Friday, March 27, 2015

Signing Off, For Now!



It's bittersweet writing this post, our final post, as we transition from life in Zambia back to the States.  But we are excited to see where He is leading us next.  Please take a minute and read about what's next.  We will miss you Zambia, for now!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

When We Can't See



This New Year begins for me with a lot of uncertainty. Right now I don’t know what the future holds. At the end of last year, my husband and I felt a very clear call from God to move our family back to the United States, after almost seven years living and working in Zambia.  When God calls and moves, we will answer and follow. We will make every effort to choose His path. But it’s not always easy. It can be really hard. It can really hurt. Right now, we are jobless and homeless.  In a holding pattern, we are waiting on God to show us which path to take.  Maybe you can relate. Maybe you find it difficult to make resolutions or even plans this New Year because you just can’t see past today.

In this place where I find myself at the start of this new year, all I can do is submit myself, my family, my situation to God and wait. The only resolution I know to make is to live coram Deo (under the gaze of God).

Living coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.
 
To live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever we are doing and wherever we are doing it, we are acting under the gaze of God. God is omnipresent. There is no place so remote that we can escape His penetrating gaze.   ~R.C. Sproul
 
In Genesis 17:1 “the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.’”

Walk BEFORE Me

This word translated BEFORE is the Hebrew word Paniym, which means in front of, before, to the front of, in the presence of, in the face of.

Coram Deo

If I have envisioned myself walking with God, it has usually been a picture of walking beside Him or even behind Him and following His lead. But when I think of God’s command to walk before Him, the picture changes.

If God were only ever walking ahead of me, leading the way, following would be a pretty straight-forward, easy thing to do. I could do it with my ipod blaring and distractions all around me, because I would just have to follow in His footsteps. He is the Shepherd and His rod and staff guide me. And sometimes our walk is like that.
Walking before Him, on the other hand, takes careful attention. I must be completely tuned in to His voice so that I will hear His leading. I must trust that He is watching my every step and that I am safe under His gaze, even though I cannot see Him with my eyes.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left,
your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
“This is the way; walk in it.”  
Isaiah 30:21
 
This New Year I will focus on listening. I will tune in to the voice of God behind me. I will walk forward trusting in His guidance. I will delight in the fact that His gaze is upon me. I will remember His faithfulness in the past and look to the future with great hope! Living coram Deo!

For You have delivered my soul from death,
Indeed my feet from stumbling,
so that I may walk before God
in the light of the living.
Psalm 56:13
 
Live Free. Live Loved.
 
~Kerri

Monday, December 01, 2014

Home Again

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It's hard to believe that we've been home now for just over 2 weeks.  Last Sunday marked the first time we've worshipped together as a family at Columbia Crossroads in nearly 3 years.  After worship, Kerri and I just sat down and looked at each other and just sighed.  We have a lot to process from our time in Zambia and some big decisions to make concerning our future, but just for a moment we sat there and enjoyed being home with our church family. 

This morning, we are hitting the road to visit with some close friends, the Lyles, in Colorado.  Pray for us as we travel.  We'll be making stops in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and finally Ft. Collins, Colorado.  It should be an experience!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Not Shutting Out the Goodbyes

This morning my heart is so full. I made a commitment to myself not to shut out the goodbyes. Not to speed past or ignore them but to really let myself feel it.

A few days ago we said goodbye to our Maz community. How blessed we have been to be taken in and loved in such a way.

Yesterday we said goodbye to our precious Dailes. Literally feels like cutting off a limb. AND I'm so full of joy because we have had these wonderful years together and God has provided for her for ...an amazing future. 

Last night we had the most amazing time of prayer and fellowship with our missionary friends, and I was overwhelmed with gratitude for each of these couples and how they have been a family to us for 7 years here in Zambia. These bonds will be forever! 


So as I get up this morning and get my family ready to get on a plane, I'm signing off with a grateful heart full of thanks for all that God has done and all the amazing people He has used. We do not leave here disillusioned and burned out, but joyful and even more confident that He who began a good work in all of us will be faithful to complete it as we all follow Him. America, here we come.


~Kerri

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Home Coming


Video 1 (The Unveiling):  http://youtu.be/FQTEFKSoBiw
Video 2 (The Tour): http://youtu.be/sXuLqAIMG_w

As we prepare to return back to the States this coming Friday, we were able to celebrate another home coming of sorts.  Dailes Zimba, a widow with 3 children, has been working for us ever since we landed in Zambia.  She's been there through thick and thin and has been a great source of encouragement to us as we have sought to serve the Zambian people.

She recently shared with Kerri that she had two wishes for her life that she has now seen fulfilled.  One was that all of her children would finish school.  Her youngest, Milton, is in grade 10 now and is scheduled to finish within the next few years.  The second was that she would have a place to call her own.

As Kerri and I thought of ways that we could help Dailes flourish after we left Zambia, we felt like we needed to also help her with finding her own place.  We truly could not have done this without the generous gifts from some of you.  Thank you for helping us bless this dear friend!

Now that she has moved into her new home, we can turn our attention towards our own home coming. We look forward to seeing many of you after we get back and get settled.  Please continue to pray for us as we transition.  Everyone has been fighting one kind of sickness or another and we need to be healthy to board the plane on Friday.  Pray for health and safety in travel.  See you on the other side!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1 month and counting

Grammy and Mimi arrived yesterday, which has officially kicked off our one month countdown in Zambia. Yesterday, we also said goodbye to Luke who is traveling back to the States for a couple of months. Seeing family come and close friends leave has started to make this move seem all the more real!

We have a lot to do over the next month. Today, Kerri and I began packing and weighing our first few bags. Hopefully we can fit our home into all of the checked luggage that we will be allowed to carry back. It's definitely a faith stretcher to what seems to be starting all over again.

We're also busy trying to finishing up a few things with the ministry and building Dailes' home. All this to say, please continue to pray for us.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Blessing Dailes



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Dailes Zimba has been with us for all 7 years of our time in Zambia.  She has been working for missionaries for the past 10 years.  One of the things that Kerri and I have been praying about is how to help Dailes going forward so that she can be freed up to do what she really loves, which is ministry to other widows and orphans.

As we prayed about it, we felt like it was time to have a place of her own.  Dailes has never had a place to call home.  She has been forced to pay rent and live in areas of Lusaka that were neither safe nor clean.  A few months ago, after deciding to give her her own place, someone graciously donated the funds that have helped us purchase a plot and begin construction.

We have the funds for the foundation, walls and roof.  But need some additional help with the following:

Plumbing - $1,350
Electricity - $900
Cement Floor - $1,470
Plastering - $1,280


Would you consider helping, even on part of one of these items? To make a donation, go to www.cten.org/brentroberts. All donations are 100% tax deductible. If you donate, please message me so I know how to appropriate the funds.