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My Thoughts as a Teacher 2016

Each time we go to Zambia, I ask in advance for Fr. Pierre to contact the school administrators, the board members of the Mulungushi Agro Cooperative, village leaders, a parent representative (sort of like our PTO), and his leadership team from the Sunflower Orphanage.  I have him set a meeting for the date and time

The Planting of Miracle Trees

After the successful completion of the tilapia pond at the Sunflower Family Orphanage in June of 2013, we’ve moved onto our next project of planting hectares of moringa trees. These “miracle” trees grow to maturity in 1 year, and research shows the leaves have a nutritional powerhouse of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. We have planted

News from Chantal, A Close Friend from Zambia

I still talk to Chantal, my dear friend in Zambia, every weekend. Life is so hard for the Zambian people. The rain that should have started in November didn’t come until after Christmas, and it’s sporadic. At our Sunflowers Orphanage, they’ve already had to replant the maize (corn) in hopes of getting a crop to

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes

While traveling in Zambia, the hardest part is watching mothers as they scavenge to provide for their families. They will walk many miles for water, searching for any food they can find, and for an opportunity for work. Can you imagine eating bush rats? Many work in fields with babies tied in chitenges on their

Give Back: From America to Zambia

My name is Lauren Baird. Over the past several weeks, I have been helping Mission Possible A to Z by hanging paper bricks for a fundraiser at Wooster High School. I feel good about helping because this organization is for a great cause. My friend, Meredith, a team captain for the fundraiser, asked for my

Led by the Spirit (Reflection by David Lohnes)

Eight years ago I remember Dorene Miller, the whirlwind behind Mission Possible A to Z, inviting me to go to Zambia on their first mission trip. She told me I would be a gift to the orphans that lived at the orphanage. However, I said no. I was scared. Scared of how the experience would