We’re the Emert Family: Jeremy, Courtney, Olivia, Jude, and Lincoln. Though Choma, Zambia is our home here in Africa, we call Florence, SC our stateside home. Before our move in January of 2014, Jeremy was an insurance adjuster and Courtney a stay-at-home mom and home-school teacher to the three kiddos.
How We Ended Up In Zambia

Though we’ve supported and prayed for Poetice since its earliest beginnings, never did we dream that we would get to be quite so involved in the work they are doing in Southern Africa. About eight years ago, the Lord began calling us out of those things that were safe and comfortable for us. Though Courtney had sensed God’s calling to missions many years before, God waited to confirm this to Jeremy later through various means including short-term missions trips. After several years of praying and seeking the Lord for more specifics, He opened wide this door for our family to serve with Poetice as in-country staff. We prayed, prepped and packed most of 2013, and arrived in Choma, Zambia in January of 2014. We have since lived in Choma and Livingstone as we serve with the ministry.

What We’re Doing Now That We’re Here

Here in Choma, we are serving with Poetice Zambia. Jeremy is currently serving as the Director of Community Engagement and Base Manager. More specifically, he is helping to build relationships with pastors, government officials, and other community leaders as we seek to penetrate Choma with the Gospel. He also oversees all of the property in Choma. Courtney is serving as the Restore and Worship Coordinator. She oversees worship for teams as well as week to week, and is also leading our prayer ministry which is called Restore. In addition, we support and encourage short-term U.S. teams, walking alongside team leaders and members throughout their time in southern Africa.

Though the adjustment for our family has had its challenges – new language, new culture, new pace of life – we are making our home and settling our hearts here in Zambia. The Lord is working mightily here and we are thankful to see and to share how He’s changing lives, including our own!

WILL YOU FIGHT WITH US?

We’re the Emert Family: Jeremy, Courtney, Olivia, Jude, and Lincoln. Though Choma, Zambia is our home here in Africa, we call Florence, SC our stateside home. Before our move in January of 2014, Jeremy was an insurance adjuster and Courtney a stay-at-home mom and home-school teacher to the three kiddos.
How We Ended Up In Zambia

Though we’ve supported and prayed for Poetice International since its earliest beginnings, never did we dream that we would get to be quite so involved in the work they are doing in Southern Africa. About eight years ago, the Lord began calling us out of those things that were safe and comfortable for us. Though Courtney had sensed God’s calling to missions many years before, God waited to confirm this to Jeremy later through various means including short-term missions trips. After several years of praying and seeking the Lord for more specifics, He opened wide this door for our family to serve with Poetice as in-country staff. We prayed, prepped and packed most of 2013, and arrived in Choma, Zambia in January of 2014. We have since lived in Choma and Livingstone as we serve with the ministry.

What We’re Doing Now That We’re Here

Here in Choma, we are serving with Poetice Zambia. Jeremy is currently serving as the Director of Community Engagement and Base Manager. More specifically, he is helping to build relationships with pastors, government officials, and other community leaders as we seek to penetrate Choma with the Gospel. He also oversees all of the property in Choma. Courtney is serving as the Restore and Worship Coordinator. She oversees worship for teams as well as week to week, and is also leading our prayer ministry which is called Restore. In addition, we support and encourage short-term U.S. teams, walking alongside team leaders and members throughout their time in southern Africa.

Though the adjustment for our family has had its challenges – new language, new culture, new pace of life – we are making our home and settling our hearts here in Zambia. The Lord is working mightily here and we are thankful to see and to share how He’s changing lives, including our own!

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Updated on March 27, 2020

PSALMS 91:2-3

“I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.”

