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.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Traveling On My Knees

Last week someone gave me this poem:

     As I started my journey last weekend toward my next meeting, I thought about the church ladies I was going to see.  Over 2 years ago, I went to thier church to share my burden for South Africa.  
2 yrs. ago at Race Street Baptist Church
lunch with the ladies (2010)
     They all warmly received me.  After sharing what the Lord has asked me to do in South Africa, they also grew a burden of thier own.  That burden was to encourage and pray for this missionary to get to her mission field.  While reading that wonderful poem, these dear ladies come to mind. 
     Over the past 2 years I have received a multitude of letters from each of them.  They have told me of the prayers that they have prayed for me and the blessings they see as I do what God has asked me to do.  
lunch with the ladies last weekend (2012)
   As I spent time with them last weekend, I noticed that their sweet spirits have not changed.  Some things did change, however.  One of the ladies who wrote more frequently had been in an accident and her mind is not as sharp as it used to be.  I also noticed that more ladies have joined the group.  Each had love for the Lord and their own set of
burdens for others to be saved.

     It was such a delight to share my ministry again with their church, but also to fellowship once more with those dear ladies before I leave for the mission field. I know that they will be "traveling on their knees" on behalf of the Zulus in South Africa & me!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Promise & Blessings

For over a month now one of my dear friends from a church in MD
 has been asking me to come back to visit her church before I leave for the mission field. 
 Her and "the girls" (what I call them) wanted us to all get a chance to spend some time together. 
 Last weekend, I did not have a scheduled meeting,
 so I attended their church (one of my supporting churches).

As I headed out to visit my praying supporters at Hunt Valley Baptist Church in MD, 
I rounded a corner and saw a beautiful rainbow.

God placed that in the sky for each of us that day.
How does God speak to you through a rainbow?

Rainbows always remind me of God's promises.
I asked the Lord, as I drove, "Lord, what promise can I claim from You today?"

The promise that He brought to me was -
Matthew 28:20
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

"I am with you always"...
What a promise!

He is always with me,
as I make phone calls,
schedule meetings,
drive long distances,
make important, life changing decisions,
choose what to leave behind when packing for the mission field,

and today,

as I drove yet another distance
to attend a church pastored by my old youth pastor,
 attended by dear old friends and new ones...

What promises would He fulfill in my life today?

In my mind, I was going to update my praying friends 
on how my support was coming along,
get to catch up on how my friends are doing,
 and of course spend some quality time with "the Girls".

God had a better plan!

As soon as I got out of the car in the church parking lot, a dear little boy came running to me all excited, because he was getting baptized.
That is exciting!
I was blessed to be able to see, not only him, but 6 others baptized that day!

In the lobby, I found some dear friends to chat with.
Like me, they too were excited that I will be leaving soon for South Africa.
HVBC Missions Wall
One of my favorite young ladies was so excited to see me.
She asked how I was and chatted away to me 
(I believe God will use her in missions one day).
She informed me that they were having a special day in the bus ministry 
and she could not talk long because her mother needed her help.

To make a long story a little shorter,
I ended up helping a little with their bus ministry.
They were doing special breakfast treats for their special program
 and needed help pouring the juice.

What a blessing to have so many kids in one place!
I guess I feel more at home with the children 
and long for my new ministry among the Zulu kids in South Africa.

A great challenge was given from God's Word.
I think 4 kids responded to the invitation.
While my head was bowed, a hand reached up and tapped me on the shoulder,
"Would you come and talk with one of these girls?"

Would I ???  Of course!!!!
I had the priviledge to lead a young lady named Mackenzie to the Lord!

God's promise to be with me was true!
I don't know about you, but whenever I go through the Scriptures, 
while leading a child to Christ,
 I am always praying on the inside- "Lord, please help them 
to understand Your Word and to believe in their heart".

You know, Mackenzie was just so ready.  
She had been coming on the bus for a while now and knew she needed to be saved.
No, she does not understand everything in the Bible,
but she had the faith of a little child (Mt. 18:2-5; 19:13,14).

After Sunday School, I quickly went upstairs 
(a little late because of talking with Mackenzie).
I was blessed to sit in a pew with a new family
 (at least new since I had been there 2 yrs. ago).
It was great to hear Pastor Bottrell preach again and to be in a growing church.

the "Girls" at our picnic lunch
For lunch, "the Girls" and I went out to Oregon Ridge Park
for a picnic lunch.
We had a delicious spread, lots of laughs and blessed fellowship.
They are truly my "sisters".  I love the times we spend together!

