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Amy’s Assorted Adventures…in the African Bush

By Sep 18, 2011May 12th, 2012102 Comments

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Amy from Amy’s Assorted Views has followed her heart to do missionary work in the African busy. She has raised a large family and continues to work with them to provide love, nourishment, and so much more to an African orphanage dear to their hearts.

How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?
Officially I started blogging in 2009. We only got regular, reliable internet at the end of 2007 and so I had no idea what a blog was before that. But, I’ve always written blog type missives since coming out to Africa in 2002. I used to write stories and send them out via email on a regular basis. They were called: Tom and Amy’s Awesome African Adventures! Is that a mouthful or what?

I was inspired to finally start my own blog when I kept seeing links to Pioneer Woman on all my friends’ Facebook pages. I clicked over, and after I resurfaced from her archives a few weeks later, I thought, “I have a unique story to tell too! I should share it!” and a blog was born.

You live in the African Bush!! What in the world are you doing out there?
We came to Zambia originally to help train teachers and staff at a community school. After seeing how truly huge the need was, and realizing that there were precious few orphanages set up to help babies, we began building our own. We started with an abandoned building in the middle of nowhere and it has grown into a massive project.

We began taking in children in 2007 and now have 22 children and the oldest isn’t even 6 yet.

What is the most difficult part of your job?
Most difficult? That’s hard to narrow down. We take in babies and toddlers. Many of those children have been born to HIV mothers and consequently are in pretty bad shape. We’ve had some amazing recovery stories, but we’ve also had some incredible heartbreaks. It’s very difficult to keep pouring my heart into little lives that are only with us temporarily. But, caring for the babies is also my biggest joy! This is the dichotomy of my life.

Other difficulties that we face: hard to find reliable staff in the bush, we’re far, far away from supplies and good medical care, we raise our own support so funding is challenging, oh, and there are snakes and creepy crawlies everywhere!

How have you benefited from blogging?
Blogging has brought the world to my doorstep. I’m a highly social person and miss being able to have people around all the time that share my cultural references and language. I miss hanging out with women. Blogging brings people to me.

I also find it highly therapeutic to write about what I’m going through at any time. The other day, we were really struggling with some staffing issues. I thought I was going to implode from the stress. I sat down at my keyboard and it all came tumbling out through my fingertips and by the time I hit publish the pressure had been released.

I’ve met wonderful people through this blogging experience and many have stepped up to partner with us in our projects. We can’t do this alone and blogging makes people aware of the incredible needs of the orphans of the world.

Where will your adventures bring you next?
If you had told me ten years ago that I’d one day be writing from a renovated property in the African bush, surrounded by a farm and 22 children, I would have thought you were crazy. I can’t begin to imagine where my adventures will take me next.

I do know that for the moment we will continue to raise these wonderful children–next step, build two new cottages and a school building so we can take in more children–and handle as best we can, each new adventure that comes our way.

The Accidental Missionary: “Here are the top 8 reasons (in no particular order) I make a terrible choice for a missionary”
Our Kids: “Lying with her was a tiny baby girlβ€”more dead than alive. Little Jennifer was completely listless.”
African Travel Truths: “The moment your head hits the pillow after a 16 hour bus ride is when blog ideas will pop into your head.”

102 Comments

  • Mia Joie says:

    I’m so glad I saw this, it’s simply amazing what you are doing for these kids. You have definitely inspired me today. Keep up the great work. You are a truly amazing and inspirational person.

  • Congratulations, Amy!!! You are so deserving of a SITS Day! I continue to inspired anytime I see your tweets or visit your blog…especially when you get up in the middle of the night to join us! πŸ˜‰

    I often think back to that night a few months ago when you lost the little baby. I can’t imagine the strength – emotionally, spiritually and physically – it takes to do what you do. By having the courage to tell your story, you are making it real for us and in turn spreading awareness about the needs of these children.

    You are truly an amazing woman and we are all better people for “knowing” you!! Keep up the outstanding work!

    ~Jenny Schweigert aka The Magic Mama (@amagicmama)
    The Magic FarmHouse.com

    • Amy says:

      Thank you Jenny, for your kind comments. I appreciate being able to reach out to connect with people around the world.

