Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Completing Ministry in Zambia

Hello friends!

I have been in Africa for four weeks now and am loving it! My Africa Trek team is amazing, nine people from nine different countries!

The first week in Zambia we spent doing training to prepare for the outreach. You could call it "inreach". We got to know each other on the team by telling life stories, studying the Bible, learning how to listen to God's voice, and more. I really enjoyed the deep teaching and growing closer as a team.

The next week we moved to an OM ministry in Ndola and did all sorts of outreach. That included going into towns and villages and going door to door, getting to know people, sharing the gospel, and praying. One day we went to a Muslim Somalian refugee market and ministered there. We also did a lot of children's ministry there on the base where we stayed. Lots of spontaneous games and Bible stories (while their favorite thing was to touch my hair!). I wish we could have done more to help there at the Ndola ministry, there is very few staff there, half of which are living off of savings with no support. The ministry has so much potential with over 300 kinds coming there every day for extra lessons or just to play. The children's ministry is only one of the many ministries they have there.

Our last week in Zambia we worked with a ministry called Nsansa village community development. They work with street kids, from ages 6 and up, rescuing them and giving them a home there at the base and an education and counseling. Right now there is about 60 boys at the Nsansa base and still many more on the streets that they are reaching out to. I loved spending time with the boys, getting to know them, helping them do their laundry, encouraging them, and hearing their stories. They have hearts of gold.

A few nights we went out into the streets to work with the kids there. We put on a little program for them, played games, sang and gave a message.  We then broke into smaller groups and talked and prayed with the kids. It was very difficult emotionally to see the lives these kids live and how poor their mental health was along with their physical health. A lot of that has to do with the fact that most of them are addicted to drugs, especially "Bostick". All night you would see the young kids holding their bottles with a little bit of glue in them getting more and more high as the night went on. I left each night discouraged, but I realized how much work this ministry is doing when I compared the boys already rescued to the boys on the streets. It was so good to be able to help this ministry in what ever ways they needed and I was inspired by the work they are doing.

That was the end of my first month on the Africa Trek! It has been better than I even imagined, but of course there have been challenges. My favorite part has been the intimacy with God. He has been teaching me so much about himself and about me, opening up things that I've never thought about before. It's such a blessing to be in situations where there is nothing else to depend on but God. That's where you have to trust Him and end up going deeper than ever before. The next update will be about or stay in Malawi.

Please continue praying for me and my team! Pray for safety, spiritually and physically. For good health and energy. Pray that we would be lead by the Holy Spirit and continue to be effective in our ministry and that our focus would stay on God. Lastly, for continued unity for our team. 

Thank you for thinking of me and for your prayers! I will try to send more updates soon.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Africa Trek Info


I am excited to share an opportunity with you.

This fall, I am joining OM Africa Trek, a three month mission trip in three Southern African countries. This is part of OM making a significant difference for the kingdom of God in many towns and villages across Southern Africa. Also, I am hoping to grow as a person and in my relationship with God. Thank you for reading this and considering joining my ministry partner team to help make this happen.

Participants in Africa Trek will serve alongside long-term, local missionaries in door-to-door evangelism, children’s ministry, sports ministry, and practical work. We will work in rural and least-reached African communities where physical and spiritual need is great. Through this hands-on training we will deepen our intimacy with God and grow in disciple-making skills. The church in Africa is growing fast, and it needs maturing disciples so that the church is healthy as it grows.

When I finished high school this last May, I was accepted at Belhaven University where I will be going in the spring. I also sensed God wanted me to deepen my relationship with Him before beginning college. When I found out about this trip, it felt like the perfect thing for me--God’s calling. I love that the main focus of this trip is discipleship, something that is not always made a priority on mission trips. I also love that I will get to travel and explore Africa and learn more about the culture and church there while serving.
We begin on September 2nd in Zambia, travel to Malawi, and finish on November 25th in Tanzania. Traveling by car, bus, and train, often staying in tents! I’m praying God will do a great work in me and through me. I can’t do this without a team of people praying for our team and giving financially.

I have been blessed with all of the finances that I needed for this trip. Thank you to everyone who supported me! I couldn't have
done this without you. 

Please pray for me as I begin this adventure! I will do my best to keep you updated. 

A scripture verse that has been on my heart is Ephesians 3:19-20: 
  "How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God! Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you." (Passion Translation)

Thank you for reading! I can't wait to see how God works through this trip. 

-Ellie Harman 

Here we go!

Hello everyone!

I have officially raised all of the money I need for my Africa Trek! Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness in supporting me.

I can't believe this is really happening, I'm so excited! I leave today (August 28th), and am almost all packed and ready to go.

I would really appreciate your prayers as I begin this journey. Please pray that I would have safe, smooth travels, and that God will work in me and through me.