Sunday, July 20, 2014

An Unexpected Journey

So, we have an alternative route that leads to Lusaka.  We don't go that way because it requires a border crossing.  If you look at Zambia, there is a small strip of land that belongs to the DRC and it makes traveling from Kaputa to Lusaka much shorter. 300kms shorter.  Sadly though border crossings are not a speedy process.  If only they were state lines and we could wave at the signs, like we do in America, as we drive by.  We decided to try this route because we've lived here almost 8 years.  A little adventure was due! I mean life was getting so normal! All of our friends use that route when going to the Copperbelt and all gave us such hope because they have been working to make that small 80kms into a paved road! Almost to completion!
We loaded up at the same time we usually do, because we were planning to get to Ndola, which is a fairly large town in the Copperbelt, and do some exploring.  We have never been to the Copperbelt, and have always wanted to, this was the perfect opportunity.
Back to the story, we loaded up and left before daylight (I still can't get used to seeing lights in the early morning hours in Kaputa) and started the trek.  We made poor time the first 160kms, it was 4 1/2 hours. I knew we would make it up in the afternoon cutting through Congo.  We made it to Mansa at 12 noon and stopped for a breather.  The man at the gas station made it sound like cutting through was an absolute breeze.  As we gassed up and headed down a new (to us) road, we were nervous but excited about this shorter route!
We made it to the border an hour later! Wow! This was going to be great!  We get to the immigration office of the Zambia side and saw all smiles and pleasantries upon hearing our Bemba.  We thought, this is going to be awesome! When we asked the immigration officer about the Congo side, he said "Balishupa."  Meaning, they are difficult.  Especially to "mzungus." Foreigners.
We had already made it this far so we had to keep going, we drove through the gates and over the beautiful Luapula River, into DRC.  James pulled up to the offices and told us to stay in the car while he went to get all the paper work done.
Sidebar: you know those cartoons, like Scooby Doo, where someone is chasing Scooby and Shaggy and there is a wall with three doors and they go into one door, then out another, and you watch as the doors, open and close as they go in and out.  I was watching this, but it was real life and it was James.  He had to do so many things, and it was hilarious to watch him in and out, into another room, out to the next, and so on.
Ok so after 1 hour of that, we were on our way.  I wouldn't describe the experience as a "breeze."  Unfortunately only about 40% of the road is complete, the road that IS complete is so nice, with thick tar and smooth surfaces, it was like driving on a dream!  I can't wait to see it finished!
We were very happy to see the Zambian border again.  It was smooth sailing from then on, until we got to a small back road into Ndola that had been chewed up and spit out by some very large trucks over the years, and unfortunately it isn't at the top of any list to be replaced.
Once we reached Ndola, we found a Spur! Spur is this wonderful chain of South African restaurants that has a Native American theme and incredible playgrounds for kids. Incredible.  We pulled straight in looking very worn down, and the kids had such a great time, the entire day was erased from their memory.
We will stay in Zambia, our home, our country, next time and the next and the next.  The adventure has been had, and I'm ready for normal again.


This was our hotel, it had peacocks! How fun!?!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Video

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We made a video of the kids, for the VBS at First Baptist Jackson, and in true fashion it wouldn't email.  So now the only way to get it to the other side of the ocean is here!  Since I haven't written anything in some time, maybe this is a good thing.   We have settled back into life here and everyone is doing good.  It has been a wild ride, and a good calm setting is just what we needed.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Easter

It has been so very long since we have updated this site. We have been living it up in the USA and have failed to keep prayer requests posted. We had a great Easter celebration with our family in Marietta GA this past week. Our kids are having a great time with their Happy and Grumpy. James had some sinus surgery this past week and is still in the healing process. He had to correct some things that where causing headaches before we went back. Please pray for a speedy recovery for him.
We also would appreciate your prayers as we head back to Kaputa on the 11th of May. Our time in the US is coming to a close and we are preparing to leave. Please pray for us and our goodbyes we will be saying over the next few weeks. Keep checking in on what God is doing in Kaputa, Zambia


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Disney!!!!

Since we have been in America for almost 3 months now, we decided to make the journey to Disney World!  I was totally apprehensive but since I had decided to run the Disney marathon, I thought, why not just throw a full blown four day tour of the place into the mix!  Woah! To say that we are exhausted is a huge understatement.  On the plus side, we had an AMAZING Disney coach, because this place is a beast and if you go in blind you will wind up sitting in front of Cinderella's castle crying like a toddler.  So we had a great week, it was jam packed, both sets of Grandparents, and LOTS of characters to be met!  
Disney is a magical place and the children did NOT want to come back, but we were ready to get back to normal, whatever that looks like!










Sunday, December 08, 2013

We Wish You A Very Merry Lottie Moon Christmas

As we celebrate this wonderful season, the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus, I have been thinking about our Lottie Moon Christmas offering!
We had the privilege to speak at the First Baptist Church of Jackson, MS missions conference.  I am borrowing this wonderful prayer guide to read and pray over during this season. This was written by Dr. Rebecca Naylor, who spent many years in Bangalore, India.

L ost People- there are so many around the World!
O pen Doors- freedom to speak about Jesus!
T elling the story- through speaking, films, tracts, music, radio, etc!
T raining Leaders- national leaders are so important in leading the nations for Christ!
I ncreased laborers and support- the harvest is plentiful but more workers are needed!
E ndvisions- to have goals that are possible through Christ!

M ultiplying believers and churches- churches starting churches that will start churches!
O ngoing follow up- many new believers need to be invested in!
O pposition- that believers would stand strong!
N ew Believers- pray for courage and understanding of the Scripture!

This time of year is so special to Southern Baptists and we pray that the Lottie Moon offering would exceed expectations so that we could continue to reach the nations for Jesus! Pray with us that this would be a time of thanksgiving and that we would be obedient to what The Lord is calling us to do! Thank you for giving to the. Lottie Moon Christmas offering!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Good Ol' U.S. of A.

We are in the USA!!!! We landed last about two weeks ago and have been going strong ever since. Hutch, Lulie and Charlie have been catching up with their Happy, Grumpy, Mamaw and Papaw and aunts and uncles. We will be in the US until May so we hope to see many of you while we are here.
Way to go Mary Margaret!!! Finished Marine Corp Marathon in 3:54hrs.!!!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Church Building

Praise God we were able to get a roof on the new building in Kaputa. There is still a lot of work to do, but the church is now able to meet in the new building. This job started over 3 years ago when we first went to the river to make bricks. When you teach churches to be self-supported it takes patients. However, the end result is something that brings unity in the body of believers.