Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I just want to wish all of you a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We have several things to be very thankful for at Mujila Falls. First, we have gotten very sizable donations from Churches that should enable us to buy a new John Deere Tractor and Disc Harrow in the coming weeks. I hope to go down to Lusaka in the coming week to work that out. This will insure that in 2015 we will be able to resume the planting of maize, soybeans, sorghum, etc. We have already made the purchase of the boom sprayer and we have successfully gotten our IH tractor running, again. Two tractors on site will insure that we won't be caught without one working tractor in the future. Second, many of you used the Giving Tuesday Advance Special matching grants to successfully bring us over $12,000.00 in additional funds for Mujila Falls. This is a great pleasure after our failure last year to gain any funding from Giving Tuesday. Third, we have ordered another 1200 layer chicks and 500 broiler chicks to renovate our poultry projects. This was one of Tshala's responsibilities and I am sort of reinventing the wheel as I go around making purchases. There are a lot of things to buy and transport to make it all happen. Fourth, I am continuing to get the Toyota Land Cruiser back in shape as we have to pass Road Fitness Testing in the coming week and then licensing and Insurance for the coming year. Fifth, we had a short, but productive, visit from my Area Secretary, Mande, from GBGM where he was able to tour Mujila Falls and fully understand our need for additional missionaries to do farm management and special projects such as forestry, gardening, poultry, field crops, ox training, milking goats, small animals, etc. We have had to go through a lot of re-adjustments since the death of Tshala Mwengo in April. I am so happy that I have had such great support from our staff at Global Ministries as well at all of the Churches and Conferences Andre and I visited this last summer. I apologize that I wasn't able to get into those Conferences where Tshala and Betty traditionally have visited. I hope you will continue to make Tshala's dreams come true. Perhaps a new American Missionary Couple can be found in the Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Conferences to take up the mantle dropped by Tshala in the near future. At this time, we are reminded of the great gift given at Christmas and pray that the Holy Spirit will come into our hearts and the joy and peace of Jesus Christ can be ours now and forever more.
Again, Merry Christmas from Mujila Falls and all of its workers and staff.