Monday, February 8, 2016


This is a group of girls that Terry and I are teaching"My Job Search"once a week. They are dang cute! Only one of them is a member of the church .   They attend a group organized by an NGO called She Talks To The World.  We always begin, and end with a word of prayer, so we taught them how to pray also.  One time we asked them to sing a religious song- Wow was it great.

Same group
This self-reliance group here in Lusaka just finished "Education For Better Work".  We told them when they finished we would take them out for Pizza. We love these guys, They each had their own pizza, and then I could tell they where still hungry so we ordered up some more.  I think two more large.
We went to Malawi this week to do some training and took a little detour to see Lake Malawi.  We stayed over one night there and then went on. It was really beautiful. We went to pay the bill, and my card would not go through, which is pretty common in Malawi. I told the manager we were Missionaries, and that we would be staying the next 5 nights at the same hotel chain and I would pay when we got there.  He said, " No problem, you work for the Lord.  I trust you". 
This couple are in Malawi attending a 9 month program sponsored by Nu Skin called School Of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI).  It was a 2 hour drive outside of Lilongwe.  There were 5 member families there.  They learn agriculture, raising chickens and goats and fishing  Behind us is a acre of corn they planted on their own. They are also farming an acre of ground nuts, and acre of soybeans.  You might not think it is a big deal, but they have to hoe, to make rows,and plant one seed at a time.  When I asked if they used a tractor, they all broke out in laughter!  I'm so proud of them.
Take a look a this tree! Not sure what it is.
While we where at the school two guys saw a snake and took off after it hitting it with sticks.  This guy just grabbed it and stuck his stick through its head.  They said it was poisonous. 
These boys where fishing in the reservoir at SAFI.  The fish they where catching were about 2" long- they really looked like bait.  I asked them if they just eat them raw, or do they cook?  They really got  good laugh out of that.  They cook them whole and eat. 
This young man, Isaiah, leaves on a mission in two weeks.  He has only been a member for 1 year. He helped get his sister, and cousin baptised.  He is going to Nigeria- look at that smile. 
This was a group that has just finished "Start and Grow my "Business."  I had just met with them, and they shared how this program has changed their lives.  They had me bawling- I needed it, because we had been struggling all week wondering if we were doing any good.  The tender mercies of the Lord. 
  Ok, here is Sister Salmon teaching.  This was a fireside we had about PEF.   She did such a great job.  Its a good thing one of us is strong.


  1. Amazing. You two are still my heroes. I love the success stories you included. Thanks for leading the way for us.

  2. I love this blog!! You two are wonderful! We all need to be reminded and encouraged sometimes we are doing some good! You are !!

  3. Yay!! I've been eagerly waiting for a new post! So great guys! I love that you both contribute to the blog. It's fun hearing both of your experiences and perspectives! Craig I can totally picture all those little boys laughing at you. So cute!

  4. We love reading your blog. It's incredible to see how you're loving and learning with these beautiful people.

    The gospel makes the world seem small.

    At Granny's funeral the stake president said that the 44 missionaries in the family will eventually teach more than a million different people about the Gospel.

    It's a beautiful legacy your parents have created and their children continue to develop.

  5. Yikes, I don't like snakes!
    Mom- you look like a pro up there teaching!

  6. I seriously check your blog every day for an update. I love what you're doing!

  7. What an amazing opportunity to love, serve and lift the people of Zambia! I got a little teary thinking of you two and the good you are doing. Your willingness to sacrifice is such a great example for so many. Thank you! We love you!!

  8. Love the pictures. You two are involved in so many amazing programs. They are lucky to have your energy and experience. I'm a little jealous of both you and of them. Can't wait for the next blog post. Keep up the good work!