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the yac school

a few years ago, through our one life revolution partnership with world vision, we helped raise funds to build the mike yaconelli memorial basic school, in zambia. tic and i got to go over for a dedication ceremony (along with karla yaconelli, that is). amazing place.

well, a friend from world vision was by it last week, and took these pics. so cool to see it’s still thriving and in good shape:



monday morning update, september 15, 2008

the weekend that was: a few things (all of which were at home, in san diego); but the dominant feature was walktheirwalk, a 12-mile walkathon my family participated in to try to raise money for two clean water wells in twachiyanda, zambia, africa. jeannie got up at 4:20am (she was part of the planning team, and had to work set-up); so she had a pretty good excuse for only doing 9 of the 12 miles. liesl, max and i all did the whole 12 (though max was on his razor scooter for a good portion of it). i know people all over the world walk longer than this on a regular, even daily, basis. but it’s sure more than my body is used to, and it kicked my butt. my feet and hips were killing me that day, my back and shins the next day. saturday afternoon i vegged, watching my beloved university of michigan get beaten by the fighting irish of notre dame. sunday (after a hollow experience of church), was more of the same, as the san diego chargers got seriously robbed (no, really, read about it – two wrong calls that, due to quirks of technology and rules, couldn’t be undone, either of which cost the chargers the game). and, i’m getting another wicked cold. so, yeah — good weekend through the end of the walk, weary and sad weekend since then!

where i am at the moment: in my office. we have a ys staff retreat this afternoon and evening. we’re all a bit worn out and working at 110%, and the craziness of convention season is just beginning. so we’re getting away for the afternoon to remind each other why we do this.

on my to-do list this week: i was supposed to travel to new york on wednesday, then on to a CORE test in the LA area of friday, coming home saturday. but my boss casually mentioned that i should cancel the new york trip, and i instantly knew she was right. so, i’m in the office until friday morning (i still have the 30 hour trip to azusa for the CORE test friday/saturday). i have a presentation to make to the CEO of harper collins (my parent company’s parent company) the following week, so that’s a biggie this week. i also have emergent village work to do, CORE test to prep, a dcla planning meeting, and a wide variety of other stuff. one of the good things about canceling my trip to NYC is that i get to meet my new 6th grade guys small group this wednesday night!

procrastinating about: yeah, the book. i think i was procrastinating about a few boxes that needed unpacking in our bedroom, but they’re done now. i didn’t realize i’d been procrastinating about them until i got to them.

book i’m in the midst of: two right now…
jesus wants to save christians, by rob bell
the almost moon, by alice sebold

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: been diggin’ me some chouchou (seriously, check ’em out. i bought them off amiestreet, the coolest music download site in the world). here’s what chouchou’s website says about them:

Chouchou is a Japanese music group which exists only in SecondLife.
It was formed on July, 2007 searching for new possibilities of music.

next trip: now that i’ve cancelled my nyc trip, i’m only driving up to azusa (a suburb of l.a.) for one night, friday and saturday. but i leave sunday for a 5-day trip to grand rapids and holland (michigan, that is), for a zondervan leadership team retreat, speaking at baker book house in grand rapids (wednesday morning — kind of a late “youth worker appreciation day”; if you’re a youth worker in the grand rapids area, come on out!), and a presentation to the CEO of harpercollins.

how i’m feeling about this week: relieved that i’m not traveling to nyc, but wishing i could shake this new cold.

support “team oestreicher”

jeannie, liesl, max and i are all walking, next saturday, in a wonderful walk-a-thon called “walk their walk”. it was conceived by a friend of ours in san diego who went on one of the trips to africa i got to be a part of with world vision a few years ago. she’d seen the difference that schooling and clean water makes in a community in africa, and wanted to make a difference in one of the communities we’d visited: twachiyanda, in zambia.

last year, the first year of walk their walk, we raised money to complete a school in the community, and this year, we’re hoping to raise enough support to pay for two clean water wells. it’s a completely volunteer run event, with no expenses whatsoever; so 100% of the funds raised go directly to the well project.

we’re all walking 12 miles in solidarity with children in zambia. 12 miles is an average distance children in zambia walk to get to school.

here’s the info my family put together for our fundraising page:

Thank you for visiting our 2008 walktheirwalk fundraising page. Please consider sponsoring our family as we walk 12-miles on Saturday, September 13, 2008 to raise funds necessary to build fresh water wells in Twachiyanda, a community in Zambia.

Zambia is an arid country and the community of Twachiyanda is located in one of the driest places within Zambia. 40% of people living in Twachiyanda lack sustainable access to safe water supplies. The people of Twachiyanda, mainly the women and young girls, must walk five to six miles to collect water for their families, and in many cases the water they collect is contaminated. When people have compromised immune systems as a result of HIV and AIDS, drinking contaminated water could be a death sentence. Our personal goal is to be apart of the life saving solution of providing fresh water to an entire community of people. Will you help us make this happen? Some personal thoughts from each of us:

Hey everyone! Max here.
I’m supporting walktheirwalk because I think that children in Africa should have healthy living conditions like we do. Now this won’t fix everything, but it’s getting somewhere. And clean water does a lot for health. I will try to walk 12 miles. Will you support me? Thank you!

Hi. It’s Liesl. I first heard of the need in Zambia for clean water 5 years ago. I’ve been involved in raising money for this cause since then. Last year I participated in WalkTheirWalk. It was cool how much money we raised so we could help rebuild their school. This year i’d like to walk the full 12 miles and help raise enough money to build two clean water wells. Please sponsor me! Thank you and peace out!

Hi. It’s Jeannie. I loved being involved in this walk last year. I loved walking with the people of Zambia, working with them toward health and sustainability. As Liesl mentioned, this effort has been part of our family’s life for several years. Will you join us? Will you join these beautiful people in Zambia and walk with them? Your support is very appreciated. Thanks.

marko here. i’ve been to zambia twice, including once to twachiyanda; and i’ve seen the difference that clean water wells make to a community. literally, it is the difference between life and death. without these “boreholes”, villagers walk miles to a dirty water source daily, either carrying their children, or leaving them without supervision. and the water they retrieve from these arduous daily treks is full of diseases. i’ve also seen the joy of a community with a well. the picture on the side is me with a village elder, celebrating the opening of a new clean water well. please consider supporting our family as we support this amazing cause. thanks so much!

Please support us by making a tax-deductible donation on our web page. Donating is simple and completely secure. World Vision will use these gifts to build fresh water borehole wells in Twachiyanda. YOU can be the difference in a child’s life and future!

would you consider supporting our family in this walk?
click through here to our support page, where you can make a secure, tax-deductible donation.
or, click through here to see more information about walk their walk and the project this year.