"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

It's official...we have dates set and plane tickets!

Yay! We have set dates for our trip to Zambia. We will leave April 16th and return May 2nd. The flights are from DFW to Detroit to Amsterdam to Lusaka and then returning is from Lusaka to Amsterdam to DFW. Layovers are only an hour or two so no time for sightseeing, but that's okay. Though we've been planning and making preparations, for some reason the decision on dates and purchasing plane tickets has made it just so much more real for me. We're going to ZAMBIA to make prostheses for people! A dream come true! (Granted I never envisioned a location to do mission work, just know I've always wanted to do it.) 

Jason and I have started a list of things to research and will be compiling a list of things we need to make sure to take. Of course his big questions are what is our international cell phone/data plan details and what type of internet availability is in Zambia. I already thinking of "What is the best comfy outfit to wear on the flights that doesn't seem like I'm wearing pajamas?" :) Next in preparation on mine and Jason's part is checking out what vaccinations we will need and getting appointments with our doctors for those. 

I stopped by to see Chris and John in Temple this past Thursday to drop off some donations we got from Medi (a manufacturer of prosthetic parts/supplies). They donated some very nice liners! THANK YOU MEDI!

Chris and John have been boxing up parts and supplies in plastic tubs to ship over the Zambia. They will build a crate 8' long x 4' wide x 4' high to pack all the supplies in to ship over at the end of November. The crate will leave from Houston port and travel to Africa, then will be trucked from the port there to New Day Orphanage where we will be staying for our trip. It will take several months for the crate to get there and will be pretty expensive. We will be able to send a couple of work benches and equipment that can be left at New Day for future trips.