Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 28 - The last day of Photo A Day February!

This is what happens when I don't make my bed in the morning...
Two bug-a-boos make themselves at home as they read....
Hope you have enjoyed the glimpse into Zambia and our everyday lives throughout the month of February.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day 27 - Photo A Day February

Hadassah has had severe ear pain since Monday.  We went to the doctor on Tuesday and started antibiotics but had to return two days later because the pain was still constant and it did not seem to be getting any better.  We saw the ENT and she said that Hadassah had a boil inside her ear that had ulcerated into tiny sores AND a fungal infection.  She kept saying that this was a very painful condition.  So, Hadassah has a port in her hand and will receive introvenous antibiotics two times a day for four days.  She also has a specialized pain medicine that seems to finally be helping her. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day 26 - Photo A Day February

These are all sitenge cloths that I see everyday here in Zambia.  The ladies wrap their piece of cloth around themselves, sort of like a wrap-around skirt.  It is also used for carrying babies, head dresses, whole outfits are made out of them, aprons, diapers when no other cloth is available, blankets, etc...  
They come in every color imaginable and all different patterns.

Day 24 & 25 - Photo A Day February

A nightly ritual in our house - rabble rousing around the sink as the kids brush their teeth.

 A friend of ours buried his 6 month old grandson today.  
We were there with him as he picked up his daughter from the hospital and the baby, wrapped up snugly in a sitenge cloth.  
We transported the family and the baby in our truck to the cemetery.
We were there as some of the family dug a tiny grave and gently place the baby in the ground.  
We were there to grieve with them.  
Below is just a representation of what cemeteries are like here in Lusaka.  It is not a picture from today. Really, they are much worse than this.  
Please pray for the mother, Cindy, and her family as they mourn the loss of Baby Kennedy.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 23 - Photo A Day February

A picture from Zoe's new camera - on timer....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 - Photo A Day February

We just got back from our week in South Africa so this is a catch up day for last week.

Above are some flower creations for Valentine's Day.  
Some American holidays are making their way over here.

Hadassah - age 13

Zoe - age 10

Levi - almost 8

Cloud coverage on our way to South Africa.

Our scrumptious lunch from yesterday. 
Yes, those are shrimp with eyes and antennas.  From what I can figure, all shrimp (called prawns over here) are served just like this.  They were very, very good but I like our American version better!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Photo 16 - Photo A Day February

On Valentine's Day, Hadassah, Hannah and some friends handed out flowers at a local mall in Operation True Love.  They shared the Gospel and prayed with several people.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day 15 - Photo A Day February

Lazy weekend morning, reading in bed together....
Sorry, the picture is a bit blurry...

Next week, we will be traveling, so I probably will not be able to do a photo a day but I'll catch up when we get back to internet capabilities.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Day 14 - Photo A Day February

Great name, right?  
Not quite as American as Jane or John....

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Day 13 - Photo A Day February

These two ladies have been working hard.  
I don't know if you can see it but the second one is carrying a traffic cone (actually, I think she has two) on her head, like a hat.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Day 12 - Photo A Day February

This cutie was my breakfast date yesterday.  
It looks like he got the sweet end of the deal with that Red Velvet Hot Chocolate!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Day 11 - Photo A Day February

Meet our dogs - Cowboy (the puppy) and Pepe

Monday, February 9, 2015

Day 10 - Photo A Day February

One angle of part of our backyard...  
Those are our banana trees in the back.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day Nine - Photo A Day February

This is the view out my bedroom window.  The flowers really are much prettier than the picture shows.  Yes, those are security bars that are on every window in the house.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Day Eight - Photo A Day February

A wedding party with two limos.  
They decorate the vehicles and drive all through town blowing their horns very loudly....

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day Seven - Photo A Day February

I love these children!  