  • Truly inspiring to meet people giving of themselves completely !

  • My first visit to SITS and wow – what a blog!!! God bless you for your work in Africa.

    Darlene

  • Heather says:

    Fascinating! What a great topic for a blog.

  • Wow. What an amazing woman. I am blown away.

    Another installment of my moving diary at my place. Why change isn’t easy.

  • Congrats on your SITS day! Hope it is great!

  • Today’s blog is SO COOL! Can’t wait to read through it πŸ™‚

    P.S. – I’m hosting a giveaway this week for anyone who loves jewelry!

  • Tammy says:

    Happy Monday…Our FB looks like a fantastic gal. Off to say hi.

  • I love this featured blogger! I took a course in West Africa history during college and have been fascinated with the continent since then. God bless you for all you do for the people of Africa.

  • I love this featured blogger! I took a course in West Africa history during college and have been fascinated with the continent since then. God bless you for all you do for the people of Africa.

  • Morgan says:

    Wow … what an amazing blog filled with powerful stories!

  • Jamie says:

    Happy SITS day! I first came across your blog when Melissa from momcomm.com did your blog critique. You DEFINITELY have a story to share! Love to see your passion for children.

  • I am so excited for you. How wonderful to read your feature. I know you will make many friends today. Ah, the beauty of technology shines through in these times. -And then you have to upgrade your computer ’cause everything changes. Ok, we’ll reserve that for another forum. πŸ™‚

    I know you realize the work you’re doing is so important, especially when you look at those sweet faces in the group photo. It’s evident your experience is fulfilling. God bless you and the others who answer this call. I am going to your site to read more. Happy SITS Day to you!

    Fellow SITS’er
    drinkyougreensandminerals.com

  • Melissa says:

    I’m so excited to see you as today’s featured blogger! You’re doing amazing thing, girl!

    Enjoy your SITS Day!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks, Melissa! I really appreciated your insights and have begun putting some of them into practice. Easy does it. πŸ™‚

  • JeNeal says:

    How amazing is this!!! Thats so awesome. One day i would love to make it to Africa and help out in some way! You inspire me. I am so glad there are people like you out there! God bless you!!

    xoxo

  • What a beautiful picture of the children. You are doing amazing work and I admire you for that. I was in Africa this summer for my first visit (Kenya and Uguanda) and the people were amazing. So filled with love and joy even when in the hardest of times. It was inspirational.

  • Kimberley says:

    Wow Amy what an inspiration you are! As a South African girl, I love seeing my continent getting known and loved and encouraged from around the world. Don’t ever doubt your influence and giving here – every bit is SUCH a huge help!

    I hope you get a chance to visit Africa or SA specially as a tourist as well – the true beauty of our country is amazing, I love to share it πŸ™‚

    Thanks for your inspirational blog and blogposts – it’s awesome to see! πŸ™‚ And CONGRATS on your SITS day!

    • Amy says:

      I’ve only spent two days in South Africa but hope to make it to Cape Town before I’m old and grey (as my hubby and I say). It is a lovely country.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I love reading Amy’s blog! My parents worked in Lusaka, Zambia for 2 years at the Baptist Theological Seminary. I loved visiting Zambia. Africa has a special place in my family’s heart as well.

  • How wonderful to wake up daily and see the kind of impact you are having! I realize it is a huge challenge – but what a wonderful blessing!

  • LisaDay says:

    The baby stories are heartwarming and heart breaking.

    LisaDay

  • Wow what an incredible life! It’s wonderful work you’re doing!

  • What an inspiration! May more people understand the needs of those around the world.

    Hope all have a good day today πŸ™‚

  • Man, all I have to do to get a monkey is move to the African bush? Now somebody tells me!

  • Tamara says:

    Thank you for keeping this blog and sharing your adventures. Little Jennifer’s story broke me to tears!

  • Shell says:

    What an inspiring blogger!

  • Brandie says:

    What a beautiful country – thanks for sharing! Today I posted lots of all artwork to help us all get ready for the upcoming season. Check it out:)!

