Hi my name is Ben, and I am 19. Last summer I went to Zambia with Camp Life and had an experience of a lifetime. My whole reason for going to Zambia was to do the Lord's work. When I arrived at the camp for my first time, I was anxious and excited to start the week! That day, I was blessed with 10 wonderful orphans, Moses, Isaac, Chipipa, Godfrey, Anderson, Yembe, Frank, Stanley, James, and Given. At first these kids were quiet and shy but as the day went on they began to open up to me with smiles. The best smiles in the world are in Africa! Later as the week continued I got to know each of them one on one. I was revealed to the everyday pain and darkness these children go through, and saddened to know with all of the luxuries I have in America that I could do nothing. But then, I understood the most important thing these children are missing is LOVE. So for the rest of the week that was my goal, to give them uncounted amounts of love. I developed a love for each one of these kids, and I will always love them. i am so thankful I went with Camp Life because of the messages and sermons Greer Kendall taught us; truly wonderful words of wisdom. Now it is May of 2012 and I am getting ready for my trip back to Zambia with Camp Life. Going to Zambia with Camp Life truly has been the experience of my lifetime.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this organization! So far ahead of other mission groups we work with. The week long camp with the orphans of Zambia was truly impactful for us Americans (changed our entire family's lives) and certainly impactful for the Zambian children; many of which needed to be taken out of the situations in which they were living and are now THRIVING either in FL's Tree of Life Orphange or in one of FL's residential homes. Our other sponsored children are going to school (many for the first time) giving them hope for their future. And at school they will receive a nutritious meal which by itself changes their lives dramatically. Our family can't wait to return for our 4th summer in Zambia to love up on our sponsored children and any precious child God's puts in our path while we are there.
I used to volunteer with FLMI and was greatly hurt by their practices and manipulation of Americans. If you or your children are wanting to go with them I would HIGHLY advise not to. They manipulate Americans and make them believe that FLMI is the only way to help these children and then they don't even follow through with what they are saying they do. If you sponsor a child through them don't expect that money to ever go to the kid. They think all Zambians are trying to cheat them and refuse to work with local schools an pay school fees. Their Zambian staff is paid under wage and cannot provide for themselves. They are scared of the Americans who run Family Legacy and feel very taken advantage of. Until Americans figure out the truth this will keep going on forever. They need to be held accountable and it is scary to see the manipulation.