I Tim. 6: 6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
I love that verse. I’ve memorized it too. I’ve even taught others the meaning of that verse in Sunday school and Youth group meetings. However, the last month of living in Zambia has pushed us to actually live it out. Life in Africa has a beautiful way of revealing where your joy, peace, and contentment come from. Is it in the Lord? Does your Heavenly Father have your permission to expose the idols of your heart? Are you ready for Him to teach you how to fully rely on Him and Him alone? Hopefully, you can say “yes,” but if you can’t, don’t worry. You are not alone! We can’t say it either but we praying for God to broaden our hearts and to learn the secret of being content with little or much.
We expect toilets to always flush and not leak, for new replacement parts to be of good quality and not just break in your hand while trying to install them. We are confused when water doesn’t always come out of our faucets when we know that our water tank was full just the other night, or why the electricity always has to go out right when you are in the middle of something important. I used to grumble about how slow our internet speed was and now it would be a huge upgrade for us! Sleeping on the floor for the past year has made us realize what a luxury it is to have a bed. Hanging pretty decorations helps make a house a home but what if your walls and floors look awful and there is nothing you can do to change it?
As we examined our hearts this past Sunday at church, we confessed that our inconveniences were getting the best of us and renewed our commitment to endure a little discomfort for the sake of the Gospel.
Some highlights from our first month.
We visited the International Bible College of Zambia and visited a new village called Kabulashish – click here to see a video
Last weekend we took our kids to the Eureka animal park on the South side of Lusaka.
Our first ever goat barbecue on New Year’s Day. Jeff killed and prepared the goat. The kids thought it was so funny that we had a goat tied on top of our vehicle.
Our home is getting to feel more and more like a home and is mostly functional.
Heidi met Libby (head of ladies Bible Studies in Chongwe) who invited her to attend and help with some Bible studies)
Jeff rolled out his discipleship plan “The Cycle of Discipleship” at the 2014 Give Life meeting.
Our vehicle and container to pass all the red tape and be transported here. Also, wisdom about sending someone to checking on it or paying more fees.
Jeff starting his discipleship training with some young men in Chongwe and Heidi starting Bible studies with Libby.
The Lord to grow us and make us more like Him, for people to get saved and grow spiritually, and for Him to be glorified.
Our kids have been playing with the neighborhood kids outside the gates.
Heidi is teaching Josephine how to bake cookies
For our good neighbors – Mickey & Mandey, Doreen, Margaret, & Ignatius