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I wrote before and asked you to pray for me as I am learning to drive to our schools in the compounds of the city. On Friday I made it to 8 of our schools that are each located in a different compound of Lusaka!!! My friend (who moved here the same day I did) and I only got lost going to a couple of them where we ended up driving back and forth through some markets that were not where we were supposed to be. I'm pretty proud of us though for finding all the schools . . . and thankful for your prayers for guidance and protection! There's no way to truly show or explain what it's like to drive here, but I'll give you a glimpse of how we get to work some days.
Lusaka is about 140 square miles. Sometimes I work in the Family Legacy office located on one of the main roads and sometimes I go to one or more of the 16 schools scattered throughout the compounds of the city.
In the heart of the city there are major roads connected by roundabouts, but to get to most of our schools the roads are unmarked and there are a variety of turns that you just have to know by landmarks. The unmarked roads remind me of when I was learning to drive in Japan except not all the roads are paved and the drivers here are a bit more aggressive. We drive on the left side of the street here which for those who don't know means you also drive on the other side of the car and your turn signal/windshield wipers are on the opposite sides of the steering wheel.
Here are a couple pictures from the drive to one of our schools. It was a rainy day on Friday which makes driving in the compounds a little trickier because of slick muddy roads and standing water.
These pictures don't do justice to the true conditions of the muddy road we take to this particular school. There are many potholes and ruts to navigate around and drive across.
Then we might have to drive through something like this. How do you know where to drive to get across all the standing water? You can wait for another car to pass through . . . if they make it, then drive where they did. If there aren't any other cars around look for tire tracks and go that way. That worked for us this time. We made it to the other side without getting stuck. Yea!
After a few more sharp turns around buildings and cinder block walls, we made it to this LCA.
Ready for more adventures in Zambia and lots of good things to come!
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"Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is surrendered, reckless, and courageous." ~Jennie Allen, Anything.
In November of 2013 I moved to Zambia as a full-time missionary with Family Legacy Missions International. Everyone within the organization raises their own support to keep overhead costs at a minimum so donations to the ministry can go directly to the needs and programs for the orphans and vulnerable children we serve. I trust in God's faithfulness to provide monthly and one-time financial supporters for the work I do here for the education of thousands of children from the slum compounds of Lusaka. If you would like to support me, donations are tax deductible and can be made at www.familylegacy.com/alicia
"God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him. When I cleaned up my act, He gave me a fresh start. Indeed, I've kept alert to God's ways; I haven't taken God for granted. Every day I review the way He works, I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes." 2 Samuel 22:25