After a short visit in South Africa with Dean and Kathie Carlson, we are in Zambia visiting the congregations that sprang up after Tri-Lakes got involved in food distribution during the famine 2 years ago. This year is dry as well--harvest in the rural areas is about 20 percent. The condition is deceiving. White corporate farmers have come over from Zimbabwe to escape they tyranny there and net food production is up significantly. But the government would rather export food than feed their own hungry.
I guess its like most African countries. Political graft, drought, and an economy where 90 percent of the income is from foreign aid. I've seen poverty and hardship in a lot of places--this ranks among the worst. We're trying to focus on what is being done, not on the never-ending need.
We've been in very remote rural villages--hard to describe the total lack. But even in those conditions we have seen joy and peace. Keep praying for us to be wise and know how to continue to make the best use of our mission dollars for Kingdom advancement.