Teen Missions Boot Camp

One of the significant elements in the development of our high school students is the opportunity to attend Teen Missions, a 4-week long leadership-training program that is often referred to as ‘Boot Camp’.

The most recent ‘Boot Camp’ ran from December 4, 2017 to January 6, 2018 and FOF had 70 students attending. Additionally, we had 10, mostly Grade 12 students who had attended a previous Boot Camp, start one week earlier than the others. These 10 were chosen to be leaders during the following weeks of the ‘Boot Camp’. This additional training is especially valued as these teens are often selected to be head boys and girls by the headmasters of the schools they attend .

After the first two weeks of learning in a classroom about bricklaying, cement work, farming practises, tree planting, and managing their time, they were divided into groups of 30 to apply their new knowledge in a ‘hands on’ setting. Acquiring these basic skills is incredibly useful for securing the future success of our students.

Important as these skills will be however, the ultimate goal of Teen Missions is to re-establish or ensure our students are firmly grounded in their faith as a Christian. For some teens, Teen Missions has been a life changing experience as they make a decision to follow Jesus and to live their life honouring Him.

Faith Liyena has provided the following testimonies from some of our students that attended this recent ‘boot camp’.

 

 Edina Kasunga says that her journey was filled with what many people would consider an amazing coincidence, but for her, she says, it was by God’s grace. 

Raised by non-Christian parents, she did not know the love of God. She lived in “wretchedness and lawlessness of life,” without any real standard of behavior in her because she was living without God’s word. She gave her life to the Lord after hearing the Gospel at Teen Mission and has since applied to train as a missionary at Teen Missions this year.

 

Martin Muthali says, “it was at FOF Kabulankashi center where, I learnt about Teen Missions in Ndola.” I was told about the “Christian activities that help someone to grow in the things of the Lord.” Encouraged by friends that had been there and by their good behavior in the community and in school, he asked to attend and was among those who were picked to go to the boot camp.

“I was not yet saved but I used to go to church.” At the Teen Missions camp, I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal savour and I am now living for the Lord.

While at Teen Mission camp, I also learned other life skills such as bricklaying and also time management as important to life. I want to be a good example at school and in the community. “I appreciate FOF for introducing me to this Life changing programme.”

 

Some of Our Students That Attended the Recent Teen Missions

 

Faith Liyena, the Director at FOF in Zambia, has also reported that it is a joy to see so many children give their lives to the Lord. “These children are the little lights in the families, communities and schools.

It is exciting to see them back home, more mature in the things of God…” and helping to build their community with their newly learned skills. These students have also had training in leadership and one of the activities they engage in back in their community is sharing what they learned with the younger students. The community benefits by one of their own attending Teen Mission.

Thank you to all our Supporters for generously providing the means for this years group of teens to have the Teens Missions experience!

 

 

Implementer Training

One of the vital components for the successful support of FOF’s vulnerable children are the Implementers. These men and women act as FOF program coordinators and leaders in the care, provision, and oversight of each child at their Centre.  Once or twice each year, a week-long training course is provided by FOF so that these Implementers and the Centres they represent can benefit from learning of new agricultural techniques, government programs, nutrition and health opportunities as well as providing us with updates of the status of the children at their Centre.

For the week-long training, about 100 Implementers will arrive at the Skills Training Centre (STC) in Kitwe, where they will sleep, eat and learn before returning to their Centres with their newly gained knowledge. As the implementers are spread out over many miles and rarely have a chance to meet, the week together at the STC is also an opportunity to get acquainted, share ideas, and discuss the issues they face as well as encourage one another as part of the greater FOF Team.

Photo of one group of Implementers in a classroom

The theme for this week’s seminar was  “Developing our Communities through Agriculture.” In addition to presenting gardening techniques, crop varieties, chicken and goat care, the maintenance of the trees that were planted one year ago and the new trees that were just recently planted in December was highlighted. New policies which the Government has introduced along with explanations of Government expectations were discussed.

The continued care of the children is a focal point during the week as Faith discusses the health, nutrition and educational needs and responds to the issues Implementers may have.  She spends time with each implementer to encourage them in their work on behalf of the children of FOF.

Photo of Implementers in a small group training session just for women

It is also at this time when the implementer’s present reports to Faith on behalf of their centre. These reports update the database for each child in their centre and, together with Faith, the prospective students who will study at the STC in the coming year are chosen.

