Dear Praying Friends & Family,
By now, most of you have received a letter to let you know that I have come home from South Africa on a furlough. The ministry that I was helping with no longer needed me. I have made many inquiries and have visited other ministries. By the counsel of my pastor, I have come home to seek the Lord on His clear direction of where to go next, meanwhile, serving at my local church, getting some further training to be even more effective on the mission field, etc... My heart is in Africa and I know these few months will fly by till I can go back there to serve. I would appreciate your prayers!
In His Service,
Gina A. Frey
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 South Africa. 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 Durban, South Africa. 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".
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Saturday, February 8, 2014
One morning, We headed out of town into the bush
to visit a family from church.
Some of the roads in Zambia are paved, while others are dirt.
Some people walk,
others ride bicycle,
some drive a homemade donkey cart,
and others drive (like we did).
The road conditions in Kabwe are very bad.
Below is a video I took while driving in the bush.
Faith, one of the faithful woman from Independent Baptist church,
speaks in Bemba to the woman of the house.
(Bemba is the official language of the Bemba people.
Although it shares the same root family of the Bantu language as Zulu,
it is VERY differant.)
|Even little Hazel likes to visit with the Bemba people.|
|This is a typical Bemba kitchen.|
Carole & Faith do a wonderful job visiting the ladies.
It was a blessing for me to go along with them and to see
how the people in this part of Africa live.
Please pray for the missionaries & people from the
Independent Baptist Church in Kabwe
as they visit people in town and in the bush.
Friday, February 7, 2014
With my ministry in Durban, South Africa coming to a close,
my pastor and deacons recommended that I travel to Zambia
to see another ministry.
So I went to visit Pastor Adam and Carole Rich
on January 20-Febrary 3rd to see their ministry
at Independent Baptist Church in Kabwe, Zambia.
Kabwe is known for its lead and zinc deposits.
There are over 203,000 people living in Kabwe,
which makes a perfect location for Independent Baptist Church.
The church is close to the center of town.
Here is a video of what you might see while driving through Kabwe.
The church owns this brown building.
|Outside the church auditorium.|
|Church Nursery sometimes has 26 babies & toddlers in it.|
|Taking attendance as the children arrive.|
|On this Sunday, there were around 196 kids in attendance.|
Along with regular church services,
Independent Baptist Church has a productive visitation ministry.
They meet every Saturday afternoon to pray
and go out to visit others in the community.
The church also has a vision to start a Christian school in 2015.
Please pray that the Lord will provide the finances, administration,
and teachers to make this possible.
Also pray with me, as I seek the Lord concerning where He wants me to serve.
***Be sure to look for more posts about my visit to Zambia including:
-visiting in the bush
-life on a farm in Zambia
Monday, January 13, 2014
There is a natural phenomenon that happens in my area.
It creeps up on you and then you can't see a thing.
This natural phenomenon is what we Hillcrestians call "The Mist".
This "mist" does not occur anywhere else in Durban,
but when you get to Hillcrest you see it.
It might be a very beautiful. clear day with not a cloud in site.
Then, you can feel the weather shift rapidly.
You look out your window and see this.
Here it comes!
Once it has arrived, the "mist" makes it hard to see anything.
The "mist" reminds me of how satan attacks us sometimes.
Life can be going well, but then all of a sudden a "mist" rolls in.
The "mist" (satan's attack), makes it hard to see through the darkness.
This attack seems to cover our life making it feel dark and dreary.
Praise God for His Word to light our path!
Use God's Word to help you and lead you through the hard times!
Recently, while reading my devotions,
the Lord made the following verse stick out to me:
"For thou wilt light my candle:
the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness."
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I have struggled with my gardens while living in South Africa.
My friend, Bethany, & I planted the garden
only a month after I moved here in 2012.
After that, it began to grow and flourish.
Then the predators began to come.
The monkeys would steal the tomatoes, potatoes, and even eat some flowers.
|Mama monkey carrying baby|
They would uproot my root vegetables, leaving the half eaten carrots on top.
As a missionary, my goal is to share the Gospel,
lead people to Christ and help them grow in their spiritual walk.
My garden often reminds me of the spiritual growth in
myself and the South African ladies that the Lord has put into my life.
The Gospel was planted & watered.
The seed took root and appears to be growing.
A little while ago, I was sitting in the front room studying for my Zulu class.
I briefly looked out the window to see a monkey thief
pulling out all of my beautiful carrots.
I ran to the window and clapped my hands to chase it away.
Then, I returned to my studies.
After a few minutes, movement from the window caught my eye again.
That monkey came back to pull more carrots out.
This time I got up and opened the veranda door and threatened him
with a shovel in my hand.
He calmly looked at me, grabbed a few more carrots,
and climbed back up on the roof.
I was frustrated with that bad monkey by this time.
My carrots were not as big as I wanted them to be,
so I was not ready to dig them out yet.
After mumbling a few words about how I wanted to kill those pesty monkeys,
I sat down to continue my studies.
Just as I sat down, I saw that the monkey thief
had already returned to the carrot patch.
That was it!
I had to do something more permanent about it!
No, I did not kill the monkey.
(It is illegal to do that here.)
