A few years back SAZ supported the John Laing Assembly by undertaking a large landfill operation adjacent to their assembly building. The new land now belongs to the assembly and they have now begun to build their new hall. They are a progressive company situated in a poor suburb of Lusaka. We are encouraged to see the progress and pray all will go well as they work together on this new project.
The new upgraded power supply has been installed and all equipment is now working. This has been a lengthy debilitating period. New equipment has sitting idle for 9 months due to insufficient power. Testing will commence this week with a view to first products being produced in August.
Early on Friday 13th July the SAZ office was burgled. The safe plus all computer equipment was stolen. The safe also contained the backup data for the accounts computers. The premises is guarded in the evenings by a resident contract guard. The guard is in police custody but so far no progress has been made in recovering the stolen goods.
Eddie’s wife Loveness has given birth to a baby. This is their third son. We congratulate them and pray that the boy will be blessed of the Lord. The two boys chose Daniel as the name for their younger brother.
The government has issued a warning that there could be shortage of maize this year. It is caused by early rains followed by a dry period prior to the normal rains. The maize crops were young and many didn’t survive the dry spell. We will be kept informed if any believers run short of food in the early part of next year. That is when stocks are most likely to run out. The elderly are most vulnerable since they have small fields and a small loss can mean they run short of food before the next harvest.
We are working on a new recipe for a nutritious food that can be given to orphans and families that are seriously malnourished. These will be 25 or 50kg bags, appropriately labeled so people know that it is a specially prepared food and that it is a SAZ free distribution. Initially, the distribution will be limited to households supporting the children on the Orphan Programme
Work has started on the foundation of the new office block
Sales are still slow. The factory is now registered with the largest Supermarket in Zambia but we are still awaiting our first order.