We went to Zambia for the first time in 2014 to spend a few weeks helping in a small children’s home in Ndola . We had time , loving hearts and empty arms - and there was plenty to do with 12 little ones aged from 6 months to 10 years .
When the time came to leave Ndola , our hearts were full but troubled .
We told the children we would not forget them and promised to come back .
Two boys had especially come to our notice .
On the last evening of our trip , we spoke to friends of our concern for the boys and our strong feeling that we had to do something . It was then that we heard of the Moyos for the first time .
The following year we came back . On the very first day we met Nicki and Ziso and they agreed to take the two boys in Oasis VIllage . We were overcome with joy , gratitude and relief ! The boys had found a family , a life was being born !
The first time we stood on Oasis ground , we both felt a profound sense of well-being - as if the place itself was telling us something important ....
Neither of us will ever forget the moment we took the first of the two boys to Oasis.
Shadreck held tight to our hands as the three of us walked together up the dusty road to his new home . A warm welcome awaited him - wide smiles and big hugs !
Billy followed a few days later .
We were there when Oasis opened its doors and the first children arrived . There for the birth of a big , beautiful family !
We saw how the children were given a sense of real belonging , told how they were special and important , loved and wanted . We have no doubt whatsoever that they will continue to grow a sense of their own splendour through the loving attention of Nicki and Ziso and their team .
We participated in the excitement and wonder of first outings ... ice cream at the mall , buying school shoes , a day in Nsobe game park .
The children had started to make wonderful new childhood memories to carry through the years .
We both feel deeply honoured to be able to play a part in helping to bring Billy and Shadreck to the fullness of their potential and , in the years to come , watch as they manifest it in the world .
The journey has truly begun for them and for us.
When we speak on the phone ( which is often! ) we inevitably find ourselves talking about Zambia - always alive with passion !
Billy, Shadreck and all the Oasis family are golden threads woven through the fabric of our lives .
Our deep desire and firm intention is to be a constant presence for them throughout the years .... involved in their lives , following their progress , supporting their choices , championing their spirits , walking with them into a future .
May they know always that they can count on us .
In july this year we return again to Ndola . We can’t wait !
We are overjoyed at the thought of being there - to see everyone , share food and fun , to wipe away a tear ; to learn and grow with the children at the sunday service , renew and deepen friendships ...... and of course to hear Billy play the drums !
For these precious weeks we will be living , loving and learning in the heart of the Oasis community ( and we will even be there for the official opening ! )
We will also be there for the Mountainside end of year assembly and I know our hearts will burst with pride !
We learn a little more about Zambia each time . We are moved , changed , humbled and challenged . We always come away with infinitely more generous hearts .
Meeting Nicki and Ziso has changed our lives . Nourishing and enriching, renewing and restoring us in unexpected ways.
We are deeply grateful to know them and to witness them as they live into their mission , guiding the many children entrusted to their care to a future filled with love and hope .
Portadown Elim church 2015
"On the 6th Oct 2015 a team of 11 left the car park of Portadown Elim church to embark on a God adventure to Zambia. We were joined by the lovely Nicki Moyo
as she travelled back home to her family after a 3 week fund raising campaign for Oasis Village. Six out of the 11 had never been on a mission trip before so
everything was new and for some fear of the unknown was apparent. The journey was long (some slept more than others) but Gods protection was upon us. Both us and
all 24 x 23kg suitcases arrived with out any difficulties.
When we first stepped off the plane the heat was stifling. Simply standing in a queue to get our visas felt like we had just completed a 40 minute work out at
the gym. A little taste of what was to come. We were greeted by Ziso (aka Papa big fish) , Zach , Zoe and Zara, along with the beautiful Martha (the school
administrator). It was from there we where brought to were our home for the next 10 days would be. We just got in, changed and it was off to our first of many
trips to Oasis Village. It was Wednesday night which is prayer meeting night. When we arrived, we could already hear the people worshipping. It really is something
else to watch and to be part of. As exhausted as we all felt it was difficult not to be completely blown away by their style of worship. I found myself smiling
constantly. One of our team spoke on Gods Grace. This was our first meeting with the orphans of Oasis village, many of their faces familiar thanks to Nicki's
pictures. Meeting them in person made my heart so happy, some of the most beautiful wee faces I've ever seen and it was our pleasure to be here to serve them the
best we could.