Shortly following our arrival back in Zambia, we saw the Lord do something extraordinary in our church family. There was a wave of crime sweeping through the country; criminals were breaking into people’s homes at night and “gassing” them. Basically, this entailed spraying something to make their victims fall asleep so that they could then draw their blood in order to sell it on the black market. It was scary to say the least. People within our church family were not sleeping at night for fear of being the next victims. As we began to pray, the Lord brought to mind 2 Timothy 1:7. We began praying corporately for fear to be canceled and to be replaced with faith and love. What happened next was just beautiful. Our friends began sleeping well once more, and fear was replaced with faith and love! Shortly after, the gassing stopped and life returned to normal.

I share this story as an encouragement to you. Recently, we have been led to meditate on Psalms 91. I know many of you are probably already doing this; however, if you are not, we suggest that now is the time to start. In a world where many are filled with questions and fear, the Lord has an answer! And this chapter is filled with so many promises of God’s goodness and kindness for us as his beloved children.

(some of the ladies in our church sharing a special song with us)

So what is it like for us here in Zambia? As of 3/27/20, we have 16 reported cases of the Corona Virus. None of them are in here in Choma or anywhere close, that we know of. Schools are closed, and the government has limited meetings to one hour for churches and suspended any other meetings of larger groups. If you don’t know, church in Zambia is never one hour, so this is definitely an adjustment. Our congregation is full of folks with compromised immune systems, so we have prayerfully considered how, where, and when to continue ministry. Currently, we’ve pressed pause on the majority of our programs with the exception of our Sunday gathering. This could change any day as we’ve heard talk of going into lockdown. But, in the meantime, we are making ourselves available each morning for anyone needing prayer at our base; we’ve handed out bars of soap, and taken opportunities to educate folks on the virus, as well.

(teaching thorough hand washing and handing out bars of soap to our Poetice kids)

As a couple, Courtney and I are heavily involved in shepherding those in our congregation. This looks like one-on-one discipleship, couples counseling, overseeing Bible studies, etc. Although we have suspended Bible studies, we are still meeting with people on an individual basis for counseling and discipleship. We will continue to do this until the government instructs us otherwise.

(Lincoln’s all smiles with his new braces)

Our children’s lives have not really changed that much as they were already going to school at home. As mentioned, the government has closed all schools indefinitely, but ours is rolling on. I (Jeremy) am spending more time at home, which has been a blessing to get more involved in school with the children. About the only thing that has currently changed for our kids is that their karate classes are on pause. I’d be lying if I said they were sad about that. They seem to be enjoying the break for the time being, but I am sure they will be ready to go once we are able to meet again.

(Olivia with her youth group at a recent Spiritual retreat in nearby Livingstone)

We want you to know we are praying for you as you’re adjusting to your different ways of life during these times. We are praying that the Lord reminds you — even today — of His faithfulness, His protection, and His care. We are praying you will find new rhythms that will help you connect to your Father and your family.

(Kids playing the game of Life with their friend, Elias)

ONE LAST THING:

We do have one specific prayer request. We know the virus is affecting so many people in so many different ways. As a ministry, we host various teams throughout the year. Because of the virus and travel restrictions, many (possibly all) of our teams will have to cancel. When teams come, not only do they invest with their time in ministry here, but those funds help to support our administrative costs. This includes paying the salaries of our local Zambian staff, who are serving alongside the rest of us. We are asking, if you have the means, to consider helping the ministry to fill this financial gap during this time by giving monthly to Poetice. Even $20/month can make a difference if we all consider jumping in together. We realize not everyone is able to do this and that many of you have been personally, financially affected by the virus. However, if you are able to give, would you pray about doing that? We know the Lord will provide and maybe he wants you to be a part of that! You can sign up to give monthly to the ministry by clicking here.

And one last pic!!

(Jude hanging with Ezra Van Puersem, the latest addition to our Poetice Fam, + the best part of 2020 so far!)

Please stay updated with us and let us know how we can specifically pray for you! Sending so much love!

THE EMERT FAMILY

Updated on March 27, 2020

PSALMS 91:2-3

“I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.”

