Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2013’

Building a Future

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This is the rainy season so the Zambian countryside is lush and green; consequently, the grasses grow quickly. The picture below shows the men working and cutting the grass with a tool called a slasher. The grass will be used for hay. A couple of Presentation donors are contributing to the building of a hostel for girls who live in …

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Contribution Presented for Girls’ Hostel

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We arrived in Kalomo on Tuesday and been on the go ever since. Sister Deb lives with Sister Teresa, a nurse from Ireland and Sister Irene, a teacher from Zambia. They have shown us wonderful hospitality! Sister Deb has introduced us to her many projects and people with whom they work. Today we went to the Mwaata High School. The …

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Home Based Care Clinics

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Sister Theresa is a nurse at Kalomo and operates a number of home based care clinics – at least that is what I call the visits because she goes to one location and the people come to her. Sister Theresa has two women who are carers and who know what is happening with the people in their area. They help Sister with …

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The African Terrain

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A few days ago, those visiting Africa, drove from Lusaka to Kalomo. It was a 5-hour trip. Kalomo is where Sister Deb Nelson lives and ministers with two other Presentation Sisters. Sister Theresa is a nurse from Ireland and Sister Ireen is a teacher from Zambia. The African terrain is beautiful and lush with green grass, bushes and trees. What …

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Healthcare and Education

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­We arrived in Kalomo on Tuesday around 7:00, after stopping for a wonderful turkey dinner at Pemba. Sisters Anne, Bernedette and Mary Lucey did the cooking. It was delicious. We had Christmas pudding for dessert. We all purchased gifts from Sister Mary Lucey’s sewing students. We bought her out and she was delighted. We were very tired on Tuesday and today was full as …

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Lusaka, Africa

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Hello from Lusaka, Africa! It is almost 1:00 p.m. here and very shortly, we will eat lunch. The warmth and welcome from the Presentation Sisters was so touching and inviting. It was very late when we went to bed, to demonstrate that point, I heard a rooster crowing as I drifted into a deep sleep. This will be short because …

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Arriving in Lusaka

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This comes to you from Zambia! The trip to Lusaka went very well. All the luggage arrived and Customs waved us through with hardly a glance. We felt surrounded by a cloud of prayer. Thank you!   Today was the day to meet Chanda Chewe Luchemba. To give you a brief context, Sister Deb knew of a medical student from …

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Missionary Trip Begins

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We are at the airport and just made our way through security. Realized that three of our bags met the 50-pound maximum and one was only at 45-pounds. Guess I could have packed one more thing! We are so glad to be this far. Two days ago, as I was falling asleep, I was thinking about my top 10 list of things …

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The Journey Begins

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As people learn of my mission trip to Zambia, many comment on others who have gone there. Who knew that Zambia was a practically a destination site? Well, I am almost out the door now with two huge suitcases plus my personal suitcase. Beware, when mission people know you are coming there is a lot that they can imagine to …

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Greetings from Sister Mary Thomas

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“Your request to go to Zambia, Africa, has been approved.” Really? How seriously did I want to go, and did Nano imagine Africa when she voiced her bold statement? Several years ago, my friend went to Zambia on a mission trip. There was no doubt that she was eager for this journey of faith. Secretly, I was glad I could …

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