Welcome friends, old and new, known and unknown! It has been my desire to share with you how the Lord is working in my life as I serve the Lord on the mission field of Kabwe, Zambia. There is an old black and white movie called The African Queen. It is about a boat that travels down river. This blog is not about a boat. It is however, about my travels on the mission field of Kabwe, Zambia. By the way, did you know that my name means queen. For many years I have been burdened for souls in Africa. That is why some of my friends call me African Queen.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Service in South Africa

The week before Christmas- the children in the village got together to helped the Kilmers pass out flyers inviting the people to the Christmas service at our church in Embo.

Christmas Day service - the church was full.  Over 100 people were in attendance 
on Christmas day!
Along with the church people, were a few visitors. 
Noone came to know Christ as Saviour, but the Gospel seed was planted!

The Monday after Christmas - the Kilmers invited the church people to their home.
Karen and some of the young ladies from church worked to prepare 
a special meal for the church people.
They even recruited Don's help in the kitchen.

 Everyone enjoyed the wonderful meal!

The boys played!

Over 40 people came to the Kilmer's house on the day after Christmas.
During the holidays, many of our church families travel to see their families 
in other parts of South Africa.

I was grateful to the Kilmers for sharing these pictures with me.
It wasn't hard to notice how much some of the children have grown since I saw them last (over 3 years ago).
Although I was glad to see the people, I want to be there even more.
Praise the Lord! My support level is continuing to rise!
Keep praying that I will be able to schedule some more meetings 
to fill my Spring schedule.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

William, Dad, Mom, Becca, & Me
Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Sweet Little Jesus Boy

As the week drew near to Christmas, I had many projects to accomplish.  
One of those things was to paint the nursery for a friend who is having a boy.
As I began this 6 hour task, I put on some Christmas music.
Words about the Little Babe in a manger rang in my ears.
I painted a compass on the wall where the baby's crib will go.
There was plenty of time to pass the time in prayer for my friend 
and her little boy who will be here soon.
(I am secretly praying that he will share my birthday).
As I painted Proverbs 3:6 on the compass and listen to the songs about the wisemen following the star, I thought about God's direction in my life.
Again I prayed for the little boy who will be sleeping here 
and for his family as they teach him to follow the Lord in everything.
The most important part of that verse is the beginning - 
"In all thy ways acknowledge Him..."  
It is only when we acknowledge Him that He will direct us.
As I continued to paint and listen to the music, 
I thought of what it will be like for this couple to have this little boy.
What a joy he will be, but oh, how their lives will be changed.
The lyrics about the "Baby" in Bethlehem rang in my ears again.  
This time, I thought of the Christ-child.  
What a difference His birth has made to the world.

That Sweet Little Jesus Boy has certainly changed my life!
Praise God for sending His only Begotten Son to earth so that He could die for our sins!
 Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, 
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

To read more about this painting and to see the finished project click here.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Why I Love Christmas

I love Christmas because everything around me points to my Saviour.
A wreath shows us God's creation, the branches are from a tree, 
and the beautiful red bow is like the blood of Christ 
shed for us on a tree many years ago.
Heb 9:22 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; 
and without shedding of blood is no remission."
1Cor 15:3,4 "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, 
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
 And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

This past weekend it snowed.
Snow so white and powdery, like sugar on a cake.
So beautiful, peaceful, and pure.
Like the holiness of God.
Like the way Christ's blood cleanses us from sin.
 Isa 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: 
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; 
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Ps 51:7 "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, 
and I shall be whiter than snow."

My front door & Bandit
Beautiful welcome mats and grand entry ways.
As you drive down the road, take a look at how each doorway seems to beg you enter.
The Bible tells us that God stands at the door of our life and knocks.  
He wants to come into your life.
Rev 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me."

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the manger scenes.
I love how everyone is looking in awe of the King of Kings!
Luke 2:11,12 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord."
 "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 
lying in a manger."

What are some of the things that you love about Christmas?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Am I Sticky Enough?

