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.

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.