Sunday, September 21, 2014

TrueLife

This is Zach's first video he has worked on at his new job with TrueLife.org  
Check it out!  This is a great idea for churches to use as a means to do evangelism.  
Do you have friends at work you are trying to witness to and they ask some tough questions?  You can check out their website at  https://www.truelife.org/  which has lots of videos you can point your friends to that give solid, biblical answers to some of those tough questions.

Intro Video TL from Jesse Connors on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A recent trip North

A couple of weeks ago we traveled to the Northern Province of Zambia to visit with the Schwarz family and Kimbrough family.  Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures while visiting with the Schwarz family.  We did enjoy our visit spending time with the family and going to church with them on Sunday.  After our time in Mbala we traveled to Isoka to visit with the Kimbrough family. 

 
 We traveled on a good road until we got to this small ferry.  We took this across the water and then was on a fairly good dirt road until we got to Isoka. 

 People on the riverbank

 For the next few months the Kimbrough family are hosting two "Hands On" missionaries who will be working along side of Blake doing ministry, mainly among students.  It was so good to spend time with Kyle and Tim as they were just getting started.  Pray for them as they minister among students over the next few months.  May God do a great work in and through these young men.

 Hannah with the Kimbrough kids
They all did a little bit of school while we were there but mainly just played and talked.

 Blake and Dawnya with their children: Isabel, Abigail, Isaac, and Amos

 On our way back to Lusaka we stopped in Serenje for a few min. to see a new friend of ours named Adam.  Adam was our son, Zach's, roommate for two years at Liberty.  He is now doing peace corp work out in the bush living in this hut.  He is teaching English at a rural school for two years.

 There are some good mountains to climb along the road so we stopped for Hannah and Kevin to do that.  What a beautiful view from the top!

 They reached the top!




Friday, September 12, 2014

26 Years!

 September 10th we celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary!  We went to a movie and had dinner on the 9th floor of a hotel.  The dinner was excellent and they even put rose petals all over the table.  


 It was fun to think back over the last 26 years and how God has blessed us in so many different ways.  If I had to do it all over again I would still say, "I do!"

It's fun to look back at pictures of that special day.  We were so young and ready to go forth as husband and wife not really understanding all that would mean.  God is good and faithful though and has always been with us through the good times and the bad.  Hope we will enjoy many more years together as husband and wife!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mr. Phiri



Mr. Phiri is a blind man living in Ng'ombe compound.  He is 87 years old!  Not too common to see someone as old as he is in Zambia.  He lies on the ground each day with only a bag and blanket under him to bring a little comfort.  He is constantly rubbing/scratching at his arms and other parts of his body because he says it feels like insects are crawling inside of him.  Thankfully, he has a daughter who cares for him the best she can.  Even though he could not see the gift of the BGR bucket and all that was within it I know he will feel the comfort of the items inside.  A big thank you to all who have packed a bucket before.  They are making a difference to so many.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

From a caregiver to one who receives care


 Once a caregiver, Alice, now lays on a reed mat close to death.  When I walked in to her small unfinished home she was lying on her stomach on a reed mat.  At first, I thought I had mistakenly heard wrong and that it was not an adult woman we were to visit but a small child.  That is what she looked like to me lying under the blankets.  Her daughter woke her up and helped roll her over so she could receive the visitors.  I recognized her when I saw her face.  Alice had been a caregiver who went out with me a couple of times to give out BGR buckets some time back.  Now, she needed someone to care for her and we were there to bring her a BGR bucket.  She couldn't talk much or loudly because she was so weak.  She would whisper in the caregiver's ear her response to my questions.  I shared a story from the bible and some of my testimony and then asked her if she had ever repented of her sins and decided to follow Jesus.  She said she had a long time ago.  

Matilda opened the bucket and began taking out each item explaining to her and her daughter how to use each thing.  Thankfully, her daughter stays with her and is helping to care for her at this time.  Her daughter was so appreciative of the BGR bucket and said the things inside the bucket would help her to care for her mother better. 

 It has been 6 days since I made this visit.  I just called to check on Alice and she is still living but very weak.  Please pray for her to feel God's comfort and presence in her last days.  Pray for her daughter to have strength each day to care for her sick mother.


****This week I got a call saying that Alice had passed away on the 26th.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Buckets of Love

 Amai Banda had cancer in her uterus and it has spread now to her stomach and some other places as well.  Upon entering her house she immediately pulled up her shirt and showed me what I'm guessing was her colon coming out of her abdominal area with a plastic bag around it to catch any waste.  Perhaps this is a colostomy but I'm doubting this is how it is supposed to be done.  It was not clean either. Amai Banda has a neighbor who is a care giver and comes to check on her from time to time.  Other than that Amai Banda cares for herself and some young grandchildren.  As we talked she shared about how this cancer has changed her body.  There was a picture on the wall of her a couple of years before.  She was a heavy set woman and now she is very small.  I shared Christ with her and she said she was a believer all ready.  Pray for her as she deals with this cancer and goes to get chemo once a week.  It is not easy for to get to the hospital for this treatment each week.  She was very thankful the BGR bucket we were able to give her.
 

The next patient we went to visit was Mr. Mwale.  He had a stroke a while back which left him paralyzed on his left side.  His son had to help him get from his curled up position in the chair to sitting up.  He couldn't talk much either or at least we couldn't understand anything that he said.  I know he must appreciate our visit and gift but he never smiled the whole time we were there.  His wife used to be a care giver but she died a couple of years ago.  Of course, that makes me think there is more to his story than what was shared with us.  There is always more to the story.....
As you think of Mr. Mwale, pray for him and his two sons who try to care for him.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

8th Grade

 Hannah started 8th grade this week!  Can't believe how much she is growing up!
Pray this will be a good year for her and that she will strive to do her best.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We are happy to announce.....


 
 that Zach proposed to Megan Turner  and she said....

 
      "yes!"

 They were at the beach when he popped the question.
 


This picture was taken at Christmas but I really liked it so I thought I would include it here.  

They will get married March 14th, 2015.
We are so happy for both Zach and Megan and pray God's richest blessings on their lives as husband and wife.  Pray for them as they plan for this wedding, find jobs, and find a place to live in the coming months.