     The other week my friend posted a Christmas craft project on her blog.  She gave instructions for the project and new ideas.  During her posting she asked if anyone had any other ideas for a better adhesive.  She needed something that would stick to anything and hold permanently.
      I sent a suggestion to her of an adhesive that will stick to anything.  This all happened the same week that I found out that my support was growing to 80%.  I was rejoicing over all that the Lord had done for me and at how far I had come.  There are times when you are raising support and it seems like you are getting nowhere/at a stand still.  Then, as usual, the Lord proves His faithfulness.  I sat and took inventory of all I have learned so far on deputation.  The Lord has allowed me to grow so much in my spiritual life.  
     As I looked back I was reminded of those tough times.  Times when it was hard to "stick to it".  I am sure there will be more of those hard times.  I wonder, what makes me "sticky enough" to last this long (in April I will be on deputation for 2 years.)  Two years is a long time to raise support.  Though it is a long time, there are many missionaries who go as long as 3-5 years raising support till they get to the mission field.  I am not sure how much longer it will be till I can leave for South Africa, but what really makes a person "stick" to God's will.  
      It certainly is not me that makes myself "sticky" enough to continue on.  I can only say that it has been the Lord who has been there as my Strength, Guide, Deliverer, and Provider.  I am able to faithfully rely on His leading because of all that He has faithfully done for me in the past.  Because He has brought me through hard times in the past, He has been making me "sticky" enough to continue trusting Him into the future.
      My heart was humbled and yet overwhelmed by God doing a mighty work in me.  I know that there are times in our lives when we want to move on, feel like giving up, or become impatient (if you haven't experienced any of that, then you are not human).  Praise God that He changes us to become more like Him.  I know without a shadow of doubt that He will make me so "sticky" that I will be like that adhesive that I recommended to my friend.  I can be that adhesive that will "stick permanently", but only if I am willing to be made "sticky" by Him.

Here are a few verses that show us how our adhesive can "hold fast", "stand fast", and "be strong"-
Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. 

 Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
 Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
 Re 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
1Co 16:13 ¶ Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
 Eph 6:10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


My mission field !
My current 
support level 
is 80%!
Please continue to pray for me as I schedule meetings 
for the first half of 2012 and hope to be on the mission field by Fall 2012.
Praise the Lord!

Joy to the World!

Years ago, I chose the above verse as my life verse.  Ministry has always been dear to my heart.  God has richly blessed, by allowing me to serve Him in ministry over the last 18 years.  
It is not always easy to serve the Lord.  Satan tries His best to distract and detour you from God's perfect plan.  Sometimes you get so busy with the "doing" that you forget God's plan.  Many times a lack of joy follows us into our busy schedules of serving Him.  

As I designed the above bookmarks to send to some kids to remind them to pray for me, I was once again reminded of my life verse.  My desire is for others to see a true joy in my life that only comes from knowing Him.  Sadly, that is not always the case.  Many times my fleshly nature creeps in and I complain, or speak out of a lack of faith in the One who has called me to do His will.  Sometimes my lack of joy also comes from being "weary in well doing".  That is when I really need to rely on the joy that comes from God. 
 Let's see what God's Word tells us about joy.

 Ne 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: 
neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Ps 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.

Ps 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 Hab 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

 Lu 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God 
over one sinner that repenteth.

 Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, 
that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 Joh 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: 
ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

 1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

 3Jo 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

We live in a world without joy, because they do not know our Lord.  
This Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us not forget that He has given that joy to us.  Let us share that joy with others - Joy to the World, the Lord is come! 
(Please read my latest prayer letter on more about the shepherds spreading the joy.)

Friday, December 16, 2011

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My "Constant"

When I was a little girl, 
my mom would often repeat a cute little rhyme to us 
when we saw the moon.
"I see the moon and the moon sees me,
God bless the moon and God bless me".

Even now that cute little rhyme brings a smile to my face.
We know of course that the moon really can't see us because it is made of cheese, right? 
Just kidding!

