One of the most important times in my life was the three-year period that Jeannie and I spent in Africa. We were volunteers in Zambia running a food distribution and nutrition center as lay missionaries for the Catholic Church.
Every month, we trucked more than 60 tons of food 400 miles from the capital city to our depot in Mongu. From there, we distributed the food deep into the sub-Saharan bush. We started poultry, fishery, and community-building programs. We taught women the importance of good nutrition and food preparation for their families. Nearly one-third of all Zambian children suffered from chronic malnourishment. And as AIDS began to spread across Africa, we taught basic health care.
When we arrived in Africa, our son August was just one year old. He became fast friends with the local children, and our second son, Abe, was born there.
Despite overwhelming poverty and despair, the Zambian people showed incredible strength, hope, and grace. I gained a deep appreciation for the frailty of the human condition. I also learned valuable lessons about listening to people, understanding their struggles, and walking with them toward a better tomorrow.
Today, I am humbled to share with you a glimpse into our life in Africa. We have added a new Africa web page to the campaign website. Please take a few moments to watch a short video and view a photo slideshow on the web page.
|Read more blog commentary about our years in Africa:|
|ColoradoLib.com:||Bill Ritter in Africa ...|
|ColoradoPols.com:||Ritter Highlights African Missionary Trip|
|The Denver Post, Dan Haley:||Ritter tells more of his story|