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.

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.

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.

So.... maybe you have been wondering what I have been up to.
Here are a few pictures to show you 
a few of the different things I have been doing.

Sunday AM & PM Services, as well as, Thursday evening service

Leading the songs and doing a game in Junior Church

We usually have over 25 girls and over 30 boys.

I have been teaching Sunday School class for the last few weeks as a replacement for the regular teacher.
There are usually between 125-175 or more children in this class.
I have also shared some wonderful meals and times of fellowship with a number of families from our church.

Learning more of our local area.

Explored a little of the shops in town around the church.

 Last week, while getting some copies made at a shop in town, 
I spoke to the lady about the Lord and invited her out to church.  
I was delighted to see that she came on Sunday for the Morning Worship service!

Continue praying for the people of Kabwe!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Arrived safe & where I live

Well, I just have a quick minute with internet.
I arrived in Zambia safely and I am getting settled in.
Here are a few pictures of my surroundings.
Also, some outside pictures of the front and back of my house.

Hope to post more soon when I have better internet access.
Besides getting settled in and used to my new surroundings,
I have been busy helping on the farm, going out on ladies visitation,
and gettting to know the Zambian people.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Here I go!

This past week was Missions Conference 
at my sending church (Mt.Zion Baptist).

What a great week of preaching, testimonies from
 the missionaries, & stirring slide presentations.

Today, I head back to Africa.
It has been a blessing to be home, get recharged, 
& to report to my supporters.

My church had a special service on Sunday night to send me off.

The Smiles & Sunshine Ministry gave me a fuzzy blanket 
to remind me of the blessed time we had together serving the Lord.

Pastor preached from the following passage:
Romans 16:1&2 ¶  I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, 
and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: 
for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also."

After the message, the ladies of the church gathered around me 
to pray for the Lord to protect, guide, & strengthen me.

I am blessed to have a wonderful group of believers here 
holding me up in prayer!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Life Lessons from Farm Living: Introduction

The other week, some of my friends asked me to watch over their farm
 while they got away for a few days.

I counted it a privledge to be asked. 
Also, I was needing a little retreat from home life & traveling life.

As they say in Green Acres, "Farm Livin is the Life for ME!"

I do enjoy the life on a farm.
Yes, it is very hard & tiresome work, but it also has its rewards.

In Zambia I will be living on a farm, so this was the perfect chance
 to get back in the swing of things in preparation to go.

During those few short days of watching over the farm,
some of the animals made me love them more while others tried my patience.

As I sat on the porch just to take a breath in the quietness, 
I thought of all of the "life lessons" I had learned while having this experience.

In the next few posts, I will share with you some 
"Life Lessons from Farm Living".

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark! "

Lately, I have been pondering on how God allows us
 to go through and grow through the trials in our lives.

In my church (and probably in yours), there are all kinds of people. 
 The ones who are my heroes & encouragers are those who have grown through their trials.  

How easily we can sit in a pew thinking -
 "That person is a super christian. It must be because their life is easy". 
 The opposite is usually true.  
Those "great" Christians are usually the ones who have the biggest scars and deepest hurt, but by God's grace and power they have not allowed Satan to have victory over their lives.

What got me thinking on all of this? 
Well, I'll tell you.

I was looking over my pictures from before I left South Africa in February.

As I was getting my house in order and ready to pack everything up, 
I decided to do a big "spring cleaning" to make the house look great
 for the next people who would move in.

One of those cleaning chores involved taking down this huge "curtain box" 
(you know, the wooden frame that your curtains or drapes are hung in).

That thing was huge and heavy!

After almost killing myself, I got it loose and lifted it up.
The weight was too much for me, so the beam of wood slipped out of my hand 
and hit me right on the face.

But, I didn't give up, I wanted to get everything clean, 
so I gathered what was left of my strength and got ahold of it.
Finally, I was able to set it on the floor.

I was reveling in my victory over the "curtain box"
(ha ha ha, you thought you won, but I tackled you down!),
 when I realized that when it hit me in the face it almost knocked me out.

My head hurt and my face was numb.
I put my hand up to see why it was so numb.
When I looked at my hand, there was blood.

Yep, that "curtain box" got me right in the face.
Not only did it hit me hard, but it hit me so hard 
that 2 of my teeth went right through my upper lip.

"Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark!", I said.

Well, don't they say that 'a scratch adds character?'

Actually, it healed rather quickly and the scar on my face is unnoticeable.

Sometimes, things do happen in our lives that hurt us badly and may even leave a scar.

What do you do about those things?

Do you use that experience the rest of your life as an excuse for not obeying and serving God or do you allow that "scar" to be healed by the Balm of Gilead?

It may leave a mark, so ask yourself,
"if I am going to go through it, will I grow through it?

Ps 6:2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; 
for I am weak: 
O LORD, heal me
for my bones are vexed.

Ac 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, 
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed;
 lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, 
and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.