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Friday, December 27, 2013

Dangerous Passage: Huge Holiday Discount!

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and blessed time with friends and family. If you love romantic suspense, I wanted to let you know that ebook version of Dangerous Passage is now on sale for only $2.99 until January 11th! 
 
If you already have a copy, you can easily give the ebook as a gift, and please let your fellow readers know about the discount!

Buy now at:


"When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common--a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities--and their hearts."

Happy Holidays,

Lisa Harris

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Simple Significance

It cost me almost nothing. Nothing more than a few minutes of my time and a couple dollars.

I noticed him for the first time at church out in one of our villages. A sweet little boy of five or six with an ugly sore on his head. He sat quietly, listening to the lesson, and trying to keep the flies from landing on the sore.

After church I spoke to his grandmother and asked if I could take a picture of his head with my phone so I could ask my nurse friend what I could do to help. The old woman smiled at me, grateful for my offer.

We return with some medicated shampoo and anti-fungal cream along with simple instructions on how to help clear up his head. It was a simple solution. Nothing hugely significant in my mind at least.

And yet the grandmother thought otherwise.

She invited the disciples back to her home, a long walk from the church, and offered tea and bread. Then she served lunch of rice and greens and sent dried manioc and mangos home with us. It was all an offering of thanksgiving out of her poverty.

She was grateful, but I was humbled.

I was amazed that something so simple could have affected someone so much. I was reminded of all the things I take for granted without ever giving glory to the One who provided.

But isn't that what Jesus taught?

He said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward." (Mark 9:41)

God always uses the least of us to show His greatness. The seemingly insignificant to show His significance. Again, I am humbled.

The boy's head is healing. Just a bit of time and money was all it took to make a major impact on this family and to glorify our King.

Take a moment to look around you and see how you can touch someone.

To find out how you can help us make a difference to those around us, please visit The ECHO Project.

Lisa

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!






Wishing you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving as many of you stop on this day to remember all that there truly is to be thankful for.

Lisa

Monday, November 25, 2013

Video highlights from all church get together

A couple weeks ago we had Christians from five of our towns and villages came together for a day of celebration in Guinjata. Here is a short video highlighting the day.

Enjoy!

Lisa

PS If you haven't seen my Heart of Africa giveaway post, be sure and stop by today and leave a comment here! I'm really loving hearing what people are thankful about. Contest ends Monday night.)

All Church Gathering from Lisa Harris on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Heart of Africa Giveaway!

I'm so thankful to each one of you who takes the time to read my blog and my books, and especially to those who have taken the time to contact me personally. I love connecting with each one of you!     

As a small thank you, I've got a few fun things to giveaway as we come to the end of another year! 

1.) Along with a copy of Dangerous Passage, one winner will receive a 2014 calendar, African tea and coffee, and a set of beautiful, beaded teaspoons. 

2.) Two winners will receive one copy each of Blood Ransom and Blood Covenant, my romantic suspense series set in Africa.

3.) Two winners will receive one copy each of Dangerous Passage

(Total of five winners!) 

You can leave a comment now through Monday, November 25, 11:59 pm, EST.

HOW DO YOU ENTER:

All you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog and tell me what you are most thankful for this year and you will be automatically entered. PLEASE include your email and state so I can get in touch with the winners. To make it simple, the winners be be chosen by random.org. (Sorry, but because of rules and regulations, I'm limiting this to US addresses only. Please read the official rules at the end of this post. ) 

If you already have copies of any of these books, feel free to give them away! Also, if you haven't signed up yet for my Author Newsletter, you can still receive your ebook copy of Recipe for Murder just for signing up! Feel free to spread the word!!!

I'll probably be extra quiet over the holidays as I spend time with my family, but I do want to wish every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas. 

Be blessed, 

Lisa

Here are the rules of the sweepstakes:
No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winners will have 7 days to respond to my email. if they do not they will be removed from the giveaway and another will be randomly selected.This offer is void where prohibited, and the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering this giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal laws.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A visit to the very end of the earth

This past weekend we had a fantastic time with many of the villages we work in gathering together for a day of celebration and worship.

