LBC Zambia Update 5.16.19

Game Day From Macha

To start our Thursday May 16th, we gathered for breakfast like any other morning with our freshly baked chocolate chip muffins, compliments of Corie and a time of talking about the day ahead of us. We headed over to the Thuma’s house for our daily team time where we discussed learning, fellowship, and encouragement in short-term missions. After team time we split into lacrosse and basketball clinics to teach Push The Rock staff more drills and activities related to each sport. Throughout the hour long clinics there was never a moment of silence but rather a constant laughter and competitive spirit in the air. We went back to the Thumas for a delicious lunch that put everybody in a food coma (aka. everyone took a nap). Around 2 o’clock we all piled in the two vehicles (very squished) and journeyed on our way to tour MICS, a private school in Macha. The school was for kids K-7 and offered boarding for students who were not locals of Macha. This year at MICS the student population consisted of 200 students. Around 4 o’clock we had the opportunity to watch Push The Rock’s soccer team play in one of their local tournaments. While watching the game it gave us the opportunity to interact with the kids and families of Macha. It was a very exciting game to watch and the crowd was intently cheering on their teams. The crowd consisted of practically the whole village and people from surrounding areas came to watch. The end of game came right as the sun set and was a special moment of parting ways with fellow friends and newly created bond over the game of soccer. During dinner we discussed the day and everything we had experienced together and how to process all of it for when we return to the States. After the amazing mango curry chicken and rice dinner, we sang worship songs and a couple more of our team members shared testimonies. It was another great day in Macha and seeing God’s glory through it all.

Thanks for reading and praying,

Christine, Sonja, and the team

LBC Zambia Update 5.15.19

Happy Hump Day from Macha!

Hello everyone! It was another great day in Macha! Our day started off with a great team time session, where we discussed how to help without hurting on short term missions. We reflected on how this impacts our past trips or views on missions compared to this trip we are on. We were able to spend time teaching the Push the Rock staff from Zambia about lacrosse and basketball! We were able to share drills and skills that they can use with the kids. After the clinic we had the opportunity to ride in the back of a truck to one of the Push the Rock staff members’ house. They kindly prepared us insima, chicken, goat, tomato and onion soup, ground nut cabbage, and a drink made of maze (tastes like corn on the cob in drink form). They were so welcoming and we had the opportunity to watch them prepare the food over the fire. We got to see everything Boyd (PTR staff) built for himself and family, and everything that went into his farm. He showed us around and we saw his goats, chickens, pigs, the cow pen, and his garden. It was incredible to see all the hard work he put in to his house and everything he built. After his house, we went back to the PTR base. The kids were ready to play when we got back to play various board games, puzzles, and activities. We spent the rest of the afternoon with the children building relationships and having fun. It is crazy to see how excited the kids are to play and their willingness to try new games. After having a great afternoon with the kids, we ate an amazing dinner at the Thuma’s house. With our stomachs full, we debriefed as a team, played a lively game, and heard testimonies from some of our team. It has been another great day in Macha, but the week has gone by fast. Please be praying for energy and a few more great days ahead. Cannot wait to see what else God will do with this week! Thanks for reading and praying!

Leah, Cam, and the team

LBC Zambia Update 5.14.19

Mwabuka from Macha!

We are in our second full day of being at the base, time already seems to be flying by in the best of ways. The weather is worthy of mentioning as today was completely cloudless and a beautiful, sunny 83.

We started off our morning touring Macha Hospital run by the Brethren in Christ church. It’s a short five minute walk from the PTR base. It was much bigger than we envisioned it would be. Melvin, the administrator of 20 years, took valuable time out of his day to lead us in a tour around the hospital. The hospital began at this location in the 1950’s and the number of people treated HIV and Malaria has decreased significantly through the research and growth they’ve experienced. The hospital included many things we are familiar with including a reception area, maternity ward, X-Ray room, research clinic, post surgery wards, a surgical theater, physical therapy room and a pharmacy.

Some differences we noted in their hospital versus our American system included very open rooms for all of the patients together versus private rooms for each patient, the amount of technology we have in American hospitals seems immense comparatively, the differences in the way they handle sanitation is notable. I think it was incredible for the team and us to see how effective and amazing of a hospital system they have. It may look different than what we are used to but it it plays a major role in the Macha people’s health and livelihood.

They also have a nurses training school on campus, with around 170 students. They train for three years. It’s the only college in the area.

Afterwards we had team time at Eric and Corie’s house. It was a fruitful morning of discussion on what it looks like to be effective in short term missions.

Our afternoon began by looking at some artwork by a local artist. It was really neat to be able to see his talents on display and we were so glad he came to share with us.

Next came our favorite time of the day, when we spend time with the staff and children here. We spent the afternoon playing games with the children, especially teaching young people lacrosse. It was amazing to see how quickly they picked up the game and the joy they had while learning to play. We also engaged with them over ping pong, soccer, board games and reading books their little library.

After the kids went home for the evening. We walked to the soccer field and watched some soccer and basketball games while watching the sunset. We ended the evening with an amazing meal (Corie has gone above and beyond to bless us with some amazing meals this week. Everything is homemade and fresh and so delicious!), worship, and great team debrief and testimony time.