I bent down and picked up all of the uneaten carrots
that the monkey had pulled out.
Then I dug out all of the rest.
Although, the carrots were all planted at the same time,
I immediately saw the drastic difference in their growth.
This reminded me of the difference in the spiritual growth
of myself and those around me.
Everything may look the same of the outside,
but it is what is below the surface that God is concerned about.
Week after week, I have invested in the spiritual growth of others
by teaching Bible Studies and discipleship courses.
Yet, there is an apparent difference in the growth rate of each individual.
This life lesson from my garden reminded me that
there are hindrances in each of our lives to spiritual growth.
It is our duty as Christians to go before the Lord
in prayer asking Him to examine our hearts,
cleanse us with His Word, and help us to grow as He sees fit.
It is not the rate with which we grow that is as important as
the fact that we ARE growing!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
During this Christmas season, I have been learning a lesson about true joy.
The world, things, and people around us sometimes bring us sadness and hurt, but they also bring us happiness.
Did you know, that all of those things fail to give us true joy?
Happiness is a feeling,
but joy is something that you carry with you
regardless of things or circumstances.
As I have read through the Christmas story numerous times in the last few weeks, I cannot help wondering what feelings and emotions
Mary and Joseph carried with them on that journey to Bethlehem.
Why would God plan to have them travel so far
during Mary's 9th month of pregnancy?
When they arrived, there was no welcoming committee,
not even a bed to lay thier heads on.
Why would God not have planned a better welcoming
for this virgin to miraculously give birth to the King of Kings?
Mary might have even wondered what she had done wrong
to deserve such a lowly time in labor - no midwife to help,
no family or friends to encourage her on,
just some smelly animals in a crowded stable.
Things happen in our lives that are out of our control.
We find ourselves in circumstances where there seems to be no hope,
but yet God has a plan!
How can I be happy amidst a time where circumstances
seem to have turned my world upside-down?
The truth is, I can't be happy.
BUT I can have JOY!!!
True joy comes from knowing and walking with the Lord.
|"Joy to the World" the Savior has come!!!|
The other day, I spent some time doing a word study on "joy/rejoicing".
Below are some of the highlights from my study.
There is joy in Salvation-
"And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."
~ noone can steal the joy that we receive when trusting Christ as Savior. That joy is constant because we have tasted of the Lord's grace and mercy in not being worthy of Him.
"But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation."
Psalm 33:21 "For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name."
It is good for me to be joyful -
"Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart."
"Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is comely for the upright."
~ i like that thought! "praise is comely for the upright". No matter what happens to me in life, I am not alone. I am His and He is mine! I can praise God regardless of hardships, because He loves me, He knows, and He cares!
My daily walk with Him brings joy -
1Chronicles 16:10 "Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD."
"Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: let such as love Thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified."
Nehemiah 8:10 "...for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
~ This verse is so helpful, because I find that if I put on joy, I have the strength to carry my through the day. Where does that joy come from? It comes from the remembering of all that the Lord has done for me, reading His word to remind me, and being faithful where He has placed me.
Witnessing & bearing fruit brings joy -
"And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together."
His provision makes me rejoice -
"And thou shalt rejoice in every good [thing] which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that [is] among you."
~ He gives me all good things! What else can I do, but rejoice!!!
Trusing He will be there with me brings me joy -
"But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in
~If I trust Him, He promises to defend and care for me. The verse says it wil cause me to shout for joy!
"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things."
~ I can claim the truth that He will do great things in my life!
"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [Him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:"
~ My joy & rejoicing is evidence of my faith in His love and care for me.
Joy during trials and adversities-
"I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy: for Thou hast considered my trouble; Thou hast known my soul in adversities;"
~ What s precious verse! He considers my troubles and knows how my soul hurts during adversities. How comforting to know that he cares for me so personally. When noone else may know the deep hurt of a situtation, my Loving Heavenly Father knows it ALL!
"Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] Thou hast broken may rejoice."
~ What a plea, to ask to be made to hear joy and gladness. I have experienced some deep hurt already in my lifetime. Some hurt is so deep that you do feel that your bones are broken. your body feels so sick and weak, you sometimes just wish to give up. Your hope is like the Psalmist's. You long to hear the sound of joy again. When that sounds hit your ears, it lifts your spirit. God sometimes brings joy into our lives to life our heavy hearts and to relieve our brokeness.
"Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice."
~ His protection makes me rejoice. Like a bird sheltering her young with strong, protective wings, God is our help and shelter int he time of storm!
"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels."
Matthew 5:12 "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
~ Persecution or trials may come, but we can rejoicing in knowing that we have a great reward awaiting us!
1Peter 4:13 "But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
~ Our own sufferings for the cause of Christ, make us fellow partakers in Christ's sufferings. I have found that trials and sufferings draw me closer to my precious Lord.
Maybe, you are experiencing some things in your life
right now that seem to steal your joy.
It is your happiness that is gone,
but you must remember where true joy comes from.
True Joy comes from God!
When I am feeling weak in joy,
I try to take some extra time to study His Word
and rest on His promises.
Very soon, you will find that even amidst your trial
God has given you true joy.
"The Joy of the Lord is My Strength"!!!