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.

Monday, October 31, 2011


On Saturday, (October 29 2011) this was the veiw from my window.
We are having an early snowstorm. In our area we have accumulated around 5 inches. It was very surprising to have such snowy weather in October. I guess we are having a snow-Fall!
One of my favorite verses about snow is - Proverbs 25:13 "As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters." This verse always encourages me to be a faithful messenger of God's Word!

A Missions Conference Tradition

It has been my tradition for a few years to have a sleepover for teen girls on the Thursday night of Missions Conference. Of course the amount of girls is limited since I drive a pick-up truck. This year I asked another single lady to come. Rachel and her mom helped me to bring the girls home for the sleepover. The first 7 girls I invited were the ones who got to come (sorry to those of you who couldn't come because of lack of space, we will have to plan on doing something together soon).
After settling in, we usually have a campfire and snacks. This year it had rained all day, so this was our campfire.
We roasted hot dogs & marshmallows over the stove tops. It proved to be quite an experience, especially when the cheese inside a hot dog would make the flames spark and grow higher. The girls all brought delicious home-made desserts (Moms, you did a great job with teaching your daughters to bake! Yummy!!!). We also had coffee, hot cocoa, and hot cider to help us stay up to play games.

Game time was so much fun! You really get to know alot about people by playing games. We played: Bop-It, Maffia, 4-on-the-Couch, Apples to Apples, Pit, Dutch Blitz, and of course Silly-Slidding-Sock Races.
As you can see, socks are not just beautiful footwear, but also make great attire for a very competative sport (which took place around 3am).

The Bible instructs the older ladies to teach younger ladies about godliness (Titus 2). My desire is to be a blessing to those young ladies by providing a time where they can get together and enjoy eachother's company, talk about what the Lord is teaching them during Missions Conference, and maybe the Lord could use me to encourage them on in spiritual things.
The Bible also tells us that when you invest time in others by trying to be a blessing and encouragement in thier lives, you will also be blessed and encouraged. I thank the Lord for the great teen girls we have at our church. My prayer is that God will use each of them in a wonderful way!

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Mt.Zion Baptist Church Missions Conference 2011

My home church has the best Annual Missions Conference! I was excited to be able to attend this year. Our theme for 2011 was "Send the Light!" It was exciting to see how the Lord used each message that was preached to bring forth the truth of our need to send the Light.
John 1:9 "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."
John 3:19 "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
John 3:20 "For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
John 8:12 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life."
John 9:5 "As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."

The children's and adult chior sang of our need to pray, give to, and go to the mission field. God certainly used His Word through through the preaching and songs to work in each of our lives and to stir our hearts for souls.
John 12:35 "Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the Light with you. Walk while ye have the Light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
John 12:36 "While ye have light, believe in the Light, that ye may be the children of Light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide Himself from them."
John 12:46 "I am come a Light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Will Go!

Last week our chior was practicing a song called "I Will Go". It brought me back to the time when I was fasting and praying about going to the mission field. My dad and I had set aside over 6 months to pray and seek godly counsel about it. Those months went by at a good pace and God clearly revealed His will through His Word, my pastor, my father, and the need in the Kilmer's ministry in South Africa.
Little did I know all of the things that would come about since I said those three powerful words - "I WILL GO"! As the chior continued to sing, I also thought,wow, it sounds so easy. You just say "I will go".
"I will go" sounds like I can just go right now. Oh how we desire that would be true. Lately, I have been heavily burdened to be on that mission field where God has led me to be. Praise the Lord for 55% of my support. The other 45% seems so huge to me when I want to "GO".
Going is not always in the getting there, it is in the journey. When I was a teenager my dad said, "Lets go take a 2-day drive along the shore" We made some great memories during that trip. Most of those memories are not from seeing the shore, but from our journey to and from the shore. The Lord has truly been my Provider, Deliverer, and Friend during this "going" stage as a missionary.
One of the ladies that I teach with in 4&5 yr. olds pointed at a map on our wall and asked the kids, "How does Miss Gina get to South Africa?" Of course, they pointed from the USA to Africa. She said "No! First, Miss Gina goes to VA, RI, MD, AL, WY,....and then she goes to South Africa". They just looked at her like she was crazy. Why not just go to South Africa? God has a bigger plan for us when we say, "I will go".
That commitment means I will go where You lead me and share the burden that you have given me for the Zulu people. I have learned so much from my "goings" this past year and a half. Yes, I can't wait to get to South Africa, but I wonder where my "goings" will take me next on my journey to the mission field.
This week is our Annual Missions Conference at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (7pm Wed-Fri). My prayer is that others will anwer the Lord by saying, "I WILL GO".

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"A Fungus is Amongus!"

