Sunday, January 25, 2015

Teaching a new dog old tricks

 Many of you know that we got a new lab puppy a couple of months ago.  She has grown so much!  She is very smart too!  She is learning lots of new tricks!
She will go get the frisbee and a ball.

 She will shake.

 She will stay.

 This, she just does on her own.  Not quite sure why she does it but she loves to jump up on Xena's back all the time.

 She follows Xena around everywhere she goes.

 Kevin with Misty and Xena.

 Hannah, Kevin, and Misty

Hannah and Misty

She loves to give kisses!

More baby turtles!

 We have found this many baby turtles that came up out of the ground this past week.  We have them in a secluded area now so that the dogs can't get them.
Aren't the precious?

 The one on the left is one that was born last Jan.  The one on the right was born last week.

Here is one we found coming up out of the ground.
Come on out....

Sunday, January 18, 2015


 For the last couple of weeks we have been helping with 20/20 here in Zambia.  This is a shortened version of 40/40 that we used to do.  20/20 is supposed to be done in the country where the missionaries will serve but we decided that for at least our first one we would do it for our cluster here in Zambia.  So these missionaries who came are all new to Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.
It was so nice to get to know this first group of participants!

 While we were in Lusaka we had help with the kids.  Langiwe and Irene have been nannies for us before in 40/40.  They did  a great job with the kids.

 Jessica had a birthday so we had pizza and cake to celebrate one night.

 One of the debriefings we had at our house.  
Taylor on the swing!

 The kids enjoyed the trampoline!

 Buddy and his mommy, Jessica.

 Hudson and Lily

  Late afternoons and some evenings we played games.


 Hudson and his mommy, Lily.

 While in Petauke, this is where we ate 3 meals/day just about every day.  We did slip off to another lodge down the street twice for a change of pace.  

 Kevin and Jeff

While we were in Petauke we didn't have nannies.  Me, Hannah, and Hadassah took care of the kids.
Piper was my buddy this week!

 Hannah and Hudson

 Hadassah and Buddy

 I was able to take Piper to the market and watch this lady make fritas.  We also all enjoyed eating them!

 My friend Zeria who works in the market in Petauke.
It was so good to see her even if just for a few min.

 Hadassah and Buddy

 Hannah and Hudson

 Our whole 20/20 group! (minus Jeff-he was taking the picture)

The Veres Family
 The Wolf Family

 Hannah and Hadassah enjoyed spending time with Evie and Cathy-journeygirls in Moz. this week.  This picture is with Evie.

I love this picture!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Good News!

I talked with Esther this morning about Amai Ngoma's  situation.  Hospice came in to check out the situation and they said they would take her.  When other family members were talked to about this at first they said it was fine.  Then they changed their mind and said it was their responsibility and they would take her in to their home and care for her.  They live in another compound here in Lusaka.  So now Amai Ngoma is out of her home where the drunk relatives were not taking care of her.  That is such a huge praise! The only problem is that now the family members who said they would take care of her are asking for financial help from the palliative care givers.  I'm just thankful that Amai Ngoma is out of that situation now!  I'll try to go visit her in this other compound in a couple of weeks.  We are busy with another program now.  Thanks so much to all who have prayed for this sweet Zambian lady!

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Prayer Answered

The other day a few of us ladies took some used clothes that were donated by other missionaries in Zambia to the seminary students. We also had two suitcases to give away so I had each lady choose a number between 1-30 and the two who were closest won.  One of the women was especially excited about winning.  She said she wanted to share a testimony.  Just yesterday she was praying because her son is going away to boarding school but she didn't know how she was going to pack his things.  Now, God had provided her with this luggage.  Praise God!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The story continues....

Sorry I have not updated sooner but sometimes I just can't write about things right away because it is too fresh.  Each day this week something came up preventing us from going back to see Amai Ngoma.  Finally, on Friday it worked out for us to go.  When we arrived we found Amai Ngoma still naked but at least she had a blanket on her.  As soon as we walked in the house we noticed the smell was gone.  Evidently, the church that Amai Ngoma had gone to when she was able found out that she was sick and they came by and cleaned her room.  Then Friday morning they had been back and brought her some food and took her soiled clothes to wash them.  We heard that her niece and nephew had shouted at the church members and told them not to come back.  They didn't want their help unless they were going to help them too(They just brought food for the patient). They also complained saying that when Amai Ngoma went to church she gave money each week and they wanted to know where that money was now.  While we were there they started shouting at us as well telling us to not come back either unless we were going to give them some cement to fix the crack in the wall.  Amai Ngoma started vomiting, her relatives were shouting, so the caregivers said we needed to leave.  We talked about going to the police but the head caregiver recommended that we not because they really couldn't do anything.  So the plan is the care giver will get food from the school each day and take to Amai Ngoma only starting on Monday.  Esther, the head caregiver, had already contacted someone from Gender Based Violence on Wed. but because of the holiday nothing can be done until this coming week.  She will also check in to a hospice care in a nearby compound.  Please continue to pray for Amai Ngoma especially this weekend.  I know how sometimes these things that need to be done take time and time is something she doesn't have if the family continues to not care for her.

