WELCOME !

Welcome friends, old and new, known and unknown! It has been my desire to share with you how the Lord is working in my life as I serve the Lord on the mission field of Kabwe, Zambia. There is an old black and white movie called The African Queen. It is about a boat that travels down river. This blog is not about a boat. It is however, about my travels on the mission field of Kabwe, Zambia. By the way, did you know that my name means queen. For many years I have been burdened for souls in Africa. That is why some of my friends call me African Queen.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

School Preparations

ONE WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL

We were waiting for the curriculum to arrive
and when it finally did,
it was water damaged.
Whole boxes of books soaked through.
Those that weren't soaked through,
had water damage on the spine of the books
The day that we planned to spend going through curriculum,
organizing materials, and decorating classrooms...
...instead was spent laying out every book 
and piece of paper seperately to dry.
Thankfully, we had the space to lay it out.

THREE DAYS BEFORE SCHOOL
On the Sunday night before school started,
we had a special dedication service. 
This is the first year of the school,
we don't know what will be ahead, 
but we know that God has led the church
 to start a school this year.
Pastor Rich placed 18 little chairs in front of the auditorium
 to represent the 18 students who will be 
the first students at Independent Baptist School.

Three leading men at our church were asked 
to come forward to pray for the dedication.
One man prayed for the students, another for the parents,
and the other for the teachers.

After prayer, Pastor Rich called these two men forward.
They have given many hours to the
 construction & preparation of the school classrooms.
We are so thankful for their willing hearts & hands!


ONE DAY BEFORE SCHOOL
The day before school was open house.
We went in early to decorate and prepare.
Above is the room where the 2-4 year old children have school.

Below is the 0-1 year old room 
where the staff children are watched during school time.
Thanks to some families for the rugs that the children can play on.

Another great big THANKS to Mrs. Snedegar 
(one of the best preschool teachers I know)
for giving me alphabet sets, posters, and lots of learning materials.


Without those blessed contributions,
the classrooms would not be what they are today.



I know many of you helped to gather matierials and have given
 financially to the purchase of school supplies.    Thank you!

Now we are ready to start school!!!




Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014


This year around Christmas,
I was not feeling so "Christmasy".


The weather had been so hot and dry.


Still the rains did not come.


I am one who loves to decorate my home.
It is so fun to put out all of the Christmas things that remind me 
of home, family, and Christmases past.


This year was a bit different.
I had nothing to use (everything is still in South Africa in storage).


Thankfully, my dear friends at the plant nursery
lent me this 2 foot high tree, which I decorated with handmade things 
(from seed pods found in the bush, toilet paper tubes, 
paint, washi tape, and glitter).


It still didn't feel like Christmas,
until I found the above nativity.

