Monday, July 30, 2018

Addicted to Pleasure?


“Our ability to perceive happiness has been sabotaged by our modern incessant quest for pleasure,” contends Robert Lustig (professor emeritus of pediatrics, division of endocrinology, UCSF).

Happiness and pleasure are two different feelings. Pleasure often comes as an immediate sensation – an immediate, sensual gratification. Chemicals released in our brain cause us to want more of the same sensation.

Most people believe that if they pursue pleasure, they will be happy. But most people are not very good at knowing what will bring them happiness. God created us to be pleasure seekers – there is nothing wrong with seeking pleasure or happiness. In fact, He says 1 Timothy 6:17b ... God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. He wants us to enjoy all that He provides for us.

As John Piper says, God intended that pleasure to be in Him. He asserts that seeking pleasure apart from God will never satisfy. “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

Does seeking pleasure in God impact my marriage and other relationships?
Should marriage be fun? Read here for more on this topic.

Rendering of Auditorium/Chapel on actual site
Our next project at WISDOM Christian School is a chapel/auditorium! The good news is that a donor has pledged to match funds up to $16,000 for this project. The total cost is $32,000. So, we only need donations for half that amount to start the project! See more about this project and how to donate on the WCS website or Facebook page.

The multipurpose building will serve as an auditorium/chapel for the students. The building will also be the new venue for the church on campus that currently meets in a classroom. The students will also be able to eat lunch in there during the rainy season instead of eating on benches outside or in a classroom. DONATE NOW

THANK YOU for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement. We could not do what we do without YOU!

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray for wisdom as we counsel and as we raise funds for a chapel at WISDOM Christian School.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

JULY 2018 Letter LIVING WELL

Missionaries are not heroes who can boast in great sacrifice for God. They have discovered a hundred times more joy and satisfaction in a life devoted to Christ and the gospel than in a life devoted to frivolous comforts and pleasures and worldly advancements.    John Piper


When reflecting on our recent mission trip and the others like it, we think about the stresses of the trip and the joys. Put into perspective, the stress becomes our joy.
  • The long plane rides, no bed for 48+ hours to minister to kids who sleep on a mattress on the floor with 6-8 other people, no sheets, no blankets.
  • Having low water pressure in our shower as we teach kids with no showers or running water, who bath in a river or out of a bucket.
  • Dealing with the dirt and smoke in the air for 9 days while we love on kids who deal with the dirt and smoke every day.
  • Remembering to only drink bottled water (even for brushing our teeth) while we play with the kids who have no source of water, except when they come to school.
  • Riding on a bumpy road for 10 minutes on our journey to the school where the children have no concept of getting in a car or bus to go to school or anywhere else.

We aren’t heroes. We are devoted to Christ and His work. Our joy far outweighs anything that may seem to others like a sacrifice. The kids who go to school and their teachers are the real heroes. We have a lot to learn from them.



As we approach the birthday of our nation, we are reminded that we desperately need to pray for our countries and our leaders.

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray for the children and teachers at WISDOM Christian School – that the Bible lessons will take root in their hearts for eternity.

The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

JUNE 2018 Letter LIVING WELL


You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20
This verse is our theme for the week of Camp Wisdom in Zambia. This graphic is for the t-shirts that we will give to each of the kids.

We picked Joseph as our Bible character for the week of teaching. No other life of an Old Testament character has as many similarities with the life of Jesus. Joseph endured many of the same hardships as Christ but never wavered in his faith. No one else showed forgiveness as Christ did in such a dramatic way.

“When we collect the details of Joseph’s life we see a glorious reflection that closely mirrors another life we are so intimately familiar with. In fact, when you look at a list of the details, sometimes it’s hard to discern whether we are talking about Joseph or Jesus. This is not because Joseph was Jesus’s favorite Bible hero he wanted to emulate. It is because God is sovereign, and he has been laying the tracks for the glory of Christ throughout redemptive history.”  Erik Raymond

We are leaving for Zambia in less than a week! We are excited about the mission, seeing the CHILDREN of WISDOM, and about our team. God has supplied the people we need. We are thankful to Him and to them for answering His call.

We have four people on our team who have not been to Africa before. Part of our excitement is seeing them experience Africa and the mission for the first time. [click here for more info on the mission]

Team (clockwise, starting in upper left corner):
Terri & Jack Bailey, Donna Edwards, Charlie Beair, Beth Autry, Anita Powers, Ed Edwards, Sherry Beair, Paula Cobb, Tonya Ward, Georgia Abbott

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray for the Zambia mission - May 30 - June 11!


The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

MAY 2018 Letter LIVING WELL

How many of us can identify with Abraham Lincoln’s words?

I know that we can. We had a time in our early days of marriage when our spiritual lives were not a priority. Our mothers continued to pray for us.We believe that those prayers brought us back to the Lord and to His church. We believe that the prayers of a mother and/or a father are powerful in a child’s life – whether they are young or old. [read more about mothers here]

We value your prayers right now as we prepare for Mission Zambia 2018.

We have some unexpected changes. John and Darla Holinsworth will not be able to go with us. Darla broke her ankle recently and had surgery on it. She cannot stand on it and will not be able to travel.

The Lord provided another couple, Jack and Terri Bailey, to go in their place. We have known Jack and Terri for 22 years. They were in our very first nearly/newly married class. We have kept up through the years and they have expressed interest many times about going to Zambia. We are very thankful that they are able to go on such a short notice.

We only have five weeks until we leave. If you would like to help support Jack and Terri, any other team member, or the Zambia Mission, you can go to this page to donate.

We still need about $2,000 to fund the mission. We have had some unexpected expenses arise for the mission trip.

