Archive for May, 2011

Keep Us In Your Prayers

It has been truly amazing for us to see what God has accomplished in the African bush in the last 12 months. It was on May 24, 2010 that villagers began clearing the land in Chitambo, Zambia for the Agape Village Orphanage. On July 5, ground was broken and construction began–all by hand.

Today the orphanage building, which will house 96 children when at capacity, is nearly 75% completed. Only God could accomplish such a task in a place where there is no Lowe’s or Home Depot, and the nearest city is 6 hours away.

As we return to Zambia on May 30 we will be focused on the final phase of construction for the orphanage, which will include drilling a well. Please pray that this will go smoothly and that we will hit water without having to dig too deeply since that could significantly increase the cost of the well.

During this trip we will be purchasing furnishings for the orphanage such as bunk beds, light fixtures and toilet fixtures. Can you imagine explaining indoor plumbing to a child who has never seen such before? The villagers in the bush have neither electricity or running water in their huts so all of this will be very new to the precious children who will be living at the Agape Village Orphanage.

We will also be conducting interviews while in Zambia to find just the right people to work with the children at the orphanage. This is a daunting task so please pray that we will be extremely sensitive to God’s leading in this process.

We feel blessed that God has allowed us the opportunity to be a part of this project that will bring hope and opportunity to the orphans in Chitambo and surrounding areas.

Blessings and Shalom,
Mickey and Jackie Bailey

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Welcome to the Agape Village Foundation Blog!

The Agape Village Orphanage will be located in Zambia, in southern Africa.  The Zambian people are  incredibly beautiful in spirit but are for the most part very poor.  Therefore, caring for the multitudes of children orphaned by aids and other diseases that are prevalent in the country is a tremendous daily struggle.

In 2010 it is estimated that Zambia, which has a population of 12 million people, has 1.2 million orphans.  This astounding statistic makes some sense when one realizes that the life expectancy in Zambia is 38 years and that the median age in the country is 17 years.

We believe that we are challenged as Christians to help in such situations.  James 1:27 states, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Follow us on our journey to serve the children of God!

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