Friday, September 30, 2011

Visit to the Western Province

Recently we traveled out to the western province of Zambia to visit the missionaries out in that area.  Our first trip was to visit the Lowes who serve in Lukulu which is about a 7 hour drive from Lusaka during the dry season but about a 10 hr. drive during the rainy season.  After we left there we drove about 3 hours to Kaoma where the Smiths live.  We visited with them a few days and then traveled on another 2 hours to visit with Melissa Frady in Mongu.  While visiting these different places we are able to experience a little bit of their lives in the places that they serve.  Below are some pictures that I took while we were in the western province.  Please pray for these 3 units of missionaries as they plant churches, disciple believers, and live in community with others.  Pray they would be a light in the darkness and that others would see Jesus in them.


Robyn teaching all these kids who come to their home every Wed. afternoon to hear bible stories and play a game.  Sometimes they have as many as 80 kids show up.  Imagine the impact this will have in that community as these children grow up and perhaps one day follow Jesus as a result of hearing these bible stories. 

Jeff holding a little boy named Junior.  He was sacked out.  Jeff  handed him off to Kevin during the game time and then Kevin handed him off to me.  He slept through it all!



Robyn telling a bible story
After the bible story time the kids played a game called sharks and fish.  The kids seemed to enjoy it as you can tell.



Hannah, Hadassah, Zoe, and Levi

The Lowe family-Levi, Jeff, Hadassah, Robyn, and Zoe serving in Lukulu, Zambia.
I love this sign! "The town of plenty"

This is the Smith family-Mike, Amy, Evie, and Tyler.  They serve in Kaaoma, Zambia.
The girls went swimming down at the river and had a blast!
Chipango, Hannah, and Evie all wrapped up after swimming.
The Smiths built this bathroom for their guests and the family that lives on their property with them.  They did a great job!
This is a little guesthouse that the previous missionaries built on their property a few years ago.  Kevin and I got to stay in here.
We were able to go to church with the Smiths while we were in Kaoma.  We had a great time of worship with this small church.  The inside was packed and people were sitting outside as well.


Melissa Frady serves in Mongu, Zambia.  There is another single lady, Gerri Helton who also serves in Mongu but she is on her stateside assignment now.  She will be back in Zambia later in October.

 As you travel around in the states there are so many places to pull over and grab a drink, a snack, or even a meal.  Traveling in Zambia is not like that at all.  I took a couple of pictures of where we stopped.  We bought some bananas here and got Hannah a drink below.  We did stop at another place in a very small community and had to pay 1000 kwacha(a little more than a quarter) to use the toilet.  It was just a hole in the ground but at least it had walls.  At this place we also bought a little bag of popcorn and a couple of small bags of chips. 




On our way home we had to drive through a game park for about 2 hours.  We were hoping to see something big like an elephant or lion but instead we just saw Kudu(which is above), impala, and warthogs.  When this big Kudu walked in front of us we had to stop and take a picture of that.  Kevin really wants to kill one of those one day.


 Here are 3 out of the 6 Kudu we saw walking through the bush. 


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blueberries!

Recently when we were visiting our friends in the Northern Province of Zambia our host made us some blueberry muffins.  I couldn't believe she had blueberries so I asked her where she had gotten them.  She had gotten them in the freezer section at Shop Rite in Lusaka!  Funny, someone who lives a two days drive from Lusaka had to tell me about where to find blueberries!  I don't usually buy things in that section because in the past when I did you could tell that the things had thawed and had been refrozen again and tasted funny so I usually steer clear of that area.  So anyway, I bought some frozen blueberries and made these wonderful blueberry muffins last night so I thought I would share the recipe here.  At the bottom I put a recipe for lemon blueberry pancakes.  I have not tried that one yet but in the next couple of days you can be assured we will be trying that one too.  Happy cooking!

To Die For Blueberry Muffins






"Big blueberry flavor warrants big muffins, so fill the cups right up for oversized muffins that will please everyone. The cinnamon-sugar streusel is the crowning glory."

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:
1.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
2.
Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
3.
To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
4.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.



Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cup Cake Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (additional) Cake Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Lemon (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Large Egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • Zest From 1 Lemon
  • 1 cup Heaping Blueberries
  • Extra Butter
  • Maple Or Pancake Syrup
Preparation Instructions
Heat heavy skillet or grill over medium low heat.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix evaporated milk, juice of 1 lemon (more if lemon isn't very juicy), and lemon zest. Allow to sit for five minutes, then add egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix to combine.
Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Splash in more evaporated milk if mixture is overly thick. Stir in blueberries. Again, check to make sure mixture isn't overly thick.
Melt butter in heated skillet. Drop batter by 1/4 cup measures and fry pancakes on both sides until golden.
Serve with softened butter and warm syrup.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who will it be?

