Monday Musings 10/06/13
Two weeks today, MJ and I will turn the key for the final time on the seven padlocks of our Zambian home and return to Canada for the next six months.
Zambia has been our African home for the last three years. It is here that a solid foundation has been laid for RTC. As of January 2014, we will begin to build on that foundation from our new home in South Africa. MJ and I will miss Kitwe and the people of Zambia. However, we are confident that this move will take RTC and Chitenge Creations to a whole new level of effectiveness in the days ahead.
To our Zambian friends, thank you for giving us the opportunity to launch RTC in your beautiful country. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and love. I am confident we are leaving behind leaders who have caught the vision of sound leadership principles and practices. Don’t forget we that we plan to return to Zambia each year. Already a conference is being planned for March 2014.
To our Canadian family, friends, and supporters, thank you for making all that we do possible. We count on your ongoing encouragement and support as RTC moves to new levels in South Africa. MJ and I will see you on Canadian soil very soon.
To God, we say thank You for the privilege of serving the Kingdom on African soil. We are blessed beyond human measure!!!
MJ and I are amazed at how God has ordered our steps in the last two weeks. After discovering that the cost of a move would be four times the value of our furniture, we decided to sell everything here in Zambia and start over in South Africa. This meant we had to come up with a plan to sell our furniture, having only three weeks to do it. We decided to rely on local networks and came up with a three step plan. First, we would have an open house for missionaries who live in the Kitwe area. Second, we would advertise with a local organization called “The Wednesday Club”. If either or both of those failed, we would arrange for a local auctioneer to come and auction our furniture. Using existing email lists, MJ and I advertised an open house for the missionaries, and sent out an advertisement to the Wednesday Club. Immediately, we started to receive phone calls, and within five hours, eighty-five percent of our furniture was sold! We actually had to cancel the open house because almost everything was gone. Suddenly, MJ and I had to come up with a bed to sleep in and a couch to sit on for the next three weeks. A problem we were willing to live with!
This week, I begin the process of exporting our car from Zambia to South Africa. Hopefully, things will go as smoothly on this front as it did with the furniture.
By the way, I will be flying to Uganda on Friday for a weekend of ministry and strategic planning. Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.
Until next Monday…