I will be sharing a video highlighting the weekend soon, but in the meantime, here is a video about a recent visit into a new area where we are beginning to work.

In this short video, Scott shares the story of Maria, a woman who God healed and who is not sharing her new-found faith in her home village. After visiting in Maria's village, one of the disciples who went with Scott described this village as being at "the very end of the earth."




Click on the arrow above to watch the video!

Friday, November 08, 2013

The ECHO Project: Dinner TIme


Here's the third, short video about live in Africa from a kid's point of view all about. . .dinner time!

Please consider making a donation this holiday season to The ECHO Project. 100% of the money raised goes to helping individuals. You can learn more about how you can help us make a difference here.     

Click on the arrow in the box below to watch this week's video and enjoy!


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

This week in photos: Loving your neighbor

As we work primarily with village churches, one of the things we've tried to encourage is for the Christians to reach out to those in their communities. And that is exactly what we are seeing. After church on Sundays, the Christians in Guinjata have begun going around and praying for the sick in the community. Last week, Scott took a carload of people from Magola to visit and encourage a woman over an hour away who had invited us to come and teach her and her neighbros. Another woman took in two small children when their mother was unable to take care of them. 

We are so excited to see people truly living out their faith and being light in their communities as they demonstrate their Christ to their neighbors.



One of the young men from English camp and his two sisters went with us out in to the community

Visiting the sick in Guinjata
Praying for the sick in the community


Leaving our shoes outside before going inside the dark hut and praying for a young woman.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Massai Mara video highlights

After dropping out kids off at school last month, Scott and I took two days to explore the nearby Massai Mara, one of Africa's most incredible game reserves and celebrate our anniversary. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. It was truly incredible! Here are some video highlights I thought you might enjoy.

Lisa




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Life in Africa: Thirsty Anyone?

Ever thought about how blessed you are to be able to walk into your kitchen and get water from the faucet?

Here is the second in a series of short, fun videos sharing about life in Africa from a kid's point of view. Consider sharing these with your kids, grandkids, or Sunday School classes.

To learn more about what The ECHO Project is doing to make a difference in the lives of individuals and how you can help, you can visit the website.

Click on the arrow in the box below to watch the video and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Perspectives


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These past couple weeks, we've been hit extra hard with the news of so many tragedies.  Scott's father's best friend for forty years was killed in a car accident. Four young boys from one of the villages we work in drowned in the ocean. We were first responders to a tragic accident outside of town and had to transport a man to the hospital who had just lost his arm. On top of that, both of our boys had friends who were in the Nairobi mall during the terrorists attack. They survived without injuries, but the emotional impact has affected all of us.

As this news hit us over the span of a few short days, I was reminded of the simple fact that life is short. We are here for a time, then vanish in an instant. There aren't even any guarantees we will see tomorrow.  

God confirmed this to Isaiah when he said 'Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.'

Through all of the tragedy, I have been reminded again why we are here. Paul made it very clear that we are fighting, not against those around us, but a spiritual battle. Against the rulers and authorities of the unseen world. Which was why he then goes on to write in Ephesians 6:14 that we need to put on every piece of God's armor so we can resist the enemy in the time of evil.

He calls each one of us to be in a relationship with Him. As fragile as life might be, He loves us. He has called us to be a light, to serve and to love those around us. And He will give us the strength we need for the task He gives us to complete.

A quote I recently read by Tullian Tchividjian sums it up well. "We don't need answers (to suffering) as much as we need God's presence in and through the suffering itself." 


Friday, October 04, 2013

Life in Africa

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing with you ten fun, short videos we made to share more about life in Africa from a kids point of view, in connection to The ECHO Project. Consider sharing these with your kids, grandkids, or Sunday School classes.

To learn more about what The ECHO Project is doing to make a difference in the lives of individuals you can visit our website.

