Arise Africa

When my friend Alissa invited me to join her on a mission trip to Zambia, I hesitated at first. I had a lot going on. Several projects required my attention. Exactly zero planning had been accomplished for my pending move. Plus, my book isn’t going to write itself, you know.

Alissa is the Executive Director of an organization called Arise Africa. It’s a ministry based in Zambia that works with orphaned and vulnerable children to help them have the life that God desires for them. When she told me about Christine, I immediately began to pack my bags.

The world has been revolving around Lincee for a long time. I need to take a break from focusing on my life in order to see others. I want to get out of my own head and recalibrate. What better place to do that than Africa?

I visited this amazing continent for the first time in 2012. It was a life-changing trip. Each day I would wrestle with dozens of emotions. In one moment I would be overwhelmed by the fact that I really never knew the definition of “poverty” until now. The next minute I would stand in awe, soaking up the faces of pure joy that were the direct result of sugary lollipops. I was sad when I saw someone in need and inspired when I witnessed others step up to offer assistance.

Educating myself on the ins and outs of Africa soon dissolved all my confusion. A strong desire to help replaced my frustration. I realized very little goes a L-O-N-G way over here.

I began to hope.

I began to trust.

Before I knew it, love conquered my fear.

For the next week, I’ll be documenting my time with the kids and staff at Arise Africa. We hope to spread hope and truth — because the truth will set us free!

Photo By: Arise Africa

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Barbara florey
Barbara florey

That is awesome- we are starting a girl’s home in Uganda for homeless , family less to be their family, Resty’s House. Resty and I are excited and we found property to house them and it has TWO houses on it already. I need help knowing and getting the rest of the $15k to purchase it – if anyone has help or ideas let me know Barbara florey (Barbara Jane florey on Facebook)

Lincee

Thanks for reaching out Barbara! Good luck!

Jude

Oh Lincee…bless you, bless you, BLESS YOU!!! Just finished reading about little Christine and watching the video! My tears are streaming down…and my heart is hurting BIG TIME!! I will definitely be making a donation! Thank you for calling our attention to this…and thank YOU for doing what most of us can’t do which is GO and minister to these PRECIOUS children in person!!! May you and your friends receive MANY blessings for a SAFE journey there and back!!!

Lincee

Thank you Jude. We would love your support!

Lindsay Lockery
Lindsay Lockery

You are the best Lincee!! I’ll miss the bachelorette update- but I supposed these precious children are a wee bit more important!!! (Read: A LOT MORE IMPORTANT!!) I will be praying for your safe travels!

Lincee

Thank you Lindsay! I have the recap taken care of in my absence. DO NOT WORRY!

Betsy
Betsy

Abundant blessings for all as you travel. I cannot wait to read all about it!

Lincee

Thank you Betsy! I appreciate that so much.

Norma
Norma

I absolutely love your heart for missons, Lincee! God Bless you as you go on this journey and take lots of pictures! Can’t wait to read your report upon your return.

Lincee

I’ll do my best, Norma!

George Gisin

My husband started a foundation to help children in Lusaka, Zambia. We pay monthly teacher salaries, furnish hospitals with equipment/generators, provide breakfast to children (which gets them to school), school supplies, build homes for teachers, and other areas where help is needed. What makes us unique, is that 100% of donations, go to help the children. Our all volunteer board is made up of individuals who absorb all operating costs.

Kathy Gisin

This is Kathy Gisin, my husband is George. Comment below.

Lincee

Way to go Kathy! I love your commitment!

Kathleen
Kathleen

Lincee, I love your website and appreciate your heart and commitment. I also have a question I’d like to pose: What about helping poor and homeless children here in the US?
I appreciate that Africa is exotic and exciting because it’s far away. And visiting another country is often a powerful growth experience, a catalyst for shifting one’s perspective about one’s own life and world view . But our own people need our help too. Does the help you want/are moved to provide have to revolve around spreading Christianity? That is certainly one important way to help. If you are open to other options, I’ll encourage all of us to consider that we can help in other ways than the spreading of Christianity to poor children in Africa. We can volunteer our time and/or offer money to children here at home who are poor, starving, abused, and otherwise in distress. Good luck to you on your journey, Lincee, and may all your actions and help be for the good.

Lincee

That’s a great question Kathleen. Thank you so much for asking. I think that helping in your own back yard is just as important as helping someone across the ocean. My goal during my visit to Zambia, more than anything, is to feed these children, clothe these children, love on these children and spread the Word of God.

Watch cuz I like this blog
Watch cuz I like this blog

Good luck and blessings to you! Look forward to seeing photos and reading about what you learned. This is a beautiful thing you will be doing. Give each child a big hug from me, a big fan of yours.

Linna Sutton
Linna Sutton

I love you Lincee!

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