We are headed to bed now with sore muscles and really grateful hearts.

Over and out!

-Nina and Annie

LBC Zambia Update 5.13.19

The Adventure Begins!

The day started with a team meeting at Corie and Eric’s (Push The Rock Host). We were challenged by the western cultures tendencies to cause more damage then good on short-term mission trips. We spent the morning educating ourselves and preparing our hearts to serve the people of Zambia most effectively. We tried Insima for the first time. It’s basically a food that Zambians use as a utensil, its like mashed potato but has a thicker concurrency. After a brief prayer meeting with the PTR staff, we welcomed the kids that quickly became our shadows. We spent the rest of the afternoon hangout with the kids and participating in different activities such as basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, card games and ping pong. It was amazing to see how they accepted and showed us love on the first day of camp. The joy that they have has already impacted our team and our perspective because their joy is not based off of material things. We count it as a privilege to be accepted with open arms into this community and are looking forward to continue to build relationships with the Zambians. Thankful for: unity between the basketball and lacrosse teams over a common goal to love these child as Christ does.

Prayers for: Opportunities to share the Gospel with these kids and others!

Hope Privitera and Lizzy

LBC Zambia Update 5.12.19

We Made It!!!

We started our trek Saturday morning at 530am and arrived at our destination Sunday at 530pm Zambia time. We first headed to JFK airport for our 15 hour first leg of our flight. We had a great driver, and after a few exit adventures and one cone casualty we were all checked in and through customs. We were blessed with great conditions for our flights and had a smooth transition to our connecting flight in Johannesburg. The highlight of the flight was a beautiful sunrise that reminded us of God’s amazing handiwork. After arriving in Livingston we boarded a bus for a 3 hour ride to Macha. While on that ride we took time to refocus and spend time in worship together. The final half hour of our ride was on a dirt road that a four wheeler would function best on, but our driver skillfully maneuvered is safely to our destination. We are staying in the Macha Research Hostel in dorm style rooms. The PTR missionaries welcomed us into their home for a taco dinner, making us feel right at home. We are calling it a night in hopes to catch up on some much needed sleep to be well rested for an exciting week of serving and adventures.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mom’s!

Schenk, Cheri, and the team

Eagles Wings Featured on Channel 8 News

 

In September, Eagles Wings Disk Golf held a fundraiser supporting local and international sports ministry.

This tournament joined together disk golf and traditional golf. Teams of two went head to head competing in nine holes of alternate shot disk golf against traditonal golf, then competed in a golf scramble.

The event at Pilgrims Run Golf Club in Pierson MI, was featured on Channel 8 News WoodTV!

Click the video at the top or click here to see the news clip and article by WoodTV.

 

Happy 5th Birthday!

In August of 2013, Push The Rock opened an office in Macha, Zambia.  The only structure at that time was a single family home-the rest of the land was available to be used however ministry might evolve.

Five years later we celebrate the Lord’s goodness + faithfulness.  We now have a Recreation Center that is full of life and energy as children from the community stop in for various activities each afternoon.  They know they are welcome and loved by our staff-as they spend intentional time with one another-whether in sports, games, puzzles, or the library.  We value the many extracurricular activities because after five years, we have seen amazing relationships of respect and trust being built through play. We believe that when friendships are at the foundation of sharing Christ, the message of who Christ is can be more easily understood through honest and open dialogue.

After a few years as PTRZ, we started to dream of building our own sports complex to  accommodate the growing number of teams and sports we represented. After a couple years and many hours of clearing, planting + watering grass, and being patient-we are so excited to have our very own grass soccer field. We’re also thrilled to have just completed a full-size basketball court located next to the soccer field-both of which are already being used daily. We are honored to be able to provide a place in this community where young people can come for training, various practices, or to watch their favorite soccer team, PTR FC. We have plans to add volleyball + netball courts-along with an area people can grab snacks and drinks and socialize.

Another space we’ve been especially proud of is our 9 hole disc golf course. We were introduced to the sport by Eagles Wings Disc Golf who came in 2016 to build the course and instruct us in how the sport was played.

It’s been fun to see the kids and adults develop their game and become quite competitive. There’s been so much interest that we’ve partnered again with EWDG to expand the course to 18 holes, and together we’ll be hosting a PDGA official tournament in January of 2019.

Our staff has gone from a single volunteer to now 16 members.  Over the years, we continue to see our leaders growing in confidence, maturity, knowledge, and faith. These are the real stars of Push The Rock Zambia. It has taken an entire team effort to get us to the five year mark and we are ever grateful for the many people in the community here those in the United States who support the ministry.  We thank you for your generosity, for your prayers, and for your encouragement.

Atuyandane.

Home School Gym Class Offered in Delco in 2019!

We are excited to be expanding our Delaware County Office (Delco) by adding a Home School Gym Class Program starting in February, 2019! This program is a chance for your child(ren) to receive Biblical and Athletic instruction through our team of qualified coaches on a weekly level while also creating a sense of community with other home school families and students.

Click HERE for Details and to Register

Click HERE for a Class Brochure

For questions regarding this opportunity, contact Mitch Thomas, Delco District Manager, at mthomas@pushtherock.org or call at 302-530-5567