This is the week of the national elections in Zambia. Voters will be electing a president, members of parliament and local government officials next Tuesday, Sept. 20th.  Please, Pray that the people of Zambia will seek the Lord’s will as they cast their votes.  Pray for the candidates as they campaign in different parts of the country.  Pray for the election officials. Pray for peace in the days surrounding the elections. Lastly, Pray for God’s blessing on the people of Zambia.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After

 Kevin and I met the first day of our freshman year at UNC-Wilmington at a party. I was dating someone else at the time so we just became friends.  Knowing that I was in a long distance relationship, Kevin decided to stick close because he figured it wouldn't work out.  After a few months his theory came true.  In Feb. of our freshman year we started dating. I was a carnal Christian and Kevin was not even a Christan at that time.  I became friends with a girl named Kim Freeman(below) who most definitely was a Christian.  I could tell that her life and my life were not too similar.  She invited me to a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting and I went.  Everyone was different and seemed to have something that I didn't.  I ended up going to Daytona Beach Florida for spring break with CCC.  While I was there I realized why I was different from most of my friends.  They all were walking with the Lord and had a strong relationship with Him.  I had prayed to receive Christ when I was 16 but I was trying to be in control of my life at this point and not allowing God to be in control.  It's like I was putting God in a box and just getting Him out when I needed something.  I rededicated my life to the Lord at this time.  When I got back to school I broke up with Kevin since he was not a christian and I knew that I wanted to follow Christ.  He could tell I had changed and wanted to know what had happened.  I shared the four spiritual laws with him(tract) and a few days later he prayed to receive Christ.  We stayed broke up for a couple of months and then got back together after I felt sure he was not just doing it to get me back.  We dated throughout our four years of college and then got married Sept. 10th 1988. 
Growing up I was like most girls dreaming of my prince charming sweeping me off my feet and us living happily ever after.  Never would I have imagined 23 years ago what my happily ever after would look like-in the ministry, Kevin pastoring, having 3 wonderful children, and then being a missionary in Africa!.  That is just like God though!  I'm glad that I didn't know 23 years ago what my life would look like.  Perhaps that would have been too boring.  Instead, I have been on an incredible adventure with the man I love!  I'm thankful to God for bringing us together and keeping us together throughout all these years.  Of course, our life has not been without difficulties, no life is, I'm just thankful for a loving, faithful God who helps us when we need it most.

Below are some pictures of our wedding day.  Hope you enjoy!

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 My bridesmaids-Kelly, Angie S., me, Angie-my sister, Kim, and Eileen

 Kevin's ushers and our dads-Grady, Todd P., my dad, me and Kevin, Kevin's dad, Todd B., and Ray.
We are so thankful for great friends and family that came out to support us on this special day.

 As we were waiting to go in my sister realized she did not have Kevin's wedding ring.  There was a moment of panic but then we found it on the train of my dress.  The music started and then we started the processional.  I love this picture of me and my daddy!



They kissed and lived happily ever after.....

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Luapula Province-on the way home

On our way home from Kaputa we drove through Luapula Province.  The first day we drove 12 hours until we got to a lodge to stay in for the night.  The first 4 1/2 hours were on a dirt road and there were people everywhere.  We passed village after village on this road.  We were amazed at how many Jehovah Witness churches there were.  I'm not lying, I bet we saw one every 5-10 kms.and no evangelical churches in sight until we got to Nchelenge and then there were just a handful.  Please pray for this province to come to know Jesus!  It is a very dark area of Zambia and someone needs to go and be a witness among these people.
The second day we traveled 4 hours back to Lusaka.  It was a great trip but it sure is nice to be home!

Here is some info. on this province:
Luapula Province is one of Zambia's nine provinces, and is located in the north of the country. The provincial capital is Mansa. Luapula Province was named after the Luapula River. It extends along the northern and eastern banks of the river from Lake Bangweulu to Lake Mweru, including waters and islands of those lakes, and is inhabited by Bemba-speaking peoples. The major economic activity is fishing.
In the 19th century the valley was dominated by the Lunda kingdom.The province is bordered along the Luapula River, through Lake Mweru and to its north by DR Congo which at times has led to disputes and conflict.

 Kevin and I said we would love to have a home right here where we stood to take this pic.  This was on the left side of the road and to the right was huge lake Mweru.  It was very picturesque. I just think this is a beautiful view!  

 After many hours we came to an area where there was a very long bridge and miles and miles of flood plain. We crossed over the huge bridge and saw some interesting things on the other side of it.

 These raised up areas are where there is a giant ant hill underneath the grass.

 These are termite hills!  We have seen many termite hills throughout Zambia but never like this.  Usually, the ones we see are spread out and bigger than these.  As far as we could see on both sides of the road there were termite hills, like tiny rows of daggers or dragon's teeth.  I took a close up below so you could see better what they look like.



 This was taken just on the side of the road.

 We stopped to buy two bags of charcoal because it is much cheaper out in the bush than in town.

I love this pic. of these kids.  As we were waiting for Kevin to get the charcoal these children asked me, "How are you?" at least 15 times.

This is the Luapula province which we traveled through to get from Kaputa to Lusaka.

This is the Northern Province where Kaputa and Mbala are.  Right now we just have those two missionary families that we just visited and one other family in Isoka which is also in the Northern province.  3 families for this whole province!  

