Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kids want a voice too!

Our daughter was looking at our website and blog and said it was all about what Daddy and Mommy had written and she thought other kids might enjoy reading about what she and her brothers learn and experience while planning, packing and moving to live in Zambia. I thought it was a great idea so here is her first post!

I'm Taylor Carpenter (10) -  I'm the oldest of 3 children and I have 2 younger brothers. I will go to 5th grade in Africa. A lot of people ask me how I feel about moving to Africa, I tell them I am sad and excited. I'm sad because I will miss my friends and excited because I'm moving to the other side of the world!  TAYLOR (10) 

Hello my name is James (9) and I will be moving to Africa soon and it will be very very very cool and I already have this friend that lives in Africa and he's already been to my house so I know this guy from Africa and he is really cool and he speaks more of what you speak say English but is kinda a different type of English.  JAMES (9)

Hi I'm Eli (5)and I'm getting to go to Africa and I am going to go to school there. If you come to my house and you can get to ride on an airplane with me and you can go.  I get to go to Africa it's very very soon and very very awesome! ELI (5)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Risk Verses Reward

Victoria Falls in Zambia, Africa

Is Missions Really A Risky Business?

An Analysis of the Risk of Working in Zambia 

MANY caring folks have expressed concern about our family traveling to Africa and ask about our safety while traveling and living there. There is always risk in traveling to the third world. There can be concerns of political unrest, being targets of crime, health and disease risk, fears of water and food safety, and the ever present questions about access to health care and the quality of which. I will address the issues in two ways: first I will address the risk in Zambia and second why would we endure any additional risk and why we are going to Zambia.

FIRST, what is the risk in Zambia? While there is always things that we will be unaware of as Americans that have yet to live in Zambia, but in the process of doing our due diligence we have found that the Lord has blessed us by sending us to a country that is, for the most part, friendly and welcoming to Americans. It is a nation that is officially open to the preaching of the Gospel and has a relatively low crime rate, except for minor theft, but a very low violent crime rate. It is politically very stable by African standards.  While the healthcare system is not on western levels, by any means, they are able to handle most illnesses. In extreme cases, Johannesburg, South Africa is close enough if we are faced with a serious medical emergency or condition needing advanced western style care. If the emergency begins while in a remote area, the access would be limited and hard to access whether domestic or otherwise, so there is some risk in the medical arena. 

This is a region that has a high malaria infection rate but they also have significant experience in treatment if such tropical diseases occur. The main way to combat malaria is through prevention, by limiting time outside during mosquito prime time, sleeping under mosquito nets, and taking preventive medication. Water born pathogens can always be an issue even in the city water systems and we necessarily must be on guard to ingestion of unfiltered water or food and glasses contaminated with untreated water, but this is likely to occur accidentally over the next couple of years. We have spent much time in researching the risk, and while we do not know everything in the way of risk and dangers, we have addressed what we know. While there are truly some risk and issues in the country of Zambia, it remains one of the safest, most stable countries in Africa, with reasonable access to medical care and ways to limit exposure to malaria and water born disease.

while there are some risks, we must ask and have asked ourselves many times, why are we going to Zambia? We are going to answer the call of Jesus Christ to join him in what He is already doing there and to bring glory to 
Him. So for our safety, health, security…. who greater can we depend on than the Lord? He is our rock and fortress. Furthermore, what greater thing can we do for our family’s wellbeing than to be obedient to the Lord? Now, I know you might be thinking, bad things can and do happen to people following the Lord. The Lord does not always deliver out of “The Fiery Furnace” but just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said; even if He does not deliver we will still trust Him! He promises blessing and to bring glory to Himself either way. So we are glad and thankful for the fact that Zambia is a great place to land in the third world   tropics; good people, good weather, and a good Lord waiting on us there! But, to be honest, even if this were not a welcoming place and it was froth with danger, peril and persecution, we (I pray) would still go, because we serve a big God and we trust He knows what He is doing!

I hope this comforts those of you who are worried, but if you are still worried or concerned please turn that into prayer for our safety, health and well-being. 

Love and Blessings To You! 
The Carpenters

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Official Facebook Page!


We have created a Facebook page for The Carpenters Mission and we would love to have you "like" our page to keep up to date on what we are doing, how things are going, and how you might be able to pray for us. We are so thankful for each of you that are excited and interested in what we will be doing in Zambia, Africa!

To find our page: www.facebook.com/thecarpentersmission


The Carpenter’s Mission, is a non-profit missionary organization with the purpose to be on mission for Jesus Christ in Zambia, Africa.  Your prayers and support are vital!
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Tickets have been purchased for departure on August 20th, 2014

The tickets are purchased and we are headed to Zambia! We felt that God was saying that it is time. So ready or not here we come!

In all seriousness, this is a great step of faith for us because there are so many things that are not done and ready to go. The monthly support is currently standing at about sixty percent, but we feel lead to step out on faith. God will provide. We ask that you pray and ask God what part you could play in this mission.

Our monthly pledges were at 42% with our last update and now they are at 58%!! We are so thankful and thrilled to see God providing but as you can see, we still have a way to go! Please let us know if you plan to partner with us!
A special THANK YOU to all of our dear family in Christ that choose to join us in this mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out to the world! We are so thankful for you and your support! Many blessings to you! When we see your names come up when you donate or encourage us, it literally causes us to be in awe of the awesome power and love of God exhibited through each of you! 
This ministry is starting in the seedling stage and as the Lord continues to rain down blessings and opportunities we can see the future of this ministry grow into a great fruit producing tree! One thing foresters are trained to do is to see the potential of a future harvest! “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore PRAY the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Foresters prepare the soil, plant and fertilize then watch God's amazing work as a stand of trees grow and mature into beautiful thriving forests! God is faithful!