Monday, December 29, 2014

It's none of my business! Or is it?

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1 Thess. 4:9-12

“When people ask nosey questions, when they butt into private conversations, and when they give unsolicited advice we would love to say, “Mind your own business”!  How often have you wanted to say this to someone?  Since in Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians he talks about busybodies this may be what he has in mind here.  He wants people to stay out of other people’s business. 
There is a positive side to this also. By minding our own business Paul may be encouraging us to focus our energies on what God has called US to do.  Instead of criticizing what other people aren’t doing, are doing, or should be doing; we are better served by focusing on what God wants us to do.  Instead of being concerned about the rate of spiritual growth in someone else, we should be working on our own spiritual maturity.  We should be developing our own relationship with Jesus Christ.”  -taken from somewhere, just can’t remember where…

“I know we should strive to “mind our own business”.  Do you hear a “but” coming??  But..... what about in instances where we think someone is being abused?  Friday, I went back to check on Amai Ngoma and give her a small loaf of banana bread.  When we arrived it appeared no one was there.  We slipped the door open and entered the dark two bedroom house.  We found Amai Ngoma lying in the small room completely naked just lying on the vinyl flooring I had gotten her.  Of course, the smell was horrible again and flies were everywhere. Small piles of soiled blankets and clothes were in the house but no one had  taking the time to clean them.   Amai Ngoma’s niece came up and was drunk and started crying when she saw us.  Her loud crying woke up her brother who was also drunk in the other room of the house.  They began fighting and he was about to beat her but our caregiver stepped between them and told them to stop.  Thankfully, they listened.  The nephew blamed his sister because there wasn’t any food.  Evidently, the niece stole 10 kwacha(about $1.50) from her husband and she used it to drink beer.  He got mad and beat her.  You could tell from the look of her face that she had been beaten.  Then the husband threw out their remaining mealie meal while he went to look for work  so that no one could have food.  The niece and nephew said that they wished she would just die because when do feed her she eats too much and they just want her house.  So basically, everyone who is supposed to be taking care of Amai Ngoma drinks all the time and they are not caring for her.  The drunk woman gave Amai Ngoma half of the loaf of banana bread and then she kept half for herself because she said she was hungry too.  I was not happy about this but the other caregiver said I should just let it be, so I held my tongue.  As we left,  Amai Ngoma thanked us for the bread and off we went.  We are going back tomorrow to see about helping them clean the house and the clothes.  I really need wisdom as to what to do.  I feel like we need to get the police involved but don’t want to proceed with that unless that is what God wants.  We are also checking into a type of nursing home in another compound that we could encourage them to put Amai Ngoma in so that she can be cared for. Please pray for wisdom on our parts, pray for Amai Ngoma to be taking care of, and pray for the salvation of this household.

James 1:5 says, “ If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014!

Merry Christmas!
We want to send you our warmest Christmas wishes today, and pray that you will be filled with joy at the remembrance of the birth of our Lord Jesus. We call the coming of God into the world in human form the “Incarnation” because “God became flesh and dwelt among us.” You are living out that birth of Christ every day as you represent Him in the places you have been called to serve. God so loved the world that He sent His son, and He still so loves the world that He has you where you are to testify to His birth, His life and ultimately His Death and Resurrection. We pray God’s richest blessings on you and your family as you celebrate Christmas, and we pray He will continue to richly bless you this next year as you serve Him, witness for Him, live for Him and “know Him in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.”

 Our friend, Julie, spent Christmas Eve with us.  
We have our big meal Christmas Eve and then have left overs Christmas Day so I don't have to cook on that day.  We had turkey, ham, mashed potato casserole, carrot souffle, dressing, veg. all casserole, and rolls.

 The Devine's grandsons gave Kevin this hat for Christmas!

 bacon flavor

 Julie and Hannah

 Misty with her Christmas bone.

 Hannah and her presents

 Just about every time I give a present to Hannah I end up using some kind of weird box to wrap it in.  It's kind of fun to watch her face when she takes the paper off.  I didn't really give her band-aids.

 It was a camera.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!