Making Myself Available

Making Myself Available

When I wrote last time, I had just arrived in Zambia as a Global Ministries volunteer with my husband at the United Church of Zambia University.  I came to staff their functional but previously shuttered computer lab.  

There are computers here for students from all programs – health, education, ministry, etc. – of the university to use but the university previously had no one to monitor the equipment and assist the students with tech issues.  I am not an expert, but I can help some and my cost to the university is zero. I try to be available for anyone who comes in, but I never know who – or if anyone – will show up.  Sometimes I struggle because there are days when no one comes or asks for help.  Sometimes there is no WiFi for any potential users of the lab who drop by.  On the other hand, some days a few will wander in, and I get to support their study here. Those are the days when I feel most needed and rewarded for my commitment to being here.  It is a privilege to make a contribution to the education of these future teachers, future ministers, future social workers, etc. any way I can.

I also try to support our theological librarian in other ways.  Her assistant was recently gone for a leave of absence, and I was invited to fill in for him on afternoons when it was possible for me to close the computer lab.  Though I have no training as a librarian, everyone here is so grateful for whatever assistance I can give, and my work and company are clearly appreciated by my supervisor and by the many students who use the theology library.

I know I am playing a small role here but I also know I am making a legitimate contribution to the educational experience of this community just by making myself present and available. My work assignment places uneven demands on my skills and time, but I am glad to be able to offer what I can.

Maria (Charo) Breckenridge


Maria (Charo) Breckenridge serves with the United Church of Zambia (UCZ). Her appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Church’s Wider Mission, WOC, OGHS, and your special gifts.