Well, I’ve had a tough time posting the last few days. Between the power outages, internet outages, and the Internet Cafe being closed, it has been hard to keep you all informed. I have been writing the postings in my hotel room before I go the the Internet Cafe to save time and not miss what I wanted to say. So today there will be two postings so you may want to scroll down to read the earlier one first.
Sunday I was honored to give the message at the church while Pastor Julius interpreted for me. I was humbled to be given the honor to speak to his flock and the message given (Believers duty) was well received. There were about 40-50 believers in attendance.
Worship time was awesome!! Even though I did not understand some of the songs they did in their own tongue (or even in English sometimes) the enthusiasm and their hearts for God really showed. Speaking of showed, I could feel a strong, loving, tangible presence of God. They worship whole heartedly and God inhabits their praises whole heartedly. With all the polish and resources we have in the US in worship, they make up for with enthusiasms. What a contrast to Pathways where we have lights, big screens, cameras, and a worship team with some of the best equipment. Here there are no lights, a black board for the worship songs list, and if you seen some of the equipment they use you would be surprised they play music at all. One small amplifier for two microphones, guitar and keyboard, a drum set that has seen much better days and some bong-go drums. But what a sweet music it was to God’s ears because He came to visit.
Tomorrow I start teaching the Bible School students. There are 5 students 17 and older attending for bible training The school had their second graduation this last year, I believe it was 7 students . I will follow up with more information in the days ahead. I’m sure that I will be challenged by the Bible School students in the next few days, I have seen their hunger for the Word of God and they will be drawing every ounce of what they can get out of me. Please pray for me to be able to feed them the Word that God has for them.
I am posting one more picture today, Pastor Julius and me preaching the Word Sunday. Notice on the table is the offering. The rice is there because when they prepare it for themselves they take a handful for the poor and needy and put it in a container and bring it to the church. When I think of the sacrifice some of them bring in giving, I feel small. When I think that some of them maybe eating less, when there is little to eat to begin with, it causes me to search my own heart about giving in sacrifice, because for some of them it is a real sacrifice.
I will post again as soon as possible. (if possible)
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