Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week of Prayer



Dec. 4th-11th is the week of prayer for international missions.  You can go to: https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering-week-prayer/ to get the prayer request for each day.  Let’s pray for the nations today.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Our Container

 Yay!  Finally, our container arrived on Kevin's birthday, Nov. 23rd.  It arrived at 4:00 with lots of clouds in the sky with the promise of rain.
We prayed and they finished unloading it at 5:00 and then the rain started.  
I took a few before and after pics for you to see.

 
 dining room

 bedroom

 The truck had a hard time getting in our gate.  We thought they would just park outside and carry the things in but they insisted they could get it in.  In the process they had to run over 4 bushes which we have had to now remove.

 almost finished







boxes were everywhere

Today is the 3rd and we still are not completely finished but we have made a lot of progress.  Hopefully, by the end of this week we can be finished.

 Most everything made it ok.  We had a couple of cracked dishes, a mirror frame, and then our table cracked.  We bought this table right before we left Zambia.  In the move, it cracked from one end to about half way down the table.  It also became quite warped.  We were crushed!  The moving company hired someone to work on and see if they could fix it.  The first day he removed the top of the table from the legs.  It was originally one piece!  Here is the table after 2 days.  He put it on 4 tires, upside down.  We really didn't think it would work.  He had glued it and clamped it and then bolted it to the base.  I could hardly watch.  I just knew it would split all the way.

 Today he came and finished.  He had to sand it and varnish it but here is the finished product.  It's not great but it is better than having a crack in the middle.  In time, he says the streak will become darker.  We shall see....


Thanks for praying for our move and that the container would get here.  It was never opened at any of the borders.  It just took time.  We are so thankful to have our things once again.

Hannah's new hair style

 This week Hannah decided that she wanted to get her hair cut shorter.  So we found a hair salon and she had at least 12 inches cut off if not more.

 this was taken outside the salon

 the back(the wind was blowing)



She is very happy with her new haircut!
She is so beautiful!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Big 50!

In the midst of unpacking our container we stopped for a short while to celebrate Kevin's 50th Birthday.  We went to a Chinese restaurant and had a very nice meal.  Since it was his birthday they treated us to some free ice cream.  
Happy Birthday Kevin!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fun Weekend

It was such a blessing to us to be able to go to RVA this weekend and see Hannah perform in a play called, The Mouse that Roared.  She did very well!







 Here are a few pics from the play.





 taking a bow

 back in the dorm
We got to stay in the dorm with the girls Saturday night so their dorm parents could get away for a night.  It was a lot of fun!  

 Taylor with roses from her family.

 Hannah and her roommate, Amy.

 Hannah and Avi

 Hannah and the flowers we gave her.

 snacks in the dorm after the play.

 It was fun playing Just Dance.

 Hannah with friends

Hannah and Delaney playing Just Dance

 Me and my sweet girl

We enjoyed getting to visit with Anna Grace too!  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Giving

 These are some interesting facts I recently found on giving. 

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21

What else does scripture say about giving, money, possessions, greed, generosity, treasures, pearls, talents, pounds, stables, mammon, etc.
  • The word "Give" appears 921 times in the Bible, almost as many times as "Faith" (270), "Hope" (165), and "Love" (541) added together. Giving is an expression of faith, hope, and love.
  • Mentioned more than any other subject in the Bible
  • 2 times more than Heaven and Hell combined
  • 3 times more than love
  • 7 times more than prayer
  • 8 times more than belief
  • 17 of 38 parables
  • 15% of God’s Word
  • 2,350 verses                                                                                                                            

AGM in Zambia

 Last week we were able to go back to Zambia for the Annual General Meeting for the Baptist Fellowship.  Kevin had been asked to speak several months ago and then we were also able to say bye to many people at one time from all over Zambia.
The picture above is of those who led us in our time of worship. 

  Kevin preached 5 times during the meeting.  Pastors and people representing the different churches came from all over Zambia.  It was so good to see so many people whom we only see normally once or twice a year.


 during a time of commitment

 


 
 John is retiring in December. The fellowship recognized him and gave him a gift.

 John sharing his last words.


 The Baptist Fellowship gave us a gift and had several people share some very kind words to us.  It was hard to say bye. 

 
 I stood and thanked them for the gift and for their support over the years.

 
 Kevin holding the gift and watching as I spoke.  I had to not look at him because it made me want to cry.

 Kevin preaching

 One day for lunch Grace made us a traditional Korean meal.  It was delicious!
It was a good few days back in Zambia.  Not sure when we will be able to go again but we will be looking forward to that time no matter when it is.  
 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A fun outing

 A couple of weeks ago we we on a fun outing with friends for the day.  It was a place outside of Nairobi and they make things out of glass that they have blown.  

 It was really neat to watch and see how they made things.
We watched them make pitchers and vases on this particular day.

 It was so hot just standing somewhat near these men as they worked.  I can't imagine how hot they must feel all day working in those conditions.







 me and my friend Shawna

 It was fun to have a day out with our friends Daren and Shawna.  Both of our families came to Zambia back in 1997.




We actually paid money to walk across this rickety bridge!
 
 I still can't believe I did this!


Kevin being funny.