In your prayer time for the FOF children and staff, please remember our Implementers who engage the children on a daily basis. These men and women are volunteers, receiving no pay for looking after the orphans in their centres as they have a genuine love and concern for their welfare.

Photo of Implementers in a small group training study

A core component of each day for all Implementers at the Training Seminar is the Bible teaching and training. FOF is a practical demonstration of Our Lord’s love, faithfulness, and provision to His children and a witness to those here in Zambia that hears of the work and impact of FOF on the lives of the vulnerable children.  Please continue to pray for the children, the Centres and also for the leadership of FOF, we need His hand to guide us for another 25 years and more!

We hope this report gives you an idea of the content and importance of the week-long Implementer Training Seminar.

(article based on a report from Faith Liyena)

 

January 2018 Letter

Dear Friends & Supporters of Faith’s Orphans Fund,

Thank you so much for the generous support of Faith’s orphan ministry in Zambia throughout 2017.   The support from people like you in Canada and United States has resulted in another year of significant positive impact in the lives of 4,113 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia.

This was a milestone year for Faith’s Orphans as their 25th anniversary was celebrated in August. It was an incredible blessing to witness the anniversary celebration with hundreds in attendance and realize afresh how FOF has touched literally thousands of Zambian lives.

This fall the new school at Lungwa Centre was commissioned and is now being used by hundreds of young students who previously would have had to walk 16 kilometers to attend a school.   This school was built with the generous support of a number of Ontario donors and volunteers.

Photo of the new school at Lungwa Centre 

As we look forward into 2018, we know that Faith’s Orphans Fund will continue to be significant for the children in the 24 rural centres, the Skills Training Centre and those attending Teacher’s College in Kitwe.

The Canadian FOF Board is pleased to announce the launch of a new FOF Canada website containing new pictures, video, and information. This new website can be viewed at the new web address: faithsorphansfund.org.

From Faith, her Zambia team and the Board of Directors of FOF Canada, thank you again for your generous support in 2017.

In appreciation,

Ian Ross & the Canadian Board of Directors.

Christmas Letter

November 16, 2017

Dear Friends,

With the recent change to day light savings time, the arrival of sub-zero temperatures and snow in the air, we are keenly aware that winter is well on its way and with it, the Christmas season.

2017 has been a milestone year for Faith’s Orphans Fund as Faith and her team celebrated 25 years of orphan ministry in Zambia and the Canadian friends of Faith celebrated 15 years of financial and prayer support as well as volunteerism. I know I speak for all of the Canadians that travelled to Zambia this summer to participate in the 25th anniversary when I say just how blessed we were to witness the significance of the impact that FOF has had and is having in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Zambia. From Faith and her team as well as the Canadian FOF board of directors, we want to say “thank you” for all you have done to allow this ministry to flourish and give so many young Zambian individuals a chance – a chance to acquire an education, to break out of the cycle of poverty and disease, to gain employment and to know the Lord as their personal Saviour.

Pictured above: Photo of a clothing distribution

 


Pictured above: Photos of our children in a rural school

Updates of the work taking place at FOF in Zambia can be viewed on this website under the posting ‘Video Updates’ and will provide further insight into many of the activities we are engaged in.

Pictured below: Students making bee hives at the Skills Training Centre.

Pictured below: Women sewing at a rural Centre

Pictured below: Photo of a new business venture by Skills Training Centre graduates of making bed frames and other furniture 

It is at this time of year that Faith and the Canadian Board finalize the FOF budget for next year. We are well on our way in this process and note that in 2018, there will be 4113 orphans in the 24 rural centres registered on the FOF program. There are 100 FOF implementers living in these Centres overseeing the orphan care and education while advancing the quality of life of the entire Centre. There will be 40 young men and women living and learning life skills at the Skills Training Centre in Kitwe, with 4 of these attending the public Teachers Training College and once again, there will be 100 teenagers attending the five week Teen’s Missions Leadership Training program outside of Ndola. This truly is a significant ministry!

As we contemplate all of this ministry activity for 2018 and review the costs associated with it, we know that we need the Lord to bless FOF generously through His people once again. We are asking that you prayerfully consider a Christmas or year-end donation to Faith’s Orphans Fund to allow this impactful ministry to continue in the New Year and, with the Lord’s blessing for another 25 years.

Sincerely,

Ian Ross
Chairman
And the board of FOF Canada