Bible School!

Yesterday our youngest ward, Andrew Silungwe, turned 17 years of age. We invited the Lighthouse "kids" to our house for a birthday party. Andrew wanted Tilapia (fish) so Sherry made Tilapia, scalloped potatoes and green beans. She also made a spice cake and served it with ice cream. It was significant that this was the last birthday party that we will celebrate before the older three youngsters leave us in January. Please continue to pray for all the "kids" in the Lighthouse Home.

The congregation in Mukolwe Village has been working long and hard making bricks for their new chapel. We had the brick-making machine from the Mobile Mission Maintenance Vocational Training Centre (MMMVTC) and everyone got involved... even the women were carrying bricks with babies on their backs. We all got into the "swing of things" mixing cement with the anthill soil, throwing the mix into the machine, then carrying the pressed bricks to the slab so they could cure. Then the MMMVTC students came and began the building of the first wall. It is an exciting time!


THEN, on Saturday we will participate in the handover of a new vehicle and 45 sewing machines to the Mobile Mission Maintenance Vocational Training Centre. This was made possible by a Rotary Club in New York and several Christian partners in various parts of the world. This equipment will allow MMMVTC to train young people to take care of themselves as they work in their local churches around Zambia. We appreciate all who helped with this project.

Finally, three of our LCH wards are beginning their final exams for grade 12 next week. We have had Nancy, Dickson and Shadreck in our care for the past 12 years and we are proud of their progress academically, physically and spiritually. After their exams all three of them will be enrolled in MMMVTC. The boys will be taking the construction management course and Nancy will be taking computer courses. They will all be living on campus at the school. This will help them prepare for their lives beyond LCH and still keep them in a Christian atmosphere. If you would like to help with their further education, let us know and we can send details.

It has been an incredibly busy time, but God has blessed in every aspect of the work here. We appreciate your faithful prayers and support as we remain...

Together in His Service,
Patrick & Sherry

Patrick & Sherry Coleman
P O Box 90010

Off:   260 212 512359/512539
Res: 260 212 510033
Cell (P): 260 966 780113
Cell (S): 260 966 780112