Clink on the arrow in the box below and enjoy!

Lisa

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Playing Catchup

Stopping for yogurt and toppings while doing last minute school shopping.
It's hard to believe that a month has past since I last posted. So much has happened and I've had little time on the internet. 

The first major thing was taking the children to Kenya where they will be attending a missionary boarding school. The first few weeks have had their ups and downs, but they all love the school, are making friends, and are settling in.

Already, they are almost halfway through the first term. I will be going to visit them over a long weekend during this mid-term break, something I'm so thankful to be able to do. I miss them but am thrilled for the opportunities that they are having. 

Going away to school requires TONS of luggage!


Family photo before heading off to school

Getting settled into Jayden's dorm


After we dropped off the kids, including two days of new-student orientation, Scott and I celebrated our  belated 23rd anniversary and our new part-time empty nester status by spending two nights in the Masai Mara. For those of you who know how much I love Kruger in South Africa, I had very high expectation after hearing how incredible the sightings could be. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. With only one full day plus a few hours, we saw the big five and so much more. I will be posting more photos and videos of our time later. Here are a few highlights.
Leopard with a kill

Cheetah




An incredible male lion up on a ledge.

After Kenya, I went to the States as I had won an all expense paid trip to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference through the CreateFiction writers contest last year. Here I was able to not only sit in on some fantastic classes, but see old friends, meet new ones, and meet all of my editors for the first time in person. This was such a blessing as it has been a number of years since I have been able to attend one of these conferences. I was also able to spend a few days with my family which was a blessing.

While I was gone, Scott made his yearly trip to Zambia to encourage the churches that Allen and Janelle worked with before we moved here. His time there was a huge blessing both to him and to the churches. 
Dressed up for the gala.
We arrived back in Mozambique over a week ago and have hit the ground running. Last week, twelve new believers took on Christ in Magola, so we are excited to see people reaching out to those in their communities and praying with those in need. I've enjoyed being back with the women and going out with them to the villages to teach.

Twelve baptisms in Magola


Be blessed,

Lisa 

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Happy Release Day!





Today is the official release day of Dangerous Passage! I'm so excited about this new series and hope those of you who read it will thoroughly enjoy the book.


When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common--a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities--and their hearts. 




Here are what a few readers had to say!

"The suspense, romance, and mysteries through this book will grab you and not let go!" Suspense Magazine Review 

"(A) compelling and emotionally charged read. . .kept me reading late into the night. . ." Sandra Orchard, award-winning author of the Undercover Cops series

"Harris pens another thrilling tale that will give the readers one breathless moment after another." Christy Award winning author, DiAnn Mills.

If you go to my publisher's page here, it will link you to online sellers, as well as the Reading Group Guide and an Excerpt!

 And be sure and watch here as well for my upcoming Heart of Africa giveaway later this month. Details coming soon!

Today is also a bittersweet day as we leave our three children behind at Rift Valley Academy.  While I know this is going to be a wonderful experience for them, I'm already looking forward to visiting them during their mid-term break in October! This is something we've planned for a long time, but it's going to be tough adjusting to a quiet house, I know.

I'll be traveling then next few weeks, but would love to hear from you, especially your thoughts on the book!

Happy reading!

Lisa

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The adventure begins

So much of our life has seemed like one crazy ride after another, but we're about ready to plunge into a very different sort of adventure.

Empty nesting.

This was definitely not on my to-do list. At least not this soon. It was meant to be experienced in another half a dozen years, BUT, God has opened doors and we are so excited (and yes, nervous) about the future. We leave tomorrow to start the journey to take the kids to RVA, a boarding school for missionary kids in Kenya.

Our oldest has loved his time there for the past two years, so with his sister starting high school, I guess it was inevitable that the youngest would beg to go as well. So after six years of homeschooling, life will change tremendously for me.

They are excited about sports, new friends, and music lessons. I'm excited about their upcoming mid-term break when I can see them again in October!

