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Faithbridge, Project Samuel Zambia Mission Trip Video

One of my friends, Shawn Mansour, that was on the Mission Trip to Project Samuel in Zambia this past July put together this awesome video. It’s a great way for me to remember the trip and I hope it gives anyone who is thinking about doing one in the future a sense of how awesome the experience is for the community you’re serving and also for yourself.

Enjoy!

 

 

Zambia Mission Trip Journal

If you’ve never been on a mission trip I highly encourage you to do so, this experience was one of the best of my life! Thank you to everyone who prayed for us and/or gave financially to help make this mission a reality!

A team of seven of us headed out to Zambia on July 10th.P7170269 After a 15 hour flight we landed in Dubai where we spent the night. It’s now July 12th, after some breakfast we head to the airport for another 7 hours of air travel. Once we arrived we loaded up our bags into a truck and boarded a small bus for a 3 hour ride, half of which was dirt roads, to Project Samuel10524588_10152573592515610_4744801019315996642_n

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After arriving in the evening we had dinner, unpacked and had team time. Team time ended up being one of my favorite parts of the day. P7120008Every morning we read a chapter of the book of Nehemiah and some related verses in The New Testament, we then had some questions to answer about the story the principles it taught and how we could use that in our every day lives.  We also did an encouragement exercise where we would encourage another team member with how we saw them that day. Between seven guys we managed to go for at least three hours every night. I learned so much in this time.

Our first full day on site was a Sunday so we divided up and headed out to three different churches. Church in Zambia was incredible, there was no multi-million dollar campus, no PA system, no live band, just hours of singing and worship. mbZambia2014-024

Jason gave a sermon on how we are all ambassadors for Christ, it was truly moving, not only for me but everyone who was there.

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After church we met with all the on site missionaries and got to meet all the children.mbZambia2014-031

Later on Sunday we took all boys out and taught them how to fish. They were naturals, we didn’t catch anything but everyone had a great time.mbZambia2014-041

Monday after our personal study time and breakfast we broke off into three teams. The team I was apart of was working in the training center all week painting and building a ceiling, this is no easy American drop ceiling this is hundreds of measurements, cuts, and nails, no kit, no instruction manual. We finished up Thursday evening. mbZambia2014-093

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Another team worked in what will be the third children’s home doing ceilings as well. The third team worked clearing land. Project Samuel has 250 acres of land, currently utilizing 35 acres of it so there is plenty of land that needs to be cleared!

On Wednesday we only worked until lunch and then went out into a few of the villages to talk to business owners and farmers to invite them to a business conference we were holding on Friday. It was great getting out into the communities and talking with the locals, I even made a couple of new friends. :)P7160122 10523970_10201903220415796_7531424385924472094_n

We had around forty people show up for the business conference where we used Nehemiah’s story to teach business skills that follow scripture. We all presented on a topic. I talked about evaluation, something most people don’t enjoy buy something I love and hopefully I got the point across that evaluating your work doesn’t have to be a bad thing.IMG_3939

Later that night my good friend Jason baptized me. It was unreal and probably the highlight of the trip for me. We had been there almost a week at this point, we walked back into the training center where the ceremony takes place and there is a bat flying around, I hadn’t seen a bat the entire time we where there. If you know me well enough you know I’m a huge Batman fan, so I took this as a sign that God has a great sense of humor. :)10435503_10152586518040610_5054277845522312337_n

 

During the week after we finished working for the day and before dinner we crammed in as much kid time as we could. They love playing soccer, but only let us play with them once, we beat them and they asked us to go cheer for them. :) We played frisbee, taught them how to play softball, kicked the ball around with some of the younger ones, it was awesome seeing them light up and having such a good time.

We left Saturday afternoon to go back into the city. It was bittersweet, we were all missing our families back home but at the same time the trip was over and there’s still so much work to do, but I guess being a disciple of Christ means His work is never done.P7180293

 

And even in Zambia you can’t escape this song.

Zambia Update #1 – 30 days till takeoff

Well we’re about 30 days away from heading off on our mission trip to Zambia South Africa. I just wanted to drop you all a quick note and fill you in on what’s been happening.

Since I last posted I’ve met with the group of guys, 7 of us total, a few times. They are a great bunch of guys and we’ve been meeting one on one in-between group meetings sharing our stories and just getting to know each other in general. I’m so excited the Lord has blessed me and pushed me in the direction of going on this trip. It’s going to be life changing, for me as much as the children I hope!

Those of you that have helped both through prayer and financially, Thank You! The prayers have been a huge help, when I committed to this mission I didn’t exactly know how I was going to pay for it. Through your prayers the Lord has provided his help. Those of you who were able to provide financial support you’ve helped me raise exactly half of the cost of the trip. As you can imagine a trip like this isn’t cheap but, the work I’m doing for the Lord is priceless and I can’t thank you all enough for your support.

I’ll post another update before we leave and expect a ton of pictures and a huge update when I return.

In His service,
Mike

 

My chance to serve!

For as long as I can remember I was what you could call a non-believer or agnostic. As some of you know that changed for me around 6 months ago. It’s been a great change in my life & one I’m very excited & passionate about.

I started attending church at Faithbridge & the people there have been nothing short of awesome! I’ve never felt more welcomed in a place as long as I can remember. One individual in particular has become a mentor and even better someone I can call a friend. So why am I telling my social media followers, colleagues, and friends this?

The truth is I need some help to serve and help some children in Zambia in July. The person I mentioned above, Jason, has asked me to join him & a group of men on a mission trip. I am thrilled to be a part of this particular journey because it allows me to spend time with and share God’s love with the kids there, and help construct an aquaponics system for the orphanage we’ll be serving that will provide an ongoing supply of fish and vegetables for the children and missionaries. More information on Project Samuel is available here.

It would mean a lot to me & the children if you could partner with me on this trip. You can do this in a couple of ways. The first way is through prayer. If you would pray for me and my team, leading up to, and on our journey to Zambia this summer I would be very grateful. Prayer is powerful. It changes things. I would invite you to pray for me personally; for safety and the work God is doing in me to share His love, for God’s preparation of our worksite and the hearts we might affect while there, and for God’s financial provision for us as we raise the money to make this journey possible.

If you can help financially, you can donate directly to me or through our church Faithbridge. If you give directly to the church you will receive documentation at the end of the year documenting your charitable donation. Any financial support is needed by the end of June. I am extremely thankful for any support you can provide, whether it is through prayer or financially.

If you would like to donate directly to me you can do so via PayPal below.




If you would like to donate via Faithbridge & receive documentation of a charitable donation: Faithbridge.org & choose Zambia, then choose my name from the list. This will require you to create an account so that the documentation can be sent to you at the end of the year.

I’ll post updates as the date gets closer & will share the experience & pictures with you all. Thanks for your support!

Mike