The trip was complied of many different aspects of Zambian life. We travelled around the local villages, were we held crusades. We were accompanied by a
choir from Tanzania. This give us an opportunity to spend time with the local people. It was on these occasions we had the privilege of praying with people
who were sick. With some asking us to come pray in their homes, that God would protect them and their families.
There was time for manual work also. The whole team went to work at oasis village. The girls went painting and sorting out donated clothes into piles in order
of size. Making it easier for the team to find clothes to fit each child as needed. The boys were kept busy with, tiling, electrical work (re-wiring), building
steps into the dorms, as well as doing a lot of work on the kids play frames. All our guys worked tirelessly in the heat day after day but seeing the smiles on
the kids faces made all the work worth while.
Personally my favourite time was spending quality time with the children of oasis village. We got to spend time sing with them, telling them bible stories
and sharing Gods love with them. We also spent time doing some crafts with them, watching they're own creativity shine through and watching them develop new skills.
I can truly say I enjoyed my time in Zambia. It was an absolute privilege to meet some of the most amazing people, who's hearts are to serve God in the very
place He has placed them. Changing and transforming the course of many young children's lives, by simple following the call God has placed upon them.
I love that no matter where you go in this world that Gods love unites us as family and my family just got a lot bigger."
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A member of the Portadown Elim Church team
Molly Kerr's Trip to Zambia 2015
"For only two short weeks of my summer I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Zambia to visit a place very close to my heart,
Oasis Village. In my head, I thought that I was going to Zambia just to be part of what was going on, and be of any help that I could, as well as spending time with the
Moyo family while I was there. God had a lot more planned for me than that!
I visited Oasis Village for the first time two summers back, with a team from my church, when we got involved practically at the site by painting the chalets and
getting as much done as we could for the orphanage to be ready for opening.
Two years had passed and just two children had moved in. Not only I, but I'm sure a lot of supporters also, found this very
frustrating (not to mention the Moyos, of course!), as the work to open the orphanage began about 8 years ago! Well let me tell you, it’s not as easy as you may think.
While I was there I got to experience a small part of the long process of opening an orphanage, and in particular communicating with social welfare. You really had to
take it slowly, one day at a time. We finally got social welfare to come out and look at the orphanage, so then the fun began.
What was going to be a relaxed holiday for me, turned into a crazy one. Nicki and I jumped from our seat, rushed to the car and phoned Ziso to tell him social welfare
would be visiting Oasis Village within the next two days! We went and bought mattresses and other materials to complete the chalets and raided the storage unit for the
bedding. Everything was starting to come together.
The day came when social welfare visited Oasis Village. I was on the edge of my seat, as Nicki and Ziso showed them around, praying for good news. Nicki looked at me with
the biggest smile on her face and said, “We can move the kids in,” to which I replied in the broadest Belfast accent you can imagine, “Shut up! are you serious?”
The second week of my trip had just begun and I started it by visiting the villages from where the orphans, who would live at Oasis Village, would come. Hearing the
stories of the children would break your heart, but I kept thinking to myself... when they are at Oasis Village... This was a very exciting time for us all. The dream
of Oasis Village was finally becoming a reality!!
There are now 14 children altogether living in the orphanage, all with food and shelter and a bed to sleep in, as well as house mums who will love and care for them.
The children will also attend Mountainside Primary on the same site, and enjoy all the activities and opportunities that come with that. I really did get to be part of
changing their lives for the better!
It was very difficult to say my goodbyes to everyone I had met, but anyone who knows me will know that I will go back, and I can't wait to see how lives have been
So for now ‘Lesa amipale’, God Bless."
Annalisa & Raymond Easter Trip to Zambia 2015
"I had the privilege to travel to Zambia with my dad this Easter to visit my family and Oasis Village. It's been over 20 months since my last visit and the progress
is quite overwhelming! It's such a crazy road up to Oasis Village but when you turn the final corner it really is an "oasis" that you see. The site is vast and
beautiful with bananas ready to pick, and as I think back to my first trip when the initial chalet was being built to seeing eight chalets, a canteen, an amazing
jungle gym, classrooms being built, and so much more, we really have come a long way. I am so excited about what has been achieved and the potential for the future.
