Looking back, looking forward

Last week I celebrated two years in Zambia! I can’t believe just how fast the time has gone. In some ways, it feels like yesterday when I arrived, but in other ways I can’t imagine anywhere else feeling like home. To mark the two year anniversary, I got up at 4am in order to make the 5 hour drive down to Lusaka and make it back in time for supper!
Commissioned March 2014
Commissioned March 2014

As I was preparing to move to Zambia and not knowing really what to expect, one of the songs that spoke to me was ‘I have decided to follow Jesus’ (the updated Hillsong version). On my first week in Zambia, feeling very much out of place, the cell group I went to decided to sing that very same song (the original version)! God’s hand has been evident in so many ways, and my testimony would very much be of God’s faithfulness as I have sought to follow him.

And now, looking forward, I have finished teaching at Fiwale Hill Bible College and am looking forward to the move to Kaniki Bible University College. I have a mountain of marking still to do for the Fiwale students but will be moving house in the next couple of weeks to Kaniki. The principal at Kaniki has asked me to develop the curriculum and help to raise the academic standards – a role I’m both daunted and excited by. Two years is also the expiry time on my work permit so a few visits are needed to the immigration office again, hence the trip to Lusaka.
Kaniki Bible College
Kaniki Bible College
Thankfully I have a few weeks to settle at Kaniki and get my head around the new job before next term starts. I’m so thankful for all who have encouraged and prayed – joining me on this journey here.

3 thoughts on “Looking back, looking forward

  1. Good to have the update, Tim. Sorry we didn’t get time with you when you were in Bournemouth. We pray that this next step in the journey will be a blessing to you and bear fruit in many lives.

  2. Hello Tim, Always good to receive your news we had been wondering exactly when it was you were moving. So from your letter imagine it must be pretty imminent. “The mountain of marking” sounds very familiar, our older daughter, Sarah, is a teacher and though she loves teaching she hates marking! Hopefully it’s a hillock (or less) of marking now!! We remember your sending off from BCC well, amazing how the time goes, good to hear you feel so “at home” in Zambia now. All is well with us. Been busy, amongst other things our younger daughter got married early March which was very special of course. Also to my surprise I (M) have been called for jury service mid May! Never done it before, I wasn’t keen overall initially but have decided it will be another sort of life experience! We wish you all the very best for your move and resettling at Kaniki, shall be thinking of you and praying for you. Love Margaret and Steve xxx

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