Friday, December 19, 2014

Update on Amai Ngoma

This is an update to the post entitled Why?  To read previous post click here

A few days after we took the BGR bucket to Amai Ngoma a few of the caregivers were walking through the compound and saw the young woman who is living with her and she was drunk and trying to sell the soap which had been in the bucket.  When they confronted the young girl she said that there wasn't any charcoal left so they were selling the soap so they could buy charcoal so they could cook.  

 Then this past Sunday we went to church in this compound and for the whole 3 hours we were there the rain poured down.  All during the service I was worried about Amai Ngoma because of the crack in her wall.  I kept picturing her lying there with her walls crumbling down all around her.  As soon as church was over I called my friend Esther to find out if she had heard anything about Amai Ngoma.  She said she would go and check on her.  When she went everything was fine.  The small two room house was still standing.  In the above picture you can see the flooring I got her so that she wouldn't just by lying on the dirt ground and so that it would also be easier to clean after she goes to the bathroom(because she is paralyzed).
Wednesday I called the caregivers and said that we should go and visit Amai Ngoma again.  When we got there we found her lying curled up on the ground with just a sheet over her. The flooring we had brought was gone.   She was cold and wet.  She had not eaten in a while either. 
We went outside to decide what we should do.  We found the flooring and all her blankets, clothes, and some sheets on the ground all balled up.  They were soiled and there wasn't any more washing powder.  We walked down to a small market and bought some more food and charcoal and brought back to the young girl to make some food for Amai Ngoma.  I stood outside and talked to the nephew and the young girl about how they should be caring for their aunt and not wasting money on beer.  They just laughed and said they didn't drink beer.  Everyone around said they were lying and that they did drink. I told the man he should at least try to get a job or some piece work.  He said he couldn't because he had syphilis.  He won't go to the doctor over it either.  I shared the gospel with them.  The nephew said he wanted to make a change in his life but did not when given an opportunity to.  I challenged him to read the book of John and ask God to reveal Himself to him each time that he reads.  I told him I would be coming back next week to find out what God was showing him through His Word. 
Then we gathered up the bundle of wet and soiled things and put them in a big wash basin and drove to a small creek(what they called it).  Then Matilda and Mary hand washed the patients soiled clothes and blankets in this water.  These women are volunteers! I was so very encouraged to see their servant hearts as they did this act of kindness for Amai Ngoma.

 I don't think there is water in this spot the whole year.  Probably it is just here because of the rain.  

I hope that you can tell from the picture just how muddy this water is.  This is where they were washing the things.
 
 There was trash everywhere. The smell was horrible!

 Would you want to wash your clothes here?

This is also the pathway which children take from school to home.  
As you can imagine I'm beside myself through all of this.
We went back to the small house and the food was ready.  We found the young girl and older man(the nephew) to Amai Ngoma eating a large portion of food outside.  Which by the way, the girl had already eaten that morning and so had the man but they had not fed Amai Ngoma.  They use whatever money they have or trade things so that they can drink beer. Meanwhile, Amai Ngoma is being neglected, lying hungry, cold, and wet on the floor!  We did go inside the house and saw that they had giving Amai Ngoma some food and she was eating.  She was very thankful.  She said if we had not come by she would not be having this good food. 
As we were leaving we encouraged the two relatives to take care of their aunt one more time and said we would come back next week.  They did not even say thank you as we were leaving. 
The caregiver stayed behind to hang up the clothes and bedding on the line so that it could dry.  The two relatives just kept on eating.  
I was appalled! My heart hurt for this helpless old woman.  Please pray for these family members to take care of Amai Ngoma.  Besides being paralyzed she could be a healthy woman if they would just feed her and take care of her.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lottie Moon



Because we don’t have to raise support you will rarely see us writing asking you to give financially. However, at this time of the year Southern Baptists give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in their churches. We have been able to serve in Zambia for the last 17 years because you have faithfully been giving in your churches. Thank you so much for your yearly sacrifice so we can go and share Christ with those who need to hear the gospel.


If you would like to support the work of our organization around the world by giving financially, please click here.  Feel free to include "in honor of "Kevin and Suzie Rodgers" in the "tribute information" section.  This does not increase our salary; however, it does allow you to personalize your gift and our organization can more accurately understand who our partners are and the methods they use for giving. 


Here is  a video we made for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering if you would like to use it in your churches.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bible School Graduation

Saturday we went to Chongwe for their Bible School Graduation.  These 13 students have been studying for 3 years.  It was an exciting day! Enjoy these fun pictures of our day!

 The graduates walking in.
They even decorated for the special occasion.

 This is where the board of governors, chairman of the Great East Road Assoc, some pastors, the executive secretary of the Baptist Fellowship, and Kevin(guest speaker) sat.

 The choir singing.  The choir leader was very animated and did a great job leading the choir.

 Kevin preaching


 The students getting their diploma and a bible.

 This is our friend, Loveness, who was graduating.  



