Happy New Year from Samfya!

Happy New Year! May God richly enable you as you serve him with the day he has given you today. The rest of the year is not guaranteed. Let’s ask him to open the eyes of our hearts so that we might know the hope to which he has called us and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe (Eph 1).

We celebrated the new year with our family and three Peace Corps volunteers a few hours earlier than most of you. We had a nice time and rang in the new year with food and fireworks. I also had a chance to share the gospel with one of the volunteers. There are lots of Peace Corps men and women in the area and we run into them regularly. Mark and Carmen (brother- and sister-in-law) are very hospitable and have these workers over regularly. Most of them do not know Christ and it is not long before the conversation turns spiritual. This is an unexpected opportunity. Pray for us as we minister to them. The challenge is to get to the gospel. I fear them leaving after a nice evening with the thought that we were wonderful people, but missing the message of the good news.

Blessings to you all!

This smoking pile of dirt is a charcoal production mound. Wood is burned in a low oxygen environment producing charcoal. This is the primary cooking fuel and as a result Zambia's forests are being wiped out.

This smoking pile of dirt is a charcoal production mound. Wood is burned in a low oxygen environment producing charcoal. This is the primary cooking fuel and as a result Zambia’s forests are being wiped out.

I wish. On a long drive there are no Dunkin Doughnuts  restaurants. Need a snack? Pull over and buy some roasted corn.

Zambia loves Dunkin? I wish. On a long drive there are no Dunkin Doughnuts restaurants. Need a snack? Pull over and buy some roasted corn.

Zambia has compulsory religious education. Bibles are sold with school supplies.

Zambia has compulsory religious education. Bibles are sold with school supplies.

Most days the power goes out for 2-3 hours. The other times the power is too low to avoid triggering the toaster's low voltage safety mechanism. No worries, a bottle of cooking oil perched on a jar will hold the button down.

Most days the power goes out for 2-3 hours. The other times the power is too low to avoid triggering the toaster’s low voltage safety mechanism. No worries, a bottle of cooking oil perched on a jar will hold the button down.

No we don't eat them.

No we don’t eat them. The guinea pigs I mean. The ducks, however, are looking tasty.

One of the local CMML Churches: Samyfa West.

Samfya West

Samfya West

Lens was fine. This is the lens filter. If you have a DSLR go buy a lens filter. $12 will save your lens!

Arrgh! The lens is fine. The crack is in the lens filter. If you have a DSLR go buy a lens filter. $12 will save you a lot of grief!

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4 thoughts on “Happy New Year from Samfya!

  1. Ssara Sanchez says:

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Arthur Manning says:

    That lens filter trick saved one of my lenses a while back! I felt so stupid when I dropped the camera, but then felt like a genius when it was only the filter that was cracked.
    How’s the bug picture collection going? Extra credit if you get a picture of you actually HOLDING the bug (only the non-poisonous ones 🙂 ). Extra++ if DAD holds the bug :D.

  3. Julia Chavez says:

    Hey Sanchez fam… Happy New Year! I love seeing the pictures. It was funny not having you all over for New Years’ Eve this year… Hope you had a great holiday season.

    P.S. Isaac does look great..

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