Sakeji Bush Talk
20 November 2003 - Page 3
Canadian Invasion at Sakeji!
We have had a lot of new Canadian staff here at Sakeji in the past few months. All these new faces are happy to be here!
The LaRose Family
Mr. and Mrs. LaRose are a couple helping from Canada. They have three children: Josh, age
4, Emily, age 3, and Ethan, age 1. They arrived here at Sakeji in June. Mr. LaRose had already
visited Zambia, working at Kalene, Kabompo, and Chitokoloki mission stations. there he did
maintenance and scripture work.
The Robertson Family
Tom and Lana Robertson have five children. Emily, 18, Katrina, 15, Kayla, 12, Hannah, 10,
and Deirdre, 8. Emily is now in Canada finishing her last year at CEGEP. Katrina does home
schooling while her three younger sisters go to Sakeji School.
Miss Georgia Patton is a new assistant teacher at Sakeji School. She's staying here for this whole term. She was born on August 24th, 1982, and became a Christian when she was sixteen. She lived on a farm in Manitoba, Canada and worked at Camp Sandy Haven for the mentally disabled. She was a lifeguard in high school. The sports she likes are kick boxing, ultimate frisbee, badminton, basketball, and volley ball. She is practicing to be a teacher. In her family, there are her parents, and her brother and sister. She likes children. Her favourite food is lasagne. She has two pets, a dog and a cat.
The Ronald Family
My name is Caleb Ronald. I come from Oxbow in Saskatchewan, Canada. My family came to Sakeji in August. We drove from Lusaka to Sakeji, and it took us two days to get here. My Dad teaches grades six and seven, and my Mom is the school nurse. I have two younger sisters named Shoshanna and Naomi. I'm in grade one here with Miss Young. I like it here because I have lots of new friends. My favourite Sakeji food is the home made ice cream! It will be different having no snow at Christmas. But it's nice to be able to swim two times a week.
David and I interviewed Miss Shostal. We first asked her how she likes Sakeji School, and this is what she said. "I feel that God has lead me here for a purpose. Even though I am only here for a short time, this school has opened my eyes to things I haven't experienced or seen in Canadian Christian Schools. If it is God's will for the school to expand, I think it will do well. And if it is God's will to keep the school as it is, I think it is strong as a rock." We then asked her how she liked Independence day. She thought it was a good day to learn some history of Zambia and remember other countries as well. She said that she loves Zambia, the landscapes, and especially the people. She thinks they are all so kind.
Last of all, we asked her what her plans for the future are. She said, "I'm not sure. I was thinking about long-term mission work somewhere, but God will lead me to what I'm meant to do."
Miss Janelle Swan came on October 18, 2003. She has always had a desire to spread the gospel, and when she received a brochure about Sakeji School, she felt God wanted her to come. She loves it here at Sakeji. She likes the kids and the teachers. Most of all she is just glad to be here and remembers how she prayed to God to show her what to do, when she received the brochure. She's helping around the school in different senior and junior classes. She is hoping to stay here for a year, Lord willing.
We have a new assistant teacher from Ontario, Canada called Miss Avery. She will stay, Lord willing, two years. Miss Avery came because the Lord kept putting Sakeji on her heart. A missionary, Eunice Poidevin, gave her the brochure and told her to pray about coming here. Until three months before she came, she knew there was a need, but had no desire to come. She asked the Lord if He really wanted her at Sakeji, to give her a desire to come. Within a week, her heart had been changed and she had a strong desire and peace about coming to Sakeji. Miss Avery's hobbies are travelling, making music, reading and painting.