Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, on missioncomment (0)
August 27, 2009
Sixteen-year-old Kelsey Weeks, a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, in Birmingham Baptist Association, did missions work in Zambia June 30–Aug. 5 with e3 Partners, a ministry dedicated to equipping, evangelizing and establishing new works for Christ’s Kingdom.
Weeks worked at an eye clinic but spent the majority of her time helping plant eight churches and strengthening two existing churches in the cities of Livingstone and Kabwe.
One of Weeks’ most memorable experiences was spending time with Mary, a 12-year-old Christian girl who has HIV. Weeks said because of Mary’s disease, she is not allowed to live inside her family’s home with her grandmother and two brothers but is forced to live behind the house with the cows.
Mary told Weeks, “The kids at school make fun of me because I have HIV, but I tell them that I am made in God’s image.” Weeks asked her what she wants to do when she grows up, and Mary said, “I want to share the love of Christ with others.”
Though this was not Weeks’ first missions trip to Africa, this was the longest she had spent there and the first time she had gone without either of her parents accompanying her.
And Weeks is already planning to return to Zambia next summer.
“Overall the trip was something that God used to change my life in a deeperway,” she said. “Seeing how God works day by day in every part of our lives was very cool.”