Monday, May 28, 2018

Sharing the Little that You Have



I'm always blown away by how inviting and sacrificial African families are when you come to visit them in their home.  The other day, we were visiting a family in a nearby village when the father sent the children to fetch a drink for us visitors.  This family lives on a small farm in the bush and makes ends meet through farming, raising pigs/cattle and running a small shop in town.

They're definitely not the type of family that will buy and keep coke around the house for daily consumption.  And here they were, offering the little that they had to us.  To say that I was humbled is an understatement.

It kind of reminds me of this passage from Leviticus 19:

33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Little Bit of Off-Road




I'm now in Kijabe, Kenya in the middle of rainy season and I'm already having experiences that remind me of my time in the bush in Zambia.  Yesterday, my friend Will and I were driving to a nearby village and had to use back roads around the side of a mountain.  We were going to visit a good friend of the ministry, Charles.

The road to his village is a single lane, dirt road that has been washed out by the heavy rains.  As you can see from the pictures above, we had quite the adventure on this drive.  As we rounded one corner, we came across a dump truck that had been stuck in the same place for 3 weeks.  We thought that we could make it.  So, I just held my breath and tried to keep the car moving, praying that I wouldn't run into the side of the mountain or the truck. The mud was deep and the space was quite small for passing, but we somehow managed.

After this, we came across a Matatu (mini bus) that was stuck in a mud rut.  After performing a 20 point turn and reversing back to the bus, we were able to tow it out.  The ladies in the bus were so thankful.  They had been sitting there for 45 minutes trying everything that they could to get it loose.

It might sound weird, but these are some of the situations that I miss about Africa.  Some days, the simple ride to the next town turns into a great adventure!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Love Africa Mission

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In 2015, when we boarded the plane and left Zambia, I didn't know if we would ever return to the continent and people we loved so much  I struggled with why the Lord had brought us to Zambia to now be bringing us back to the States.  I was also worn out emotionally and spiritually and had little left to give of myself.

The past three years have been a season of rest and reflection, but also has been a season of wrestling with my own brokenness.  The Lord has answered a lot of prayers and provided a bunch of healing.  I'd love for you to hear more about it and the new direction He is calling our family in 2018 and beyond. 

Would you take a few minutes and read the newsletter above?  I've tried to be honest and transparent and hopefully it will serve as an encouragement and a reminder of the Lord's faithfulness.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Home again! Home again!


It's been almost 2 & 1/2 years and we're finally getting the opportunity to return home to Zambia!  Take a look at our newsletter and read all about it!

If you would like to support us for this trip, you can do so at: https://marketlifeministries.org/offering/.  Be sure to select Zambia Mission Donation so your gift is counted towards our trip.  All gifts are 100% tax deductible. 

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!