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New Arrival!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2011 by Heiko & Anita in Africa

Bella Hope Marie

30th April 2011- Six pounds nine ounces – twenty inches

 

With Love, Heiko & Anita

Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him.
Psalm 127.3

 

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Season Greetings from Heiko & Anita in Africa 2010!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by Heiko & Anita in Africa

 

Dear Family and Friends,

We trust you are well and enjoying the holiday season.  As for us, life in Africa is always changing and never the same.  This year has been filled with amazing ministry, great challenges, and continued faith, holding on to our Lord for each and every day. 

Heiko has flown 2,485 passengers this year over the falls, sharing with them God’s majesty and divine glory.  He has kept me busy with “surprise” house guests that he brings home for dinner after work so we can minister to them.  I must say we have made some good friends and have been blessed to share our testimonies and faith.  He has also had a engine failure in mid flight and a passenger lost his helmet as they were over the falls.  To God be the glory, he managed to remain calm, hold on to faith and trust in the Lord, and by God’s miracle safely landed every time.  Heiko is so passionate about flying, about ministering to his passengers and everyone he meets, and about life, I am truly blessed to be his wife.

As for me, I have been the assistant to the director of Ebenezer Child Care Trust.  The ministry is amazing!  They have a school with 342 orphans, an orphan home with 28 children, and are just about to open the babies’ home receiving 30 babies and toddlers, there is a farm they hope to develop to large proportions.  They take in the children with the worst cases of neglect, poverty, and abuse.  I work in all of our areas in every capacity from counseling for the children to leading visitor tours, from photography, web design, public relations, administration, children field trips to painting murals in the new constructions, from working with the social workers in the villages to overseeing the children’s homes and numerous other duties.  My days are packed full and at the end of the day I am ready to collapse…but I love it! Heiko has also been a big encouragement in the work I do with the children and that has been a real blessing for me to see him ministering and loving on the children, sharing the same passion I do. 

We have been really busy this year but still found a little time to sneak away and camp in the bush on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi river and watch the elephants stroll by, the lions roar in the distance, the giraffes quietly pass, and the immense beauty of God’s creation that momentarily swallows us up.  With all the challenges of living in Africa; limited health care, malaria and other health challenges, being a minority, crazy cost of living and lack of income possibilities, and being so far away from friends and family; being held in the arms of the Father and reminded how great His love for us really is through the magnitude of our majestic surroundings makes it worth every moment.

We thank you from our hearts for your continued support and prayers.  You have been a huge part of our ministry and it is your faithfulness that helps us to do what God has called us to do.  We pray that one day you will be able to visit us here in Zambia and we can share with you the ministry you help make happen.  You are always welcome and always in our hearts.

May this holiday season be filled with abundant blessings and joyous laughter for you and yours.

Season Greetings,
Heiko, Anita & Baby on the way!

God Always Provides

Posted in Adventure, Africa, Healing, Jesus, Love, Miracles, Missions, Photography, Uncategorized, Unity, Unreached People on March 29, 2010 by Heiko & Anita in Africa

It is raining. Mud splashes onto the window of the van. There are hundreds of broken down shacks along both sides of the old railway line. It is 10 in the morning and the track is filled with people staggering through the mud.

Brian, the social worker for Ebenezer and I are driving down the pothole lined dirt road into what the people here call the ZSM compound. The Zambezi Saw Mill compound is named after the old Saw Mill that built this settlement for their workers a couple of decades back.

Today only the run down homes remain. The families have been out of work since the mill closed down and now new generations of children are growing up in an area that won’t be able to give them a good chance at life. It is said that this is the most neglected place in Livingstone. This place has the highest HIV rate, crime and theft rate, alcohol and prostitution rate, and worst sanitation in all of Livingstone.

As we pull up to our destination I notice a latrine dug in the front of this run down house. There are bags that had once been used to hold cement, now sown together to form a sheet trying to give a bit of privacy from the masses walking past. Next to the latrine is a small pile of charcoal. This is the only source of income this family of 9 has, generating less than 50 cents per day. As we walked to the door the husband and wife came to joyously greet our unexpected arrival. We greeted the family and sat down to hear their story.

