It's crazy to think how fast our time here in Zambia has gone. It seems like just yesterday we were getting on the airplane at Dulles International Airport and heading to Zambia.
From the oldest boys to the youngest girls, my heart is filled with love for each and every one of them. The pure joy these kids have for life, and their love for Christ is truly inspirational. Their smiles are contagious, which only makes me want to spend more and more time with them.
Last Saturday, our amazing host Katie Wilkins, took us into Lusaka and we spent the day at the market. The drive to Lusaka is about 45 minutes to an hour; you see women carrying water on their heads and children on their backs, cows crossing the road, vegetable and fruit stands alongside the road. The simplicity of the way of life here in Zambia is beautiful. On Sunday we enjoyed a traditional African church service with the children, Mommas, and community members from nearby villages.
This week we finished up basketball and started volleyball and even got a little baseball and track & field in, as well as some capture the flag with the younger kids. We talked about motivation, focal points, identity in Christ, growth, pain/suffering, and the stories of Daniel and Joesph. God is working in the hearts of each and every one of us here in Zambia. We've not only grown as people and athletes, but as Christians and servants of the Lord.
The kids are always asking to see pictures of my friends, family, and team in Tennessee. They want to know everything about them and all their "bests (favorites)." A couple of kids even got a couple of minutes of FaceTime action with my dad. These kids have helped me to grow in my faith, to trust a little easier, to love a little harder, and to never let anything steal your joy.
I'm forever thankful for Managers On A Mission for selecting me, for my family supporting me, for the Tennessee Lady Vol program allowing me time off work to be here, and for the Lord calling me to Zambia. This experience has been anything but disappointing- I'm honestly at a loss of words to describe it.
I'm so excited to get back to the States and share my experiences with my friends and family, but I also know how extremely difficult it will be to leave these kids. Part of my heart will forever be in Zambia....
Caleb Currier, Lady Vol Basketball
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