Earlier this year, Family Legacy shared our new mission statement. Family Legacy exists to glorify God by empowering vulnerable and orphaned children to live up to their God-given potential. As the year comes to a close, we want to share how God has moved in our ministry and our greatest hope is that He was glorified!
In January, we celebrated over 220 young adults who completed high school last year and walked the stage in the Legacy Center. We had the 2019 graduation on December 7, and another 352 students walked the stage to commemorate the end of their high school education. Over 572 students were the first in their family to finish high school!
By God’s grace over 13,400 children started school this year through our Child Sponsorship Program. The vast majority of these students attend one of our 26 Legacy Academy Schools. Check out the photo of the Kabanana Legacy Academy school that went under construction in August. If you can believe it, it will be ready for the 2020 school year for nearly 600 students!
Then in June and July, we had over 6,500 children attend Camp Life from the compounds throughout Lusaka, about 650 American Ambassadors came from the United States to be camp counselors, over 1500 children trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and another 500 people trusted Jesus in the compounds during community day.
In addition, we completed the $1,000,000 Tree of Life House renovation. We have also increased our mental and physical health support for children at the Tree of Life through the Hill Wellness Center.
This year, we also launched the Nehemiah Partnership. This initiative is allowing us to raise both operational and capital funds to increase the quality of the educational experience for our Zambian students! Joshua is one of those students. Check out his story below:
Joshua, a student at one of our Legacy Academy schools, started working at a young age to provide for his parents and siblings who were struggling financially. While vigorously looking for food in the Chaisa marketplace to feed him and his family, our Community Development Officers found Joshua and gave him an opportunity to attend Camp Life in 2011. He started school at our Legacy Academy in Chaisa and through our Feed One program, Joshua’s attendance at school still allows him to provide for his family through food blessings. Now, Joshua and his family’s lives have forever been impacted due to our Zambian staff’s diligence and our Family Legacy Sponsorship Program.
We are thankful for all of our sponsors, our Zambian staff (there are over 1,000 Zambians on staff!), our American staff (only 45 of us!) and the many donors, sponsors, and constituents that help make Family Legacy happen.
We still have a few spots left for Camp Life 2020 so if you’re interested, you can find out more by going to our website.
May God be glorified in our work at Family Legacy and in your life. Let us make much of Jesus during this Christmas season.
Sincerely in Christ,
President & CEO