It's funny how God links your heart with other nations. Ten years ago I'd have struggled to show you where Albania, Lithuania or Zambia were on a map, or tell you anything about any of those nations, yet now I feel a deep connection with each of them - I even got excited when Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations!
Many of you will know that Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam have just moved with their two young girls out to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, to spend a year working for the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia helping them to develop a child protection policy. If you haven't done so already I'd really encourage you to sign up for the email updates on their blog so you can keep track of how they're doing, and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Hopefully most of you will also know of the HIV/AIDS project we're involved with in Serenje, a rural community in Zambia. Zoe Hayes, who oversees the project from a Kerith point of view, keeps a blog where she posts regular updates as to what is going on. You can find that here.
Rest assured that we're also still progressing with the plans to build a dormitory for 100 girls in Serenje. At the moment the plans are going through their planning apporval process, work has started on finding the right contractor to build the dormitory, and the churches out there are working on a sustainability plan to show how long term the dormitory can be funded and kept running. The plan is still to get the dormitory built in time for girls to move in for January 2013, which is the start of their school year.