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"I am a masterpiece created by God. Made out of wonderful love.” These are the words to a favorite chapel song at the Summer Learning Program. On Monday morning, we welcomed 86 of God’s masterpieces through the gates of the Children’s Fresh Air Farm for a summer of reading, math, enrichment, and chapel. It has been a wonderful first week.

We shed tears all morning this morning. We led the Mwandi Hospital Chapel this morning, focusing on a passage from Philippians 1:1-11. Each member of the team spoke words of love, thanksgiving and respect to the workers at the hospital, acknowledging our bond as brothers and sisters in Christ. Each team member also voiced a prayer for the hospital and mission as we prepare to take our leave. We sang and prayed together and shed tears as we bid farewell.

This time has been precious. The time has flown. One more day on this sacred ground.

The money you give to PMUAB helps support the IPC Social Service Fund, which offers financial assistance primarily to our STAIR, CFAF and Open Door families in times of crisis.

Rev Susan A. Clayton recounts traveling with IPC member Barry DeLozier and Ru Waddell of World Renew into the bush to visit the village of Andosi, one of the many villages in the Mwandi District to receive food relief and water projects in the wake of the devastating drought in 2015, in this blog post.

This Saturday our team spent diving more deeply into local culture in Mwandi and learning more about this community we are calling home these two weeks.

The IPC mission team visited the Palace in Mwandi for an audience with His Royal Highness Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta. They discussed numerous issues including the new Peace Park and restoring native wildlife to the area.

A reflection on the Sabbath in Mwandi and preaching from Second Corinthians 4:1, 5-18.

Joy can be found even in places where human need and pain are great. Sometimes that joy spills over into dancing. Today, we danced.

Summer is officially here! Children are “Cooking up Summer Fun” at the IPC Day School’s first APPLE session. Volunteers and staff from Children’s and Youth Ministries are preparing for the start of Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Bibletimes Market Place next week. Our mission team in Zambia is already connecting with old friends and making new ones while serving at Mwandi Mission. (Be sure to follow us on Facebook for Rev. Susan Clayton’s latest blog posts about the trip.) On Saturday, a second mission team will leave for Chiapas, Mexico led by the Rev. Brian Lays.