Some time ago, I read an article about an elementary school that had a large and fabulous new playground installed. The teachers were frustrated, however, because the kids only played near the school building and rarely ventured to the far side of the playground even though some of the best equipment was located there. One day, everything changed. A playground fence had been installed over the weekend. That Monday, the kids swarmed every piece of equipment, near and far. The fence had brought freedom to the kids to play to their heart's content and make full use of the playground.
Today, the fence for our IMC land was completed. And, just like those kids, we now have the freedom to make full use of the land we've been given by Chief Inyambo Yeta to our heart's content!
This is our first step toward the Training Center and Farm we believe the Lord has called us to complete as part of our strategy to reach the Western Province of Zambia and beyond. It was an historic day. The Lord is good!
Four young men, three of them our Live School students, completed the fence around the 5+ acres in extremely hot conditions. They volunteered to do the job, by the way, and were content with some food and a large tent to sleep in. Their names are Alex, Bosco, Mulenga and Obby and they did an amazing job! (Alex and Mulenga are pictured above.) Thanks, men!
Our next steps are to bring water and electricity to the property and this will be done very soon. We already have the water tank and have made arrangements with the powers that be for installation. Once this is accomplished, we can look ahead to 2016 and our hope to launch the Farm and begin building the Training Center.
Next week, two local churches will bring their youth groups for a retreat on our land which will be led by our three students, Alex, Bosco and Obby, with Percy, Abby & me on hand to provide support and some teaching. This will be the first official use of IMC land as a Training Center!
Please pray for us as we move forward with God's vision for IMC!