Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fitting right in!

My good friend Jeff is here visiting and ministering to the pastors in our
program... I didn't give him much rest today, as we had breakfast with five
our pastors, visited their houses and churches and then had lunch with the
ACTION Zambia team and then gave him a tour of Ciyanjano!!! Amazing how he
just fits right in with the pastors and our family!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's all about us

We, my five girls and two friends, arrived a bit late to Bible Study tonight. As I got JoJo out of the car, we heard the singing in the meeting room. JoJo looked at me with surprise mixed with dismay, “Them started without us.”


And then during announcements, JoJo interrupted the lady giving announcements and said something out loud to the lady.


The lady didn’t quite understand but thankfully Julia gave the interpretation to the Jo tongue and said, “You started without us.”


Everyone got a big laugh out of that. It was pretty hilarious.  How dare you begin before we get hereJ It is, after all, about us.


Steve and Stephanie Allen




Saturday, August 27, 2011

Trust me when I write this...

Psalm 143:8 - 8Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 112:7 - 7He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 62:8 - 8Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalm 37:5 - 5Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Psalm 20:7 - 7Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.


You can trust God, wherever you are, in whatever circumstances you are in.

He is trustworthy...



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I did, I concur, I do, and it's true

Proverbs 31:10-14 - 10Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more
precious than rubies. 11Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly
enrich his life. 12She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. 14She is like a merchant's
ship, bringing her food from afar.

I did - Find a virtuous and capable wife
I concur - She is more precious than rubies
I do - I trust her.
It's true - She has GREATLY enriched my life

A homeschooling mom of 5 little ladies, a wife, a worship leader, an amazing
cook, and adding to the list of capableness is what I witnessed on Tuesday
at the Veggie Market. You should have seen her wheeling and dealing like she
owned the place. I hadn't seen her in this element before, her element.
Usually this blog is all about me. But, I tell you what, maybe I will
videotape her next week:) I honestly was so proud of her. I say all of this
knowing she will just shake her head, because she has learned through a
difficult trying year, the truth of God's saving and enduring grace in new
and profound ways. Amazing grace saves and mazing grace prevails...
Blessed be the name of the Lord! So, thank you for blessing me and thank you
for your persistent, enduring care for our family... I love you!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pray for the Elections in Zambia

I have to tell you that I hate election time. In America, signs everywhere
and soooooooo much wasted campaign money that could make a difference in the
world. It is a bit nicer here, not as many signs or wasted money, except
when people get hurt and even killed in the violence over candidates.

Please read this article as posted in the Zambia Daily Mall. So far I
haven't seen any violence, but we are all praying... Would you join us?

