It was wonderful to have Susan from Woodstock, Illinois with us for a month during which she worked at Kakulu Rural Health Center, the clinic in our Zambian community. She contributed a great deal to the community during that time and we appreciate all that she did. Susan is seen here with the hard-working front line staff of the clinic.
It is wonderful to have yet another talented and motivated young adult catch the vision for what needs to be done in our Zambian community to help the children.
Shanna Groenewald, Simon’s cousin, recently visited us in Zambia to do planning for what she envisions being able to do in terms of sports development. It was so exciting to see her at work right away with a small group of kids on the farm and what an impact that had on those kids.
We look forward to her return to the community to deliver her program to more of the children in the community.
We are saddened to report the death, on Saturday 7 January, of Edward Chilufia in Kabwe.
Edward was in the Zambia Army for many years in the Engineers Corps based out of Kabwe. He served on peacekeeping missions in Senegal and Ivory Coast so had some interesting stories to tell about those tours. He was a Pastor in his own church denomination – CML – and had wanted to transfer to the Army Chaplai…n Corps but had been turned down a couple of times.
In May 2011 he enrolled for the two-month missionary discipleship course run by Operation Mobilization Zambia in Kabwe. Good friends of mine – (Doctor) Pieter and his wife Joey, who some of you met – were also on that course. Pieter brought five of his Zambian classmates, including Edward and Richard, to visit the SPF project area just before the course finished in June. They were only here for a few hours but what they saw prompted Richard and Edward to approach me and ask if they could do some work with SPF.
They both then came and worked with the Ubuntu Team during their visit in July. They were a huge blessing to us all, being great help in logistics and language with the team’s sub-groups. They became an integral part of the team and its success. During that time he preached one Sunday in Pastor Justin’s church – a very powerful message.
Following that two weeks Edward again approached me. He told me that he had resigned from the army to become a full-time missionary and that he felt called to be in, and work in, our community full time. While we worked out the logistics of where he could stay he attended a course to be trained on how to implement the AWANA program. In late September – just as I was leaving for my trip to UK and Canada – he moved into temporary accommodation in the community so that he could get started. His vision was to get AWANA going in the various churches in the area and also to do general evangelical outreach amongst the people in the community.
During October he did some excellent ground work to get all that going. In early November I received a message in Canada that he had taken ill with suspected malaria and had returned to Kabwe for medical treatment. Just after I got back from my trip in late November I got a message that he was very ill again and in hospital, this time with TB. It was a great shock to see him when I visited him in hospital – a shadow of his former self. He was discharged and went home but still not right. He had a week at home then another week back in hospital. I saw him last week at home and he was still very weak but seemed to be getting a bit better. But obviously he lost the fight with whatever he had.
He was in his late 30s and leaves a wife, Matildah, and five children. They had planned for her and the younger children to relocate to our community when a suitable house became available so that she could work alongside him in ministry.
A great loss to us all and, as always, a mystery as to why he was called home by our Lord at this time.
Had a great time today with a group from Operation Mobilization comprising staff from OM Zambia and a short-term mission team from Saint Margaret’s Anglican Chuch in Auckland, New Zealand. Wonderful to have you all in our community and to fellowship together. Enjoyed watching the football (soccer) and netball games too.
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Saturday 19 November is National Survivors of Suicide Day (survivors being those who have been left behind to survive the aftermath of a suicide.)
To mark this day the Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program, a project of SPF, will be hosting an event at Spruce Grove Public Library, 35-5th Avenue, Spruce Grove, AB from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There will be a video presentation produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Following the presentation will be group reflection and discussion. Refreshments will be served.
We encourage anyone who has suffered any loss, not even through suicide, to attend as there are often many dynamics that can help anyone struggling with grief.
You are invited to bring a photo or a momento of your loved one.
For more information please call Judith Clarke 780.963.1770
Gordon Poultney is taking a break from a very busy few months in Zambia and is in Alberta for a few weeks.
Please join us to hear him give an update on what has been achieved this year and what plans are for 2012.
When : Friday October 28, 2011 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where : Stony Plain Alliance Church, 4900 – 53 Avenue, Stony Plain, AB
If you may be interested in joining a team to go to Zambia in 2012 there will be an opportunity to get more information about that.
Please call 780.289.1803 if you require any further information.
We are please to advise that on-line donations can now be made through Virgin Money Giving. Whilst this is primarily relative to UK donors it can be used by anyone from around the world. That being said related tax credits (e.g. Canada and USA) would not apply though this sytem.
Note for eligible UK donors you can opt for Gift Aid which will add 25% of your donation for the benefit of SPF.
We will appreciate any amount that you can donate to our various projects – listed on the VMG Page – as even a small amount goes a long way in Africa.
The annual Rotary Run for Life is taking place in Stony Plain, Alberta in less than a month on Sunday September 11. This event, which includes a half-marathon, 10 km run and 5km run or walk, has become very popular so early registration is strongly advised. Money raised through the event goes to operate the Foundation’s Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program so we appreciate people donating towards participants.
The event also serves to remember those that have been lost to suicide through the Mile Markers and a very special ceremony after the run where memebers of the surviving families come together for a moment of silence.
Please support the event in whatever way you can – by participating as a runner/walker; as a volunteer or by donating money. For full details of the event and to register on line visit Rotary Run for Life
Members of the Shumba Team in June decided to buy Costain, the head teacher at Chilunga Community School, a bicycle in recognition of all the hard work that he does for the community. Today he received it – a sturdy Buffalo bicycle made by World Bicycle Relief especially for Zambian conditions.