Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I learned a lot in this study and I certainly won't write everything down here. I enjoyed watching Esther grow into the woman God wanted/called her to be. Esther was found faithful and I pray I would be too. I really liked these two quotes near the end of the book:
1-"Every time He shifts us here or moves us there on this earthbound chessboard, He's not just fulfilling His own pleasure regardless of its impact on you. He's also working every detail-even the dreadful ones-to your and my good." This especially meant a lot to me as the IMB is going through so many changes now. God is in control of every detail of our life and that brings me much comfort.
2-"When, because of your faith, your life too becomes perceptibly different; when your reactions are quite opposite to what the situation seems to call for and your activities can no longer be explained in terms of your personality; that is when your neighborhood will sit up and take notice. In the eyes of the world, it is not our relationship with Jesus Christ that counts; it is our resemblance to Him." Please pray that I would resemble Christ.
About the bible study:
Beth Moore’s newest Bible study is Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman. Going up against heavyweights bent on her destruction, Esther trusted God and landed a blow that saved her people. The Old Testament story of Esther is a profile in courage and contains many modern parallels for today's woman. Esther's destiny can be yours as you know more deeply the God who is in your corner.
This is an in-depth and very personal examination of this great story of threat and deliverance. If you've ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, thisis the study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther's day, it's tough today. Beth peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story of Esther is to us. This portion of God's Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Byron teaching to the crowd.
This is the woman that cooked for them during the week. Her help allowed them to spend more time teaching and witnessing.
Monday, March 23, 2009
-that God would work in/through them for His Glory.
-that many would truly be born again this week.
-that those who are saved would be encouraged in their walk with God and challenged to work for Him.
-that God would protect them as they cross the river in canoes so that they can reach more people.
Yesterday was Les' birthday so we had a big choc. chip cookie waiting for him when he arrived at 10:00pm last night. It is never too late to eat a choc. chip cookie!
Happy Birthday Les!
Please join us in prayer today for the Eastern Harvest Team and the work in Zambia. To help you in your prayers you can get guidance from the blog below. Thank you for your prayers.
The website for you to use during our day of prayer is
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Have you ever wanted to be able to learn some Masai? Have you ever wondered how hunters survive in the deep forest? Do you love to eat roast meat around campfires? Our son, Zach, answered "yes" to these questions and is now going on his interim trip into the Mau Forest. He will leave this Thursday and come back to RVA next Thursday. He will not have his cell phone so we will not be able to communicate with him while he is gone. He will just take a back pack and a sleeping bag. They will establish a base camp after hiking through the Mau forest. Each day they will hike through the forest to different villages, being taught the Dorobo skills of hunting, honey harvesting, and finding medicinal plants on the way. The trip will end with a night in Nakuru game park. Please pray for God's protection for these students and sponsers who will be going on this trip. Pray for good health and that they will stay warm at night. Pray that this will be a great learning experience for them all.
**If you read this on Tues. or Wed. please pray for Zach as he has to take 3 exams on Wed. Pray he will just do his best and leave the results up to God.
**After he arrives back to the school next Thursday he will clean up his dorm, pack up, and head home on the 28th of March. We are so excited he is coming home. This has been a tough term for him. Pray we will have great communication and quality time while he is home.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinn.
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tblsp. melted butter
2 Tblsp. milk
1/4 cup expresso or very strong coffee
2-3 very ripe bananas-mashed well
Mix dry ingred. first. In a separate bowl mix remaining ingred. Add wet to dry and stir until flour disappears-but not longer. Pour into non-stick loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35 min. (mine took longer) Take out of oven. Remove from pan. cool completely. Store in airtight container or ziplock bag. Freezes well.
Friday, March 6, 2009
1-Their beautiful smiles.
2-Their acceptance of me even though I'm different from them.
3-Their colorful clothes.
4-they always ask about how my family is doing.
5-they are very relational(and so am I)
6-the way they are shy/respectful/reserved around men but when it is just the women they really have fun.
7-their good attitudes even in the midst of their struggles.
8-the way they slap hands with one another when something funny has been said especially when they do that with me.
9-the way they just reach over and start holding my hand as we walk-just because we are friends.
10-how they believe in me
Monday is a holiday here in Zambia -Women's Day(which is really on the 8th). All across the world on 8 March, thousands of events are held to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades, and church events. It sounds like how we as Americans celebrate Mothers Day. So on Sunday and/or Monday pray for the women all across the nations who don't have rights, who are beaten, who think they are nothing, who live day by day sometimes not knowing where their next meal will come from, who have to share their husbands with another wife, who have to do all the chores at home while their husbands lounge under a tree or are off drinking beer. Then at the same time thank God for the husband God gave you and how he treats you.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Pastor Banda from Kakoma Baptist Church with some of his family. He is keeping his rabbits on the porch until the end of the rainy season. When I went by his house to check on his rabbits he told me to make sure I gave a message to the church that provided these rabbits. He said, "Thank you so much for these rabbits you have given to me. I am going to have a lot of rabbits soon and will make lots of extra money that will help my family. We really appreciate."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Today I made brownies and let Mapalo have one of the beaters. He really enjoyed it as you can tell. It was so funny when Hannah tried to take it away from him so we could wash it. Hannah was pulling up with all her strength and Mapalo was pulling down with all of his strength. Finally, he was on his tip toes holding on. He did not want to let go of that beater. We all got a good laugh at that.