Monday, April 14, 2014

A.D.D. cats

Darn you crazy writers block!  

The past few months have been so busy and intense I have barely had time to sit down and blow my nose let alone post blog updates about life in Zambia.  


Streetwise has grown since last we “spoke”. 

We are still engaged in outreaches on Wednesday nights and hope to extend to another night soon.  

We continue to create signs and small furniture items out of reclaimed wood.  The response to the items has been AMAZING!  We are constantly gobsmacked over the favor God has given us to do this.  It is hard work, but rewarding to be sure! 

The Streetwise Craft Co. portion of the Streetwise venture is seeking to create an environment for the kids on the street to come and learn a skill so that they can go and make a living for themselves.  

SO.....We have moved into a new phase.  We have brought our first student in!  Nicholas Chansa.    As we are still working out of our home, we can only bring in one boy at a time.    Also, and lets be real here, since Luis and I have no clue what we are doing we gotta start small.

We have learned a lot working with Nicholas.   The biggest thing is this......working with drug addicts is like herding A.D.D cats!   This is going to take more than the two of us to be sure if we are to start reaching more kids.  

The phrase that always goes through my mind is “Slow and steady wins the race”.  We can’t approach working with these guys with a blanket plan and expect everyone to fit into the mold.  What works with one kid may not work with the other.  With that in mind, we understand that Streetwise can NEVER EVER be about the numbers and the amount of kids we reach, rather the individuals being reached.  It must and always focus on the individuals heart and the relationship that we establish with them.  Through those relationship we believe that they will begin to see a picture of the way God loves them and then hearts change for eternity!    We have seen it in Joe’s life, now in Davids, and are beginning to see glimmers in Nicholas!  (he has been drug free for a month and is attempting to rebuild his relationships with his family) 

In another post I hope to tell you more about Nicholas and what God is doing in him. but for now, will you pray? 

For unity between Luis and myself and that we keep our eyes on Jesus and he leads this ministry 
For people to come along side and get involved in the outreaches and the day to day workings?
We NEED a store front to work out of........that will become the hub of Streetwise....then I can have my dining room back.  That is going to take money.......
We need a second car......our poor hooptie is on her last legs and we need to give her a proper send off.....

DO YOU GUYS WANNA COME OVER AND CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELVES!?  Your life will never be the same again!  Thats a promise! 

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