Now that you have heard Marshall’s personal testimony, let’s dig into all things Family Legacy!
Family Legacy has been called to work exclusively with the country of Zambia and specifically with the orphaned and vulnerable children who live there. Zambia is a landlocked country slightly larger than the state of Texas, and located in sub-Saharan Africa. So, why Zambia?
Zambia has the eighth lowest life expectancy rate, seventh highest aids infection rate and the highest orphan rate per capita in the world. The median age is 16.7 years old and 18 percent of Zambian children die before their 5th birthday. The average child in Zambia will attend school for only 7 years and they are the primary caregivers in 25 percent of all households in Zambia. Of the 6.5 million children in Zambia, more than 1 million of them are orphaned.
Zambia is a nation in need.
Because of this great need in his home country, Greer Kendall knew he needed to do something. In June of 2000, Greer traveled back to his birth country, Zambia, for the first time since he left as a 6-year-old boy. This trip changed everything for him. Returning in July and again in September with his wife, Susan, the Lord began to open Greer’s eyes to the stark and shocking reality of the orphan crisis happening in this south central African country.
Zambia was a land in crisis, on the brink of destruction and the children were quickly becoming a lost and abandoned generation. The Lord led Greer to incorporate Family Legacy in September of 2000. Since then, Family Legacy has been dedicated to one goal: transforming the nation of Zambia one child at a time.
You can help make a difference in the life of a Zambian child. As Christians, we are called to minister to widows and orphans (James 1:27). Sometimes, visiting Zambia can be overwhelming because the need is great. It's easy to let the incredible need overtake and overwhelm your heart. But Family Legacy is narrowly focused on their goal of transforming the country one child at a time. If you break it down like that, it's much more doable. You can sponsor one child. You can go to Camp Life and help one group of kids. You can shop our World Tee launching next Monday to help raise funds for the ministry. You can make a difference. The question is, will you?