When I was growing up in elementary school we had many funny sayings. What were some of the funny things you said in elementary school? We sure do funny things when we are young! I forget most of those silly things I did in elementary school, but one of those funny sayings came to mind the other week.
Just before the leaves begain to fall, some strange things started to pop-up outside my house. I almost missed seeing them because I just dash about going to and fro with busyness. One day I dropped something and leaned down to pick it up. My eyes fell on this strange thing.
How beautiful! It was colorful like a flower, but what is it? It is a fungus!!!
When I stood up and looked around I saw more strange growths popping up from the earth.
They were differant, colorful, and strange works of art.

Some were white,
Some are yellow,
Some might even scare a fellow.

Each artful creation had a differant shape and size.
What do you think they look like?

Each of these little pieces of art reminded me of that saying in elementary school - "A fungus is among us". Did you ever say that? We said that if someone in our class had athletes foot. Noone wanted to get that strange fungus.
Our christian life is like that sometimes. We may have sin fungus growing in our lives. When it pops-up, it may seem beautiful and fun, but in the end it is really fungus. All of these strange growths came up over night. There was no evident prelude to thier arrival. BOOM! The next day they showed up. Why? Because there was just the right amount of bacteria growing in the soil.
What is groing in the soil of your heart? After taking the pictures of the fungus', I began to ponder the things in my life that may be bacteria. How far will I let sin reign in my life? Far enough to grow fungus?
I wonder, "Is there a fungus amongus???"
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2Peter 3:18 "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Goodly Heritage

Psalm 16:6 "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage."
Psalm 61:5 "For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name."

Roy G. Frey

My grandfather has been on my mind lately. Maybe it is because of paperwork our family has to do for the state, or the games he taught methat I am now teaching others, or the lane leading to the cabin, and the chimes ringing outside my house. All of these things have put my grandpa on my mind lately. He passed away in 2005, but the heritage he left behind still affects me today.

My grandpa grew up in a Christian home.

While he was growing up his parents (especially his dad), taught him to work hard and have good godly character.

Like every Frey, he learned to farm.

A hard day's work, was not just a figure of speech, but truth lived out.

He loved to fish.

Especially, if they were biting.

He also loved to have fun. (This is a picture of him horsing around with my grandma - looks like they were having a water fight :)

He also loved my grandma.

Looking back, I don't think as a child I fully appreciated all that my grandpa taught me. I know I loved to spend time with him. He taught me Krokono (some people call it Carrom). I have taught many of the teens that I work with in ministry how to play this game. Last weekend I also taught my brother how to play.

My dad, respected his father. He knows how to do almost anything from plumbing to masonry. Most of those things he learned from his father and then taught to me. My dad loves fishing and hunting. He did that with my grandpa, has taught me and my sister, and is now teaching my brother.

Today, as I am writting, the wind is blowing and I am again reminded of my grandpa by the sound of the chimes ringing outside my house.
He made these chimes many years ago. They make a beautiful sound when the wind moves them ever so slightly. Though they are rusted and need a little extra care, they serve as a daily reminder of the "goodly heritage" that God has given me. Afterall, not everyone can claim the kind of heritage that I have.
Psalm 16:6 "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage."
Psalm 61:5 "For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name."

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Walk with the Lord

"The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in His love, he will joy in Thee with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

I just love to have my quiet time with the Lord outside. It seems that wherever I travel on deputation, there is always a place where I can have my devotions outside. This morning, I had a chance to just sit on the front porch and allow Him to talk to me through His Word. After that I took a walk and talked to Him.
Most of the leaves are already off the trees here, but I thought my readers might enjoy seeing the splendor of His creation.
Isaiah 30:21 "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."
2Corinthians 5:7 "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)"
Col. 1:10 "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;"
Col. 2:6 "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:"
Col. 4:5 "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time

1John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

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

I have not always had the close walk that I should have had with my Lord. There have been times when it seems that the Lord is so far away from me, but now I know it was because I was actually not close to Him. I am thankful for the sweet time of fellowship that I am able to have with my God. He is so precious to me! The Bible places an importance on our "walk" by the many times the word is used. I used just a few of those verses with the pictures from my walk today.

Saturday - paint, games,...

Saturday was a busy day. I worked on finishing the work that I had started on painting my Great-Aunt & Uncle's room.

The finishing touch was to add some birds and a Scripture verse.

Over thier bed I added a small deer. Our family cabin is mostly used for deer hunting so I thought this would be a nice touch.

Next, I finished painting some trees in my brother's room.

Here are a few things that you might also find in the upstairs hallway.

One of my favorite things to do is to paint. I believe I like it so much because it reminds me of what God has done in my life. He has taken my old self and made it new. The reason I like painting so much is to see the finished product. It makes you feel like you have accomplished something when you take something old, broken, and ugly and restore it to look beautiful, valueable, and useful again.
Revelation 21:5 "And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."