Northern Province, with a total area of 147,286 square kilometers, is the largest of Zambia's 9 provinces. It shares borders not only with three other provinces - Central, Eastern, and Luapula, but also with three countries as well - the Democratic Republic of Congo in the north, Tanzania in the north-east, and Malawi in the east.According to the 2000 Census of population, Northern Province has a population of 1,407,088. This represents an increase of 481,233 from 925,865 in 1990. The annual population growth rate is 4.3%, which is the highest of all the 9 provinces. 50.5% of the total population is female and 49.5% is male. Children below the age of 15 make up 49.5% of the population in the province.
Pray for God to do an amazing work in this province through our 3 missionary families-The Adairs, the Schwarz, and the Kimbroughs.



Kaputa, Zambia

 After we left Mbala we traveled to Kaputa, Zambia.  From Mbala we drove 8-9 hours to get to Kaputa.  The first hour was on paved road and the rest was all on dirt road with lots of pot holes.  We drove through Mporokoso and stopped on the side of the road and ate a sandwich Rita had made for us.  We also drove through the market area and visited with a man named Borniface who is a baptist leader there.  We have a request for a missionary to come there and serve in Mporokoso so it was good for us to see it.  We finally arrived in Kaputa late in the afternoon to visit with the Adair family.  They have been living in Kaputa for 5 years.  They live the most far out of any of our missionaries in Zambia.  It takes them a full two days of driving to get to Kaputa from the capital city. 

 I took this picture because out in this area most people paint some kind of design on their huts which is a lot different than in other parts of Zambia which we have been to.  
One of the things I love best about Kevin's new job is going to visit other missionaries and seeing where they live, meeting the people they work with, and learning more about culture and life where they live.

 James was walking over to this hut before church on Sunday.  We were able to go to church with the Adair family which met in a small school room.  James preached in Bemba which is the language they speak in the Northern province.  

 James, Mary Margaret, Hutch, and Lulie and one is on the way in October.

 It was much warmer in Kaputa than in Lusaka so we spent a lot of time outside in the shade.  
Lulie was watching a baby gecko in the above pic.
Their well pump broke as soon as we got there so we had very limited water.  James and Kevin spent a lot of time working on the well and by the grace of God it began pumping water again the night before we left.

 I love this picture of Hutch looking up to Hannah.

 Hutch decided to sit in his block container and then wanted me to take a pic. of him.  He is so cute!

Hutch took this pic. of me and Lulie on their back porch.
We had a great time visiting with the Adairs and seeing where they live.  Please pray for the Adair family this next month as Mary Margaret and the kids fly to South Africa in a couple of weeks as they await this new little baby that will come in Oct.  James will join them there in a few weeks.  
Also, pray for them as they live in this far out place away from other Americans and in a difficult area.  Their closest grocery store is 8 hours away!  There are many Jehovah Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventist in their area, both cults, which make it hard to work and start churches.  By the grace of God a few churches have been started in Kaputa.  Please pray for these churches to continue to grow and to be a light in such darkness.


Mbala, Zambia


This past week we traveled to the Northern province of Zambia to visit two different missionary families in that area.  These families live very far from the capital city of Lusaka.  On the first day we traveled about 4 1/2 hours to Mkushi and stopped at a lodge but there were no rooms available except a drivers room which was about 6 ft. by 10 ft. with just two single beds in it.  We were going to just take it since it was already 6:00pm but when Kevin called one of our friends they told us about another lodge 15 min. down the road.  We called to see if there was room there and there was so we left and went to Loza lodge for the night.  The next day we drove about 8-9 hours to get to Mbala where we visited with the Schwarz family.  Sorry, I didn't get a pic. of the whole family together.  One day we went to a museum which was pretty nice and Kevin went out with Steve to see some of his work, meet some of the people there, and to witness.  The next day we went to a water fall not to far from their home and celebrated Steve's birthday.  Below, are some pics. from the trip.


 It's not Victoria Falls but it sure was beautiful.  Kalambo Falls is the second highest waterfall in all of Africa. Isn't it amazing?




 Heather, Lane, Hannah, and Seth
Hannah had so much fun having some kids to play with.  The Schwarz family has 4 children but Tobias, their oldest son, didn't come with us this day.

 Across from where we were was Tanzania, this man was washing a shirt in the water.

 Lane, Hannah, and Seth

 These next few pics. Kevin took from the Tanzania side.  Kevin decided to wade through the water to get to the other side since the Kalambo river was so low and he could safely cross.





 This is right where the waterfall goes over the edge!  If one of these kids had fallen off the rock they were sitting on, well, let's not think about that!

 me and kevin

 Steve, Lane, Seth, and Heather

Steve celebrated a birthday while we were there.  Rita made choc. cake with a peanut butter icing and also some homemade ice cream!  Yum!  So glad we got to be there to help celebrate with the Schaffer family also who serve in Mbala.

Please pray for the Schwarz family as they serve in Mbala, Zambia and try to start churches.  They have been in Zambia for just a couple of years and are still trying to learn Bemba in addition to starting churches.  Rita homeschools the four children which takes most of her day as you can imagine.  Pray for them as they develop relationships with  nationals and as they seek where God is working so they can get in on what He is doing in Mbala.