Thursday, December 31, 2009
This week I will have gone to the airport 4 times. I hate going to the airport because it is usually to say good-bye to someone. I put the boys on a plane to Joburg. on Monday so that they could go to mk camp. Then Kevin left today to go work on his PHD and will be gone until Jan. 23rd. This, by the way is the longest that we have been seperated! The boys will come back from camp on Sat. only to leave again on Monday to go back to school. So it will just be me and Hannah for several weeks. Pray for us if you think about it.
Well, I can hear fireworks outside!! Happy New Year!!!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Fire crackers are popping outside, it is about 95 degrees in the house, presents have been opened, good food has been eaten so our bellies are full, and Jesus' birthday has been celebrated! We have had a fun filled day! We pray you will all enjoy your CHRISTmas too!
Yes, we are all under the tree! We took this pic. after all the presents had been opened. You should see some of the pics. Zach took in the process of getting in this position. Memories!
This will be Zach's last Christmas in Zambia for a long time since he will be graduating from high school in July. It has been so special to have our whole family together during this school break.
We have our big meal on Christmas Eve and then enjoy leftovers Christmas day so that I don't have to spend my whole Christmas day in the kitchen. We had a wonderful Turkey which Kevin cooked for us. Then our side dishes were: rolls, potato casserole, vegetable casserole, corn casserole, green beans, cranberry and apple casserole, and gravy. Yum Yum! We also eat on our fine china so that makes it special too.
The boys really enjoy Dr. Pepper to drink and sometimes you can find them here in Zambia. Some other goodies from the states the kids got were pop tarts, slim jims, pop rocks, junior mints, nerds, tootsie pops, and double bubble gum.
Hannah and I both got some new ear rings for Christmas. You may not be able to tell what mine are but they are coke light bottle tops flattened out. Hannah bought them for me in an outdoor market in Lusaka. Coke lights are my favorite soft drink!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So many times we tend to focus on ourselves and our immediate family during the holidays. This was a good wake up call for us. We need to keep our eyes off of ourselves and keep them focused on Jesus and pray that He will open our eyes to those around us who are hurting.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
1st Corinthians 13 – A Christmas Version
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator .
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing .
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point .
Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love d oesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure . Merry Christmas and lots of love to you and yours!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
All 3 of our children have been baptized here!
"I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Kabinga unveiling Christabell.
(sidenote: that is someone taking pics. right up there where the couple was. In fact, there were two taking pics. and one making a video)
The couple cutting the cake at the reception.
Before the couple cuts the cake there is a knife boy or girl who dances in with the knife. As he/she dances, people go up and put money in their shirt or pockets. This is quite lively!
The couple danced to get a portion of the cake and then danced to take one to the grooms side of the family and then another to the brides side of the family. After they fed each other some cake Kabinga finally leaned over and gave her a kiss. At the wedding he just hugged her which is quite common here.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Born into privilege on a Virginia plantation, Charlotte Digges Moon was a smart, forceful woman who could have achieved most any goal. But God’s call focused Lottie’s life on sharing Christ’s love with China’s lost masses. For 37 years she endured hardship and danger in a land oppressed by famine, disease and war. In the end, she loved the Chinese people more than life itself, giving her own food to starving neighbors – eventually dying of starvation herself.
Why is Southern Baptists’ international missions offering named for this early missionary? Throughout her career, Lottie wrote numerous letters home urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. One of those letters, excerpted below, triggered Southern Baptists’ first offering for international missions in 1888 – enough to send three more missionaries to China.
“How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.”--Lottie Moon, Tengchow, China, Sept. 15, 1887.As missionaries with the International Mission Board, we are a part of one of the best mission sending agencies ever. We have always been taken care of in all areas, including financial. We are all blessed to serve the Lord overseas as Southern Baptist missionaries. The majority of our funding comes from the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) which is collected during this time of year annually. Last year our financial goal was not met. Since it was not met several different areas were affected. Our cluster prayer retreats and annual meetings for 2010 will not be held. Our MK's 12 and up attend an annual camp which will also be affected in 2010. All missionaries' work budgets, retirement, and medical benefits have also been decreased. In addition to these cuts we are also decreasing the number of new personnel who are being appointed to the field in order to stay within budget. We continue to praise the Lord even in the midst of these cutbacks for we know that He is sovereign. We also know that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and His desire is for the lost to believe in Him and be saved. As we continue sharing the gospel we ask you to prayerfully consider what amount you will give to the LMCO. Our LMCO goal this year is $175 million. Pray with us that this goal is met and exceeded resulting in more missionaries being appointed to reach the unreached.
We, as the Baptist Mission of Zambia are here because so many people/churches have given in the past. It is true that we are experiencing tough times in the USA and all over the world at this time. So we know, that whatever is given as an offering this year is going to be a sacrifice. We have sacrificed by leaving our families, jobs, and homes in the states to come and plant our lives in Zambia. I know it may look like we have a lot of missionaries in Zambia but the work is not finished. There is still so much to do! Many of you have sacrificed by praying for all of us, our people groups, and our countries. Some of you have even sacrificed by coming on short term mission trips to Zambia and other places throughout the world. Now, we are asking if you can please help again by giving to this offering. You can visit: http://imbresources.org/index.cfm/fa/store.prod/ProdID/256.cfm and give online or you can give through your local Southern Baptist Church. We just want to thank you in advance for your sacrifice of giving!
How much does it cost to support a missionary?
• $40,931.64 a year
• $3,410.97 a month
• $787.15 a week
• $112.14 a day
• $4.67 an hour
• $.08 a minute
If you give, we are able to continue to homeschool. Your money goes to buy my school books and allow my mom to stay home and teach me.
If you give, many others like these new missionaries to Africa will be provided with a good orientation program, 40/40, to help them learn African culture. "Thank You!"
"Thank you for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Because you give I get to live in the great country of Zambia. I just got saved a few months ago and now I am teaching my friends about Jesus. Each afternoon I go to my neighbors house and share bible stories with them. My best friend even prayed to receive Christ!"- Hannah
Thank you! We live a long way from other people. This man came in a boat and brought us Bibles in our own language.
We have been taught the Word of God because you gave.
Your giving allows us to drive this 4 wheel drive truck so we can get to hard to reach places.
You also provide fuel for our truck!
Zikomo Kwambili!(Thank You!) My name is Daisy Chipanga. Because you give, there is a missionary that is able to drive an hour from her home and come teach the women in Petauke. I take the things I learn from her and teach others. Many women this past year have taken off their charms and stopped going to the witchdoctor and decided to follow Jesus!
Thank you for giving! I was able to hear about True Love Waits from a missionary. My husband and I are committed to just be with one another.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Today was Hannah's 9th birthday. I can hardly believe that my youngest child is 9 years old. We are so blessed to have her as our daughter. She is truly growing into a beautiful young lady.
Hannah wanted to go to Adventure city for the day so after enjoying choc. chip waffles for breakfast we headed to Lusaka. We were the only ones there the whole time! That has never happened. It was like we had rented the whole water park.
Since no one was there I even went down the slides. I felt like a kid again! However, after walking up those steps about 25 times I definitely felt my age.
Evie made this pillow for Hannah's birthday. It is hard to tell in this pic. but she embroidered Hannah's name and a rabbit in that middle square. This pic. was taken on Thanksgiving day. Evie and all of Hannah's other mk friends live too far away to come back after just a week or so. Hannah loves all of her friends so much!