***In 2016, Deborah & Steve won the Extraordinary People's Award for World Evangelism of the Year & Youth Chaplain Award of Honor! Also in 2015, Deborah & Steve were winners of the Extraordinary People's Award for Outstanding International Missions!***
Steve & Deborah have had a fruitful God assigned relationship with Kitwe Zambia for over 20 years. Every year they fly over and spend a few weeks ministering in leadership conferences, holding outdoor cursades, discipling new converts seeing a great harvest of people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. They are blessed each time to go and visit nearby orphanages and love on the children as well and bring gifts and provision. God has truly given them supernatural favor with the region and nation. They have also had exposure on Zambian TBS Christian television station to express their love and prophetic insight on the nation of Zambia.
Deborah traveled with a team in 2007 that would change her and Steve's relationship for all of eternity with Kitwe Zambia and the orphaned underprivileged and destitute children that live there. Outdoor crusades are held in the evenings and as the lights of the stadium shine bright, Deborah's eyes were drawn to the first few rows of little small children and then the children sizes stair-stepped all the way to teenage. The host Pastor whom Deborah & Steve have related with all these many years Bishop Steven Mwakibinga shared the sad and dramatic real truth of what she was seeing. He explained that all of these children were street children, Orphans. He said some walked for miles and days to come to the stadium because they heard that there would be music and loving people from the USA visiting.
Before and after each meeting Deborah would be lovingly embraced and surrounded as the children would laugh and dance and some cried asking her to take them home with her. She and Steve Had always seen street children and orphans on every trip, however nothing impacted her heart quite like this trip. A short time after Deborah and her team returned home July of 2007, God spoke to her heart profoundly and ask her this question. Would you and Steve be willing to be surrogate parents to my street children in Zambia? Deborah's heart was captivated by the love that he heavenly Father felt for these little ones. She and Steve responded "YES LORD", give us these babies. They both knew it was impossible to bring every child home, and Jesus knew it was a Kingdom possibility to bring a home to his children. Thus, the journey began...
Deborah & Steve began sharing the vision with everyone who would listen. A facility was in place in Kitwe and they needed to do renovations to clear city code for operation through social services. The work seemed slow yet steady. As they were faithful to continue with each phase of work to be completed God was faithful to provide for their dream and Kingdom assignment.
In July & August of 2010 Steve & Deborah returned with a team to Zambia to celebrate the glorious opening day they had all waited for; the official Grand Opening of “Destined To Live The Good Life orphanage" and 36 beautiful children was because of your generosity and now all the children are off the streets and sleeping in warm beds and eating 3 hot meals a day, spiritually and academically taught, embraced by the love of widowed women and now each child has a large family filled with love and an expectancy of a bright joy filled future.
We have called the facility “Destined To Live The Good Life” because we want every child to know that Jesus loves them and has great plans for their life. We have room for 100 children and ground to expound. Sixty-four (64) more children are presently on the waiting list and need sponsorships funds to increase then they too can join this happy family.
On Behalf of each of our children, Thank you & God Bless! Deborah, Steve & the Children
We are a 501 (C) 3 non profit organization Tax ID 68-0259217
"For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]." Eph. 2:10 (Amp)