Why Do We Do What We Do???????

Photo by Laurie Hanson Thompson 2005
Psalm 139:13-14 NASB
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You,
 for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
A group of ladies from Baker Heights put Birthing Kits together to send to Zambia for the 2014 Medical Mission. 
Some people ask, “Why don’t you put this and that in? Why? Why? 
It is hard to comprehend the poverty that the majority of Zambian people live in. How do we as Americans comprehend  what it must look like for 80% of Zambian people to live on $2.00 a day or less?  A lot of Zambians do not even have that $2.00. Their survival depends on what they can garner from the earth.
Copyright by Shelia Holmes
For most Americans it is impossible to understand that the clothes on some Zambians back maybe the only clothes they own. When one looks at their feet, they are often bare.                                     
How do we as Americans understand that the field mice they catch may be the only food they and their family have for the day?
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How do we really realize that a lot of the water they have to drink and cook with is the same water they bathe in, wash clothes, cook with, animals drink from, and they carry on their heads for miles to get it to their village?

Most Americans just do not have a knowledge base to understand.  

The first time I went to Zambia I was so overwhelmed by the extreme and widespread poverty.  Seeing truly is believing. It has changed my perspective.  And I thank God.
Back to the birthing kits.  What good can a piece of plastic, a scalpel, two pieces of string, two pairs of rubber gloves, two anti-bacterial wipes, four gauze, soap, a baby blanket, a tiny baby cap, an HIV/AIDS pamphlet and an Intro lesson the WBS do?
The plastic can provide a clean place for the mother to lie on to birth her baby.  The rubber gloves can keep germs off the baby and out of the mother.  The wipes can clean the birthing site as well as hands. The clean string can be used instead of dirty elephant grass or a dirty rag to tie the cord.  The clean sterile scalpel can be used to cut the cord.
The sterile gauze can clean the baby’s mouth, eyes, ears, etc.
The gauze can help stop some of the bleeding of the mother.  The HIV/AIDS pamphlet can inform them and others about AIDS prevention and the Intro lesson to WBS may very well lead them, as well as others to Christ.
Think about what happens when they do not have these things. They have a dirty birthing site, dirty hands wiping the eyes, mouth, and nose of the baby. They have dirty hands handling the cord and using dirty elephant grass to cut the cord. Possibly they will never learn about AIDS prevention. 
How will they hear if no one teaches them?  Remember the majority of the people in Zambia have no Bible.
Many women have to trek to hospital on foot or go by bike while heavily pregnant.  Some women who live in more remote areas cannot even make it to a health facility in time. These women are frequently forced to give birth at home in unsterile conditions and with little assistance.  
Zambia suffers from an excessively high maternal mortality rate of 591 deaths per 100,000 live births.  More than 50% of Zambian women receive no postnatal care at all. http://blogs.unicef.org.uk/2014/02/18/children-commonwealth-zambia-babies
Why take the time to gather supplies and make the Birthing Kits? Maybe we will get to be a tiny part of some ones precious birth. God knows the unformed substance of these children and He knows the number of their days.  Maybe we will be a tiny part of God’s work in Zambia. Maybe He wants us to have the privilege of helping one of these babies survive so it can grow up to serve him.
Some may have heard the story of Wellington’s birth on the side of the road on the way to the clinic. His mother and grandmother birthed him, wrapped him and carried him on to the clinic. Look what God has done with Wellington. What if he had not survived?
I am reminded that God does not need anything from us.
In Acts 17:24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;
Verses 26-27 sums up why we take the time and trouble to put together a simple Birthing Kit and go to Zambia.
26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;.  
The focus is not on what we are doing, the focus is on what God wants us to do. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,.
God does not need us to do His work but He blesses us by allowing us to participate in His mighty work. Thanks you God.
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I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:13-18 NASB
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You,
 for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,

