February - March 2010
Gathered a crowd
Last Friday was a national holiday and the Bible College
students wanted to do something since there were no classes. So,
they were taken to a certain area and set up a flannel board.
The children began to gather. There must have been two or three
hundred. First they played games with the kids and then it was
time for the Bible story. The teacher held them spellbound with
the old, old story. Many seeds were planted that day.
Salty Butter Pecan
It was one of those days. There was some kind of flu bug going
around that left you feeling like you didn’t have enough
strength to wring out a dish cloth. Still, our son had just had
a very dear worker leave, and he was grieving. I overheard him
say, “You know, I don’t really miss anything from America, but I
do have a taste for some good ole butter pecan ice cream.”
Even though I felt weak as a kitten I thought, I could just
whip up some ’good ole butter pecan ice cream’ and that might
make him feel better. It must have taken me an hour or two
in my pathetic state, but finally the mixture was ready for the
freezer. Albert, our day guard, had churned for us many times so
I wasn’t worried. But I should have been! I opened the container
and began to dip out the ice cream. Were my taste buds correct?
Salt!! Maybe it’s just on the top. So I dug down to the
bottom. Yes, the whole gallon was a new flavor, ’Salty
How can I fix this? Well I couldn’t, but with my trusty
old strainer I managed to save the American pecans, tucking them
into the fridge for another try. After some thought on the
situation, I realized you can’t fix hearts with butter pecan ice
cream; Phil. 4:6-7 does a much better job.
Celebrating 25 years
The first time we met Kelvin and
Evelyn we knew there was something different about them. They
were happy and visited the altar frequently for prayer and
dedication. Don asked Kelvin several times if God was calling
him into the ministry, but he always said, “No” until he had an
accident in the copper mines. During the period of recuperation
he had time to think and decided God was calling him to preach.
After pastoring Faith Baptist for five years, Don asked the
church if they wanted to call Kelvin as their pastor. They did
and that couple has continued to be faithful even in the light
of severe personal and ministry trials.
Because of appreciation of the couple’s faithfulness, it was
decided they needed a special celebration for their 25th wedding
anniversary. Due to the high incidence of AIDS, not too many
couples even make it that far. The ladies were determined to
make it a surprise and they most certainly did. It’s hard to
convey the happiness everyone experienced on that day, but it
was wonderful to see what God had done in their lives.
Together in Christ,
Don and Mona
P.O. Box 90920
Thanks for lavishing the love of God on us and our Zambian
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- Don Tarvin
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