That was what was missing.
I collect nativities, but this one meant alot more to me 
because I had nothing else.

~~~

Over the last few weeks, 
as I have been working on the Christmas program with the children,
the Lord impressed on my heart the grand joy that surrounded 
the birth of the Christ-child.

The shepherds and angels gave glory to God.
The Bible says that even the rocks and hills cry out.
Every week, I would go home after hearing the kids sing-
"Joy to the world,
the Saviour reigns,
let men their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
repeat their sounding joy,
repeat their sounding joy,
repeat, repeat their sounding joy,"

I began to listen more closely to the sounds of nature around me.
The bleating of the sheep,
the wind in the trees,
the bird's song,
the tree frogs,...
all repeating the sounding joy of my Saviour!


My Christmas Eve this year was not different
than that night so long ago when the Saviour came to earth.


As I sat around the table with new "Church family & friends",
there were sounds of laughter and joy. 
Conversations of the Lord's goodness to us and our thankfulness for God sending His Son to earth were the praises sounding joy from our lips.

IBC Ladies group singing "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"



Christmas Day began with a breakfast with friends
and then we headed over to church for Christmas Service.


After service, we went back to share gifts, eat delicious leftovers, 
and just spend some time together (I even took a nap!).


I hope that you too had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS
filled with joy for the Saviour's birth!

Luke 2:10-11
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, 
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord."






Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Joy to the World, the Lord is Come" - our 2014 Children's Christmas Program


Starting at the beginning of December,
we invited a group of kids from church to come on Saturdays 
to prepare for a Christmas Program.




We could not invite all of the Sunday School kids, 
because we usually have 200 or more.


Most of the children in this year's program have never been 
a part of a Christmas Program.

Rebecca teaching new songs


In fact, most do not know many/any Christmas songs.


We worked hard every Saturday for a few hours, 
singing the songs over and over again.


They rehearsed their lines so much, 
that some even knew the other's parts.



We planned and wrote this Christmas program with the
desire to teach the children the "Christmas" verses 
and that they would also be able to quote
 these Scriptures on Christmas day at their homes
 for their family and friends to hear the Word f God.

Angels

Narrators in back, shepherds in front.


More narrrators in back, shepherds in front.

Little sheep

Below is the video of our Children's Christmas Program.
(Turn up the volume on your computer and enjoy!)




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Water....Water...Water: The Drought and Fields that Burn

Daily, I think of WATER.

Like the Zambian people, I long for the Lord to send the rains.
My lips are constantly dry; my mouth is constantly parched.
Water....water....water!!!

Daily, I need to go to that Living Water for my spiritual thirst to be quenched.
I have seen over and over again lessons that we can apply to our need for Christ, our Living Water.

 "Jesus answered and said unto her, 
Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water 
springing up into everlasting life."  ~John 4:13-14

Let me tell you what we are experiencing right now in our physical need for water and then lets apply it spiritually.
~~~

Last February, when I took my survey trip to Zambia
the dambos (this is what they call thier water supply
 for cattle and crops) looked like this:


This is our farm's dambo only half full.
It looks so refreshing and beautiful in this picture.


Eventually, the water all dried up because of lack of rain.


Now that beautiful oasis, looks like this, dry as a desert.


Most of the grass and trees are dry and brittle.
Some of the farms have dry boerholes (the word they use for "well").


They other week, while driving to see someone from church,
I noticed that one side of the lane had been burnt, 
while the other remained dry.

Not only does the drought dry up the ground and everything growing,
but those conditions also make it easier for a field to catch fire and spread.


The fire took away necessary food for already starving cattle.

See how thin these cows are.  You can see every bone in their body.

As I continued to drive, I could see the hot embers 
from a fire continuing to burn.

 

What a contrast in each side of the road.
The left side shows how dry and destitute the land has become,
while the right side shows complete devestation.

Everyday, we live with a hope for water.
Every cloud in the sky is constantly glanced at
 in wonder of whether it will carry rain.
Every conversation we have with people during the day carries the
question, "Do you think it will rain today?"
~~~

You see, this time of drought has caused everyone to look UP!
It is during the times of drought in our spiritual lives that we need to look up.
We must remain close to that well of Living Water to avoid drought.
But, when drought does come, we must be very careful and on guard so that we will not be burned and in total devastation.  

What about you?
Are you experiencing drought?
We all do from time to time.
Are you in the Word?
Are you keeping away from "fires" that may devastate your life? 
Or are you allowing the worldly things to burn and devastate you?

Its time to turn to the Living Water.
LOOK UP with a renewed hope that one day, the Lord will send the rain.

James 5:7 "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Blessed Baby Shower


When I first arrived in Zambia,
the ladies at our church had a baby shower
for one of our church members who had twins.


This was a fun and special occasion for the ladies from our church.


This type of "ministry" has a few specific purposes.

First of all, it gives the ladies a chance to fellowship.
Many of our ladies are busy in various ministries.
Sometimes a week goes by where we don't get to see each other because one or the other is busy teaching or helping in a class or the nursery.


Secondly, it provides us a chance to honor a lady who is faithful to church, married to her original and only husband, 
and one who has a good testimony for the Lord.


Thirdly, this is a good example to the other woman of the church of how God blesses you and provides for your needs when you are faithful to Him.


We hope that there will be may more occasions 
for our ladies to gather together in godly fellowship.