13 results for tag: Zambia


Sabbatical

“I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU UNTIL I HAVE DONE WHAT I HAVE PROMISED…” [ So sorry for keeping everyone guessing where we are going and what we are doing! Read this blog for a fuller understanding… ] Gen 28:15 > “I am with you! I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!”   Jacob had come to a season in life where it was right and good for him to run for the hills. God opened the door. But God’s purpose would not be squelched in his absence.  God would see to it that he would return – at the right time – and the promises made would yet be ...

8 Years Ago Today!

8 years ago today, Regina and Dan Bumstead, along with Nimisha Lala from South Africa, crowded into a fully packed to the gills double cab Nissan pickup, and started our amazing journey to Zambia (I almost said, “into the unknown” – because so many things at that point were unknown! But we had a few Lighthouse Beacons that were already clearly plotted by our Pilot for us. One of these was – ZAMBIA!). We had very few monthly supporters at this point. We had only Mike Lungu and Nimisha Lala as team members. We had many, many unknowns! But we did have a “miraculous” down payment on a lovely spot of earth nestled between the villages of ...

A Touch of Blood Applied

As I was sitting on the floor worshiping with our Zambian Team 6 years ago I saw a vision. Now, I’m not much for visions. I’m a skeptic – a doubting Thomas – mostly. But this was a real live vision from God that changed my life.  I saw Jesus on the cross with blood dripping from his hands to the ground. There was a line as far as the eye could see - single file and soberly coming to the cross. The people were, one after another, getting a drop of Jesus’ blood as it fell into their hands, and walking solemnly off in the same direction. I was thinking how wonderful it was that the drop of Jesus’ blood was redeeming all of these ...

11 Years and Slowing Down!

Dear friends, Regina and I have been in Africa for nearly 11 years! It’s hard to imagine. And in Zambia for 8 plus years! Last week our Board made the amazing declaration that we should take a year sabbatical! We are sort of beat up - body, soul and spirit. As soon as the meeting concluded the reality of the decision hit us both – this is another one of those portals we have gone thru in our lives, where we walk into a new dimension of serving - the same Lord, with the same heart, but in a different realm. Don’t be alarmed – we will still be in Zambia, still be taking the lead of Love’s Door, still encouraging the Church to love the ...

What’s Wrong With Allowing Kids to Take Communion?

At church this week I was sitting behind three girls from our House of Moses home and a friend of theirs from the village. Typical girls – giggling during the sermon, fidgeting during the sharing time, not praying out-loud during the intercession time, not offering anything to the small circle without severe prodding during the final “what did you get from the sermon” time… But in all, I was impressed with them. They are great girls – Sharon, Loveness, Melody, and their friend, [??} . But the moment when they showed their true colors is when they went up for communion. I sat in my seat and watched as they respectfully stood in line. ...

Giving Thanks For 2016

WE THANK YOU GOD FOR ALL THESE THINGS…   Psalm 108:3f >  “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” For the visible spiritual, social and character growth in the children God has given to us at the House of Moses and House of Noah. The dream we had years ago is actually happening before our eyes like never before. They are becoming models to their peers and leaders in every way. Educationally advancing, morally advancing, growing in confidence and grace in every way. God is ...

THE DARK SIDE

It was an unusually dark night with only a few rouge stars penetrating the cloud cover, as we made our way quietly to Stanley’s hut on the outskirts of Singanga Village. Tammy was leading the charge to take our worship night to the village (often we enjoy this special night with just our House of Moses kids and our staff, dancing on our moon-lit island). This week, after prayerful listening, she decided on Stanley’s house. It was so dark outside his hut – only a small cooking fire behind the circle of worshipers illuminating the lighter skinned faces. We started out rather tentatively with “Shout to the Lord” and “There is Power in the ...

Give Your Life to Jesus!

  1 Year Interns  Long-Term Partners Mission teams Financial investors Teach a family and marriage course Help someone learn a skill or start a business Start a church among an unreached people group Teach a villager to read Plant gardens to train in new ways Design and build a dream base Keep things running well with admin Train village health workers Be a soccer coach Be a music teacher Heal traumatized orphans Teach the Bible to church leaders Manage operations Here are the people we have now: Seven 20ish Four 30ish. Three 60ish! Two couples. (A family with 4 young children ...

Justice Come!

  As I was walking thru Sugar Village one day last week I was rather forcefully confronted by young Zambian woman.  She looked to be around 20, with a baby tied to her back, good-humored with a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous grin as she boldly took me to the task. “I want to go to school”, she demanded. So I started asking for her story – at 17 she got married, got pregnant and quit school. She and her young husband live in a 10’x12’ mud hut on the outskirts of the village. He fishes every morning, bringing in enough fish to eat every day and sometimes enough to sell for a little cornmeal to eat with the fish. Now at nearly ...

Apostolic Passion

How does one explain the sacrificial servanthood that is lived by this cadre of gospel workers in Luanshya Love’s Door team? They probably work 50 or more hours a week with no pay, no benefits, few resources to make the work easier, and obviously, few helpers. Why do they continue?     The latin root for “passion” is to suffer. When one is passionate about something he or she is willing to suffer and die for it. When there is one dynamic Apostolic leader he can infuse this same passion in those near him. Aaron Mulenga is such a man. “My feet were getting itchy for new territory”, Aaron told me. So he went out of town in a ...