Today marks three months of us being in Zambia. We can’t quite believe that three months have passed. It feels like the other day that we arrived and yet it feels like we’ve been here for so much longer than three months. Settling into our home and life here has been relatively straightforward. I think because we had been here so many times before, it felt like home again right away. We are getting more established in our work and our roles with Beyond Ourselves, we are making friends and it feels more and more like home all of time.
We know that living in Zambia isn’t for everyone, but we often reflect on how incredibly blessed we feel to be here. We feel like we live in such a beautiful country, surrounded by incredibly beautiful people.
Last year, when we were in Zambia, we were blessed to find accommodation for this September. We’re living on a Mechanics college, just outside Ndola (one of the two towns where our partner community schools are). The house is one side of a semi-detached house on spacious grounds. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, living room/dining room and a very useful concrete space out the back where Jacob spends many an hour. Beyond Ourselves is renting the other side of the home as of the beginning of December. This will be our offices and now we have space to have visitors and will have some gap year students staying there next year as well.
There are two other families that live on the premises, one British/Israeli family and one Zambian family. Our neighbours are so lovely and we really appreciate the community we have here. Their children have taken Jacob under their wings and are very good at playing with him even though he’s much younger than they are. Daliso, the youngest boy, has particularly taken to Jacob, and Jacob to him – they are best buds.