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!


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    THANK YOU!!

Monday, December 01, 2014


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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Since I am still terrible at updating this blog, I am going to share a few different things.  We are doing great, we love being home.  We love seeing what God is doing among our friends! Just last week, we had ten youth come forward to dedicate their lives to Christ and we are going to baptize them in the new baptismal, that is being built this week (pics to come when its finished)!  It is so exciting to see the Lord speak to the hearts of these kids and to see the joy on their faces!!!! It is evident in their lives!  We pray that God will use the young boys and girls, as they grow up, to change this world and share the good news of Jesus!!!!

So funny story, happened on James' birthday.  Let me start by saying that I made him a carrot cake, that he enjoyed many nights.  However, that day he decided to ride his bike to Bible study.  He left and then me and the children left to go visiting with ladies.  So when we get back home at 5:30, we found out that he had a flat tire about half way up to the Bible study, so he walked into Chinteteba, then on the way home, the sweet guys there would not let him walk back to Kaputa, they wanted to bring him and their bicycles. So one guy Mwansa, carried James' bike on the back of his bike. Then Sylvester, carried James on the back of his bike.  I wish so bad I had a picture of that.  Unfortunately there is no documentation of this. Only imagination.  I am so thankful for those two guys, who wanted to see James safely home.

We still have hopes to one day have dairy cows.  Since milk is expensive, and heavy to haul up here, we would love to have them one day.  Its a huge project that we are trying to be as prepared for as possible, so its been slow moving. James goes to the place he's prepared and works to clear the land and make a place to keep the cows, and he's looking at trying to dig a well there too!  It might still be a while, but we are hopeful.

The kids are doing so good in school, even though they don't love the sitting still to write, we try to have fun with it.  It's always a challenge, because Charlie likes to help her brother and sister with school, so one day she asked to go with James to Bible study and I was thrilled!  Well actually she asked to go to the market with him, but he was going to the market on the way to Bible study.  So James took her.  She loved it!  She was such a good girl, and she enjoyed her special time with Daddy.

This month has been good, we are ready to have some rain!!! We are already well into wetting our hair at 2pm everyday!!!! Instant air conditioner!!!!

Here is a picture of the choir, and most of the people who came forward to join Christ!

Also we just finished a scripture memory set and everyone who was able to say all ten verses got one of these awesome tshirts!

James is still working on preparing for us to have dairy cows one day, but it is a very big project.  These boys were helping clear the field to put up a catch pin.  They also caught themselves some snacks.

Charlie said the other day she wanted to go with James to this new preaching point. She did so good! Of course everyone loved her! She's such a sweetie!