The ONMI medical team trip to Zambia was intense and transformative as it always is. We work so hard. Our team of 16 saw close to 4000 patients in 11 days! We see so many and so much that it is a bit disorienting. Then we get on a plane for a 26+ hour journey back to the USA and try to make sense of it all.

From the beginning: After arriving in Ndola, Zambia we went directly from the airport to the OMNI Village site. The 156 students at the school had been waiting to welcome us for hours in the hot sun. The kids line up, oldest to youngest, boys and girls separately. All so proudly wearing their school uniforms. They welcome us singing and chanting in Bemba and English. A particularly moving line in a song is “OMNI feeds us so we may live and shows what love is about”. And we do. The 1 meal per day that OMNI furnishes our 156 students is fundamental to their health and growth and creates a zone of safety for them that allows for focus and learning to occur. These kids are being educated to help them break out of a bare subsistence existence and become leaders in their community and their country.

The ground breaking for the Morgan Harrington Educational Wing has started. This facility will allow us to add grades 7, 8, 9 to our program. I am thrilled to have Morgan be a fundamental part of educating young people in Zambia. Morgan planned to travel with me to Zambia to see the OMNI School and the children she had heard so much about. Her murder ended those plans, BUT her work and her dream of educating children will continue. 

Morgan will make a difference in so many young lives. She is gone but her legacy lives on in a beautiful and magnificent way.

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4 Responses to “Gil Harrington’s thoughts from April 26th, 2010”

  1. Christie says:

    In spite of the heart wrenching pain you’ve endured, you have given hope and love to others. May you be blessed as you’ve blessed others. You amaze me, (though I know that is not your intent). I continue to pray for you all. I also pray Morgan’s murderer will soon be found and brought to justice.
    May God minister to your hearts.

  2. Ann H Tearle says:

    You did it! Now you are home and I know Dan, even though he was supportive, is so very happy to have you back safe and sound. You did a wondrous thing in Zambia–Morgan is watching and is so proud of you. Gil, we live our joys and our sorrows concurrently. I agree with you, it has become quite apparent to me that when i am suffering (something), helping/focusing on someone else is the only way to get respit from the pain. God Bless you, Dear One,Ann

  3. Megan says:

    I admire you so much Gil. I wish there was more people like you. You turn evil and darkness into joy and light. Morgan must be very proud, You are an incredibly strong person. Through you Morgan will change many lives.Her life was not in vain. Love and peace to you and your family…

  4. Becky says:

    Thank you for opening your heart to us Gil. I dont know you in person but I see what an amazing woman you are. dont forget we all care and pray for you. Blessings!

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