THE Patriotic Front (PF) has unveiled a campaign of spontaneous terror
targeting MMD supporters in Lusaka and the Copperbelt as the main means of
winning the September 20 tripartite elections.
And the PF Chongwe parliamentary candidate Sylvia Masebo has castigated her
party's cadres accusing them of being lazy for allowing the MMD to outshine
them and regain its popularity in Lusaka and the Copperbelt, while Kabwata
candidate Given Lubinda has threatened to mount his own campaigns.
PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba instructed party cadres, some of them
wielding machetes and catapults, at a public rally in Lusaka near the
Freedom Statue on Sunday to attack MMD cadres and take over markets and bus
The mostly drunken cadres went on rampage, stoning motorists on Independence
Avenue in response to Mr Kabimba's instruction.
Mr Kabimba instructed the PF youths to go round Lusaka markets and bus
stations and force the MMD members out so that the opposition party can
regain control of the trading places.
He told them to "viciously" deal with the MMD cadres as if they are
criminals because the police are allegedly not adequately securing the
"Here are the instructions from the party leadership: deal with the MMD like
they are criminals because the police are not protecting you. Do not give
them any chance and wherever you will find them, hit them hard. You are the
foot soldiers of the PF, and in fact you are in the majority.
"The MMD should not dominate the markets and bus stations because we have
more youths than the ruling party. We do not want to hear that you are being
outnumbered," MrKabimba said.
And as Mr Kabimba was spelling out the chilling instructions to the youthful
party zealots, PF youth chairman Ashell Kampengele grabbed the microphone
from him and instructed the youths to immediately run to Kamwala market and
beat up all MMD cadres who were campaigning in the area.
The beer-reeking youths, some of them wobbling on weak legs while
brandishing machetes and catapults, abandoned the venue and instead rushed
to Independence Avenue where they started throwing stones at motor vehicles,
causing panic among motorists.
An MMD campaign vehicle was pelted but the driver managed to elude the
missiles by meandering through heavy traffic and melted away into the city
The PF cadres were heard saying they are incensed that the MMD is freely
flying its flags in all the markets and bus stations in Lusaka and the
Copperbelt, the areas that have over the years been perceived to be the
opposition party's strongholds.
And the PF has castigated its cadres accusing them of being lazy for
allowing the MMD to outshine them and regain its popularity in Lusaka and
the Copperbelt, with MrLubinda threatening to mount his own campaigns.
MsMasebo wondered on Sunday during a district rally why her new party's
'foot soldiers' in the capital city are sleeping while their MMD
counterparts are wooing voters by the thousands as the country moves closer
to next month's tripartite elections.
The rally, mostly attended by drunken youths, failed to impress MsMasebo who
did not hide her fears that the PF is fast losing its steam in the capital
"You people in Lusaka have a problem. You must wake up and work hard. This
is war and you must not take it easy. You have been thinking that you have
already won the battle, but the MMD, through William Banda, have been
working. You have not been serious with work," an upset MsMasebo said.
She accused the PF members of not being serious with campaigns and told them
that it will not be easy for the party to reclaim its dominance in Lusaka
because the MMD "has done its homework".
She expressed disappointment that she has become stronger in the PF than the
members she found, saying the signs are not encouraging in the city.
The MMD has lately taken Lusaka by storm, swelling its ranks with droves of
prospective voters who are defecting from opposition parties at colourful
public rallies organised by the party's provincial executive committee.
This has forced the PF to admit that the MMD has done its homework by
mounting an elaborate countrywide campaign that has left the opposition
parties flatfooted.
And MrLubinda, who was visibly not happy with the number of people who
attended the rally, said he will embark on addressing his own rallies in
Kabwata in view of the PF's poor performance.
The PF leaders dressed down their cadres at a poorly attended Lusaka
district rally near the Freedom Statue in Kamwala area attended by secretary
general WynterKabimba, MrLubinda and former Mandevumember of Parliament Jean
The other leaders in attendance included parliamentary candidate for Matero
Miles Sampa, Professor NkanduLuo for Munali and Edgar Lungu for Chawama.
Some of the few adults who attended the rally said they are disappointed at
the calibre of the PF candidates at local government level, and were heard
murmuring while the candidates, most of them youths, were introduced.
"We have little problems with the calibre of MPs, but the calibre of the
aspiring councillors is worrying. We are going to have a council full of
young boys, and this is not good for the party.
"These young men do not even understand why they are standing apart from
shouting slogans," one man said. - By WALLEN SIMWAKA and CHARLES CHISALA

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tyler leaves his mark


Tyler Dingman is such a great guy. What a blessing to have our future missionary here for a short visit for the Ciyanjano Dedication.  He took pictures, reunited with all the pastors, and just served as he does so well.  He loves on our kids so well, too.  We all hated to see him go and here’s hoping and praying that God raises the money he needs to get him over here soon! We need him!!!!!!

Immigration and happy endings.

For all those people like me who spend time daydreaming during the day on how things could be better on the road, in the office, in the stores - if only they asked you, this blog is for you... The funniest thing happened at immigration today.  But, you have to read this blog first to fully appreciate it...


