Friday, December 29, 2006
...and here we have some highlights of the morning...
Anticipation is high as the
mornings festivities are about
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Sizes: Youth L, XL; Adult S, M, L, XL (Shannon is wearing a Youth L)
If you would like one feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or any other method of communication you have with her...perhaps telegram or carrier pigeon!
(For a limited time only while supplies last!)
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Chances are I won't be finding this opportunity in Zambia...
A sudden burst of winter gave rise to the perfect opportunity to break out one of my "new" snappy Christmas sweaters and winter hat. I've saved two amazing sweaters to make their public reveal at a later date...get ready! And my new hat keeps my head roasty toasty on these blustery southern BC winter nights!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
So as true ladies we of course had to black out one or two of our teeth the first night and walk down Robson. Good times!
Here is our "Deer in the Headlights" look. It doesn't get much more wild than this...am I right?
This post is dedicated to all those who scroll through their list of "geeks with blogs" like me when you are bored at work...you know who you are!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This one goes out to all the "Napoleon Dynamite" fans out there who can really appreciate the geeky beauty of the character Kip...and my creepy rendition of him. I dressed up for our Youth "pumpkin night" as Kip and thought I'd share it with you. That's me on the right and the real Kip on the left incase you were confused...the similarities disturbing, I know! But I won best in show and got a big bag of smarties!! All I need now is to get some "Glamour shots by Deb" and I'm set. "Do you have some sort of vest I could put on?"
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Youth activities is a great way to get into their lives. Many churches have youth programs, but have little idea how to mentor the kids. A few years back three visiting young women organized a meeting through AZ (Action Zambia) with any young women interested in meeting with them. They expected about 20 girls, and about 100 showed up. The visitors gave a small devotional, then opened the floor to questions. The girls pelted them with everything from how AIDS is spread to how to fend off an uncle who demands to sexually abuse them. They were starving for input. However, real ministry to these girls can only be done on a discipling, mothering/sistering, long-term basis, with plenty of cultural understanding and some local language thrown in. There are programs, but the relationship is what is most needed.
Second, there are girls who have gone into orphanages who are very interested in such relationships. Megan (an AZ missionary) went to a huge orphanage to check on two girls who have been placed there. They were brought in, and didn't look at her face (being polite, as all children are expected to do here). But when she shook their hands, they saw the white skin and looked up. JOY! The first girl jumped into Megans arms and wrapped her legs around Megan. They are so hungry for attention and an older sister.
(Provided by Liese Ripley-AZ)
As well I am hoping to be able to record the local music as part of raising awareness and support for different needs there here in North America. As part of this I hope to kee a solid connection and awareness with those at home through regular audio/video updates and establishing a connection between my youth group here and youth in Zambia. That's the dream anyway!
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Zambia support is still continuing to be raised as I aim to leave in January. I've been trying to get an exact figure as to where I stand in relation to my goal but I'm just waiting on the Action office for that. From what I've calculated I would guess I have about $5000 left to raise. So we're getting closer. (Just a note: if you were planning on sending in support it would be awesome if you could do that as soon as possible. Thanks so much!)
Finally, I continue to work with our youth group as a leader and am loving it. As you can tell from the picture above (taken last week at our time at the Chilliwack Corn Maze). Lots of fun and the youth are awesome!!
So that's a brief life update...lots to be thankful for.
Monday, September 25, 2006
As for Zambia I will hopefully give a more detailed update soon. I am getting closer to reaching the financial goals. I am about to start a new job and continue to be involved with the youth ministry and worship ministry at Bakerview. More to come on these things.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
This is a picture from this summer when Steph came up to BC and we got a chance to meet up, eat some Thai food from a sketchy looking restaurant, chat about Zambia, and take a self-photo using the trunk of my car!