Please keep us in your prayers as we step out in faith and this new adventure begins!

Be blessed,

Lisa


Saturday, August 10, 2013

The countdown begins. . .

Hot off the press!
When the first immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, they were looking for a piece of the American dream. Today they still arrive at our shores, believing they will find freedom and opportunity. Some do, but there are others who aren’t so lucky.

After months of writing, edits, and cover art, I'm feeling the anticipation of the upcoming release of Dangerous Passage!

While I still haven't seen a copy, my father-in-law just received one straight off the press!

If you'd like to read more about the background of the story, FamilyFiction has a great new feature article here.

There will be plenty more interviews and giveaways in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Happy reading,

Lisa


Thursday, August 08, 2013

Winter Highlights for AOM

I put together a short video this week highlighting the groups that have come and how God is working here in Mozambique these past few months. (Yes, it is winter here!) You can click on the video below to watch.

Be blessed!

Lisa

Winter Highlights from Lisa Harris on Vimeo.

Friday, August 02, 2013

What is your calling?

Scott and I recently put together a video for a church in Texas about our testimony, and decided to share part of it here with you. It helps to answer the question 'what is your calling?'

Be blessed!

Lisa

What is your calling? from Lisa Harris on Vimeo.

(Click on Video to watch)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A defining moment

I never expected it to be so emotional. He was only four, and had no clue what was about to happen. I sat beside him in the doctor's office on a cracked leather red couch. He was wearing a pink sweatshirt and Cars pajama bottoms. He cried when the nurse pricked his finger. Cried quietly as we waited. I knew in that moment that what we were about to find out would determine so much about his life. Whether or not he would live with monthly doctor visits, medicine, and hospital trips. Three weeks ago, his mother died from HIV. He now lives with his grandmother and was facing the same diagnosis as his mother.

The nurse showed Emily and I a chart while we waited. Two lines meant positive. One line negative. My heart pounded. I fought unexpected tears and prayed. I wanted so badly for him to be okay. Minutes later, the nurse held out the test that held his small pool of blood. Negative.

Negative! I was overwhelmed with joy. We clapped and thanked God. Rejoiced that there would be no monthly doctor visits and medicine and sickness.

After driving them home, we visited at his compound. His grandmother smiled, grateful as we gave her some beans, peanuts, tomatoes, and onions to help out, as well as soap and medicine for a skin issue the  little boy has. She shared more about herself. She's a widow and is also raising two other grandchildren. Her family lives far away and it's hard to make ends meet. But she is happy today. Her grandson is well.

As I gave her the gift of food, I told her that it wasn't from me. That many people, all over the world, had given money to help people just like her. I told her that she was blessing her grandson by taking him in and caring for him, something that was very important to God.

We minister to many who deal with HIV on a daily basis. Widows, orphans, mothers, young people. Life is hard, but there is hope. Hope in a God who loves them.

"You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They can not be numbered." Psalm 139:16-17

To find out how you can get involved and make a difference with us, visit The ECHO Project

Lisa

Friday, July 26, 2013

Amazing Humpback Whales

Wow, the last few weeks have flown by as we've hosted four groups including people from the US, Brazil, and South Africa. God blessed each visit though, including ten baptisms on the last day of English camp.

As soon as I can put a short video together, I will be sharing some of the highlights. In the meantime, Scott and I celebrated our anniversary with our kids by going out on an ocean safari on the Indian Ocean. We'd always wanted to go see the Humpback whales up close, but neither Scott or I ever had. What was saw was absolutely amazing. The photos really don't do justice to how close they were and how spectacular it was to watch them breach the water.






Friday, July 19, 2013

Free round-trip airline tickets!



Catch your attention? It caught mine. A couple weeks ago, I received a letter in the mail that started off this way. You have qualified for an award of two (2) round-trip airline tickets. And that wasn’t all. I was also qualified for two nights at a hotel, which meant that my total prize was worth over $1300. Wow! But while I’d love a free trip, something about the letter made me pause.

