One Girl's Adventures Into Rural Lands

Month: May 2020

May Ministry Update

A Slow Opening

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the reports we received was to expect the continent of Africa to be hit hard. It’s our joy to report that the case, while many in several countries, have not been nearly as bad as predicted! Zambia’s cases increase but the deaths from this virus are nearly nonexistent. Praise God!

President Lungu has started opening businesses, restaurants, and churches again. While there are still restrictions in place (mask in public, no nonessential meetings, no groups of more than 10 people gathered together, only exam grade students allowed to begin classes) it’s a step towards a return to normal. Or as President Lungu says, “the new normal.” 

What does this mean for our team in Zambia? Ministry has begun on a restricted basis. Our team is limited to day trip to nearby villages, focusing mainly on visiting people at their homes and taking proper health precautions. As the government of Zambia makes adjustments, so will we. 

While I haven’t been back to Simwatachela due to waiting for part for my truck, I was able to join some of our team in Musokotwane. It’s a chiefdom I’m well acquainted with even from when I used to lead our expedition teams during my first five years on staff with Overland. It’s an area that transitioned to full Zambian leadership several years ago and we have thew chance to bring encouragement and vision to some of the leaders.

The men and women on this team have been doing such an amazing job and the testimonies were incredible! Areas that once relied on witchcraft are now meeting together regularly for the sake of the Gospel. Group of children numbering into the hundreds are being raised up knowing the Truth and who they are in Christ.

We spent a lot of time developing vision and strategy with the team to keep pushing forward with the Gospel. It was wonderful to see their excitement and passion for this next season of ministry.

A Look at June

This next month has a lot of potential for getting back to a normal schedule. My truck parts have finally arrived and will be worked on this week. Once it’s all good to go, Abigail, Bernard and I plan non meeting with Chief Simwatachela. We want to discuss with him about opportunities for ministry and how this pandemic has affected the chiefdom. 

As soon as more restrictions are lifted, we’ll begin meeting for bible studies and camping in the villages during the week. Until then, we can reach a few places within a day trip and will make that our focus until things change.

Over the Past Weeks…

I’ve seen many posts online saying that 2020 is a waste. We’ve experienced a pandemic and terrible injustices in the taking of innocent lives. But God hasn’t written off this year and neither should we. I truly believe we will look back at this year and see how God has moved in incredible ways. Let us continue to pray in full faith for a radical move of the Lord in every nation, and that the Holy Spirit will move in ways that have yet to ever been seen! 


“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'” Rev 7:9-10

I’m praying for all of you, your families, and the nations. Please feel free to reach out to chat, pray together, and to encourage each other.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. It means a lot to me and is making a difference in the lives of the people we are reaching in Zambia! 

Blessings,
Laura

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April Ministry Update


Living The Quarantine Life

For the past month our entire team worldwide has been in quarantine. For some this had also been mandated by the country they’re in. For us in Zambia, we make a stricter course of action to the Covid-19 pandemic then the government recommended. Restricted to our base, only essential trips to town were taken and our Zambian base staff were put on a paid leave.

So our team here picked up the workload of keeping the base running. None of us can say that quarantine was boring! We found ourselves working on different projects each day. We laid gravel down on paths, started clearing an area for a basketball court that’s currently in progress, took care of the landscaping and gardens, and whatever other tasks came along. I even learned how to work on our internet system when we were struggling with it! New skills being acquired during this season!

We’ve also spent time together in the Word as a team, as well as individually. Together we’ve been meeting about twice a week to go through a Bible study program which has led to amazing discussions and perspectives shared from everyone. I’ve also been working on my Bible school program and am excited to see how close I’m finally to finishing!

My sector team and I have been in touch with our friends in Simwatachela, taking time to check on families and share encouragement. It’s been great to hear that everyone is well and excited for when we can join them in their villages!

This season is definitely not what we pictured. Our expedition teams have been delayed until August. Our AMT class for May has also been merged with the August class. What should be the start of our busy season is much quieter than anticipated but God is doing amazing things. We know the loss we see in the natural God will not just restore, but His provision will overflow in every area of need! 

“Fear not, O land;
Be glad and rejoice,
For the Lord has done marvelous things!
Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field;
For the open pastures are springing up,
And the tree bears its fruit;
The fig tree and the vine yield their strength.
Be glad then, you children of Zion,
And rejoice in the Lord your God;
For He has given you the former rain faithfully,
And He will cause the rain to come down for you—
The former rain,
And the latter rain in the first month.
The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the Lord your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame.”

Joel 2:21-27

We serve an amazing God who constantly proves His faithfulness over and over. We will continue to see His faithfulness in every season of our lives!

What’s Next?

Things have begun easing up a bit here in Zambia. Testing has increased so we’re currently seeing the number of cases on the rise. Praise God that the number of deaths from Covid-19 is very low! 

Our team globally is now operating on a country to country restriction. Following Zambia’s mandate, masks are being worn in public. We aren’t allowed to hold any public meetings yet but can visit people individually. The President of Zambia is reviewing restrictions every two weeks so we’ll know what the next step is here soon.

Our leadership here has also put in some other restrictions. Ministry in the rural villages has been restricted to day trips in close areas. Simwatachela is quite a far drive so my reach there continues to be limited. The truck is also waiting on a couple of parts so hopefully by the time it’s fully running again, things will have continued to improve in the country.

We’re continuing the work here on the base to prepare for the day the borders open and the base fills. We still don’t know when that will be but we continue to walk in faith that it will be soon!

I’m praying for all of you, your families, and the nations. Please feel free to reach out to chat, pray together, and to encourage each other. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. It means a lot to me and is making a difference in the lives of the people we are reaching in Zambia! 


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