 Tito sharing about Bible School.

 The graduates with all the others.

 Loveness with her friends and family.

 This man is the pastor of a church where  Kevin use to teach TEE at.

 
 Kevin with the Kamanga's.

 Me and Kevin with Loveness

  
It was so fun to see friends I use to work alongside of.
 

Rain!


We have been wanting/needing rain for quite a few weeks.  We had a few small showers that lasted about 10 min each but we have been holding out for some good rain which would really soak the ground and cool things off.  The last couple of days we have had some of that kind of rain.  I think it is even supposed to continue this week.  The picture above was taken right outside our house.  That ditch it probably about 5 ft deep and as you can tell it is full of water.  In fact, yesterday, it got so high from the rain that it flooded over on to the road and left all the trash from the ditch up on our road.
Please pray that the rains would be just what is needed this year for peoples fields/crops to do well.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hannah is 14!

14 years ago Hannah was born in to our family. We are so thankful God gave her to us to love, care for, and raise.  
 
 
 Below are some pictures from her day.


Breakfast in bed

 Joseph, our friend who works for us poured water on Hannah.  This is a Zambian tradition which Hannah was looking forward to.

 

14 years old!
 
 I took her, Hadassah, Julie, and Kayla to lunch at Kilimanjaro.







 This is a recess cup cake.  It was yummy!

 present time




skyping with Gram and Papa

Happy Birthday Hannah!  You are beautiful inside and out!
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Why?

Seems I think to myself "why?" a lot.  Why did I grow up in the US and have a good family, a nice home, and my needs were taken care of? Why did I never have to worry about where my next meal was coming from?  You get the picture.  Yesterday I went to Ng'ombe compound to give a BGR bucket to a woman.  Before we even went, one of the caregivers told me that it was really bad.  I assumed that meant that the patient was really bad off because I have seen some pretty bad things before.  As we entered the small two room house the smell of urine overtook our nostrils.  We stood in the doorway for a couple of minutes for our eyes to adjust to the darkness.  A man fumbled around to find a small stub of a candle to light so we could see.  Then we slowly walked into the next room where the patient, Amai Ngoma, lay on the dirt floor in her own urine.  As I sat on the small bench my mind raced with questions.  Why had she had a stroke?  How long had she been living like this? Why did this family not take better care of this woman? Why did she not have any food?  Why did they not clean her up?  Why was this huge crack in the mud wall?  What would happen to this woman after a big rain and the house falls down?  The caregivers I went with said for me to talk fast. Amai Ngoma sat up with help.  I then quickly introduced ourselves and showed her the things in the bucket.  She kept leaning to the side like she was going to fall over so we had her lie down.  Then they asked me to pray for her.  As I knelt beside her and held her hand, I prayed for Amai Ngoma.  She squeezed my hand when I finished and said, "thank you."  As we were leaving I knew in my heart I couldn't go back to my comfortable home and bed that night without doing something else to help this woman.  So we went and bought enough food for a few days, some washing powder, some charcoal, and two meters of a mat so she wouldn't be lying in the dirt.  It will also be easier for them to clean.  We turned around and went back to the home.  Her caregiver was still there and she began smiling so big when she saw us holding all this stuff.  She immediately started preparing the charcoal so she could fix some food for Amai Ngoma.  When we left the second time I felt better knowing that she would at least go to bed that night with a full stomach and a more comfortable place to sleep.  I still cried when I got home. I still had trouble sleeping.  When I awoke this morning my first thoughts were of this woman. I also thought of the thousands of others in this compound who were probably in similar situations.  Can I make a difference in the lives of everyone in this compound?  No, it is impossible.  All I can do is be obedient to what God tells me to do one family at a time. Because the caregivers were rushing me I was not able to share Christ with this woman.  Pray that I will have the opportunity to go back and share the gospel with her. Pray for her to come to know Christ if she doesn't already.  Pray that her family would take better care of her.  Pray that I will not complain so much and be more thankful for all that God has blessed me with.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving!

 Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving with our mission family.  Most everyone was in Lusaka for a Team leaders meeting, Thanksgiving, and then a prayer retreat.  

 We had lots of yummy food!  We even had a turkey and ham!





 Luke getting ready to eat.







 the youth

Kenley posing for the picture.
 
 Gerri Helton is retiring in January.  Jeff L. is presenting her with a book about Zambia which all the missionaries signed.

 Here Gerri is with the quilt we all contributed to and Mary T. put together.  It is beautiful!

 During our prayer retreat we recognized people who have served on the field for a while.  Above, Robyn L. is receiving a certificate for serving with the imb for 10 years.  

 Steve and Rita 5 years!

 Kenny and Lesley-5 years

 Mark W.=5 years

 John M. teaching during prayer retreat.

 Melissa Frady-10 years of service

We also gave out certificates to the kids.  Gerri H. prayed for them.
 
 Another cute picture of Kenley.

 Mary Margaret, James, Kyle, and Dawnya led worship.

Our mission family