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, June 9, 2015

Lord, Give Us Homes Built on Christ!

There is a song that goes,
"O give us homes built firm upon the Savior.
Where Christ is Head, and Counselor and Guide..."

Today, as I lay down on the floor in our school classroom,
with 11 little heads lying down on homemade cushions, 
I looked around me.  
Some tried to get as close as they could to curl up beside teacher,
 while others lay where they lay everyday.

Some lay quietly listening to the music, while others tossed and turned.

I sang along a little while to the music, 
touching the faces of those laying next to me,
 whispering "I love you and God loves you more", 
rubbing the backs of some who need a little more attention.  

As I looked into the faces of each child,
 looking past today and to their individual situations. 

Some did not have a mother, others come from broken homes, 
some were very loved and cared for,
while others had no interaction in the home.

It was in this moment where I realized the wonderful and loving home 
that I have been blessed to grow up in.  

I have a mother who is kind and caring.  
She sang songs with me, told me stories 
and took me with her wherever she went - to the store, 
to a church ministry, sewing, cooking, working in the garden,....
I am greatly blessed with a father who took time for me.
He also included me in the things he did.  
I was "daddy's little girl" and loved to go with him to gun shops, 
hardware stores, or just for a drive.

My parents made me feel safe and loved. 
 They taught me about life, about God's love and forgiveness, 
and how to turn to God for wisdom in the hard times.

Most of the children in my class will never experience those things, 
BUT Lord-willing their children will.

Everyday of school they have a "mommy" who will shower them with love, 
discipline them when they are wrong, sing and play with them, 
and most importantly teach them God's ways.

Proverbs 22:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

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Please pray for wisdom for us teachers as we deal with 
different circumstances here that are both cultural and family related.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Precious' Precious Blood

As I spent alot of time regaining my strength and building up my blood
 from my sickness and infection, my dear friend and Sunday School helper, 
Precious, was going through many physical trials.
Precious and I cleaning at church
In fact, her condition continued to get worse.
She visited doctor after doctor and was admitted to the local hospitals weekly.
They gave her IV's and pain tablets and after a few days sent her home.

Her abdomen was growing with each day. 
A tumor had taken up residence inside her and was growing at a fast rate.

In Apri,l she was finally taken to the hospitals in the city.
One said they could not see the problem,
another said that they did not have the proper equipment to keep her alive if they operate.

There is much, much more to the story,
 but I will just tell you for now that if it was not by the hand of God, 
she would have died.
It seemed that all hope was gone and her life was being drained from her body, but God did a miracle!
We praise the Lord for -
Precious' faith in God,
her husband's love for her and His Lord,
a divine appointment in a hallway that totally changed the outcome,
and for His grace time and time again.

Why is blood so precious to Precious?
During her first operation, the doctor went to her husband and said,
"She needs more blood transfusions. 
 If we don't get more blood into her fast, she will die".
The blood we sent to Precious.
Her husband got on the phone to family friends and church family.
Again, got brought about His perfect timing 
and a divine appointment with a lady at the blood bank.

You see, here in Zambia if you need blood you have to find donors willing to give.
Once they give it has to be tested,
 then transported by anyone (taxi driver, bus, any person) to the hospital where she is.  
Then it has to be retested.  Finally, it is ready to be given to the patient.

Now you know how precious blood is to Precious.
Numerous times this has happened over the last month for her 
during the multiple surgeries she has had.

It is because of this precious blood that she has life.

Just like that, it is because of Christ's precious blood that we have new life.
1 Peter 1:18-19
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"

Without His blood we also would be destined to spiritual death.
Precious not only has the blood on this earth to save her,
but she also has the precious blood of Christ to give her eternal life.
Precious is home!
We praise God that Precious is still with us.
Precious is now back home with her family.
Most of the day she can only lay on the couch, but praise God she is here!
Please pray for her continued recovery and another upcoming surgery in July.

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All of this information shared was by permission from Precious.
She wants everyone to know how thankful she is for everyone who has been praying.
As her mind becomes more clear, she would like to share a video testimony with you of what God has done in her life.  I will let you know when she has done that.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Sunday School Class


In January, our church divided up the children's ministries even more 
by providing an 11-13 year old Sunday School class for boys and one for girls.  
I was very excited to teach the girl's class. 


We have been studying -
Who is God?
Who is Jesus?
What about Heaven and Hell?
What is sin?
- by studying through the New Testament.


