NOVI, MI (April 22, 2015) -- Jamie Flowers, Fox Run retirement community's Pastoral Ministries Coordinator, is travelling to Ndola, Zambia, as part of a mission trip with Living Hope International to help care for orphaned children and to train and encourage housemothers. He and his wife and daughter will join19 people in Zambia in June.
Living Hope International is a non-profit organization that now cares for 31 children in Zambia. It was formed as a result of summer trips taken by members of Oak Pointe Church in Novi.
"The work of caring for these children has captured our hearts," said Flowers. "The real challenge is empowering and enabling Zambians to care for these children. Ultimately, we want to help reverse the effects of AIDS and poverty by providing quality care rooted in the love of Jesus Christ."
Zambia is one of the most impoverished nations of the world. It has been hit hard by the AIDS epidemic. As a result of AIDS, the nation has lost much of the population of adults who should be the backbone of the society. There are about 15 million people in Zambia and nearly half are 14 years old and younger. The number of orphans in Zambia is estimated between 1 million and 1.6 million.
Flowers first travelled to Zambia in 2009 when he led a team of people from Oak Pointe Church. "We provided medical care and Christian teaching in villages," he said. "We also provided teaching and support to an orphanage."
Living Hope International has 40 acres in Zambia on which it is building housing for 100 children, a church, a school, and a medical clinic. It is growing coffee to become self-sustaining while providing employment opportunities for its neighbors.