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WINTER NEWSLETTER 2014

 

The LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying…Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:  for the LORD the God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9  

With the turning of the calendar page comes a new year and new opportunities.  2014 is only seven weeks old, yet ministry excitement and progress abounds for our organization. Here are the highlights. 

S.O.S. GOES GLOBAL!

Last newsletter I spoke of our initiating the process of establishing a branch of Sisterhood Of Servants in Chipata, Zambia, Africa in order to expedite the Malongwe Village Education and Vocation Initiative (M.V.E.V.I.).  The document creation and filing of paperwork to the government office in Chipata was a bit of a tedious process, but the overall experience was invaluable.  I’m so thankful for Robert Zulu, a faithful emissary and servant of the Lord who is also a native of Zambia.  Mr. Zulu and I communicate via telephone and email, and he has been instrumental in keeping the application process moving forward.  Mr. Zulu speaks directly with chief Mnukwa and the government officials.  He, in turn, contacts me with the requirements for registering S.O.S. in Zambia.  I submit all of the requested paperwork back to him via scan and email, and he physically hands the documents to the office officials.   It’s an ‘old school-new school’ win-win situation for all parties involved.  I am happy to report that on January 2nd, I received word from Mr. Zulu that the government office in Chipata had finally approved our application, and S.O.S. is officially registered as a non-profit corporation in Zambia.  I return to Chipata in mid-April to meet the members of our local board of directors and preside over the annual board meeting of Sisterhood Of Servants, Zambia.  I’ll also have my first face to face audience with Chief Mnukwa  to discuss the details of land acquisition for the school and vocational program.  I’m excited AND nervous at the same time. ☺ 

 

SOUNDS OF SISTERHOOD MUSICAL CD 

enjoying the creative process with these great
instrumentalists and vocalists

This past weekend a group of really faithful and talented friends along with members of S.O.S. Girls spent a day and a half at a local audio production studio recording the music for a full length compact disc that will be released in May.  The details of this project have been unfolding for the past five years.   In February 2009, while on a mission trip to Nicaragua, I shared a vision with a friend to produce a musical CD called the Sounds of Sisterhood that would be used as a fundraising medium to support women's ministries and missionary work. At that time, there was no Sisterhood Of Servants non-profit corporation, no S.O.S. Girls ministry, and I hadn't written a single lyric or note of music. There was only a dream.

On October 2, 2012, I made my first voice recording on my iPhone of a melody I had been singing to myself.  It would eventually become the song "Unto Your Name." Now, sixteen months later, after literally hundreds of hours at the piano, violin, and computer writing and rewriting music and lyrics, ten compositions have been recorded that comprise the musical endeavor I first dreamed about 5 years ago. I still have the editing/mastering process to look forward to this spring before the CD is released in May, but my dream has become reality. There are so many people to thank who've helped make this possible, there probably won't be enough room in the CD insert. Proceeds from the CD sales will be used to finance our Malongwe Village Initiative and further develop our S.O.S. Girls mentoring program. 

All that's left to say is a heartfelt, "Thank you!"  Thank you for your prayers and financial support.
  Without them both, the ministry would be incredibly ineffective, so please keep praying and giving.  Stay tuned.  There are more exciting days ahead.   Joy floods my soul! God is good!
 

Blessings to you,

Phylicia


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