Clarissa Linde will be serving with The Zambia Project in Mongu, Zambia from January to December 2013.
The Zambia Project was founded in 2002 by View Church (Cape Town, South Africa). Its mission is "to establish a Christ-centered church within walking distance of every person in the Western Province and to see all villages impacted by the Gospel and uplifted through a strong Christian Community." One aspect of The Zambia Project's outreach is their Village of Hope. Currently, the Village of Hope has a school for vulnerable children, 2 homes for orphaned children, and a clinic. It is in this Village of Hope that I have been blessed to work with during my past trips and will once again work with from January to December 2013.
I am anticipating working both in teaching and in social work. I will teach students who are academically behind their peers, as well as work with students with special needs. Furthermore, I will work with the mothers in the Village of Hope homes and in any other areas needed. We have been called by God to serve the widows and orphans, and I am excited to work in areas that I am directly qualified in.
God is doing amazing work in Zambia. I have seen how the Village of Hope school has grown from 20 students in 2009 to just under 200 students in 2012. By the beginning of the school year in January, the student population may be over 250 students. I have further seen how the school, which was once located in a tent at the bottom of the mission base, has grown into a large school building, with 3 operating classrooms. It has gone from holding 2 small morning classes to holding 5 large classes - 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. I am excited to be a part of the work God is doing in Zambia and excited to be used by Him where He would have me go.