Me & "the Girls"
It is always a delight to serve the Lord.
These ladies are also faithful servants at their church.
I guess that is why we like to spend time together, because we have alot in common!

The full outcome of my day was truly unexpected, but I saw the Lord work 
and His promises fulfilled.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pappy's Bible

Pappy Frey's Bible
While visiting with my Great Uncle John & Aunt Floss, 
I was able to see and read my Great Grandpa Frey's Bible (who we lovingly call "Pappy Frey").

On the inside of his Bible he wrote this:

Uncle John told me that Pappy Frey and Mammy 
were saved at a special service at the local church.
Mammy was saved at morning service and Pappy was saved in the evening.
What an exciting day that was for our family!
The date is easy to remember because it is the day before my birthday (not the year though).
From now on I will always remember that my Great Grandparents
 were saved on February 17th.

Pappy, Mammy & some of the kids 
What were the events that led up to them accepting Christ as their own personal Saviour?
My Aunt Floss told me that Pappy Frey was known as the town drunk.
He also did some work in his garage and had some very bad pictures posted on his walls.
At that time, Mammy and Pappy had two children - Roy (my grandfather) and Hazel.
All the kids- Roy and Hazel are the two oldest (on the right)
My other Great Uncle, Paul (who we call "Amos") told my dad the other day about the events
 that led up to Pappy Frey attending that church service where he got saved.

He said that Pappy was passed-out drunk in a ditch somewhere,
 when a friend of the family came along and found him.

This dear friend took Pappy home with him and sobered him up.
 When Pappy was sober, he invited him to come with him the next day to the special church service.
He made Pappy promise that he would come with him.

The next day, Pappy's friend came to pick up Pappy for service.
Pappy was not ready and said that he did not remember promising him that he would come.
Mammy and the kids went to church with their family friend and as you read in the entry from Pappy's Bible,
 Mammy was saved that morning.

When that friend came along to pick them up for church service that night, Pappy went along.
That evening, Pappy accepted Christ as his personal Saviour.
My Great Grandpa, "Pappy Frey"
As a Christian, Pappy Frey was differant than before.
The town drunk, no longer lived in that community.
Pappy tore down all of the bad posters on his garage wall. 
One of my Great Uncles told me that he put up pictures of great Christians instead 
(like Spurgeon and R.A. Torrey).
After salvation, Mammy and Pappy Frey gave thier children
 Bible names like: David, Samuel, John, and Martha.

The old man had passed and the new man was alive in Christ.

Pappy Frey working on oil burners
Pappy was a hard worker.
He taught his children to work hard, obey God's Word, and be kind to others.
One of his sons told me that he would come downstairs early in the morning 
and find Pappy on his knees in prayer.  
Many times the children would hear thier names being uttered in prayer.  
Pappy and Mammy prayed for thier children. 
 Many times the boys would come back in from the morning milking
 to find thier father still on his knees in prayer.
Mammy did her part in raising the kids to honor the Lord.  
Aunt Floss told me that she remembers coming to dinner while she was dating John.  
Mammy would have each of the kids recite a memory verse before they could eat thier dinner. 

My Great Uncle John is a pastor.  
He said that most of the Scripture that he has committed to memory
 is from his childhood, because of Mammy.

Below are some of the notes that I found while paging through my Great Grandpa's Bible:

Was he thinking of the wretched life he used to live, before he found Christ?

I am thankful to God for the godly heritage I have because of Pappy Frey.
I believe he would be proud of his sons and daughters as they serve the Lord in thier homes, 
at thier jobs, churches, and some even in ministry.
I can't wait to get to Heaven to talk to him about the people that God
 has led me to minister to in South Africa.  
I believe he would be proud!

Reading Pappy Frey's Bible
On Sunday morning, before going to church with Great Uncle John & Aunt Floss, I did my personal devotions out of Pappy Frey's Bible.  What a treat!

My Bible with Pappy's Bible
Pappy's Bible contained a story. 
His story started on the first page with his and Mammy's date of salvation.

God's Word contains the same story for each of us.
The story of God who loved us so much that He sent His Only Son to die for our sin.
The Bible shows each of us how we can be a new man, with old things passed away.

A heritage of faith can be passed down to our children,
 grand children, and great grand children.

The story of salvation can be shared by a loving family friend, 
who desires for others to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

This story of God's love, is the same story that I will take to the Zulus in South Africa.

What a story!