Here are a few kids who have started to gather for our weekly chronological bible storying.  Once they saw the camera, they jumped up and started to dance.  This is inside the church.  Several weeks ago, they 'decorated' the inside of the church for a wedding (yes, that is toilet paper hanging from the ceiling).  Purple is the 'official' color for Baptists here in Zambia.  You can see in the left corner that they have started a small lending library.  The whole left side of the church is usually filled up with children by the time we are finished each week.  These precious ebony children are the highlight of my week.  Lord, let them have ears to hear and the heart to understand The Gospel.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Day Six - Photo A Day February

Today, you get a two for one deal.  I wanted to show you what goes on outside our yard/gate all day long - well, most all day.  Sometimes there is much worse traffic and early in the morning (before 7am), there is not usually a lot of traffic.

This is the view to the right of our gate....

...and the view to the left.  These cars are waiting to turn onto the larger, more busy four lane road that runs by the other side of our home.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Day Five - Photo A Day February

One of the hardest parts of a missionary's life is saying 'Goodbye' to friends, family and friends who feel like family.  Some of our dearest friends left yesterday for their very long awaited Stateside Assignment.  Blessedly, they will return in October.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Day Four: Photo A Day February

Baked beans, anyone?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Day Three: Photo A Day February

...and the boys in the family...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day Two: Photo A Day February

The girls in the family...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day One: Photo A Day February

What is wrong with this picture?

Hint: Read what the top sign says at the bottom...

Friday, January 30, 2015

Coming Soon - A Photo A Day in February....

As I finally feel more settled here in Lusaka, I think that I have lost the wonder of living in Zambia.  It all seems so normal now.  So, I thought of the idea to take a picture every day for a month - just random pictures of our every day life and everything around us.  It may not be 28 separate posts but I'm going to try very hard to take one picture each day.  Now, I am not an avid picture taker on the best of days so this is going to be a stretch for me.  
Let's get to it!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas 2014

The kids were not supposed to wake us up until after 6am, so Levi waited until 6:02 am to come into our room and wake us up.  He has a watch and counted down the time.  
Here the kids are ready and waiting....

 We don't have too many Christmas traditions but one of them is to have breakfast for supper on Christmas Eve and another is to read the story of Jesus conception and birth from the Bible before unwrapping the gifts.
Below, Zoe and Levi are following along in their Bibles.

 Let the unwrapping begin....

We are so grateful for your support of the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that allows us to live and minister here in Zambia.

Merry Christmas from The Lowes in Zambia!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What is next week?

It was Kids Ministry Day today and it happened to be exactly one week before Christmas.  I broke from chronologically storying the Bible and went back to tell the story of Jesus' birth again this afternoon.  We had lots of kids today - over 80.  It was heartbreaking to me to look out over 80+ beautiful ebony children, ask them what holiday is next week and nobody knows what holiday it might be.  Think on that....a church full of kids that did not know that Christmas is next week.  
I don't even know where to go with that.  It resonates deep in my heart.

Today, I brought with me about 130 brand new Crayola Crayons to give to the kids as a small Christmas present.  I had thought that I might be able to give them two, maybe even three crayons each but as more kids filed into the church this afternoon, I realized it would have to be only one crayon for each child.  They were very, very thrilled to each get one single crayon.  They knew what they were because we had colored pictures together a couple of times before today.  
As I was feeling a bit downcast for these kids, I realized that I had done far more than just give them one crayon for Christmas - I had taken the opportunity to share about the birth of Jesus and make the connection for them that this baby that was born in a stable is the same Jesus that we have been talking about recently - the same one that healed the blind, drove out demons, walked on water, fed 5000+ people; and was crucified, buried then rose again to save the world from their sins.  This is not about me, please don't believe that - about what I did but it is totally about the Gospel.  We would not have this Good News if not for that baby in the manger.  

Just a few of the kids with their crayon.

So, let me go out on a limb here.  Which is better - 1 crayon or the Gospel?  Which is worse - teaching our children that Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus but then showering them with mounds of Christmas presents or children who would only receive 1 crayon along with the Christmas Story and a Gospel presentation?