Our team is planning and praying. Will you pray with us and support the work at WISDOM Christian School?

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray as the Zambia team prepares and for the funding of Mission Zambia - $2,000 remaining.


The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

APRIL 2018 Letter LIVING WELL


It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!!! He died and rose again, so that I can live in the presence of God for eternity! Eternity starts at the moment I receive the forgiveness of sin that He offers each of us. What a great hope and joy!

Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us....You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.  Ephesians 2:18-19 (NLT)

Two times in our lives we have the opportunity to have a new family – one is a spiritual family, the family of God, and the other is when we get married. Both times, God tells to leave the old behind and be united or one with the new. What does that mean and why is it important? [see our marriage blog]

“You intended to harm me, BUT GOD intended it for GOOD.” Genesis 50:20

That line was historic in the life of Joseph and the nation of Israel. Joseph really had no idea what God had for him in his future when he got thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by his brothers. BUT GOD had a plan for his life. Joseph followed Him through the good times and the bad. Because of his faithfulness and integrity, God’s plan for saving the nation of Israel through the life of Joseph.

This verse is our theme for CAMP WISDOM 2018. We will be teaching the kids that the events of their life may look bad at times, BUT GOD has a plan for each of them and the plan is GOOD.

Our team has formed and we are planning and praying. Will you pray with us and support the work at WISDOM Christian School? DONATE NOW

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.
Our love in Christ,
Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray as the Zambia team prepares and for the funding of Mission Zambia - $5,000 remaining.


The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

MARCH 2018 Letter LIVING WELL

No! Marty! We've already agreed that having information about the future can be extremely dangerous. Even if your intentions are good, it can backfire drastically! [from Back to the Future motion picture, 1985]

How many of us want to know the future?

  • How long will I live?
  • Who will I marry?
  • What is the stock market going to do?
  • What is our country going to be like in 50 years?

Why do we want to know? Because we have a fear about what might happen. We worry about our future. Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing who holds the future.

Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” We cannot enjoy today if we are tied to the past and worry about the future.

The future can be a scary place to live, but as Billy Graham said, “I have read the last page of the Bible, It’s going to turn out all right.” Even when we don’t know what happens before the last page, we have a God who loves us and does know. He says, For I know the plans I have for you .... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

If I am following the Lord today, He will take me to the future that He has for me. I don’t have to know where the road ends or where it will take me, my part is to stay on the road that follows Him!

We are following the Lord back to Zambia in June. Is He leading you there?

We are finalizing the Mission Zambia 2018 team (May 30-June 11). If you can’t go, will you send us and provide for the Bible camp that we do with the CHILDREN of WISDOM? For more info, click here.  Or click to DONATE NOW!

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray as the Zambia team comes together and for the funding of Mission Zambia - $13,600.
The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

FEBRUARY 2018 Letter LIVING WELL

Because of YOUR prayers and the Lord’s faithfulness, we made the long trip to Zambia and back home successfully! Thank YOU for your prayers!

Ed did amazingly well as we travelled and worked in Ndola. God gave him stamina and strength after his surgery. All of our luggage and supplies (we shipped ahead) arrived in good shape. After weeks of heavy rain, the weather was warm and dry while we were there. Lots of answers to prayers.

After a few days back home, Donna had gotten over jet lag and THE FLU struck. After staying home for a week, she is back on her feet. We have great sympathy for all of the familiies who have endured the flu this year.

We believe that every couple should be proactive in taking care of their marriage. A great opportunity is coming up. We would love for you to join us for a fun evening to celebrate marriage on February 23rd.


TOGETHER FOREVER is an event that we are leadying at our church, but is open to any married or engaged couples. Ted Cunningham will speak [see video clip]. Ted is a pastor but is known for his humor and his commitment to strengthening marriages. Kyle Dillingham is OK’s music ambassador and will be providing special music for the event [see video clip]. The evening is $40/couple and includes fun photos, a barbeque meal catered by Swadleys, and childcare by reservation. Go to https://pcbc.tv/together-forever-2018/  for tickets. Deadline is February 18th. 

We are excited to say that we were successful in setting up the computer lab for WISDOM Christian School! We were a little nervous about it since none of us are computer geeks. But we had great coaching ahead of time. The most fun came as we bought furnishings for the new kindergarten class. Please check out the WCS website to see new pics of the school.

Why don’t you go with us to see WCS in person and minister to the children?
We are putting together the Mission Zambia 2018 team (May 30-June 11). Please contact us for more information if you are interested.

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards
P.S. Pray for us as we lead the TOGETHER FOREVER marriage event on February 23rd.
The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

LVING WELL Team Leaves for Zambia

On January 9th, the Zambia Mission team leaves. We will return on January 23.

Ed & Donna Edwards and John & Darla Holinsworth will spend the trip ministering at WISDOM Christian School.

The containers sent last fall have arrived - full of computer equipment, books, and school supplies.

The team will set up a computer lab with 10 computers for the CHILDREN of WISDOM.

The school year normally starts in January but this year, the government has postponed the opening of school until February. The team will assess the needs of the school and acquire the necessary resources for the new school year.

With the completion of Classroom Building #3, the school will add a kindergarten class in the one of the rooms of the new building. The team will supply furnishings for that classroom, as well as for the computer lab.

The area has had an abundance of rain during this year's rainy season, making it hard to get out to the school. The area does not have any paved roads to get all the way to the campus.

Please pray for:
  1. Safety for the team and good health
  2. Wisdom and skill in putting together the computer lab
  3. Success in acquiring needed resources
  4. Good weather so the team can get to the school
Thank you for your prayers!