Shortly following our arrival back in Zambia, we saw the Lord do something extraordinary in our church family. There was a wave of crime sweeping through the country; criminals were breaking into people’s homes at night and “gassing” them. Basically, this entailed spraying something to make their victims fall asleep so that they could then draw their blood in order to sell it on the black market. It was scary to say the least. People within our church family were not sleeping at night for fear of being the next victims. As we began to pray, the Lord brought to mind 2 Timothy 1:7. We began praying corporately for fear to be canceled and to be replaced with faith and love. What happened next was just beautiful. Our friends began sleeping well once more, and fear was replaced with faith and love! Shortly after, the gassing stopped and life returned to normal.

I share this story as an encouragement to you. Recently, we have been led to meditate on Psalms 91. I know many of you are probably already doing this; however, if you are not, we suggest that now is the time to start. In a world where many are filled with questions and fear, the Lord has an answer! And this chapter is filled with so many promises of God’s goodness and kindness for us as his beloved children.

(some of the ladies in our church sharing a special song with us)

So what is it like for us here in Zambia? As of 3/27/20, we have 16 reported cases of the Corona Virus. None of them are in here in Choma or anywhere close, that we know of. Schools are closed, and the government has limited meetings to one hour for churches and suspended any other meetings of larger groups. If you don’t know, church in Zambia is never one hour, so this is definitely an adjustment. Our congregation is full of folks with compromised immune systems, so we have prayerfully considered how, where, and when to continue ministry. Currently, we’ve pressed pause on the majority of our programs with the exception of our Sunday gathering. This could change any day as we’ve heard talk of going into lockdown. But, in the meantime, we are making ourselves available each morning for anyone needing prayer at our base; we’ve handed out bars of soap, and taken opportunities to educate folks on the virus, as well.

(teaching thorough hand washing and handing out bars of soap to our Poetice kids)

As a couple, Courtney and I are heavily involved in shepherding those in our congregation. This looks like one-on-one discipleship, couples counseling, overseeing Bible studies, etc. Although we have suspended Bible studies, we are still meeting with people on an individual basis for counseling and discipleship. We will continue to do this until the government instructs us otherwise.

(Lincoln’s all smiles with his new braces)

Our children’s lives have not really changed that much as they were already going to school at home. As mentioned, the government has closed all schools indefinitely, but ours is rolling on. I (Jeremy) am spending more time at home, which has been a blessing to get more involved in school with the children. About the only thing that has currently changed for our kids is that their karate classes are on pause. I’d be lying if I said they were sad about that. They seem to be enjoying the break for the time being, but I am sure they will be ready to go once we are able to meet again.

(Olivia with her youth group at a recent Spiritual retreat in nearby Livingstone)

We want you to know we are praying for you as you’re adjusting to your different ways of life during these times. We are praying that the Lord reminds you — even today — of His faithfulness, His protection, and His care. We are praying you will find new rhythms that will help you connect to your Father and your family.

(Kids playing the game of Life with their friend, Elias)

ONE LAST THING:

We do have one specific prayer request. We know the virus is affecting so many people in so many different ways. As a ministry, we host various teams throughout the year. Because of the virus and travel restrictions, many (possibly all) of our teams will have to cancel. When teams come, not only do they invest with their time in ministry here, but those funds help to support our administrative costs. This includes paying the salaries of our local Zambian staff, who are serving alongside the rest of us. We are asking, if you have the means, to consider helping the ministry to fill this financial gap during this time by giving monthly to Poetice. Even $20/month can make a difference if we all consider jumping in together. We realize not everyone is able to do this and that many of you have been personally, financially affected by the virus. However, if you are able to give, would you pray about doing that? We know the Lord will provide and maybe he wants you to be a part of that! You can sign up to give monthly to the ministry by clicking here.

And one last pic!!

(Jude hanging with Ezra Van Puersem, the latest addition to our Poetice Fam, + the best part of 2020 so far!)

Please stay updated with us and let us know how we can specifically pray for you! Sending so much love!

THE EMERT FAMILY

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