  • What an amazing life Amy has, and what an awesome heart they have for others! (Did you notice my use of “a” adjectives, Amy? πŸ™‚ Happy SITS day to you!

    • Amy says:

      I did see that, Susan. I enjoyed the comment you left on the blog as well. I was intrigued enough to visit your blog. I’ll be subscribing now.

  • Amber says:

    Wow, she’s definately an inspiration.

  • Wow, Amy, talk about an inspiration! I’ll be thinking of you while you do such wonderful work in Africa…

  • Kathy says:

    Amy congrats on your SITS Day…. your adventures are heart warming and funny….and your families works are amazing. I enjoy visiting your blog daily.

  • melissa says:

    What a wonderful blog! You are an amazing woman giving to all those children in need. I am glad that you have the ability to blog about all the stress and tribulations as a release. Have a Happy SITS day!

  • Amber's Articles says:

    Thank you for featuring Amy and for opening my eyes to another blog that I want to read.

    My best friend and her husband live in Africa and work for Young Life. They have just recently adopted a child and I can’t wait to meet her during their Christmas furlough.

  • Cristina says:

    What an amazing life. Truly how one person can change the world.

  • tori nelson says:

    Your blog (and projects) are the coolest. It’s so neat to see someone totally devoted to giving others a chance at a beautiful life! Happy SITS Day, lady! You deserve it πŸ™‚

  • Blond Duck says:

    Angelina Jolie doesn’t have anything on her! πŸ™‚

    • Amy says:

      Except great hair, fantastic lips, a gorgeous shape, oh, and Brad Pitt! LOL Seriously though, thanks for that bit of encouragement.

  • Amy is such an amazing blogger! I am always in awe of the work she and her family are doing.

  • It never ceases to amaze me how the Internet can make distant places seem so close!

  • What an inspirational story!

  • Leslie says:

    What an incredible story and journey! So many of us (me included) talk about doing something so amazingly selfless, but never actually do it. Thanks so much for being such an inspiration…heading over now to check out more!

  • Reviewer11 says:

    That is so wonderful of you! Wow! πŸ™‚

    HAPPY SITS DAY!

  • Awesome! I love Zamibia; visited the beautiful beautiful country twice.

    I am in Namibia,… wonder if you have been to my beautiful country?

  • Modern Gypsy says:

    It’s interesting to read about all the adventures and the different kinds of lives that people read through their blogs. What an interesting FB today!

  • Jessica says:

    I love that picture with the bigger kids holding the babies on their laps. That to me is the essence of building a family – teaching them to care for each other as much as you care for them. Can’t wait to check out your blog!

  • Mandy says:

    You are amazing!! Happy SITS day!!

  • Krishann says:

    What you are doing is truly touching and life changing! It is obvious that you have a heart for children. Truly inspiring!

  • Heather says:

    I’m SO happy for you!!! Seriously, I can’t think of a blogger who deserves her day more than you!

  • I want a monkey like that – SO CUTE!

    Happy SITS day!

    wm

  • Jamie G says:

    Yay!
    I’m trying to be the first to comment!

    I am so excited for this featured blog!
    I’m heading over right now, but before I do I just wanted to comment.

    I spent a lot of time in the western part of Africa. That is where I went from an atheist to a Christian from the local people who really showed me who God was and the love of Christ.

    Then a few years later we adopted our son from the eastern part of Africa!

    Basically, the entire continent has my heart.

    I’ve never seen such fulfilled people living in some of the most dire states. What a lesson the western world could learn from some of the people I’ve encountered there.

    The orphan crisis is a particular passion of mine. Being an adoptive mother of a child placed in an orphanage I am so joyful to see what you guys are doing. Adopting the children out is taking care of a minute fraction of the major orphan crisis. It is something that needs to be tackled at the source. Actively being part of the solution I’m sure you know this all to well, and I’m so grateful to see people living their lives for children!

    You are an inspiration!

    Happy Sits Day!

    • Amy says:

      Jamie, thank you for doing your part to help the orphans of the world. You are right, it takes everyone doing just what they can.