Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Visit to a Local Orphanage

 Recently, we had a volunteer team from our home church in NC come and work out in the bush.  Their last two days they were in Lusaka so we visited a local orphanage.  
Above: The orphanage is building a school building so that the kids will not have to do school in their homes.

 feeding the fish in the Talapia farm

 Michael explaining about the talapia farm

 David and Lindsey on the see saw.

 four of the houses where the kids stay

 The vol. team did a short program with the kids.  They taught the kids some songs.

 the kids taught us some songs

 Then Caroline told the story of the Good Samaritan and then they acted it out.  It was so fun to watch them act out.

 A group of ladies at our church made these hats for all the children.  It was a blessing to hand these out to the kids.

 They all had smiles on their faces!

 A group picture

 We also played games with the kids.  The team brought lots of water balloons.

 They played duck, duck, goose.

 Tug of War

 Red Rover and several other games

It was such a fun day. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Another trip to Malawi

 A couple of weeks ago we traveled to Malawi again for one week.  During this week there were 3 different meetings taking place.  The first couple of days was for the leaders in the Zambezi cluster.  The next few days was for a prayer retreat for all the missionaries in Malawi.  Then the last couple of days there was a team leader training time.  It was fun to see all the missionaries serving in Malawi and even a few from Mozambique.  The picture above is of Hannah and Abigail.  Hannah was able to help some with the kids during the week.  Her and a few other kids her age were great helpers with the younger ones during the week.

 Suzie and baby Daniel

 Hannah and Makayla

 Hannah with Abigail, Makayla, and Emma Claire
The kids enjoyed the pool and the weather was perfect!

 Hannah with Susan S. from Malawi

 Hannah also had fun spending time with some of the older girls.  


 Hannah and Meghan

This one was taken during prayer retreat.  I love this one!

 We were able to have a baby shower for Katie one night during dinner.

 John and Claudia being recognized for 30 years of service.

enjoying tea time

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Blessing from this Side of the World

Sunday we were able to worship with Chikondi Baptist Church in Chongwe where we used to live. At the end of the service they gave shoeboxes from Samaritan's Purse which they had received. It was so exciting for us to witness this blessing from this side of the world. We have been a part of this ministry in the states but to see it from this side was amazing! They even asked Hannah if she would help pass them out. I didn't have my camera on this day so these two pictures were taken with a phone and didn't turn out to good but I wanted to share anyway.  The kids were real excited to receive these boxes.  No one opened the boxes at the church.  They each took it home to open.  Pray for these kids as they received this love gift to one day know Jesus. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Visiting with Friends

 While we were in Malawi we were able to visit with two couples.  

 Billy and Susan Sanson live in Zomba and work with university students at Chancelor College.  They are doing a wonderful job ministering to these students.  
We met this couple when we went through our training the second time to come overseas.  Hannah was just a baby so it was 13 years ago that we met them.   

 This is where they have chapel in the mornings.

 We went to a restaurant on top of a huge mountain.  It was a rainy day so I wasn't able to take a picture of the view but I'm sure it would be amazing on a clear day.

 Hannah and Susan making a cake.

 This is their view from their front porch.  

 This is one of their dogs.  I just had to take a picture because it looks like she has a heart imprinted on her.

 Later, we went to visit Claudia and John Brown in Blantyre.  I didn't get one of them as a couple, sorry.  Claudia was so gracious and french braided Hannah's hair and also tried out some other styles with her.  

 We went to visit this amazing old church.  It is over 100 years old.

 Suzie and Claudia in the church

 One afternoon we went to this lodge along the river and had lunch.

John and Claudia have been missionaries for many years.  We loved hearing many of their stories.  John is a church planter and Claudia does a lot of counseling and ministers to women through discipleship.  They host many volunteer teams throughout the year doing prayer walking, evangelism, and church planting.
When we left Malawi I felt as if my cup was overflowing!  It was such a good time of fellowship and encouragement.  It was just what we needed!
Pray for these two couples as they serve the Lord in Malawi.