The father is deaf and mute, but it hasn’t always been that way. Excited, he runs into the house to get us a letter he has been holding onto for the past 10 years. It is a recommendation from one of the big hotels in Livingstone where he worked as a steward with the highest praise. He wrote into the dirt, “I am willing to work for anything”.

The wife began to show us around so we could see the house and its dilapidated condition. Plastic bags covered holes in the roof and over the walls that had collapsed from the rains, while rocks were stuffed into other missing areas to try to meet with the roof. There are partially erected walls on a foundation, completely exposed from the top, in the back yard. Here her sister’s family lives.

Ebenezer enrolled two of her children just last week. Mary, grade 2, and Munalula, grade 0, two beautiful children whose smiles reached ear to ear. She had 5 other children, 2 sets of twins (one recently died) and a single child, who are all too small for school. She tells us that they have not eaten for 4 days and the children are so hungry they could barely get up for school this morning. Her giant smile transforms into weeping as she tries with all she can to hold back the tears. Brian and I sit speechless for a moment, then he encourages her and reminds us that God always provides.

As we drive back to Ebenezer I ask Brian how he handles experiencing these cases every day. He says, “Each time it breaks my heart. But I feel honored that I was called to help the one who is placed in front of me. Through Ebenezer Child Trust I can bring children hope and watch as the school and the word of God begins to transform their lives.”

When we get to school I tell Mrs. Chara how devastating this family’s situation is. I tell her about the father of these children who would never be able to find a job in his condition. Without hesitation, Mrs. Chara told Brian to offer the man work at the orphanage as a grounds keeper and to start the next morning.

My heart leaps with joy! I am reminded again that God truly does provide. He takes people in the worst conditions that seem nearly impossible and within an instant changes their futures. At the same time He uses the faithful and obedient to be His hands and feet.

I thank the Lord for Ebenezer and the hope this school gives to the hopeless. I am excited that I get the opportunity to watch how Mary and Munalula lives will be transformed in the coming days, months, and even years. I praise the miracle of today and anticipate the lives we will get to touch tomorrow, and it is possible because people care enough to open their hearts, reach out, and partner with us to assist in giving these children a second chance at life!

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Hope Multiplied By 15…………………………Window Into Africa 2008!

Posted in Adventure, Africa, Healing, Jesus, Journey, Love, Miracles, Missions, Photography, Revelation, Travel, Uncategorized, Unity, Unreached People, Visions and Dreams on March 30, 2009 by Heiko & Anita in Africa

 Greetings from Zambia!!!

In a time like today people all around the world are faced with the question, “will I still have enough?”…

Can you imagine standing in front of completely empty shelves at the grocery store??

That’s what is happening here right now..

The cost of the remaining food is sky rocketing and there are numerous Zimbabweans lining up at our grocery stores buying out entire shelves of food because they don’t have any food or clean water in their country, just trying to survive.  Meanwhile here all major income sectors, mining, hunting, and tourism have decreased dramatically causing businesses to close daily.  While employed, one employee’s income feeds a total of 15 people in their extended family, now he needs hope multiplied by 15!

 More than ever people need the too-good-to-be-true news of the gospel!  

In times like this we have to keep the eyes of our hearts focused on the finished work of Cross, remembering that we are Christ’s hands and feet that He sent to reach out to those who are in need.    

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’… “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’   Matthew 25:35-36 & 40

We are prayerfully thankful for all of the supporters back in the states who faithfully give offerings to us monthly.  Your faithfulness allows us to continue to spread the gospel here in Zambia and bring hope in a time when it is needed more than ever!


Here is the link to my 2008 Window Into Africa photo gallery. May you be abundantly blessed as you view the lives you helped us to reach in 2008 with your prayers, financial support, and faithfulness

Window Into Africa 2008

God Bless,

Heiko & Anita In Africa

 

Season Greetings from Heiko & Anita in Africa!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2008 by Heiko & Anita in Africa

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Merry Christmas from Zambia!

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Love,
Heiko & Anita

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Angels In Flight
By Heiko Held

I bank the little aircraft, flying once again in a right turn over the mighty Victoria falls.

The power of the falling water below us, rising in a thick cloud of smoke,
crowned by a colourful rainbow..

Sharon, my passenger, overwhelmed by the indescribable beauty, gasps in excitement.

