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, September 18, 2014

Ice Cream SUNDAY

I don't know about 
you, but Fall is my 
favorite time of year.  

I love the crisp cool mornings, 
all of the food the harvest brings to my table 
(pumpkins, squash, corn, apple pie, ...), 
wearing a sweatshirt & sipping a nice hot cup of tea.

The other week I sent my friend in Zambia a message.
I told her that I will be coming at the end of October 
and asked what she thought I should bring.
She said, "bring something cool to wear, the weather in Zambia is hot!"

In Africa, this time of year brings heat and a busyness as they go into Summer.

The missionaries I will be serving with, Adam & Carol Rich,  
have reported to me that the church in Zambia is running high in attendance.

  Pastor Rich said, "We averaged 405 for the month of August, 
with 50 first time adult visitors, and 17 saved! "

So as the temperature rises, so does the attendance - PRAISE THE LORD!!!

They had a special Sunday in August called "Ice Cream Sunday".
Everyone in attendance got some ice cream (definately a Baptist church!!!)

Here are a few pictures that they have shared with me 
from the church in Zambia.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Packing Barrels for Zambia

On August 20th, this man from AMEZAM met me at a church in Maryland 
to load my truck with barrels to fill for Zambia.

I had four 78 gallon barrels to fill with ministry supplies
 for the school & ministry in Zambia.

It was amazing to see how God provided.

From school supplies, to toys, and also with a variety of Bible lesson pictures & ideas, God sent many things to use in the ministry in Zambia.

Thanks to TAP Ministry, the Lord provided some excellant tools for the Sunday School & Junior church classes.

Very soon, my barrels went from empty...

I had to stand on a stool to get things into the bottom of the barrel.
I used my "reaching sticks" to get things to be packed & stacked better.
Then I used the sticks again to find any extra space where we could fit something else in.
For weeks, I packed and packed until the last barrel was finished.

...to full. Praise the Lord!!!

Dad got me that cute monkey puppet for only 89 cents!

On Monday, September 15th, my Zambian friend came back to meet me at the church to pick up the packed barrels.

We rolled the barrels from one truck to the other.

Those barrels were taken to the Baltimore harbor, 
packed in a container and put on a freighter bound for Africa.  

When they arrive, they will be unloaded and driven to a farm in Zambia where I will receive them around Christmas time (that is how long it takes, folks!).

Thank you to all who gave supplies and financial gifts 
to make the shipping of these things possible.  

It will be like Chritmas when we open them on the mission field 
(oh, and it WILL BE Christmas!!!)

Please pray that God would allow them to get to thier destination without any damage, extra cost or hassle.  Thanks again!

A True Story of How God Provided for Needs by Sending Barrels to a Missionary in Africa

Dear Friends,

     As I was busy packing barrels for Zambia, someone put this story in my mailbox.  I had to share it with you. No, we may not be like-minded with every missionary out there, but this story does show how God answers the prayer of faith. 

     If you would like to be encouraged in your faith and have a deeper, more meaningful prayer life, please take time to read this true story - click here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunshine & Smiles Club

Since I have been home, I had the great blessing to be able to help start a new ministry through our Saturday Visitation Program at church.

This new ministry is called the 

It consists of children ages 4- 12 yrs old.
While the adults & teens go out on door-to-door, follow-up, or bus visitation, 
we go out into the community or to one of our shut-in's homes.

Maybe I am really a kid at heart, 
but I greatly enjoy being a part of this ministry too.

Every week, we make encouraging cards for someone.

We practice our songs by the piano....

...or while Mr. Jim drives our bus to the next visit.

We talk....

...and we sing...

...until we get to the place we will visit.

We arrive at a shut-in's home with enthusiasm.
The children are excited to see someone that they have been praying for.

The group may sit around to fellowship for a while.
We share a little sunshine through song.

Many times we like to play a game.

This is a Bible character charades game.
We got alot of laughs from this one!

Sometimes we get to see the people's pets.
(The children love to see 'Cocky" a cockateil)

The purpose of the S&S Ministry is not only to bring sunshine & smiles to the people we visit by being an encouragement, but the other purpose is for the children to learn how to share thier testimonies & how to relate to others.

We were so glad to have the opportunity to visit Mrs. Berry, 
before she went home to be with the Lord.  
We went to be a blessing and we all left blessed.

The other side of our ministry is to go out into the community 
to share the Gospel.

We have been to the local park, nursing homes and the local police barricks.

On the way home, we talk about lessons we can earn from the day's ministry,  have a challenge from the Bible and share testimony of how we saw the Lord work in the ministry we took part in that day.

I will miss these children, but am thankful for the lives we were able to encourage, the Gospel we were able to share, 
and the memories we have made together.  

I am looking forward to hearing reports from their new leader 
on how the ministry will continue on while I am in Zambia.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Life on a farm in Zambia

Today, I would like to show you the farm where I stayed while in Zambia.

Like most farms in the area, this farm is back a long lane and across the "dambo" (an area that fills with water during the rainy season and used as a water supply the rest of the year).

I stayed with this family of Afrikaans farmers.
They attend Independent Baptist Church in Kabwe.

The back of the house
The room where I slept
Every night I slept under a mosquito net.
Even though the net is made of mesh, it gets quite hot and very hard to sleep under one.

The farm has a number of fruit trees & bushes.
They have mangos, papaya, guava, pineapple, pomegranate, grapes, bananas,...

The farmer's wife dries any excess fruit.

She also makes butter & yogurt with the excess milk.

Homemade butter - yum!!!

Marion and I became like sisters.
She was truly as Anne of Green Gables says, "a kindred spirit".

Marion's house
Gate to the farm

The sheepfold

Marion has over 100 sheep.  She raises them for a profit.
Many lambs were born while I stayed there.

I loved being on the farm and would tromp out through the sheepfold and fields.
On the second week, the farmers came home from the store with a pair of muck boots for me!
That was so precious that they thought about me 
and wanted to make me feel a part of the family.

This farm has between 15-20 cows.

Everyday the foreman delivers milk to homes nearby on this bicycle.

I greatly enjoyed living on the farm in Zambia.

I enjoyed the godly fellowship.
I enjoyed the busyness of farm living.
I enjoyed feeling at home & like family.

After surrendering to serve the Lord in Zambia,
one of my prayer requests was about housing.
Between me & the Lord, I asked Him to provide a place for me 
to live on a farm and specifically near this family.
A few weeks ago, I got word that they found a place for me to live.
Guess what!
The Lord gave me the desire of my heart and has allowed me to live on this same farm!!!
I am so excited to get to my home there, to teach children, share the Gospel, 
disciple the saved, and also to be with my Afrikaans family.

"Delight thyself also in the Lord: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."  ~ Psalm 37:4