Thursday, December 12, 2013

I am a hopeless writer.

For a lack of better words, I stink at writing. When I think about writing a blog post my heart races and I get sick to my stomach. Can you tell I don't like writing? So I have decided to change my blog just a little: less writing, more pictures, and some snippets of my life in Africa, the way I see Africa. Sometimes I am in my home for days without getting out; that's just the way it rolls. But I love my life that God has given me and I am thankful for it. I hope you enjoy peeking into our life in Africa. Eventually this blog will end up as part of our website at www.shankstribe.com, but for now I'll be posting updates here.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Behold the Lamb!

Every time I hear this song I get a picture in my mind of kings and presidents and all royalty standing by waiting for a large curtain to be pulled back to announce the Lamb of God, our King, sitting on His throne. Nothing can compare to His greatness. 

Behold the Lamb
by sovereign grace.

Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice

CHORUSBehold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His Words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds


Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior risen now to reign!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bible Hour Kids

Bible Hour Kids



For the last two months, every time I opened the door I was asked, "Momma Joshua, when are you starting church for us?" I would tell them when, but they would ask the same question the next time they would see me.

So when it really started the kids were so excited they came running down the road. It has been so great to see how the kids have grown and how they have matured.

I am using a Bible discovery method with them and they are discovering some great things. The last few weeks they have discovered how amazing God is and that He has created everything.

Just this last Sunday they found out how Adam was created, we acted it out and the kids thought it was amazing. One boy, whom I call Bubble Gum, after I asked him about what God did in the story, said that God gathered the dust up and blew on it like this, and he showed me. He was amazed that God could do that. It was wonderful to see them so amazed at His work.

This past Sunday we made musical instruments from tomato paste cans, rocks, and duct tape. I told them we were going to praise God today for creation. So we all played our instruments, shouted, and sang, "Thank you God for the corn, thank you God for the guavas, thank you God for the trees. We danced around the yard praising Him for His creation. I told them all to go home and tell someone about what God did. I can't wait to hear who they told.

I had two new boys come that were older, and they got so excited about the story. They said they would be coming back and that they enjoyed it. Please pray with me as the Lord softens the hearts of these children and gets them ready to hear the gospel each week. I will take some pictures of the kids next week and put them on the blog.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Home!


Home!
I have been away from home for 14 months. The time I was able to spend in the States with family and friends and making new friends has been amazing. God knew who I needed in my life and I am so grateful for them all. The lessons I learned while away are numerous and I am thankful for every one.

I arrived home on the 1st of June. The last 30 minutes of the trip was so exciting, I could not wait to step foot in the house. The reunions have been great with children around the neighborhood and friends; I was excited to see them all and was met with many hugs and kisses. I love to hear that sound "Mama Joshua," this is what the children in the neighborhood calls me. Reuniting with friends at the market was incredible, it was so great to see them all and I pray that the relationships will grow. I have missed the sounds, smells, and feeling of Africa and I am so glad to be back.

I hit the ground running. I had my friend Yvette clean our house while we were gone so it was clean for the most part. But come on, we live in Africa, dust is everywhere! So I went from room to room cleaning and de-cluttering them, and if you know me you know I love this. It felt so good to get it cleaned out. Jesse (my husband) put some new shelves up in the kitchen and it looks great; I love it. De-cluttering my counter space was great, I needed the space. I will be starting school with Joshua very soon so please pray as this will be a great adjustment for me and Joshua since we have Owen now. 

I hope to write a blog post often. My time is very precious but I will try. Thank you all for your prayers. 


Here are a few pictures of when we got home and started to unpack.




Thursday, March 24, 2011

Please pray for our trip

Tomorrow we will be leaving our home for a little while to go back to the States for Furlough and for the birth of our little miracle.
Our schedule is:
Leave Kara the 25th at 5:00am
Arrive in Accra, Ghana sometime on the 25th
(Please pray for this part of the trip, the roads in Togo are not the safest and not the smoothest, it will be a 12 hour drive for us)
We will be staying in Accra, Ghana till the 28th
We are flying out of Ghana on the evening of the 28th at 10:45
We will be stopping in London for 5 hours
And in Dallas, TX for 5 hours
And on to Portland, Oregon on the 29th at 10:45 where we will be greeted by the best parents and sister in the world and the greatest friends also, and some yummy Tillamook Cheese.
We can't wait!

Monday, January 24, 2011

What we eat.

This past Friday I was visiting some neighbors and one of my friends was going down to the mill to get her corn ground, so I decided to go with her. As we were walking I started to think about all of the different kinds of meals I make and how we rarely eat the same thing twice in one week.
After that thought I asked my friend how long this bucket of corn would last her. She said about a week if they do not have anything else to eat like rice or fufu. You see, they eat corn for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As I was standing at the little mill I began to realize how fortunate I am. The Lord has given me enough money to buy different vegetables and meats to make wonderful healthy meals for my family.
We are all very blessed in so many ways. But I want to say this, the lady I am speaking of has never complained to me about food, or the lack of it. She is a single mom with four kids who is raising them for God. She says she is blessed beyond measure and that is so true, even while eating corn 3 times a day she is blessed.

I am sure you know!

This December I discovered that I was pregnant. This came as a really big shock because we have been praying for a baby for 7 years, along with many other people. I had often asked God just to give me a yes or no answer, but I never got one, only "wait." So that is what I did.

God's timing is perfect in our lives with everything. I was just speaking to a lady the other day who was, I believe, 7 months pregnant when she lost her baby. I was sharing with her that I was pregnant and that I have been waiting 7 years. At times I have not understood why God did not give us a baby, but I did not understand His plan in my life.

I told her that sometimes His plan is hard to accept and hard to understand but you can rest in the fact that His plan is perfect and He will sustain you and lift you up; just completely rely on Him. God has blessed this lady with two beautiful boys and she is so thankful for them.
I am also thankful for my wonderful son that God has blessed me with and I can't wait for our new addition to meet him.