She is an elderly Canadian, dreamt all her life of only once seeing the Victoria falls and now she is flying in this open Mircolight right above her dream…

I smile, and ask her – like I do with all of my passengers:
 ‘Please, try to describe the Falls…’

‘Beautiful, marvellous, pretty, fantastic, wonderful, incredible…’

are the common answers of my passengers, usually followed by a silence – realising –  that these are somehow not the appropriate words to truly describe this glorious beauty…

And then they start wondering how could it be possible… that there is this place,

called the Victoria Falls  – right below us now –  which has a beauty their eyes are perceiving but yet are not able to translate it into appropriate words..?

Smiling, that maybe the reason that we ourselves ranked it as a natural wonder..?

As in the Oxford Dictionary ‘a wonder’ is described as something marvellous with perplexed (!) astonishment..

Perplexed.

Wondering..? well, one man had an appropriate description in his heart already 153 years ago: David Livingstone sailed down the Zambezi river, in a little dugout canoe, landed on the famous island, right on the edge of the Victoria Falls, where he then stated:

‘Scenes so beautiful like this must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight..’

He compared it to something spiritual, something greater, something divine,

something out of heaven.

Had David Livingstone ever seen an angel..? Have you?

What do angels look like… we imagine them beautiful, with a long white dress, and white wings, indescribable?  yet surely beautiful…

What then do  flying angels look like??

More beautiful than the ones on the ground? Must be. Even more beautiful..??

Do they look like rays of white light –
  surrounded by rainbows around the centre of the source of the light..?

What thoughts or feelings rise within us?

Are they… childlike, trusting, knowing, and compassionate…

What do the flying angels look down upon, at what do they gaze upon??

At the same indescribable beauty – right beneath us now!! –

…and what do we feel, looking down like him???

Is it like an elegant delightful and overwhelming feeling of beauty,

dwelling from the inside of us?

A feeling of humble devotion to something greater, something indescribable,

a feeling of contentment, a comfort of just being,

which fills our hearts overflowing with joy and peace – unspeakable and full of glory–

like the love of God.

Once I had a very special passenger: Josef, a blind boy from Soweto in South Africa.

 As we fly over the Falls, he could describe the beauty with words out of his spirit, because he could see with the eyes of his heart… 

 I pray that the eyes of our hearts and understanding being opened to Gods beautiful creation and salvation.

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

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“Glory to God in the Highest, and peace on earth to all men whom God is well pleased.”  Luke 2:14

Disciple The Nations (Part Three)

Posted in Adventure, Africa, Healing, Journey, Love, Miracles, Missions, Photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Unreached People on June 12, 2008 by Heiko & Anita in Africa

The Last Supper

It has been three weeks of bible studies.  Nightly the group grows.  Holy Spirit comes with Fire from Heaven and meets us in this place.  The other night Sasha led the study teaching about Communion.  Here is Sasha’s journal entry, enjoy:

 

We had fifteen guys in our discipleship group tonight, and seven visitors.  It’s awesome to see how the other visitors have taken an interest and are joining our Bible Study.  I love that this is such a move of God and it is greater than just Anita and I leading a Bible Study! 

 

Tonight, I taught on Communion from 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.  I talked about the Last Supper and how Jesus talked to his disciples about his sacrifice for us, and how much He loves us.  I also talked about the importance of confessing our sins, and God’s promise that He is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:8-10). 

 

Afterward, we asked the guys to go off on their own and spend time in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to examine their hearts.  Then they were to repent and receive forgiveness.  Once they were done praying, each guy came and took Communion from us.  It was really powerful.  All the guys took it seriously and prayed quietly.  In our communal prayer time at the end, various guys would take turns leading in prayer, and several of them were slain in the Spirit and one of them got baptized with Holy Spirit laughter! It was awesome. 

 

There were times when I was uncomfortable because the praying would get loud and in my mind somewhat obnoxious, but I was reminded that Holy Spirit was in control and who was I to say how He should manifest in another.  So I just surrendered to Him; I never want to put the Holy Spirit in a box or confine Him because I don’t want to miss out on the fullness of what He wants to do in my life. 

 

The prayer time turned into spontaneous worship, which was wonderful and powerful also.  Holy Spirit, thank You for being faithful in meeting with us.  I am so excited about the work You are doing in each of the guys.  I surrender to You and the will of the Father.  Amen