This past week, while driving home from a meeting, 
and then yesterday, while taking an evening walk -
the Lord used the moon to remind me that He is "constant" in my life.
Webster's 1828 Dictionary says that the term "constant" means 
"fixed; not varied; unchanged; permanent; immutable."

Isn't God all of those things in your life?
I know He is in mine.
He especially seems "fixed and unchanged" in my life when I need Him most.  

As a single person, there are many alone times.
There are also times when it seems like no one really knows what you are going through.
It is during those times when God brightly shines His light on me 
to remind me that He is always there.
The "constant" in my life.

Last night, as I walked by myself in the still of the night, I glanced up at the bright shinning moon.

It seemed so far away.
If our personal relationship with God is lacking, then God will also seem far away.

 James 4:8 "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. 
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded".

Sometimes the moon looks like just a little sliver.
You may not even see it, but we know it is there, just like our God!

Other times, the moon is hidden behind the shadows.
What shadows are in your life?
Maybe you can't see God because the shadows are clouding your view.
Give it all over to Him, He cares.

 1Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."

Here are some verses I found about the moon -
Psalm 8:3 " When I consider thy heavens, 
the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, 
which thou hast ordained;"
-God gave us the moon.

 Psalm 72:7 "In his days shall the righteous flourish; 
and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth". 
-No wonder I take comfort in the moon, it was given as a sign of peace.

Psalm 89:37 "It shall be established for ever as the moon
and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah."
-That "faithful witness" points me to my Faithful God.

 Psalm 104:19 "He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down."
-Thank you Lord, for the seasons, made possible only by the moon.
(By the way, did you ever stop to think of all of the things 
that God's creation of the moon makes possible? 
For example: the seasons, high tide & low tide, plant growth, animal growth, 
... just to name a few.)

 Psalm 148:3 "Praise ye Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light."
-Even the moon, as God's creation, praises Him.

 Isaiah 60:19 "The sun shall be no more thy light by day; 
neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: 
but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory."
Revelation 21:23 "And the city had no need of the sun, 
neither of the moon, to shine in it:
for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
-No need for the moon in heaven.  Christ is the Light!  Lets share that Light with everyone around us.  May we each be reminded that God is "constant" in our lives.

(Pictures taken by me.  I love photography!)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Addicted to Youth Ministry


For the last 18 years I have had a part in youth ministry.
If you have any part in youth ministry, you know that it has lots of drama.
Some days you love working with teens,
 and other days you never want to see another teen again.
Oh, the DRAMA!!!

My favorite years during my experience in youth ministry
were those that I served with this faithful group of interns.
(this picture is over 5 years old)
They were "my kids"!!!
We lived on the campground together,
 played together, worked hard together,
played harder together, sang together,
laughed together, cried together,
did devotions together,...
Those were the days!!!

When you work with teens, you wonder,
"how many will continue to serve the Lord?"

God only requires us to be faithful to His ministry.
It is not our responsibility to make anyone do anything.

I am happy to say that most of the teens
in that picture are serving the Lord!

Today, there is one in particular that I want to tell you about.
His name is Steve.

Steve has a great family.  
His dad works with the youth at their church in New Jersey.  
Like his dad, Steve also has a burden for youth ministry.  
He feels God leading him to be a youth pastor one day.
Steve has a great relationship with God, his parents, his pastor, and is involved in ministry.  God is certainly  using all of his years 
of hard work and service to prepare him for future ministry.
This Wednesday, I was asked to speak to their youth group.
There were between 65-70 in attendance, with some visitors.
As I began to speak, more teens came in.  It was standing room only.

What a thrilling experience.
As I spoke, the teens watched and listened intently 
to descriptions of my ministry in South Africa and an object lesson 
(which I will share with you in the near future).

I saw Steve again this evening.  
He told me with tears in his eyes just how blessed he was.
This evening at the camp chapel was a special testimony time called 
"Share the Gift".
It is a time when the staff, interns and campers get a chance to share with each other how they accepted the "gift" of salvation and how God has changed thier lives.

