Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Godfrey and I am a junior Religion major, Sociology minor at Samford University. Last summer I served as an intern for two months in Zambia with Lifesong for Orphans and to say that it was a life-changing experience is an understatement. My summer in Zambia was one of the most transforming experiences I have ever had as I learned what a successful and life-restoring orphan ministry looks like in a real sense. Upon returning from Zambia I was overwhelmed by the honor of being a part of such a wonderful ministry which is quite literally raising the future leaders of Zambia to know and seek Christ. Almost immediately I knew that I had to go back to continue the friendships that I made and to learn as much as I can from all of the people involved at Lifesong School for Orphans. After applying to return and waiting anxiously and prayerfully to hear back, I was thrilled to receive the news that I would be welcomed back to serve as an intern this summer!
Since I am a returning intern this summer I have the opportunity to do even more than what I did last summer simply because I have experience with the culture and the school. The main role that the other interns and I had last summer was to build relationships with the girls that live in boarding and to encourage them in their studies and in pursuing the dreams that the Lord has placed on their hearts. I was honored to spend two months living life alongside these girls and I am so excited to be able to pick up where I left off with my dear friends and to be able to form new friendships as well. Another one of our duties was to spend time working with the primary school students in small groups and one on one. Through this, the teachers were able to continue teaching while we could focus on students who were struggling in various subjects. This was something that I wish that I could have been able to spend more time doing and something where I recognized that the teachers saw as very valuable. I am looking forward to being able to aim to do more small group time and to help the teachers in any other possible ways. Another program that we were heavily involved in was a weekly Bible Study for girls in grades 4-6 with the purpose of encouraging them to stay in school and helping them through a vulnerable time in their lives. I was able to help plan games, lead small groups, and teach lessons for this Bible Study and found that I love to speak to girls about their worth and identity in Christ. I am especially excited to be involved with this program again and to be intentional about seeking out the girls in this age bracket. Finally, as a returner, I am looking forward to being able to be an encourager to the newer interns. I know what it is like to be in a new culture and how hard it can be to adjust and so I hope that I can be of help with this. Now, these are only a few things that I am excited to be doing this summer and so I encourage you to write or email me if you have any more questions about what I will be doing this summer or about Lifesong School for Orphans in Zambia.
I am so overwhelmed by God’s love for me that He would allow me to return to the place that stole my heart last summer and that He is allowing me to do what I love to do. I am confident that He has opened this door again for a reason and I am confident that He will provide the resources for me to return. Furthermore, in order to go back to Zambia, I need all of your support whether that be encouragement, prayers, or financial support. The amount I need to raise to go is $4,500 to cover the cost of living for two months and to pay for airfare. My goal is for half of this amount to be raised by the end of March so that I can buy my plane ticket. This is a daunting task, but I am putting my faith in the One who called me to provide. With this said, I humbly ask that if you are able to financially support me and the Lord is calling you to do so, please do. If you are able to financially support me the details on how to do so are listed at the end of this letter. If not, I am already so thankful for your prayers and encouragement! Again I want to invite you all to write me back or email me if you have any questions about Lifesong for Orphans or about my trip as I would be happy to tell you more about this wonderful ministry and the work that they are doing. I thank you all in advance from the bottom of my heart for your support and your prayers!
With all of my love,
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