What weighs 1500 lbs and holds: 19 bags of clothing, 23 boxes and 4 bags of shoes, 8 cases of Bibles, 4 boxes of books, 1 keyboard with stand and stool, 1 PA system, 1 chain saw, 1 ax, 1 box of hats, 3 electric guitars, 1 coat, 1 hoe and 2 tents?
With the generous help of Centre Presbyterian Church, Interact, Rotary and many, many individual donors, we just shipped two large packing crates to Zambia! We've never done this before so it will be interesting to see how it works out. The crates are expected to arrive in Zambia in mid-July.
The shoes were donated by the Interact Club at Liberty Prep due to the initiative of Rachel Sanford (pictured) who organized a shoe dirve. The Interact adviser, Gale Keef (pictured), was great to work with, as well. Zambian kids can't attend school without shoes so these will be a great blessing to a lot of kids!
Emily, our daughter, used her huge social network and collected 33 bins of clothing over the last year from her friends. Once we vacuum-packed them, we ended up with 19 bags weighing about 35 lbs each! That's a lot of clothing! Andrew, Emily's husband, used his expertise to procure a terific PA system suitable for the sub-Saharan climate and it has an 8 hour battery! His company Special Events Services (SES) generously contributed several micrphones and cables! Our daughter, Jen, and her husband, James, were instrumental in getting the chain saw with case and tools, the ax and hoe. Thanks kids!
A huge thank you to everyone who helped so much in this effort. You gave, we packed and Zambia will be blessed. I can't wait to hear Percy playing his keyboard over the new PA system!
Please join us in praying for the safe arrival of the crates, a good customs experience and for the transportation of the crates to Mwandi once they arrive in Zambia!