Reaching orphan children and widows in Zambia
Tom and Lusubilo Maggio serve with Rafiki in Zambia. The Rafiki Foundation has two main goals: To help people in Africa know God and to help them raise their standard of living. Rafiki is providing a classical Christian education for the children. Rafiki has also started a teacher training institute and is providing school curriculum to help Africans to start their own Christian Classical Schools. Rafiki is assisting widows by providing a market for craft products, assistance in developing new products and providing them with Bible Study materials. Tom has been in Zambia since April of 2013 and is the Rafiki Village Administrator. Lusubilo works in the Zambian Ministry of Finance as a planner and has started a masters degree program at the University of Zambia in Economics.
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About Tom Maggio:
“I grew up in the East Coast in a small town outside of Philadelphia. I am the youngest of 5 sons raised by my parents. Growing up I enjoyed sports and outdoor activities. I studied Commerce and Engineering Sciences at Drexel University and graduated in 1984. I joined the Air Force after college and served for 7 years as an officer and aircraft commander of refueling aircraft. After my separation from the Air Force in 1992, I moved to Houston and studied Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University and graduated in 1996. I worked for 9 years as a therapist at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. While in Houston I came to know the Lord while attending Bible Study Fellowship and Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I continued attending BSF for 13 years serving as a discussion leader and children’s leader. I joined The City of Refuge EPC in 1996 and served as a deacon for 2 years. My first involvement with Rafiki was in 2003 when I traveled to Ghana for 3 weeks on a short-term mission trip. I felt the Lord was calling me to long term missions and I departed for Nigeria in May of 2005 for my first assignment. I coordinated the opening of the Rafiki Boys’ Center, a vocational training program for teenage boys. In 2007, I was assigned to be the financial manager and facilities manager. In 2010, I was asked to relocate to the Rafiki Village in Ghana. I arrived in June of 2010 and I have since been serving as the financial manager and facilities manager. I am also able to help at the school as temporary senior high science teacher. I enjoy working with the children in the garden and playing sports with them. In 2011, for my 50th birthday, I completed a cycling tour across Switzerland. God has been faithful in sustaining me for my years in Africa.”