Steve was taken back at how many of his past campers
shared that they were saved in his cabin.
He was so blessed to hear how they had grown in the Lord.
After he left, I thought how blessed I was to be able to hear him explain to me how he was so overwhelmed with being used by the Lord in others' lives.  How blessed each and everyone of us are.

Like me, he is addicted to youth ministry.  
18 years in youth ministry and counting!

Take a look at some of the youth that 
I will get to work with when I finally get to South Africa -
(Me and Londiwe)

(Friday Kids' Club)
(Young Ladies Bible Study)

Already, I can say, "I have no greater joy
than to hear that my children walk in truth.  III John 1:4".
May the Lord bless  each of us (who serve in Youth Ministry)
with many years of blessings.

The Great Hunters

     If you are a hunting enthusiast, you know what this Monday was.  The big day - Rifle season!   On Sunday afternoon, my dad and brother came over and we scouted out the land behind my house.  It was so much fun tramping through the woods looking for deer trails.  The wooded area where I live is so beautiful.  There is a creek at the bottom of the hill that divides the hillsides.  
      On my side of the creek there is a rock formation that overlooks the creek.  It brought back memories of times when I would take my kids (who served under me in the camp ministry) out to that rock to have an early picnic breakfast (juice boxes and breakfast sandwhiches).  After fellowship and breakfast, we had devotion time.  What sweet and precious memories! 

     So, I was blessed to see my dad 
and brother on both Monday and Tuesday.
Early, before the sun (or I) rose, they arrived
to walk into the woods and wait for sunrise 
(and hopefully the movement of deer).
    They saw other hunting friends, a few deer
farther away, and some noisy squirrels.  They
did not get a deer this time. I don't know about 
them, but, even though they didn't get deer, I 
was thankful to see and talk to them both days 
(something I will not be able to do in South Africa).  
     As you can see, dad also enjoyed a little time 
with his grandson, Buddy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kid's Thanksgiving Craft

Every year in our 4&5 yr. old Master's Club class, we teach the children about the first Thanksgiving.  It is a great chance to explain to the children how God takes care of His people.  We tell them how God went before the pilgrims and allowed Squanto to learn the English language.  I am sure that this was a time in his life where it didn't seem that God was there to take care of him.  Later God greatly used that indian's knowledge of English to preserve His people who wanted to freely worship Him.  What a powerful lesson to the children that God WILL take care of you!

1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
 Ps 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

For the Thanksgiving week, 
we always have a special craft for the kids to make and take home.  
This year I found an idea on line and changed it alot to make it my own.  Here is what we did.

Each child made this Thanksgiving set  of spoon puppets to take home.  
As they made each puppet, 
we talked about the part that each character played in the first Thanksgiving.

To prepare for the craft, I designed a headpiece and outfit for each spoon puppet, 
and a band to sit around our clementine turkey.

I used these four Stampin Up paper punches 
and differant colors of Stampin Up cardstock to create thier head pieces and outfits.

I made the headpieces and outfits ahead of time.
In class each child placed the pieces on thier spoons with a glue dot. 
The teachers secured thier pieces on the back with a piece of clear tape.
Then each child drew a face on each of thier spoon puppets.




For the turkey, I cut a 1 x 8 1/2 in. paper strip and taped it in a circle that would hold a clementine (our 4&5 yr. olds love when I take clementines to class).
I handcut the head and beak of the turkey, 
but the tail feathers are punched from Stampin Up's Scalop Oval Punch.  
To attach the feathers, we put a strip of double-sided sticky tape
on the back and allowed the kids to pick & place thier own feathers.
We then secured the feathers with a piece of clear tape over top.

The children thoroughly enjoyed making thier own pilgrims, indian, and turkey.
Each made plans to take them home to tell the 
First Thanksgiving story to thier families on Thanksgiving Day.

It is such a blessed thing to instill in a small child the character of giving thanks!