 And skillfully wrought in the
depths of the earth;
And in Your book were all written 
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your
thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would 
outnumber the sand
When I awake, I am still with You.
We recently put Birthing Kits together to take to 
Zambia for Medical Missions. 
Some Americans said, “why don’t we put this and that in, 
why don’t we do this or that?” 
They do not understand the poverty that 
the majority of Zambians live in,  
$2.00 a day or less is what 80% of them live on. 
Some do not even have that $2.00.
For most Americans it is impossible to understand the 
extreme poverty that a large percent 
of the people in the world live in. 
They just do not have a knowledge base to understand. 
The old saying, “seeing is believing” is so true.
The first time I went to Zambia I was so overwhelmed by the extreme,  widespread poverty. When I came home, 
I could hardly bare to spend money on clothes or shoes. 
I definitely had more than the clothes on my back 
and many pairs of shoes in my closet. 
I was not walking around barefooted. 
I still have  a lot of trouble with that. 
My closet has a lot less clothes than it used to. 
There are not near as many shoes as before. 
I have more than I need.
Seeing truly is believing. It has change my perspective. 
And I thank God.
Many Americans do not understand laying down 
on the cold dirty ground to deliver a baby. 
They can not comprehend why we need to send 
a few simple items in Birthing Kits.
What good can a piece of plastic, a scalpel, two pieces of string, two pairs of rubber gloves, two anti-bacterial wipes, four gauze, soap, a baby blanket, and a tiny baby cap do?
 What good can those items possible do?
The plastic can provide a clean place for 
the mother to lay on to birth her baby.
The clean string can be used instead of dirty 
elephant grass or dirty rag to tie the cord. 
The clean sterile scalpel can be used to cut the cord.
The wipes can clean the birthing site as well as hands.
The sterile gauze can clean the baby’s mouth, eyes, ears, etc.
The gauze can help stop some of the bleeding of the mother.  
The rubber gloves can keep germs off the baby and out of the mother. 
Think about what happens when they do not have these things.  
Dirty hands, dirty birthing site, dirty hands wiping the eyes, mouth, nose of the baby. 
Dirty hands handling the cord and using elephant grass to cut the cord. On and on. 
Thank you Father that I was born in America.
But most of all Father, Thank you that you have allowed me to travel to Zambia four times to have my perspectives changed.
Thank you Father that you formed my inward parts;
Thank you that You gave me the Mother you did.
Thank you that I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Thank you Father for writing the days of my life in Your book.
O, God how can I comprehend the depth of Your thoughts of me?
Thank you Father that You are still with me when I awake.
Father God, thank You for giving me another year to live and serve You.
In Jesus Christ Most Holy and High Name I Pray.
Why take the time to gather supplies and make the Birthing Kits? Maybe, just maybe we will get to be apart of some ones precious birth. God has already known the unformed substance of these children and He knows the number of their days. 
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My Heart is so Full of Africa I can Hardly See Home!!!

This reminds me of Act 8:36-38 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 

We just returned from Zambia after three weeks.
Before we go people say, “What are you going to do when you go to Zambia?”
I just say, “Whatever God wants me to do.”
When I return home, people say, “What did you do while you were in Zambia?”
How is it possible to answer that so they can truly understand?
How can I tell them how happy it makes my soul when I first see the Zambian people I have known for seven years? 
They always have a huge smile on their face, a hardy hand shake and a tight hug that is fit only for family.
They say, “THANK YOU FOR COMING, I JUST THANK YOU FOR COMING.”
How can they understand how my heart feels when I first hear the Zambian accents, when they sing praises to God in Chichewa, and when they call my name?
There is never enough time to spend with them. There are always so many people to see, so many villages to visit and so much teaching to be done.
I took over 2000 pictures and I wish I could post everyone of them so you could see what I see, feel what I feel, smell what I smell, hear what I hear, touch what I touch and taste what I taste. I wish you could feel what my heart feels, what my soul feels.
I think I take so many pictures because I do not want to forget one minute of my time in Zambia.
I do not want to forget one face, one baby, one child, one woman, one man, one soul.
The souls are why I go. 
The souls are why I return.
The souls are why my heart is so full of Zambia I can hardly see home, even though home is where I am now.
When people ask me what I am going to do when I go to Zambia I will always say, “Whatever God wants me to do.”
When people ask me what I did when I went to Zambia I will always say, “Whatever God wanted me to do.”
There are some things that are hard to explain.
When I go to Zambia, I go to do what Matthew 28:18-20 says.

Matthew 28:18-20

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We had three baptisms while we were there. Not all because of us. Some were because of the work that had been done before we got there. However, praise God that we witnessed three souls being saved while we were there.
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