Greetings to All,
As everyone knows it has been a long time since our last report and we are sorry for that. We arrived back in Zambia on the third of April after three and a half months in the States for Don's recovery from his tractor accident. We are very blessed to still have him with us and in good health. We know that people all around the world were praying for him and we know that God heard those prayers and answered them in a wonderful way.
We are happy to be back at Mumena and the people we love and the things we love doing. The people here carried on our Bible studies and other duties very well while we were gone and for that we are thankful. The welcome back that we received when we arrived home was great, with many gifts given in love and appreciation. We were given 3 chickens, 2 reed mats, some potatoes, eggs, pumpkin and maybe other things that I can't recall at present. We knew before that we were loved by many here and all those gifts certainly proved it.
It is good to be back with Sondra and her family, we really missed them (especially those sweet boys). We had intended to go home for a furlough this year, but not quite as soon as we did. We are sorry we did not get to see too many of our friends that we had hoped to see on our time in the States. Lord willing, the next time home we will get a chance to see more of you. Right now we are very busy trying to take care of seven who have just arrived from the States on the 16th of this month. There are well drilling and agriculture people who have come to share their knowledge with the people of Mumena. Our main job is to see that they are housed, fed and generally looking after their welfare. They tell us we are doing a good job, so I guess we are.
Don and I went to Lusaka a couple of weeks ago and picked up the Love family who is here as part of our team now. We also have Phil Sullivan who arrived as part of the 7, but will be here for 5 months working with our team. His wife Paula was supposed to come with him but her mother is not well so she had to remain behind, at least for awhile. They will be spending about half their time in Zambia and the other half in the States. We are happy they have decided to come and be a part of our team, at least half time. Our rains have stopped and the cool weather has arrived and we are enjoying this weather right now. It is sure a nice change from all the snow, ice and cold weather we experienced while in Missouri. It was good to be with our families back there for awhile, but we were ready to get back to Zambia.
The Lord continues to bless our efforts here and we can see growth in the new Christians, for which we are thankful. Please continue to pray for us and the work the Lord has so graciously allowed us to come back to. Many people has told Don "The Lord was not finished with you just yet, he still has work for you to do". We believe that and are trying our best to do just that. May God bless and keep all of you in His tender care.
Love in Christ, Don & Rita