Saturday, February 6, 2016

School Children


For the last several months each Friday me and Julie go to Ng'ombe compound and help some of the children who are struggling in school with their reading and math skills.  Today's group was smaller than normal because the school had received some new books so several of the older kids were helping organize that.  So this time we were in a class that already had a class of about 50 students in the other half of the room.  It was quite loud at times so that is why these kids are leaning in so close to me.  Ha!  Our youngest kids that we are helping are in 4th grade and do not know how to read hardly at all.  It makes me sad that they got this far and can't read well.  But as you can see if the classes are so large(50+) that makes it hard for  a single teacher.  
Please pray for these students to do well and continue to grow in their knowledge.  Pray we will be an encouragement to them as well and that we might inspire them to love learning.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Trip to another part of Zambia

 Last weekend we drove 10 hours to the Northwestern province to visit our friends Nicholas and Alyssa Peveto.  We also took our friend Julie with us. We enjoyed getting to visit them in their home.  This is their first term on the field and have been doing so well learning language and now getting in to ministry.  They are expecting their first child in March.  So we are all very excited about that!

 We just happened to be there on Alyssa's birthday.  We had a good lunch out at a place overlooking this waterfall.  We enjoyed playing games while waiting for our food.

 There was a bridge which crossed the water but it looked a little sketchy to me.  These women crossed it with no problems though.

 Some boys enjoying fishing

 Saturday morning, women representing 4 different churches in Solwezi came to learn all about giving out BGR buckets.



On our way home from Church on Sunday we stopped at one of the many termite hills to take a picture.  They can get really big!
Me, Julie, and Alyssa

On our way to Solwezi we stopped in Kitwe and had lunch with Daniel and Grace Kim.  It is always such an encouragement to spend time with them even if it is for such a short time.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Love your enemy

As we sat in church Sunday we could hear the kids outside in their SS class.  As often is the case they were quoting a verse from the Bible trying to learn it so they could come in and share it with the church.  They kept repeating  "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy." This went on for about 10 minutes before my husband came over and suggested I go out and see what was going on.  I was hesitant because I didn't want to embarrass the teacher but I went anyway.  As I approached the class we greeted and I just told her I wanted to see what the kids were learning.  She quickly showed me the verse in the Bible they were memorizing.  This made it very easy and not so confrontational for me to suggest they also read the next verses.  She asked me to explain these verses to the children and pray for them.  They still came in and quoted the original verse but then the teacher read the next verse and encouraged the church to love their enemies in 2016.  To be honest, I just couldn't believe that she hadn't thought through what she was teaching them herself, but it just shows how culture can skew sound theology and that there is still much work to be done in Zambia.
Are you loving your enemies?
Here are all the verses: Matthew 5:43-46 
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Fun with Hannah


 


 On Tuesdays she was able to go with Julie to the seminary to teach the kids.  They were real excited to have her back.

 We made a short trip to Siavonga and she got to visit with her friends Taylor and Emily.  It was fun going out on the lake on a wave runner.

 The dogs enjoyed having Hannah here as well.

 Hannah celebrated her 15th birthday while here.

 Friends Emma and Sarah

 flowers for the birthday girl

 eating out

 looking at her baby book



 me and Hannah went to tea



 
 Julie and Hannah-Christmas Eve



 
 Julie and Hannah at their kids ministry

 
 going to mk camp

 Each year at mk camp there is a costume party New Years Eve. This year the theme was super hero's.  Hannah went dressed as Robin and a friend of hers went dressed as Batman.  Thanks so much Marci and Julie with the idea and help with this costume.  It turned out pretty good.

 a few pics from camp


 group pic-mk camp 2015

 Hannah and her friend Melody


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Because you GIVE to International Missions we are able to GO

This past year God has stretched us and allowed us to see His hands at work in our little corner of Africa. We appreciate so much everyone who prays for us and the work that we do.  We could not do all that we do if it were not for you holding the ropes for us in prayer.   Here is a video about why we go and what we do.  Please feel free to share with your church.   

Click here to see our video: https://www.facebook.com/suzie.mannrodgers/videos/1019743074736237/

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Why I go...

 Today I went with my friend Rose to visit a patient named Joyce.

 Joyce is 40 years old and is HIV positive.  She doesn't want to eat or drink anything because she says she has lost her appetite and it hurts her throat.  She has diarrhea and some vomiting probably because of the medicine she is taking.  She was so excited to receive the BGR bucket.  She kept rubbing one of the face cloths to her face and touching the sheets.  
Joyce has never been a church goer.  Today as I shared the gospel and a bit of my testimony she said that nothing like that had ever happened to her.  She had never repented of her sins but that she wanted to today.  In her hoarse voice she prayed and repented of her sins.  I'm sure it was music to HIS ears!

 She has 6 children and this is her youngest with her baby doll.
 
When she saw that there were nail clippers in the bucket she said she needed hers cut because they were so long.  Her friend cut them for her.  
I'm praying she will sleep well tonight on her new sheets after she gets all cleaned up and that she will eat her food.  Will you join me in praying for Joyce?

Saturday, December 26, 2015