Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ladies' Tea

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Elise and I (Kerri) had the idea to host a Ladies' Tea here at our home and invite all the Zambia women living on this farm to attend.  We have been thinking and praying for a way to connect with these ladies on a deeper level - to really get to know them, their hearts, their struggles, their joys, and to have them know us as well.  We feel like this was a first step in that direction!  We had no idea what to expect, but 58 of our neighbors turned up!  It was such a success that we've decided to meet once a month.  We are praying that God will help us to learn from these ladies and to be able to encourage them in life and faith.

This time we simply served them tea and desserts and spent time meeting each one of the ladies.  Some interesting statistics: the oldest lady in attendance was 50 years old and she has 9 children; the youngest few were teenagers, 15 and 16 years old, who are each married with children; many of these women share husbands as polygamy is common among the Tongas.  At the end of our time some of the ladies started singing and dancing around to show their happiness!  They are so beautiful! It was a fun time and we look forward to seeing how God will develop our relationships with them!

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