Heart Harvesters

Most of what I share here is just life from my perspective as a mom and nurse.  But while being a mom, working in the clinic, or visiting families in nearby villages is a large part of my world here in Zambia, it only represents a very small fraction of what goes on here at Riverside.  So much more is being done by a faithful team of workers, and I want to share some of that with you too. Read more

A Labor Nurse Story…

Before I write this next post, I feel the need to explain why I write.  It’s more for my own sort of therapeutic outlet, really, rather than for your entertainment.  But sometimes I let you peek into my heart through these words. I write because these are the moments I don’t want to forget.  These are the moments burdening my mind and I want to sort them out in words.  These are the moments I want to praise God for.  These are the moments I want to look back on and say, “He was faithful!”  These are the moments that if I cling to, will help me get through another difficult time and I can say with confidence, “He did then, and He will reveal His power now!”

And so this is why I write.  And for these reasons I am sharing this very recent experience with you too. Read more

Crocodiles, Witchcraft, and King of the Lozi

“Daddy’s home!!!!!!!”  Wesley screamed!  Sienna jumped off my lap and Shayla raced to finish the last line in her school work.  The next 45 minutes no one thought about the lonely week without daddy around, nor the fact that it was now an hour passed supper time.  After a much needed (and I mean by a few days) scrub in the shower, Craig sat in the living room with the rest of us crowded around, to look at pictures and hear the stories of his trip to the Western Province of Zambia. Read more

Joy Doubled Up

A couple days ago I was walking down our long dirt road– contemplating a few ideas about the difference between joy and happiness.  Happiness, and what brings us happiness, can be fleeting.  But, joy, on the other hand, is “the fruit of the Spirit” in our lives.  Right?  Anyway, the technicalities of these words were on my mind and I tried to picture the difference between the two.

Fast forward to… this afternoon.  Today I saw my picture. Read more

Unexpected Blessings

She knew the signs of labor pains, the 18 year old mother had her first child at 15, and now she was close to having her 2nd.  Her grandmother joined her on a long walk down the dirt road toward a little remote clinic in the bush.  But she didn’t make her desired destination before she delivered her little girl on the side of the road!  She removed the shitangi around her waist and wrapped her up. Read more