Thursday, July 10, 2014

Making a difference one by one...



Today Kevin and I went to visit two homebound patients in Valley View Compound with a local pastor.  The first place we went to we found Mr. Peter Phiri who is very sick and could not get up off his place on the floor.  He is having trouble with his kidneys and is in a lot of pain.  His wife and daughter are trying to care for him, but as you can imagine it is hard for them to lift him even to this wash basin just a few feet from where he lays to give him a bath every so often.   

As we visited with the wife, she and the pastor shared with us a great testimony.  Many, many years ago, their son began going to the Baptist Seminary campus to play soccer.  This was in the 70’s and at that time there were only two Baptist churches in Lusaka. He was injured during one of times playing and needed to go to the hospital.  The imb missionaries who stayed at the seminary wanted to take the boy to the hospital but felt they needed to let the parents know first.  They went to meet the family and got permission for them to take this boy to the hospital.  This chance meeting led to a relationship where eventually the whole family was saved and then started going to one of those two Baptist churches.  Today, we got to meet with this sweet family and help them in another physical way by giving them a BGR bucket.  The items in this bucket will help Mr. Phiri to be more comfortable in his last days.  The items will also help his wife and daughter to care for him better.  While we were there she recalled the way early missionaries like Fred and Joy Allen had helped them, and now it was a privilege (so many years later) to be a part of that continuing legacy in their lives.

 We explained each item in the bucket to Mrs. Phiri so she would know how to use everything correctly.

 Mrs. Phiri with the bucket

The second patient we saw was a woman named, Develesy Mbewe, who had a stroke some time ago.  She is now paralyzed on the whole left side of her body.  She was so very thankful to receive the BGR bucket and all the things inside.  As I was pulling out the pair of socks from the bucket her daughter Grace took them and went ahead and put them on her mother’s feet.  I imagine that many of us have a whole drawer full of socks. This woman now has two pairs which will keep her feet warm, especially during this cold season in Zambia.  Thank you to all the churches who help pack these buckets.  They really make a difference in people’s lives!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jubilee Celebration

As a young child and even in to high school I was in lots of parades.  When I was a little girl I twirled the baton in the parades.  Then in high school I played the clarinet and was in many parades in the marching band.  Since graduating from high school I haven't been in a single one until Monday.  This week the Lusaka Baptist Churches got together to have a Jubilee Celebration and it all started with a parade marching down one of the major streets in Lusaka.  Several of the missionaries in the Baptist Mission of Zambia took part as well. 

Me, Noria, and Robyn before the parade

Hannah, Julie, and Hadassah


We marched right behind the band!

Each church marched behind the banner that they had made.

Hannah and Hadassah

It was a huge parade!

We ended the parade at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.  We met out on the grounds and then the speakers and choirs sang up on the steps of the Cathedral.

Vocal Collection sang many times and then different choirs from the churches sang as well.

The first day Kevin just have to give a welcome speech and then the second day he preached twice.

This was the annual general meeting for the Lusaka Baptist Fellowship Churches Association.
This year Zambia is celebrating 50 years of independence as a nation, and the theme for this years meeting was "Jubilee Celebration 2014: The Year of Liberty"  in honor of Zambia's 50th birthday.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Many Gifts

Have you ever read the book 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp?  I haven't quite made it all the way through that book yet but it had me thinking about the different gifts God had blessed me with.  While we were in the states recently, I was able to go walking a few times.  As I walked, I reflected on gifts He had given me just in our 10 days in the states.  I'm going to list them here in no particular order. 

seeing my sons and spending time with them
the warmth of the sun
the smell of honeysuckle
eyes lighting up when they see me after being apart
daylight until around 8:30pm
spending mothers day with my mom
watching my oldest son graduate from University
seeing a huge snake and thanking God it was dead
eating out
going to a movie
walking along the Pamlico Sound
gazing out at the water
watching a sunset
enjoying a milkshake
walking a dog
sailboats out on the water
good food
the smell of magnolia trees
just hanging out with family
talking till late at night
neighbors you have known most of your life
letting my niece paint my fingernails
the smell of pine trees
a kiss on the cheek

These  were just some of the things I'm thankful for the opportunity to experience while we were in the states.  God is so good!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Time in the USA

 While we were in the states for Zach's graduation we also got to spend time with our families.  
Above is Suzie's family on mothers day.

 My sister and her family

 eating at CiCi's pizza
can you believe there is such a thing as mac-n-cheese on pizza?

 night before graduation at CiCi's pizza

 Justin and Melissa

 Graduation dinner and opening of gifts

 Zach and his Aunt G

 mothers day

 Even though we are smiling in these pictures we were sad to leave the boys once again.  It was great getting to spend time with them while in the states.  Just always hard saying bye.

Love these men!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Zach's Graduation

Zach and Megan walking in with their class.


 me and Kevin

 Kevin was interviewed by a local radio station.

 Kevin's parents

 My sister trying not to get wet!

 After the ceremony with the whole class each department split into their own sections where they actually gave out the diplomas.



 our family

 My mom and dad with Zach.

 Kevin's mom and dad with Zach.

 My sister and her family with Zach.

 us with Zach and his girlfriend Megan

 So proud of them both!

Please pray for Zach as he searches now for a full time job in his field.