Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Voices of Zambia in Topeka

We made a trip to Topeka yesterday.  I love the scenic beauty of driving through the Flinthills of Kansas!


  

If Allen had not worked during the day, we could have left earlier and eaten at the Hays House.  
The notorious Jesse James spent some time at this place!




Google Maps took us right to the little church, north of Topeka where Voice of Zambia was singing.

Our boys, Oscar and Harold were right at the entry way to the little church.  What a joyous reunion!

 We began sponsoring these 2 guys from Zambia through a ministry called Gospelink.  We began supporting them first as they were students in Bible school in Zambia and now as staff at the school.  One day they hope to become pastors of churches there in Zambia.  Most churches there cannot support full-time workers.

 

Willy Hunter shared the vision for Gospelink.


Willy first came to our church many years ago and told us about it.  We were on board!  It takes a lot of money to support a full time missionary to go overseas with his family.  Housing, vehicles, language school, etc.  I am so grateful for the churches in America that supported our family in Japan!
Image result for gospel link, photo, pastor with bike

But when you support a guy in his own country, he won't need to learn a new language or culture.   We can provide training and living expenses at a much less costly rate and the results of Gospelink is incredible!  We can purchase bicycles for them to go town to town.  Gospelink says they are averaging about 5 new churches daily!



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A packed weekend!

There was lots of fun this weekend with the family....
...playing with cousins who came up from Arkansas, Jason's deli,  a trip to the zoo, the Y (no pictures of that), birdwatching, birthday party and church.
















A trip to the city and lunch at Jason's Deli.
The kids are getting older now and were all able to sit at the kids table without grownups!





The zoo is always a great place for the kids.  We can't see it all in one day though.   Good reason to have a membership and be able to go anytime we want.

The kids love to take pictures with the statues.  


Claire was chased by a duck so was surprised that she got this close to these!






zebra kill by lion


The lions, which are one of my favorites were off exhibition, "for introduction". 
 We are getting more lions I would guess?




Good thing we bring the wagon to pull a tired 4-year-old!


Funny how the kids can be so tired and yet, when they see a playground....




The airport is just beyond the zoo 

Tired parents!

 That pose cracks me up!

 






 The kids called the penguins with a mimic cry and they all flocked over.
On Saturday morning, the Arkansas kids went on the monthly bird walk that I go on at our local college.   The kids were up by 6:30 and anxious to go!  It was a tad bit early as the birdwalk wasn't until 7:30, so we made a stop at our donut shop in town!



We had a sweet breakfast and also purchased a couple of boxes for the church brunch.


The brisk wind made it chilly.
Glad we had our coats!


Despite the high winds, we saw Mississippi kites, a couple of cooper hawks building a nest, a belted kingfisher, several mallards, jays and other birds.  Next month the leaves will be sprouted on the trees and they will be harder to see!

We celebrated Hannah's 12th birthday party (a few days early).

 Sister love!

From the cousins - a box within a box within a box within a box....
and an ITunes gift card inside the last one!
 I made her a card with pictures of each year.
 The birthday girl got to choose her favorite foods for the meal...hamburgers, bacon-wrapped smokies, watergate salad, Doritos and a few other things.































wrestling and pile-on are favorites!



We ended our weekend with church together as a family.  The church brunch was pretty awesome!  People brought biscuits and gravy, sausage, donuts, egg bakes and much, much more!  Josh and Staci led worship.  Adam preached.  Our bellies and hearts were filled!