I glanced closer at the header telling me to fly The US Airlines. I’d heard of American Airlines, of course, but never The US Airlines. Which was partly why something seemed off. The other issue was that I’d never done anything to win this award. Feeling leery after my initial excitement, I decided to Google a portion of the letter to see if my suspicions were right.

Turns out they were.

There were several red flags. One, there is no US Airlines. Two, the letter required me to respond quickly in order to receive my prize. Other things you need to always look for are restrictions and, if talking to a person, high-pressure sales.

Stolen Identity

If you haven’t read my latest romantic suspense, Stolen Identity addresses similar issues. It’s a story about a widowed mother who gets caught up in a dangerous game when her identity is stolen. While the story is completely fiction, there is a strong thread of truth behind it. And honestly, the more I did research for this story, the madder I got. Scams like this hurt thousands and thousands of people each year and criminals are making billions. I’ve talked to a number of people over the past couple of years who have either fallen for something like this, or know someone who has. The results can be devastating.

So what can you practically do to avoid becoming a victim? One, check out some practical ideas to avoid being a victim of identity theft from the US Department of Justice

Two, whenever something seems too good to be true, remember it probably is! If in doubt, do your own research.

Three, when life spins out of control, remind yourself that your identity isn’t tied to the securities of this world. Hold instead to the hope found in our Heavenly Father.   

If you haven’t read Stolen Identity, you can order your copy here! And if have read it, consider posting a review on line.

Happy Reading!

Lisa

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

English Camp 2013

Typically, this time of year is the busiest and this year is no exception. So far, June and July have brought a team from the US, along with two groups from South Africa who came to see how they could get involved in our work. We have also welcomed back Jaco, Inge, and their boys who have spent the last six months in Brazil learning Portuguese.

On top of all of that, this week is our annual English Camp. We have a group from the US as well as Luis our former team mate from Brazil who have all come to help out. We also have a number of the disciples who are leading as ambassadors for the camp. Here are a few photos of the first day and a half of camp. We are exited to see what God will do this year as it always impacts those who attend.







Saturday, July 06, 2013

Our China Story Part Two

Jayden has put together a video of photos from his trip to share. I've been amazed at how this trip confirmed his desire to return full-time to China one day. If you missed my original post about why Jayden and Scott went to China earlier this year, you can read about it here. For me, this story is a testimony of God's hand and a reminder of the importance of being open to his moving in our lives. One of the options Jayden is currently considering is running orphanage. We are looking at returning once he is in high school to spend several weeks volunteering in an orphanage. Learning Chinese is also in the future. Like Samuel, may we all respond to his call with the words, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."

Jayden in China from Lisa Harris on Vimeo.
CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Video Highlights from Short-term Group

While the whole year seems to be flying by, June and July are always extra busy as we host a number of short-term groups. This year, we have people from the US, South Africa, and Brazil coming and are always blessed by their presence and encouragement.

I've posted a video below (press on the arrow on the photo) that shares some of the highlights from our first group, River Pointe Church in Texas.

Enjoy!

Lisa

River Pointe Church from Lisa Harris on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Riverpointe Mission team visits

We were blessed to have a team come from Houston, Riverpointe Church, to work with us over the past week. They prepared several dramas to share in the villages where we work. They also spend a morning at the orphanage near our home, playing with the kids, eating cupcakes together, and loving on the kids. It was truly a blessing and encouragement for us to spend this time with them. I'll post more photos soon.

This photos and the ones below are helping them make beaded bracelets after the drama

Singing with the children







Monday, June 17, 2013

Kruger Photos

Over the weekend, we ended up getting delayed at the border due to some car issues (long story!), so spent an unexpected--and very restful--day in the game park. Here are some of the highlights from the weekend. We are now in South Africa for some doctor appointment, car stuff, and other errands, before picking up a team who will be working with us in Mozambique on a short mission trip.

Enjoy!

Leopard

Hippo skull

Mama and baby



Hyena and her kill