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Getting Ready for Our Next Adventure!

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Hello friends!

For those of you who are new to Spark or to our blog, I’m Joann Chen, Spark’s Program Director. I’m excited to kick off the blogging for my upcoming trip to Zambia, for which I leave on Wednesday. I’ll be with our partner organization, Hope Ministries, from July 6-26, and it’s going to be quite the action-packed trip with sponsorship updates, workshops with our partner’s staff, scintillating conversations about accounting and much more.

What’s most exciting is that a week and a half into my trip, I will be joined by Rich Johnson (our CEO), Jenny Risch (our Director of Resource Development) and the nine participants of our Zambia 2011 Partnership Trip! As we do every year, the Spark and Hope staff will show the trip participants the intricacies of our work and give them a chance to interact with the staff and children in Zambia. We’ll cap off five days in Ndola, where Hope’s school and orphanage are located, with a day in Lusaka to see Hope’s poultry farm and two days in Livingstone for a safari and a trip to Victoria Falls.

I’m excited to bring you all along with us on this trip through the blog, and I hope you enjoy following our blog as we continue our work with Hope Ministries in Zambia. I’ll be blogging pretty much every day, so be sure to check back here often! To get things started, ask me a question about the trip, our trip preparations or our work in the comments section below, and I’ll answer it before I head out on Wednesday night.

Here’s to a great adventure!


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