I have just finished term one at school and the reports were received well by the parents and the parents afternoons went well. I'm tired now as we had no half term due to the cholera outbreak but we have been working since the beginning of January so I'm looking forward to the rest and recharging my batteries for the next term. I pray that you are all well in Ardgowan and that your efforts in Evangelism, teaching and outreach are going well.
The Awana day seemed to be a great success with over eight groups attending from the locality and we came third in sports, and first in the scripture section. We had about three hundred people there so it was quite an event and the rains kept off until the very end (we were extremely thankful for that!). I was encouraged by the large turnout of children from Bethel Chapel.
The youth were involved in an Evangelistic outreach to the local hospital. It was very challenging to see the conditions the patients were living in and how sick they were. However the young folk weren't daunted and shared their faith vial Gospel tracks and were able to give the patients toiletries, food, clothing and blankets appropriate to their needs. The hospital is all encompassing with maternity, surgical, children and general wards. The rains came like a monsoon while we were there and water just leaked through the roofs ( the poor patients and staff have a lot to deal with).
I'm still enjoying the fellowship at Bethel Chapel and being blessed by the teaching as we are focusing on Genesis at the Bible Study and the ladies Bible Study focusing on the book of Corinthians which is very challenging.
I'm in good health and am learning to adapt to life here even the monsoon rains and thunder and lightning storms which seem to be raging even longer than usual for the rainy season. I will be meeting up with Sarah and Graham in a week's time to go on holiday with them for 10 days in Kingston's. I'm really looking forward to seeing them although I'm in contact with the family and friends on a very regular basis which is a blessing. Give my love to all at Ardgowan as you are often in my thoughts and prayers.
Chirstine's Article in the May Edition of ECHOES INTERNATIONAL
In December 2017 i left Greenock, Scotland, to travel to Chingola, Zambia to take up the post of Grade 3 Teacher for the next school year at Amano Christian School. I had responded to an invitation from Ian Campbell and the challenges from workers speaking at the mission day in Hamilton. I spent the first 6 weeks residing in the Campbell's home while I acclimatised to the altitude, as living in Chingola is similar to living at the top of a Munro ( a mountain over 3,000 ft). I was extremely grateful for their kindness and now live in their small bungalow.
I have a class of 11 children and have the privilege of teaching in a beautiful setting surrounded by acres of woodland. My classroom is a converted shipping container, but I have all I require to implement a full curriculum and take every advantage to teach outdoors. I'm also privileged to be able to teach Scripture to the children with no restriction and am encouraged by how they memorise Bible verses.
I thank God for the fellowship and good Bible teaching I receive at Bethel Chapel, and have become involved in the work among the youth and the Awana children's meeting. This is a real source of encouragement as over 60 children attend; 16 of them are linked to Amano school. Please continue to pray for me and my family as I serve the Lord here in Zambia.
I’m settling into the routine of daily school life. I leave before seven to get the school bus to Amano and am encouraged by the prayers of my pupils who pray on a daily basis for my safe travel to and from school. I’m enjoying the fellowship and encouragement at Bethel Chapel. We are receiving good Bible teaching on genesis from one of the elders Phil Grove who is an excellent teacher of the Bible. I’m missing you but am not homesick as some people seemed to have thought. I know God’s peace and reassurance on a daily basis and am grateful for all your continued support and prayers. I’m very encouraged to hear of the baptisms pending in March and pray for God’s richest blessing on their lives. I’m sure they will enjoy the fellowship with you all at Ardgowan. I’m involved with the young people’s work which saw over thirty young people meet yesterday afternoon for Games and then bible study. They buy the booklets which are subsidised from their own money and that is very sacrificial for a few of them. The Thursday Awana group is going well and over fifty children attend and more than fifteen come from my school and another new pupil wants to come this Thursday. We had the first school Family service today and over 150 attended made up of pupils and their parents. This was a great opportunity for the gospel to be preached and we enjoyed nice fellowship with a lunch afterwards. I continue to pray for you all at Ardgowan and trust the Camp day went well. Much love to all at Ardgowan. God bless. Christine
It definitely looks like the children are enjoying themselves!! Christine is doing a fabulous job and we look forward to hearing and seeing more from them all.