This young lady is one, of a number of girls, 
who have accepted Christ as Saviour after one of our Sunday School classes.



Many times, attendance reaches over 42 girls in this small classroom space.
Like in April, when we used up every chair 
and had to use some small benches to seat everyone.
Every week of April, I had to stand against the wall in a corner to teach 
- PRAISE THE LORD!!!

We currently have over 15 girls enrolled in the Bible Reading program.  Some have read over 10 chapters in Matthew and have answered questions on what they have read.


In 2015, we are working on the whole class memorizing Psalm1.

During the month of April, I challenged them to memorize Proverbs 31:10-31.
Over half of the girls memorized part of it, 
with 4 grils having all 23 verses memorized in just 4 short weeks!!!



Praise the Lord for girls who want to hide God's Word in their hearts!








Friday, April 10, 2015

Showers

Psalm 107:35
"He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, 
and dry ground into watersprings."


As you know, dry season was a hard time.
Farmer's fields were catching fire.
That fire would burn all of the grass they needed to feed thier cattle.
Times of drought and dryness seem hopeless.
Everyday, you find yourself peering up at the sky 
wondering if the Lord will send the rain "today".


In November the rains should come, but November came and went.
We hoped that December would bring the hard rains and
yet it only brought a few showers.


By January, we were still only having light showers,
but thankful for every drop of rain.


I thought about the many blessing that the Lord gives us.
We should be thankful for the small things, 
not just for the large showers of blessings that God gives us.


After all, big or small, they are all gifts from the Lord.


Even though we have not had enough rain 
and rainy season is supposed to be over,
God continues to send those small showers to sustain us 
through the dry times.

Psalm 63:1-8 
1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: 
my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee 
in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
 3 ¶ Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; 
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
 6 When I remember thee upon my bed, 
and meditate on thee in the night watches.
 7 ¶ Because thou hast been my help, 
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
 8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.




Thursday, April 9, 2015

Health Update: On the Road called RECOVERY

Went back to the doctor for a checkup today and he said I have alot of scar tissue from the infection. Also put me on a homeopathic to strengthen my blood and to help build my immune system. Still very tired. He says it will take a while to get back to "normal". I cannot tell you what it means to have prayer warriors. Being on the mission field away from family and friends helps you to see how God brings people around you to help and how He uses people from afar to pray.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Health Update & Dr Office Photos


I want to thank the Lord that I am not in the pain that I was in last Saturday.  
He has brought my body from a place of emergency with an infection that was taking over  the body and quickly turning life threatening, to a place or stability.
No, I am not 100 % better.  
It will take weeks to get back to "normal".  
The infection sight has decreased from the size of a tennis ball to the size of a gumball, 
but my lymphnodes are still swollen and causing pain
(which is a sign that my body is still working overtime to fight off infection). 
The Doc has given me another round of antibiotics,
 in hopes of preventing the infection from coming back full force.  
I greatly appreciate your prayers.
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For those of you who are curious, I took a few pictures of the Dr. Office that I go to.

The building to the left is my Dr's Office
This is the view of the entrance from my car on the street.

When you come in, you go to the desk and write your name on a piece of cardboard (from a cereal box), and then the woman takes it to the doctor to write on.  As you can see from the box in front of her, they saw many patients that day.

When I am called, I walk back this hallway.
This lady cleans everyday and wanted me to take her picture too.
Here is the bed that I lay on for my IV antibiotic injections.  This past week I had to have 1 IV & 1 IM injection everyday.  The antibiotic for the IV injection is painful and very strong and has to be administered over a 10 minute period.
 That is, after they find a new vein to puncture - fun!
This is the nurse (or as they call her here "the Sister") who gave the IM injections and assisted the Dr. with the IV injections.  My doctor is a very humble man and was camera shy.  I praise the Lord for his knowledge of medicine and for his hard work attending to all of the sick, feeble, and diseased people in Kabwe.
 I honestly do not know I would have done without him.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Going to the hospital

Just a quick update for all of you.
This morning I will be leaving for the hospital.
A terrible staph infection has set into my body causing unbearable pain and fever.
After seeing our town doctor and receiving antibiotics and pain killers; it has only spread, rather than getting better.
It is about a 2 1/2 hr drive to the hospital.
Praise the Lord for people from church who have volunteered to drive me.
Please pray that the doctors will know how to treat it appropriately and that the infection will spread no further.
Thanks,
Gina