Thursday, February 16, 2017

Maternity Ward

Here we are a year later, and still I haven't written anything.  I am reminded that this is a window into our lives, if I keep that window closed, how can people know how to pray for us?  So I'm trying to write again.  
We have two Hands On Students with us this semester helping out with the youth of Kaputa.  They are doing different things from teaching Bible Studies, to tutoring in English, to helping out at the Maternity Ward at the clinic.  We are so thankful for their willingness to come and live along side us and minister to these young boys and girls.  
Kaputa is such a great place to live, but sometimes the rural-ness can be viewed as a negative thing.  The thing about small towns is there is a real sense of community.  I can honestly say that all my life I have never fully understood the concept of community.  Kaputa, however, is a true community.  We have had the amazing opportunity of helping to finish the Maternity Ward at the clinic here in town.  Years ago, there was a contract given to build a new Maternity Ward in Kaputa.  The project passed through many contractors, before it fell into disrepair, uncompleted and basically a shell of a building.  When I was visiting two friends delivering babies in the same week, I came home in tears to James each time, seeing the bad shape in which the Maternity Ward was.  After some wonderful, generous people gave us the funding to finish the new building, we started the work.  It took almost a full year of work.  We started with building a wall fence around the entire property, this enabled the hospital to control the traffic in and out of the grounds.  The staff was so excited to see the progress made to the place.  After completion of the wall fence, we were able to focus on the Maternity Ward. the roof had been replaced, but the ceiling still leaked, so we had to replace ceiling boards, paint the new boards, paint the rooms, fix windows, fill in cracks in the walls, replace all the doors, even knock a hole in a wall in order to connect the building to the operating building, in case someone needed to be rushed to the theatre to have a c-section. Among so many other things, we were overwhelmed by the way the community came to help with the rehabilitation.  This project was so long, and at times I thought it would never end, but God is faithful.  I am happy to report that they have had six deliveries so far since we officially opened the clinic a week ago.  
Our work is far from over, while we have met a physical need by finishing this Ward, there is still a spiritual need,  we want to go regularly, to the Ward and pray for the women, pray for the new babies. We want the women to know the true love that can only be found in our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We, the women's group from church, will be there regularly to pray for and share the Gospel with the women who have just given birth.  We know that the spiritual needs being met are just as important, if not more, than the physical needs.  We praise the Father for helping us make this dream a reality, and for making this gift a part of our ministry here in Kaputa.  
Pray for the women in Kaputa, that will give birth here, pray for their babies, that they would grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Long Way Home

On our way home, this time, we knew that there had been a lot of rains.  We got off the paved road to find the road completely washed away in many places.  There are times when we're traveling, that I am worried, but this was something new altogether!  I was sure we were going to get stuck on the road, or washed away, or even tipped over!! James is an amazing driver, by the way, he navigated so well and picked every place that enabled us to get home!
After being gone for a whole month, we were excited to finally get back home!  Everyone was happy to see us!  It is good to be back.  We are in full swing of projects, and Bible studies, and planning a few conferences this year! Our life looks so different on the opposite sides of the world, but we are sure that God has us where we are supposed to be!  Everything works out to His glory, which is all we want for our lives.  
In the next two months, we will be doing an emphasis on evangelism with all the churches.  They will be learning their testimonies and how to effectively share the Good News.  Every believer needs a refresher in this every now and then just to make sure we're communicating the Gospel clearly, and directly.  This has been good so far, the churches are responding well, we are looking forward to seeing how God is going to use these testimonies to further his Kingdom in Kaputa!
Thank you for praying for us, please continue to pray for the churches that are involved in this study. That God would be glorified through this experience of learning how to share the Gospel effectively.

These guys are seasoned travelers.

The road less traveled.

A few more rains and this might reach the river!

What do you do when the road is impassable? You get stones and put them over the hole so you can drive over and keep going!


Monday, February 01, 2016

New Year's Resolution

Ok, so I really don't ever do these.  Resolutions never finish well. Let's be honest who has ever actually completed a New Year's Resolution.  Nevertheless, I'm starting one.  It is to update this blog more.   I would like to say that I'm going to update this once a week, or even once a month, but I don't know.  All I know is that I want to try to be better about updating.  I'm not even sure if people are reading this, but I think in the future, I'll be glad I did.
I'm not a writer, I don't sit and write in journals, but I want to continue to document our time in Zambia.  After almost ten years, what else is there to say? I feel like most of these posts are just mundane things that have been said over and over and over.  I'm sorry if all these posts sound the same.  I am going to try and find more interesting things, I know we have had some crazy experiences, and I want to share those.
We have a wonderful life in Kaputa, our friends are wonderful, ministry is wonderful (though hard work sometimes),  Kaputa is a great place to raise a family.  We truly love it.
So as we are finished with the first month of this year already, I am going to be intentional about looking for things to write about! We have spent the last month in the USA having a small but insanely busy vacation.  Our journey home to Kaputa starts tomorrow.  I'm sure with the rains, and the roads, there should be some interesting stories of our trip home.
Thank you for reading, and for following along with our journey all these years!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Long Overdue Update

It has been wayyyyy too long since this blog has been updated.  We  have been busy just doing life and ministry.  The kids are great. We are trying to finish school before we have our wonderful summer visitors, Mamaw and Papaw!  The Youth at the church are doing wonderful, we've been having monthly Bible Quizzes at the church on Sunday afternoons,  those are so much fun.  They love studying the Word in order to win the quiz! We had another round of Bible School last week. That is so much fun, but soooo tiring!  The kids had a great time helping me and the ladies cook!  It's always fun spending time in the kitchen with these ladies, they always teach me so much when we're spending lots of time together!


