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.

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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

MOVING: Here & There

For the last few weeks I have been packing for Zambia.
I can't believe that very soon I will have possessions in 3 countries 
(stuff to store & ship> here in the USA, 
suitcases that I will be taking to Zambia,
and household & ministry items in storage in South Africa).

It seems like just yesterday that I packed up those belongings 
in South Africa. 
In all of the busyness of packing, planning to leave the country & the sale 
of possessions, I don't think I have ever posted pictures from that move in February of this year.

Here is a glimpse of what it is like to move from one country to another.

Everything was boxed.

Everything was labeled.

Even the chairs were wrapped.

Horray!  I was thinking that I sold all of my chairs 
and now that I see these pictures
 I realize that I WILL have a chair to sit on 
(that is, when the stuff finally arrives).

After labeling everything, the movers bring it outside.

Then I sign a paper and they loaded it into a moving truck.

The next time I will see my household & ministry 
possessions is still UNKNOWN.

As a woman, that worries me.  
My possessions include teaching materials, ministry supplies, 
crafting supplies, clothing, pots&pans, other kitchen stuff, furniture,... 
All things that are useful for life in general.  
I would love to have "my things" around me. 
 It is funny how having the familiar around you helps you to feel 
more at home 
when you are alone on the mission field.  

As a christian, though, I know that God is always with me. 
 I know that I don't really NEED stuff (stuff makes life a little easier, 
but I can always trust in God to be my source of all of my needs).

In less than a week, my possessions will be whatever fits inside my suitcases. 

 Ministry can be done with nothing, that is true, 
but I ask that you pray for a few things:
1- God's provision of supplies 
(He has already used the church ladies in Zambia to provide 
for some of my household needs.
2- safe travel to Zambia (Tues & Wed Oct 28 &29)
3- everything to arrive safely & accounted for
4- school & ministry supplies in barrels to arrive around Christmas 
(or before :)  )
5- MOST IMPORTANTLY: for the Zambian government to quickly approve 
my Visa & residency paperwork 
(these will take 3-? months to get passed through the system).  
My things in storage in South Africa cannot come into Zambia 
until these things are approved 
(once approved it could take months till they arrive).
 Realisticly it may be any time between March-June 2015.

Here are a few verses that God has given us to reassure us that 
He will take care of all of our needs:
Mt 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth 
what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Ac 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, 
as every man had need.
Php 4:12  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: 
every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
 Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in 
glory by Christ Jesus.

Mt 6:25-33 "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?Which of you by   taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

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.