Friday, June 11, 2021

JUNE 2021 Letter LIVING WELL

Why is LIVING WELL involved with supporting a school in a slum?

When you hear the word “missionary,” what do you think?
  • A missionary lives in a foreign country.
  • Something that was done in the past but doesn’t relate to me now.
  • Missionaries are super spiritual Christians. Or ......
When you hear about people going on a short-term mission trip, what do you think?
  • It’s a way to go on a vacation.
  • There is plenty to do here at home; they don’t need to go to abroad.
  • They should be having large events to share the gospel. 
  • Bible teaching is the most important thing to do.
We have had heard all of those thoughts and we have had some of them. But we have changed a lot in our thinking over the last 30 years. What we have learned is:
  • We are all on mission – hence, we are all missionaries. We are not super spiritual.
  • Being a missionary in our home location is important. But if we are only missionaries at home, how do some populations learn about Jesus?
  • Missions are important as long as we live in this world. The method of the mission may change, but the message does not – there are many ways to share the gospel, including schools, businesses, clinics, and more.
At home, we consider ourselves marriage missionaries. We share our faith through helping people overcome a marital crisis or by strengthening their marriage. 

In Zambia, we are both short-term, in-person missionaries and long-term support missionaries. 

While teaching the Bible to pastors in East Africa, we encountered Christians in a variety of ways – they may be a waiter or other service provider. When we asked them how they came to Christ, many shared that they became Christians through a Christian school or clinic supported by Christians from the U.S. or Europe.

We have also found out (through the research of others and our own personal experience) that many Christians today are very interested in missions IF they think they can make a difference. God presented us with an opportunity to make a difference through a school in a slum in Africa.

The mission at WISDOM Christian School absolutely makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of children. 

  • Every child gets an education
  • Every child learns about God and hears the good news about Jesus Christ. 
  • Every child receives grace and love from the staff and the mission teams. 
  • Every dollar makes a difference in the life of a child. 
  • Every member of every mission trip to WISDOM can influence a child in this slum.

And, as every past team member will tell you, it is not a vacation! But it is refreshing to our soul and spirit.

Please let us know how you are doing. Our office is only open by appointment but you can email us at info@livingwellokc.org

THANK YOU again for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement. We could not do what we do without YOU!

Our love in Christ,
Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray for the health and support for the students and staff at WCS. Zambia is experiencing their “third wave” with COVIC-19; vaccinations are negligible.

The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Monday, March 22, 2021

MARCH 2021 Letter LIVING WELL

One year.

Who would have guessed that we would still be dealing with COVID-19?

Thankfully, it appears that the worst of the virus is behind us.

The sadness of this past year is heartbreaking. People dying – alone. Racial turmoil. Political upheaval. Extreme weather in Oklahoma.

But today the sun is shining. Many have been vaccinated. And we have hope. Our hope does not lie in politicians solving our problems. Our hope is not in finding medical solutions. Our hope is the Lord and His love for us and His work on our behalf. Our hope is in His Presence today and for eternity.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope 
to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people. Ephesians 1:18


We have both stayed well and active. We spend most of our work time devoted to WISDOM Christian School. We miss not being able to travel and see the students and staff at WCS! But, thanks to the internet, we correspond with Brother Charles, our colleague in Zambia, on a regular basis. He sends pictures to help us stay in touch. It is not the same as being there but gives us joy to see their smiles. We plan to take a team to WCS in June of 2022. Hopefully, we will be able to visit before that.


Zambia had a large spike in COVID cases around the first of this year. School was delayed for all ages. Their new school year begins in January normally. The students in kindergarten through 7th grade returned to classes on February 1st. The 8th grade students returned on March 1st. Since 8th grade is the beginning of secondary school, we furnished new and different uniforms for the 8th graders. They are very proud of their new uniforms and excited about learning. The government mandated capacity for 8th grade is 60 students. WCS 8th grade is at full capacity!  For more info and pics, click here.

Thanks to many donors, we were able to furnish the uniforms, the resources (including equipment for the science lab and 2 sewing machines for the Home Ec classes), textbooks, and lunches. The school hired more teachers, a necessity for having teachers certified in secondary education. The monthly costs to educate the Children of Wisdom continues to climb to meet their needs. If you are interested in meeting those needs, see below.

Please let us know how you are doing. Our office is only open by appointment but you can email us at info@livingwellokc.org. THANK YOU again for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement. We could not do what we do without YOU!

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

TO DONATE -
all funds go to Living Well but may be designated for WISDOM Christian School (100% of the money designated goes to WCS).

Mail to:
Living Well
PO BOX 720828
Oklahoma City OK 73172

Online:

You may also have a monthly withdrawal made directly from your account. Please email us at info@livingwellokc.org for more info on how to do that.