Last month, we went to Lake Malawi for our Cluster Meeting.  We look forward to this time SOOOO much! We have so much fun, and now that our kids are a little older, we really enjoyed it! This was the first meeting in 7 years that we didn't have a crying baby!

These kids are champion travelers.

James and I had a date night in Lusaka!!! Thank you to our sweet Hannah Rodgers for babysitting for us!!

That's right. Pizza Hut is in Lusaka.  So was the Easter Bunny.  Woah.

Funny story about after Lake Malawi.  We decided that we needed to visit some friends after the meeting.  They live on the way back to Lusaka from Malawi.  So we get to our stopping point half way, and we get a call saying their vehicle gear-box went out.  Now it is not fun getting stuck somewhere on the road.  I am sooo thankful we were together!  So we all piled in our vehicle to drive about 500kms, to meet the tow-truck carrying their temporary vechicle.  It was not the most comfortable way to travel, but the company couldn't have been better!  It really made the trip fun, being crammed in a car together with another family can eith make or break a relationship.  I'm happy to report that we are all still friends! Haha.

 Me and Lesley got the best seats in the house.  We literally couldn't get to the kids, so it was up to the daddy's to take care of them!  They survived!  It was fun, and so beautiful at their house.  I love getting to visit others in their place of ministry, it's so great to see where they live and to know how to pray for them!! Zambia is an amazing country with the most beautiful places!

I can go anywhere as long as I have these with me!
This was taken at the mighty Luangwa River!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Rain Rain Rain!!

We are in the middle of a great rainy season. Everything looks glorious! It's such a beautiful time of year! We are enjoying cloudy days, rains, and cool breezes!



We had a good Christmas here, we had such a fun Youth Christmas Party.  Then we went to the Kimbrough's house for New Years! Its just so much fun to celebrate with others! We had a great time with them. Taking little adventures is so much fun!  We went on a new road and even got on a tiny ferry. The kids loved it.







So this month, we've just been living life, doing school with the kids, and doing our regular ministry.
The village in Chansa, had a borehole dug while we were in the USA and they needed it so much!  However in the last few weeks it broke!!! We were so discouraged!!! So James and some men from the water company went out there last week and fixed it!!!! I am so thankful for James and these guys.  I just can't imagine having to walk almost a mile just to get water for drinking and cooking.  I don't know how they do it!!!






Funny story.  So there's this new place James and some of the guys have been going to, to start a Bible study/potential church. It's called Kawama.  It's down near the lake and has terrible roads to get there, surprise surprise.  So anyway this past week, there was a man who came and said he had something in his ear.  James said he could look inside it but the tool was at our house, the man then said he'd be at our house in the morning.   So he comes, James looks in his ear, and then proceeds to put peroxide in it.  He then flushes it out.  
The funny thing is that this very same thing happened to James right when we moved to Zambia.  He was hunting with Daniel Scott, in Luangwa, and a moth flew in his ear.  It was torture for him those few days with that thing in his ear. He immediately went to the doctor when he got back to Lusaka and got the thing flushed out.
Ok back to this man from Kawama.  After James flushed it out, it was a cockroach by the way, the man said he'd had this in his ear for a YEAR!!!!!! Can you imagine!?!?!?!  I can't even think about it. The man kept saying over and over, I'm healed now, James, I'm healed!
We totally think that the Lord let that happen to James all those years ago, for this guy.  For James to know what to do, and to help!!! James loves to say that he's not a doctor but plays one in real life.  It is so true!!!

I love these youth kids.  The girls and I did a "baking class" during the month of December because they were on holiday from school.  We baked banana bread, cup cakes, cookies, and other goodies.  These girls are so smart and they were quick learners!  We had a  lot of fun together!


Our picnic on the way home from seeing the Kimbroughs. I love my family. No matter where we are or what we're doing, we have FUN!!!!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!

We decided to make a short video this year to help everyone see what exactly we're doing here in Kaputa!

video

We are so thankful for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and it's because of this that we get to live here!  Remember us during this time of year and all the incredible things we're seeing God do in the hearts of the people of Northern Zambia! There is no greater cause that you can give towards this holiday season than making disciples of Jesus Christ. Please give to the L.M.C.O through your local S.B.C. Church or give online at IMB.org    THANK YOU!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Thanksgiving

We have so much to be thankful for this year.  We had a great time with Happy and Grumpy! We love having visitors, our door is ALWAYS open!!! We had a great marriage conference! We had a great Thanksgiving! Lulie celebrated being on the mission field for FIVE years!!!! I love getting to spend the very very American holiday with other Americans!!!! We had a great prayer retreat!  It's been a busy two months, and we're ready to slow down and enjoy our tropical Christmas time!!!!!

We want to thank all you out there who give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!!!! It is because of THIS offering that we can be here in Kaputa, Zambia!!! Wow are we thankful to get to do this!!!!
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!
Lulie getting her five year certificate!


Tyler, Isaac, and Lulie enjoying the new swing on the playground


the lions at Protea are so fun and scary to watch!


mid-trip break, jumping jacks. 


We love Mugg & Bean hot chocolate.