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.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Independent Baptist School Presentation



My class: PRESCHOOL






Mrs. Rich's Class: KINDERGARTEN



We have one more semester to go after this. 
 Please pray for us as we teach these children with a focus on God.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Three Girls Saved!

{Left to Right}   Sheila (my helper) talking with 2 girls who accepted Christ.

Over the last two weeks, three girls have been saved in my 11-13 year old Sunday School class.
This is very exciting, because we have been teaching on what sin is and how it separates us from God.  The girls have now responded to the lessons I am currently teaching about faith.

During the month of August, we will have special services every Sunday.
Please pray for me, as I prepare the lessons.
I will be teaching through the Book of Ruth, 
as well as, giving Biblical tips on what a godly relationship between a boy and girl looks like.
Pray that God would help me to explain the Scriptures in a way that they will understand, 
be challenged by it, and respond in obedience to it.

I can't wait to see what the Lord will do!

Monday, June 29, 2015

MILLIONAIRE MADNESS: Teen VBS


"For the love of money is the root of all evil: 
which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,
 and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
I Timothy 6:10 

On June 22-25, 2015, we had our first Teen VBS.


Everyday, we sang songs, played games and had a skit.


The workers did a wonderful job portraying their characters.


Each story showed that world gain will pass away, 
but God's will gives treasure in Heaven.







Jim Hunt did a wonderful job preaching to the kids 
and James Silwamba taught a missionary story.


We are so thankful for these young men to serve as leaders in our church 
and for the wonderful group of teenagers who are 
becoming more and more faithful to services.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day Service


For Father's Day, we honored the father's in our church.
It was a blessing to see men stand up who were the oldest fathers, father's with the most children present at church and the father with the youngest child there.

God has blessed our church with some good and godly men who lead thier homes for Christ!





Saturday, June 20, 2015

Adult Ministry update


We have been having wonderful services here in Kabwe.
We continue to invite visitors out to services,
counsel people during invitations, 
lead people to Christ,
baptize the saved,
disciple for spiritual growth,
and serve together with the believers.
Below you will find some pictures of our adult Sunday ministries.
(Next month I will share about the children's ministries.)


















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.