I felt very excited and honoured to meet our
children Gillrinnoh and Elijah for the very first time. They have a beautiful house mum called Juliette whom they love
greatly and they are very happy. It was wonderful to spend time with them and the highlight was when we all went out for dinner the night before we left. It was
Gillrinnoh's 12th birthday and Elijah had turned 8 a few months earlier so we gave them their first ever birthday cake! The staff played drums and sang and they
were so shocked when the cake was set in front of them. It was a very special memory, Dad and I had tears in our eyes as we said goodbye to them and they hugged
us so tightly.
Their lives really have been transformed over the last two years and it's so amazing to be a part of their journey. We are really trusting and praying
that more children will move in really soon, our biggest issue was our lack of water but the day before we left Ziso phoned us to come to the site and we finally saw
flowing water for ourselves! Its council water and we will also pursue the borehole once the rainy season comes to an end. One step closer to bringing more
Our other HUGE project is our new school Mountainside Primary School, which is on site and we have around 120 kids attending. It was fantastic to see the school
running and classrooms being built. They even had a special assembly for dad and I where all the classes did a presentation. It was incredible and we were overjoyed
to see so many happy faces and Oasis Village coming alive! It's ALL about the children after all and Mountainside will be a huge asset in providing a 'free' education
for our children as they start to move in.
The journey has been long, with many ups and down but I have come back from Zambia feeling very refreshed and incredibly
excited about my hopes and dreams of more children at Oasis becoming a reality in the very near future!
Watch this space!!"
"Having arrived in Ndola both myself and our UTbelfast Team were keen to visit Oasis Village. So on our second day in Ndola the opportunity came.
The road up to the "Village" is a rough one with its twists and turns, ups and downs. Yet in many ways this closely reflects the journey of Oasis Village with
its own fair share of twists, turns, ups and downs to get where it is now.
Having followed the "Villages" progress and prayed for it since its beginning and to arrive in Ndola and see it for myself was something special.
And so as I approached the "Village" for the first time, along with the rest of the Team, I quickly grasped its potential confirming all I had been told or
envisaged it to be. So our Teams humble efforts to paint five of the chalets and a couple of their roofs was an honour, one that left more of a mark on us than
on the "Village". As the Team put themselves to the task over the two weeks, they opted to spend even more time than what was allocated, a true reflection of just
how much the 'Village" had gripped us.
Yes the chalets look well, the canteen, wall/fence, jungle gym etc but none of this is truly complete without the children for this is the reason why they exist!
This was so highlighted when, on one of the days we took some of the children from Sakania for a fun day at the "Village". What a mixture of emotions you
are faced with, as children are called out of the overwhelming crowd of other children and as they jump into the truck and minibus. But these emotions are short
lived as the minibus fills with the overwhelming joyful sound of children praising God. Tears fill your eyes as they sing song after song for the duration of the
journey to the "Village"! The vision is the children, the "Village" a means to fulfilling the vision and without them living at the "Village" the "Village" truly
It has been a privilege to be a part of and see for ourselves what the Lord is doing and is going to do at Oasis Village - despite the twists, turns, ups and downs."
(one of the UT Zambia 2013 leaders)
"During my stay in Zambia for an adoption foster period a year ago, God established many trials and many obstacles to introduce my family and I to the Moyos.
Our paths were meant to cross and join in such a way that only He could orchestrate. My family has developed such a great love for the Moyos and the kids of Zambia.
I am blessed to be able to call Ndola, Zambia my home away from home. I had the privilege to bring a team from the US this summer and contribute a bit of work
in between our regularly scheduled clean water projects in the area. How great it is to be able to be doing the Lord's work and putting in effort to lay the
groundwork for such an amazing part of His plan. Our life's mission is to take care of "the least of these." I am so grateful to be a part of something so
important and ultimately, doing what Jesus would be doing if He were physically here on Earth. Wether providing the water systems, setting bathroom tile or
painting the roofs, I look forward to many more years of service at Oasis Village."