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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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April Ministry Update


Back Home In Zambia!

There’s nothing like home! I’ve been so blessed to call this beautiful country my second home for over 13 years. Arriving back this past month was such an incredibly smooth transition. No delays or lost luggage on the flights, a quick inspection and dusting off the truck and already back full time in the new Chiefdom! Thanks to everyone for your prayers that this transition would go smoothly.

Our base has been a buzz of activity. Over the rainy season, our team here on the ground have worked tirelessly on expanding our kitchen so we can be better equipped to feed sometimes over 100 people! They’ve also worked on new chalets for staff and guests, vehicle repairs, and servicing our expedition trucks. It’s amazing the talents God has given our team and how He uses them for the Gospel!

Next week our Advanced Missions Training program starts off with 20 people arriving for 3 months. They’ll spend the time ministering in the villages and learning everything from foundational theology and world cultures to basic mechanics and even certified as wilderness first responders.

Also, our expedition season is launching with short term teams arriving and ministering with our teams all over the world! I’m very excited that one of these teams will be joining me in Simwatachela on May 19th! They’ll help us launch into a new region of the chiefdom that desperately needs the Gospel. Please keep this upcoming time of ministry in your prayers.

We’ve also been spending our time in the Chiefdom meeting with different leaders and contacts. So far we’ve been able to begin plans for leaders trainings and revival meetings in 4 villages, with another two areas to be set up this next week. I’m so expectant for what God has ahead and know it’s going to be far greater then anything I’ve ever seen before!

As of this past month, we’ve reached 100% of the needed budget for this season! THANK YOU to everyone who has partnered with the ministry here in Zambia! It means the world to me and to those we’ll be able to reach with the Gospel!

Meet Team Simwatachela!

One of our core beliefs in Overland Missions is that we “never go alone.” I am so blessed to have two amazing Zambian missionaries working alongside me in Simwatachela.

Abigail is 29 years old and the oldest daughter of Pastor Winter, who has worked with me in Mukuni and is now overseeing the ministry there. Abigail has spent the last several years joining our expedition teams here in the Southern Province of Zambia. She and I have known each other for several years and are very excited to be working together.

Bernard is 25 years old and has been working with Overland Missions for almost 2 years. He just completed an 8 month internship with our Sustain Department and has also been trained in our kids ministry program. It’s great to have Bernard on our team, and to see the excitement he has for reaching others with the Gospel.

We also have Bianca, who completed our Advanced Mission Training program last year. She’s currently home in Canada, raising her funds to be able to return full time. I can’t wait until she joins us full time!

There’s such beauty in working as a team, each bringing their own giftings and experience to the ministry.  God has put an incredible team together and I am so excited to see Him use us in awesome ways!


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! 

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Please also let me know if you need prayer for anything!

Blessings,
Laura

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5 Things I Want My Supporters to Know

It’s been an incredible 6 months of being in America but I am so excited to be heading back in Zambia! These past months I’ve met with current supporters and even welcomed several new supporters to the team. I can’t thank God enough for this incredible group of people who have partnered with the ministry work I’m doing in Zambia with Overland Missions.

As I begin the prep and packing chaos for the two weeks, there are a few things I’d like all of my supporters know.

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