Many of you will know what as part of our project in Serenje, Zambia, to alleviate the impact of HIV/AIDS on that community a need was identified for a dormitory ot be built so that girls who live a long way from Serenje could complete their secondary school education without having to live in a slum area where they are at huge risk (currently only 5% of the girls complete their secondary education).
With the help of the Kerith Youth and our friends at Garth Hill College we fairly easily raised the £125,000 to build the dormitory, but since then actually trying to get the dormitory built has been what I can only describe as the biggest spiritual battle I feel I've ever been involved in. Those of you who know me will know that I'm not somebody who uses that sort of language very often, but I honestly believe that the devil has been doing anything he can to stop this dormitory from being built and the girls having a safe place to complete their secondary education. As the first half of John 10:10, which we don't quote so often as the second half, says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy".
But the great news is that after much prayer, and more emails, meetings and phone calls than I think we've consumed on anything else we've done as a church, construction is due to start in the next couple of weeks. This is so brilliant, and I for one will be initiating a praise party when the first spade goes into the ground to start work on the construction.
There is still much to pray for. Our good friend Leah Mutala has sent over some things we can pray for which I've included below - please join with me in praying for these things, and that by the end of this year the girls might actually be in there getting the education which will change the trajectory of their lives.
Prayer requests from Leah
- Pray for key people making strategic decisions - Rev Mwanza , Mr Chintankwa the builder, the team from Kerith coming in October (Ralph Allen, who designed in the dormitory, and Howard Reece-Smith are going out to oversee some of the construction), the building committee comprising bishop Kasele and Pastor Nthaka and two other people and E.F.Z staff - Ian, & Leah.
- Trusted and skilled workforce ( workers to be identified, usually referred to as casual workers or daily paid employees) who would be digging foundation, mixing conrete, brick layers, carpenters etc.
- Pray that the Lord will make readily available all materials needing to be purchased.
- Pray for good health, protection on workers and transportation of materials to the site and Angelic presence on all that will be done.
Please you are welcome to pray daily if you have some time to spare.
Leah Mutala cannot wait to see the first brick in the foundation!!!!!!!!!