Sunday, October 28, 2012

Something New

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We've been busy over the last several months.  So, we're trying something new.  Here is a video update of everything happening with the ministry here in Chikankata.  We hope you are all doing well.  If you get a chance, take a look.  It's a little over 3 minutes, but very informative.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Doctor Whitfield

This afternoon little Gift was brought to our gate. He was playing with some other children when he had a small accident. He was cut right above the eye. His parents didn't know what to do, so they walked nearly 3 kilometers to bring him to us.

We are humbled at how much the community here has grown in their trust for us. And this was just a small example of that trust. This evening Gift's parents brought him back to clean and dress the wound again. Hopefully this little guy will get healed up soon!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bad Hair Day

Note to self or should I say note to Thomas. Never start the process of a hair cut late in the day in Zambia. You just never know how long the power will be on.

We'll fix it this morning, but we were calling him George Jefferson all last night ; )

Friday, October 19, 2012

UK Visitors

The past 10 days we've been hosting some visitors from the UK. Trevor and John (2 on the right) were here constructing a percussion drilling rig for water well digging. And then Norm and Allison joined us the last few days of their visit. These are our friends from Honiton Community Church.

It turned out to be a very pleasant trip. Trev and John finished the rig and we began digging a well for the workers here on the farm. We even have been able to use our hand drilling system that was donated by a Sunday school class at Chapin Baptist. So far we've drilled between 3-4 meters and are hoping to find water at 20+ meters.

It was also nice catching up with Norm and getting to meet Allison. We're already looking forward to their next visit!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Short Term Team Development

One of the things that resonates with both the Whitfields and us is having Short Term Teams visit us here in Zambia to see and be a part of the ministry first hand. With that being said, we've begun development on the facilities for housing these teams. The first project: a shower house.

Here is a picture of Movet working on the soak away for the toilets. We've also just about completed our outdoor dining/meeting area. (pics to be provided in a later post).

If you or your church wants to come and visit, we'll be ready for our first teams this coming May. Contact us at to find out more. Cheers!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's Hot

Kerri took this picture and posted it to her facebook account.  But just in case you missed it and were wondering if it gets hot in Zambia during their summer months, just take a look.  October is turning out to be a scorcher!  I'm soooo looking forward to the November rains!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Drilling Rig

This week we have some friends visiting us from Honiton Community Church in the UK. These two men, Trevor and John raised the support and came up with the plans for constructing a percussion drilling rig that is affordable for villagers and effective at drilling water wells in excess of 100 meters in depth.

So, they've begun the construction. We hope to test the rig here on the farm later in the week and then begin to teach zambians how to fabricate similar rigs. Today, I've been learning all about welding.

On another note, it looks like our Internet situation isn't going to be resolved anytime soon. It appears like our provider is going out of business. If you need to get in touch with us in the meantime, please send emails to Thank you c

Thursday, October 04, 2012

An Autopsy

Firstly, please pray for our Internet situation. Our satellite Internet provider has been experiencing a nationwide outage for the past 4 days. I'm sending this update via phone.

Now, back to the intent of this post. The Whitfield's and our kids were invited to our friends (who is also our vet) home the other day for a very unique homeschooling lesson. They were invited to come and observe the dissection of an ostrich! This baby ostrich was being cared for by a local farmer and had died. So, Noleen had to determine the cause of death.

Not every day you get invited to an ostrich autopsy huh? The kids had a great time and learned a lot. And yes, they did determine the cause of death. It met it's first Georgia Bulldog Fan ; ). Just kidding. It actually ate some particular kind of hay that it couldn't digest and got all clogged up. Sad story for this little guy, but a great learning opportunity for for the kids.