{Post by the Husband} This is Zambia: Orphanage

December 22, 2011 § 3 Comments

Laura and Joseph

Noah smiling silly for the camera

Ben and Gift

Christine and Laura

The whole class

Serving together

When Laura and I arrived in Zambia 2 months ago, we expected many things.  We expected to make good friends, to enjoy our work assignments, and to appreciate living in a new and exotic environment.  However, there have been many pleasant surprises along the way.  One of the most significant has been our time volunteering at a local orphanage in Lusaka.

On most Saturday mornings, we wake up early to go with our friend Holly Nelson from Special Hope Network on a drive to Kasisi, a small town about 30 minutes outside of Lusaka.  In this small town, there is a beautiful orphanage that is run by the Catholic Church.  For the next two hours, we spend time playing with, reading to, and enjoying a group of about ten children who live at the Home, many whom have intellectual and/or physical disabilities.  On of my favorite children in this group is a little boy named Gift.  Gift is about 7 years old, and he appears to have some form of autism.  He has difficulty focusing on tasks for more than a few seconds, and his language skills are very limited.  He always has a big smile, and he always waves to us and comes to give us a hug when he sees us.  Over the last 2 months, I have come to love this little boy and I look forward to seeing him on Saturdays at Kasisi.  Laura and I have gradually learned how to keep his attention for longer periods of time, and we have realized that the name “Gift” is truly appropriate as he has brought joy into our lives.

The faithfulness of the Catholic sisters at this orphanage is inspiring and also challenging to us Protestant Christians.  It is embarrassing to note that Protestant-run orphanages in Lusaka often will not take in kids with intellectual/physical disabilities, while the Catholic-run orphanage accepts children with all manner of disabilities.  Matthew 25:31-46 is fairly clear about what Jesus expects from His disciples – how can Protestant Christians then withhold God’s love from the least of these?

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§ 3 Responses to {Post by the Husband} This is Zambia: Orphanage

  • Mike Piehler says:

    I loved reading this, you two! I appreciate you giving honor to where honor is due (re: the nuns at the orphanage). Nothing touches me more deeply than an outpouring of compassion. So privileged to follow your lives as you serve the Maker. Merry Christmas, Ben and Laura!

  • Holly may says:

    ben, ur post brought tears to my eyes. i love that you are able to serve together to those whom jesus has called us to love.

  • lmenen says:

    Thank you for the kind words, everyone. It truly is a privilege serving these little ones

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