A colourful story from Macha

a school with no roofI wonder what you get excited about. I would guess it’s unlikely to be a mud-encrusted truck piled high with corrugated iron sheets. But that was exactly what did it for Macha folk this week, because the opening of their school depended on the safe arrival of that particular delivery.

Ronda Krause heads up the MICS (Macha Innovative Community School) deep in the bush in Southern Province. There at Macha they are building new premises for the school. When Ronda and her husband Gil returned from USA after Christmas to open for the new term, they found that the building was missing a vital component: the roof!

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Ballet in the Bush

Ballet lesson in full swing!

Children at Macha’s Innovative Christian School (MICS) are participating in twice weekly ballet lessons. With professional ballet dancer Lauren Brim serving in Macha, the children have been able to experience something completely new to them, and they are learning fast. From pliés to glissades they all give 100% effort and concentration, and even the older boys enjoy every minute of their lessons. It is these kinds of activities that enhance these children’s learning even further.

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Christmas Comes Early for Flying Mission United

GrinsToday, ‘Flying Mission United’ football team(s) gathered under the rondavel and I was privileged to be involved in handing out the new football equipment to them.

Football is an important ministry at the Chilongolo airstrip base of Flying Mission Zambia. Boys from about 7 years old gather weekly to learn soccer skills. Sally Green coaches the younger boys 7-9 and 10-15, and Leonard, our foreman at Chilongolo, coaches the older guys 16-23.

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Black Stars score again!

One of the Flying Mission Zambia (FMZ) ministries which is popular in the community is soccer. For some while now, a group of young guys has been practising here on our ‘rough and ready’ pitch at Chilongolo, the FMZ Mission base near to Lusaka. When Roger and Sally Green went home to UK one time, they were able to collect football boots, team jerseys and a number of balls for the lads and so it was that FM United Black Stars soccer team was born! Now they regularly play games against other local teams and are generally quite successful!

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How do you get to the hospital?

Today we met a family who were camped out beside the floating pontoon which brings patients across the river Zambezi at Chitokoloki, N W Province. They did not drive here and they certainly did not fly! They came in a tiny mokoro (dugout canoe) from the town of Lukulu, 2 days paddling time along the river. They had brought their child to see a doctor. The little guy had a problem with his eye. Lukulu has Government clinics but the family wanted their child to be seen by one of the Chitokoloki doctors, of whom they had heard such good reports.

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