When I arrived at the desk where you collect the work permit extensions (Desk 12 – the last desk at the very end) I was asked if I could be interrupted by seven suit wearing Zambians. I didn’t really have a choice, so I smiled in angst.  (I was on a tight time schedule...)   So, I sat there, surrounded by these Zambians as L. Banda, the Work Permit giver guy explained his job in detail to this other Zambian suit wearing men. Mr. Banda explained the whole process and I listened in interest.  He was asked at the end, “What part do you wish you could get rid of?”  Mr. Banda said, “The two recording books.”  And then, one guys out of the blue asked about the book. You know, “THE BOOK” where you have to find your name amidst a million other names in no order, amidst bad handwriting and random date assortment. You know, the book that you have to come in for, to wait in line to look at the book, to find out, nope, it isn’t there and you have to come back again later. That book!   One official asked, “What if there is 20 people and 1 guy is looking and the others have to wait?”  I was nodding my head profusely.  They noticed me and took interest.  And then someone said, “What if they just got a SMS or email when their work permit extension was ready. They wouldn’t need the book.”  More nodding of my head profusely.  And then another guy said, “Yes, if they are in other parts of Zambia, they come all this way and their permit is not ready.”  At that point, I couldn’t contain myself anymore. I raised my hand. Yes, I did.  I explained about my friend in Kalomo where I had to come in 3 times for him and his name was there but her name wasn’t, etc... I didn’t tell him the other three times I came in and had to wait for hours and my permit was lost and how I wished they would just have a computer to look up a name and directions on how this things is supposed to work.  Anyway, they seemed encouraged by their mutual great ideas (they were great ideas!) and how they could streamline the process and then the senior guy said, “Get his number” (meaning me) and said I could be a “Customer consultant.”  I couldn’t stop laughing in a delighted kid kind of way. They care and they want my opinion.  For all those times when I wanted to suggest a better way, I just might get my chance!!!  Anyway, thought you might appreciate how my day was made!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ciyanjano Dedication Weekend

There are quite a few pictures here, but we just wanted you to see the
amazing weekend that was the Ciyanjano Dedication. So much to say and yet
the pictures really do capture the two days spent out at Ciyanjano with our
pastors and their families. We sang, ate, cried, prayed, and dedicated the
property to God for His glory over these two days. It was such a beautiful
time, especially having Glenn Ripley there to celebrate with us. It was his
vision, dream and sacrifice that was a catalyst to making this dream a
possibility. My favorite time of the weekend was taking this picture of the
plaque. Here is a couple who sacrificed so much for the this retreat center
and it inspired me to realize how important it is that all I do be for
eternity. That is what will last forever. I am so looking forward to what
God will do in the place over the ensuing years.

Ever been on an Ox-Cart ride? We have!

Signing the guest book is sometimes funny in Zambia.

Tim giving a tour of Ciyanjano to the many Zambians.

All the AZ kids looking goofy!

Sooooooo cute!!!

Roasting a pig!!!

Looks kind of gross but tasted yummy!

Cooking Nshima isn't for a weak woman!

We are definitely all about Green here!

We had a huge awesome bonfire completed with amazing singing...

The dedication was on Saturday morning. Tim is here speaking to the 90 or so gathered.

I was the M.C.!

And I have a beautiful wife.

Glenn Ripley and I!

After the dedication, we spend some time praying before we laid the plague down in the Ripley Center.

The choir was amazing!!!

Pastor's Conference

I wanted to say a huge, huge, huge thank you for all those who prayed for
this pastor's conference. It was a significant, special time for all that
participated and attended the conference. We spoke on the gospel and how it
transforms us, daily, from the inside out... I was the Master of Ceremonies
the first day, and opened the conference by comparing the gospel to air.
When we are born and we take our first breath so we can live. But, after
that first breath, we don't stop breathing. The same air that gave us life
is the same air that gives us life. The gospel is air to our lives. Each
talk was built around this theme on how to apply the gospel to our lives.
Glenn Ripley and Bruce Gallaher each spoke twice and Tracy and I each spoke
once. My talk on the second day was on the glory of God and how to live for
the glory of God and not for the glory of others. Anyway, thank you for

Tracy and Derek sharing about the HIV/AIDS ministry.

The attenders...

Tyler, Tim and Tracy - The three T's!

Bruce Gallaher did a great job!

And me being my animated self!