Friday, September 01, 2006
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Sunday, August 27, 2006
I am also gaining a better understanding that this is something so much bigger than just one person. The immeasurable value of support is becoming very clear and I don't mean just financially. God has a much broader calling for this task than just me. I am carried by the "unsung hero's" who support me through prayer and word. People in which those of Zambia may never see but will have a profound impact on the ministry that takes place there. People who God is using to help carry me through this time and the times to come. People who without this would be nearly impossible and the thought of this truly humbles me.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
The month of September is fast approaching and with the beginning of the month being my anticipated departure date to
As I mentioned in my first letter, I am planning to go to
This past month has been a challenging but growing time for me personally as I have wrestled with whether I am ready for this, but I have felt God still calling me to
Thursday, July 20, 2006
FINANCIAL NEEDS FOR SINGLE
Personal Living Expenses:
Life insurance $40
FICA Tax (Employee Share) $45
Total Living Expenses $780
Furlough Travel Fund $60
Medical Insurance (
Medical Insurance (
Retirement savings $50
Prayer letters $50
Employer’s Share of FICA Tax $46
Ministry Expense $119
Administration Fees (15%) $225
Total of Work Expenses * $950
TOTAL MONTHLY SUPPORT $1,730
If you feel God calling you to join me in this adventure and would like to make a donation cheques can be made out to Action International Ministries with "Shannon Storey" in the memo line. I am in great need of monthly donations. You can set up a direct deposit by sending a blank void cheque and indicating how much you would like to donate each month and it will automatically be withdrawn. You can also set up the same type of thing with a credit card. Or just send cheques in monthly or postdated cheques. Donations can be sent to the following address:
Action International Ministries
3015 A 21st St. NE
Calgary T2E 7T1
Donations or monthly pledges need to be received by October 2oo6 for me to be able to leave in January. If you have any questions feel free to contact me: email@example.com
Thank you so much for your support! It means so much to me!!
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Two years ago I had the opportunity to serve in
I will hopefully be leaving in January (all my support needs to be in before I can go!) and will be joining the ACTION
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to partner with me in this adventure. I am beginning to realize how crucial the role of supporter is not only financially but especially through prayer. This past year I have begun to really realize just how necessary and powerful prayer is. As not everyone is able to be a goer at this time, I ask you to prayerfully consider being part of this opportunity through prayer as well as considering if God is leading you to be involved financially. I know that God will provide for all my needs and I humbly ask you to consider being a part of this. Your support means so much to me.
I am so excited about this opportunity but know it will not be easy. I know God will use this opportunity to challenge and deepen my faith as I seek to bring glory to His kingdom.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
I will be joining the Action Zambia team in Lusaka, Zambia (part of Action International Ministries). While in Zambia I am hoping to work with youth in local churches as well as with the Street Kids ministries. I also have a dream to take my recording equipment and record the local music. There is so much that can be done in Zambia and I am excited to be a part of it.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Anyway, I live in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. I work with an organization called Action Zambia which is a faith-based organization that works with urban, indigenous churches. I have come to work with youth here in Zambia. This involves working with the youth programs in the local churches, helping develop youth programs and train leaders, and mentor/disciple the youth.
I live on a farm owned by Action Zambia in a more rural part of town. I live in a hut. Yes, a I live in a hut in Africa. It's quite "swank," as the young people say. The area, called Kasupe, has many children and youth and we have constructed a football (soccer) field and a netball field (a sport the girls play here). I have started playing netball with the girls and hope to develop a sports ministry here. As well on Saturday's I am involved in running a Bible Club for the younger kids.
Zambia is a country that has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Action Zambia has an HIV/AIDS ministry called the CROSS project (CROSS standing for Churches Ready to Overcome Silence and Stigma) and we are hoping to develop a youth curriculum for this project this year.
Another passion of mine is music. I have brought my guitar (and promptly dropped it within the first week...but there was minimal damage) and help lead worship for our team as well as with the church I am attending. I am also hoping to do some music education as well. I also have brought my recording equipment to record some of the local music.
Ulitimately, I am here because of the hope I have found in Christ and am here that He may use me to bring this hope to the people of Zambia.
So that's what I'm doing here in a nutshell...well, actually I am not in a nutshell, I am in a hut...but you get the picture.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
What: Working with youth in local churches, streetkids, and recording the local music.
When: Leaving January 2oo7 for one year
Where: Lusaka, Zambia (the capital city)
Why: To follow the call of God, bring glory to His kingdom and His hope to the people of Zambia.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Here are some of the first songs I have written and recorded over the past few years:
Tonight We Come -- Christmas 2006
Were You There? -- Recorded with Ruth Langton (Vocals, Piano), Andy Langton (guitar), Shannon Storey (Vocals, Bass, production and arrangement)
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
I play the guitar, bass, and dabble in the harmonica. I once touched oprah and now like to tell everyone I meet about it! (She had dry hands).
I like guacamole and don't care for pickles or mustard.