Here at Doorkeeper, we celebrate those who are opening doors for others, either through mentoring, mothering, teaching, writing, or more!
From time-to-time I’ll be interviewing a faithful Doorkeeper—especially if she’s a fellow booklover—and giving away a book by her favorite author or in her favorite genre.
You’ll find giveaway details at the end of this post. But first, take some time to get to know a fellow Christian fiction enthusiast!
Dad sings tenor. Mom sings alto. The three kids sing bass, baritone, and soprano.
No, it’s not the Von Tropp Family Singers. It’s the singing Fremont family of Shenzhen, China!
Vicki and her husband Paul are self-supported missionaries, who have spent their married years serving God in church/school ministries. First in North Carolina, and then in Nebraska, then on to far-away Hong Kong, Guam, and Shenzhen. In China, the Fremonts are working with Quality Schools International.
Vicki and Paul met during their college years at Bob Jones University.
Vicki has an Associate’s Degree in Missions and is certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Masters in Religious Education. He is also an ordained minister. And both are working on furthering their education. Vicki with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, and Paul with a Master’s in Christian Counseling.
Preparation for ministry is important to this musical family.
Their oldest son Nate, 22, is in his third year of college at BJU, studying youth ministries. He would also like to be a chaplain for his local police department.
Second son, Jon, 19, graduated high school with honors and is now attending BJU, having answered the call to preach.
Eliza, 16, is doing an online homeschooling program with Heritage Home School Academy.
After graduating, Eliza wants to sit out a year before attending college. She’s saving money to move to Zambia, Africa, to work with orphans. Since she’s grown up in Asia, her heart is torn between the two continents. She plans to eventually attend college to earn an education degree.
I asked Vicki to share some thoughts with us about the special moments and varied experiences in her life:
“Having each of our children! We worked very hard to get the three we have. Before each successful pregnancy we lost a child. We also know that if those other pregnancies had been successful, we would not have the three children we have now. We’ve had the joy of seeing all of them join our spiritual family. I love watching their lives change as they become truly burdened for others around them.”
“Every hard time we went through, we saw His hand and blessings in them later. I especially remember one Christmas, during a year when we were struggling to make ends meet. Late one cold winter evening, we were kneeling before ourFather, sharing our
burdens.We heard a loud banging on our door. It frightened me because it was so late at night. Paul went to answer and found an envelope taped to the door, with a note and large sum of money, as well. On the porch was a very large box, which contained all the items we needed. In a flash, we were back on our knees giving thanks to our Father. We have story after story of His provision—just when it was most needed.”
Most Memorable School Day
“Paul spoke in chapel years ago about ‘Removing the Mask.’ So many people live behind masks. Maybe they profess Christ, but don’t really know Him because they have learned the right ways to act and the right way to talk. In so many ways people wear masks. My husband shared in chapel that it was time to remove the mask. After the chapel service, he was going to his classroom a bit frustrated because he had gone over time, and he had a lot planned for his students that day.”
“When he got to his classroom, his 7th graders filed in behind him and sat down in their desks, unusually quiet and solemn. One student after another raised their hands. He was about to say, ‘No questions. We’ve got a lot of work to do.’ Then he noticed their faces, and one of the girls started crying. When he asked her what was wrong, she said, ‘Mr. Free, I’ve been wearing a mask.’ Others started saying the same thing. By the end of class that period, ALL of his students had made decisions to take off the mask.”
“We had the best instruction manual: God’s Word. Even so, we didn’t always make the right choices as parents. Yet when we heard the Holy Spirit within us say, ‘You need to
apologize to your child’—we did! Our children heard ‘I’m sorry’ from both Paul & I many times. They also learned early on in life that no matter WHAT the topic, they could always talk to us about it. That is a pretty scary thing! Because when our kids were ready to talk about it, we talked about everything!”
“Our children have gone through some tough situations. Things we never dreamed we’d have to deal with, since we had home schooled and been in Christian schools. The key was COMMUNICATION. We would shut off the TV, computer, whatever it was that was interrupting the communication, and get into God’s Word together. And, of course, sing together! We always ate together too. We would find out how everyone’s day went and try to encourage one another. Our family mattered. We weren’t going to lose it.”
Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore: “This book is a special favorite.”
The O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock’s books: “When I receive a book that is part of a series, just one won’t do. I have to get them all!”
Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, and The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: “As a family we listened to the whole Left Behind series. The kids were at just the right age where they were learning about the Lord’s second return, and it was interesting for them. We also listened to the Frank Peretti audio books. Then as the boys grew bigger they became fans of Ted Dekker.”
Becoming an Effective Christian Counselor by Walter and Trudy Fremont: “This book covers so many areas of a person’s life and is chock full of the Scripture verses you need to help you through that particular area.”
Your turn: Whether you’ve known Vicki a long time or just met her today, why don’t you leave a comment to encourage her? If you have questions about her ministry, she’ll be able to see and answer your comment. Also, if you’d like to view more of her photos, just scroll past the details about the book giveaway.(For blog newbies, if you’re reading this on the main page, look for the tiny words “Comments” in the notes at the end of this post. If you’re on the post page, you should see a large box in which to leave a reply.)
Book Giveaway: Vicki’s family seems to love stories of suspense, so I dug through my book pile to find a few. Since they’re older releases and you may have read them, I’ll give the winner a choice from such authors as Kathy Macias, Rob Whitlow, Colleen Coble, and Jack Cavanaugh. Choices are detailed below. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 10th.
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- Choice A: The Ransom by Kathy Macias. View book details here.
- Choice B: The Sacrifice by Robert Whitlow. View book details here.
- Choice C: Lonestar Homecoming by Colleen Coble. View book details here.
- Choice D: Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh. View book details here.
- Choice E: If none of these will do, I’m sure I have something that will please you!
And now a little more . . .
I couldn’t resist posting a few additional pics of this sweet family!