I actually found out that I would be teaching in the Department of Psychiatry in the teaching university in Lusaka on a morning walk with Dr. Snyder on this same date. Understand that during my first visit to the hospital yesterday, I was challenged with the condition of the premises and the need in the hospital – for everything. Navigating my way was a concern and Dr. Snyder was most gracious to lead me one way and then made me lead her to assure I knew my way. God had a hand in my teaching today as we showed up a day earlier and before we left the building, I remembered I left my sweater in the department. I was going to just leave it there but my decision to return to pick up the sweater allowed me to meet and interact with five of the most gracious students for a session focused on developing their capstone topics.
We visited an orphanage in the afternoon to speak to the “mamas” who live with the children in the different buildings. These women usually have families of their own that they leave in the care of their husbands or other family members for months at a time. We had a group style meeting and were well received as we processed how stressed they become as well as parenting challenges. Ahhh another God directive as I was able to share parenting strategies as well as ways they can cope. We are returning next week at their request for more help. There is also an opportunity to provide “train the trainers” conferences to help teach the workers different ways they can interact with the children as well as manage their own stress. This facility operates over 100 such locations throughout Africa.
… and the children were slow to warm up but after they did – well I can tell you that I have never experienced so much love in one place. They are Zambia’s future and they do not have to grow up as victims.