An Update from the Aylards
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A Fork in the Road
 
We’ve come to a fork in the road of our African journey.  It has become clear, after 5 months of waiting, that we cannot expect to obtain a Zimbabwean work permit in the near future.  So we are not actively pursuing a return to Zimbabwe at this time.
 
There is sadness in this change of direction, since we’ve spent so many years with our hearts and plans focused on Zimbabwe.  But, as so often happens in God’s Kingdom, He has shown us another path even before we knew we needed it.  We are eager to see where this path takes us.
 
The Zambia Connection
 
Several months ago, we were connected with Amy Thompson, a fellow Ripe for Harvest missionary.  Amy was searching for teammates to join her in serving at Children’s Nest, an orphanage in Zambia, Zimbabwe’s northern neighbor.  We have been in communication with Amy since that time, wondering what would come of this connection. 
 
We believe God is now directing us to focus on a possible partnership between Eden Children’s Village and Children’s Nest.  We’re not clear yet what a partnership might look like, but we look forward to discovering what He has in store.
 
What’s Next?
 
We plan to visit Children’s Nest for a couple of weeks in the first quarter of 2017.  We are hoping that some of our Eden teammates, including a Shona leader, will be able to join us.  Our main goal for that trip will be to see in person how Eden and Children’s Nest could form some kind of mutually beneficial partnership, and what our role in that partnership could be.
 
In the meantime, we will continue to have conversations with Amy about her calling to Zambia and how that fits with what God has called us to do.  Please join us in praying that God will make His plans clear to all of us.
 
Also, Tom will continue in all his current finance duties for Eden.  Kay Lynn will continue developing Community Health Evangelism (CHE) lessons for children and working on improving her skills in Bible storytelling & discussion facilitation.  Stephanie will continue with her schooling at home, with a few classes at a local Christian school.
 
Walking With Us
 
As we take this fork in the road, we do it in faith, and ask you to walk with us in prayer.  Thank you for upholding us and encouraging us during all the ups and downs, joy and sadness of this African journey. 
 
Tom, Kay Lynn and Stephanie
Kay Lynn and Russian-speaking friends unpack Bible stories as they get to know God and each other better
Stephanie enjoys playing cello in the school orchestra
Praises:
 
  • Clarity on the Zimbabwe work permit situation
  • Our connection with Children’s Nest in Zambia
  • An efficient accounting close for Eden

Prayers:
 
  • Direction and clarity about a potential partnership with Children’s Nest
  • A productive 4-day Simply The Story training for Kay Lynn in early November
  • Grace and peace as we begin this new direction God has for us

Choma, Zambia (home of Children's Nest) and Doma, Zimbabwe (home of Eden Children's Village) are almost directly east/west from each other, a little over 200 miles apart across Lake Kariba.  See the map here.

This proximity makes a partnership between the two ministries an intriguing possibility.

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