Following their two weeks building relationships in Isoka, the OBU students traveled 14 hours by truck to the town of Mapanza. In this location, the students spent 10 days serving children at New Day Orphanage, working alongside missionaries Blu and Darbi Tidwell.
The vision of the New Day Orphanage (NDO) is to give Zambian orphans hope for the future by fusing together three necessary elements to success in this third-world country: A Christian worldview, Zambian culture and a quality education. OBU students assisted in the “Christian worldview” aspect of the orphanage's mission.
Students connected with the children by teaching electives at school, visiting the local clinic and conducting a soccer camp for the kids. In addition to ministering to the children, the students also assisted in the construction of a cheese cave to serve the orphanage's practical needs of food preservation storage. The students' impact at the orphanage proved not only significant and meaningful to the Zambian children, but also to the OBU students themselves.
Burnett said, “You learn things when you go somewhere unfamiliar. It changes you. Challenges you. Deepens your faith.”