Zambia Trip Update #8 July 27, 2013
We all enjoyed a morning that did not begin with walking at 7am! A little extra sleep/rest was very much appreciated as today our day’s schedule was not as jam packed as the previous days.
We took a trip to the local market to look for various little things to buy and take back to the USA. After walking around for a bit, and finding some of the children we have seen a lot of this past week, we headed back to the dorm for a light lunch. It was a light lunch because at 1500 hours, or 3pm, we were meeting at one of our Zambian friend’s village for a meal at his house. The meal did not disappoint as we all left full of nshima(the local food staple), rice, potatoes, cabbage, and chicken. Oh of course we had more of the local favorite, ibbwatu! We also had a special treat in that Zambia was playing Botswana in a soccer match, so we got to enjoy that as well while dining. (Zambia tied 1-1.) After the meal, our friend took us around his village and showed us his pigs, his chickens, his up and coming butchery shop, and also his new project of building some rental housing units. Needless to say he’s quite the business man. Despite his busy day today, he and his wife welcomed us, and we definitely appreciated their hospitality.
But perhaps the real highlight of the day was during our Team Time when one of our Zambian brothers who we’ve been working with all week shared his testimony. It was one of those experiences that gives you goosebumps as you listen. Here is a man who is walking proof of the Lord’s grace, but even more so, proof of the power of the Holy Spirit living in someone. His smile and joy are infectious, and it challenged each one of us to be more bold in our lives as believers. As is our practice when someone in our group shares a testimony, we spend some time in prayer for that person. So we did that.
And then, as prayer ended, he asked for a Bible. As he turned the pages he shared with us that this verse was given to him by the Spirit during the prayer, and that it was meant for us. This after sharing a testimony laden with vivid dreams through which the Lord had spoken to him, even as a non believer.
I Timothy 3:16
Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.
He simply closed by saying that as Push The Rock, this must be OUR goal. We must preach HIM among the nations, and if we do, we can never fail. He challenged us to never lose sight of this, focus on true godliness, and to be bold in this aspect of the ministry, no matter what our programs. At this point we were all so moved by his sharing we were nearly in tears. It was amazing. I think it’s fair to say that for me personally, I’ve never been more amazed by a personal story of the power of the Holy Spirit living and working in a person’s life.
We are so grateful to be here for so many reasons. This sharing time was simply one of them, but such a powerful one. Oh, and tomorrow we get to worship together with so many of these amazing people we are blessed to meet and work with! Hallelujah!
The Team…for some pictures of our first week in Zambia, visit the PTR Facebook page HERE!
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