Team Zambia: Meet Tiff


“Hey what are you doing for summer this year?”

“Going to Zambia!”

“Where’s that?”

“Oh, just in Africa.”

I cannot even recall the number of times that this conversation has come up. In other people’s eyes the fact that I’m taking some of my precious pre-senior year summer to go to Africa is astonishing. I get to go to AFRICA, the place where all the “hungry” children are.

At first, no one in my family approved of me going on this trip. (Background info: both my parents aren’t Christian). This was a completely spontaneous trip that I applied for and even my own family doubted that I would be accepted. On the day that the team at World Vision announced that I was going to Zambia, my screams of excitement at home were met with silence, anger and confusion. It was discouraging that no one in my family supported me at first, and were bringing me down with questions such as, “Why are you going in the first place?” “Do you actually think that YOU can help those people?” These negative comments brought me down and made me doubt whether or not I was worthy enough to be a part of Team Zambia. This forced me to pray and realize the only reason was to serve God.
It took a few weeks for the fact that I was going to Zambia to settle with my family. Soon enough I was getting pretty prideful that I was chosen when more and more people began congratulating me. I felt like someone more special compared to the other kids at my school or church.

While talking to the other Team Zambia members, we all admitted that we were struggling with pride about being chosen. Finally, I realized that I am no more special than anybody else, and there is no need to be prideful. I am going to spread the Gospel as if I were just talking about Jesus to another brother or sister. I was going to see how the funds, that people worked so hard to raise, help change another person’s life half-way across the world. God was saying, “Tiff be HUMBLE and above all else, you are loved, and Jesus already died for you on the Cross.”
The Gospel is such an overwhelming truth that I needed to repeat it to myself over and over again. Jesus’ death is the reason why I was chosen for this trip, so that I am able to serve Him and show the love of the cross to the rest of the world. I won’t be able to change anything by myself. In Zambia I have to be a sponge. I need to absorb how God is being glorified. It is a completely different country than the US, but still they echo the same God, the same Jesus that we worship in America.

I had a good wake-up call. Now I am just eagerly and crazily anticipating how God will use my fellow brothers and sisters to see his glory, the love of the Gospel at work. TO ZAMBIA WE GO!

 “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in all my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may about more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God” – Philippians 1:7 – 11

Tiff is from LA, and is one of the students headed to Zambia this year on the 2012 Study Tour! She is going into her senior year of high school. She is quite the jokester and a very unique person, so everybody on the Famine team is excited for her to be a part of the Study Tour this year!