Zambia Trip Update #9 July 28, 2013

Sunday, a day of rest!  We did our best to make today just that after a busy first week here in Zambia.

We walked to church looking forward to the time of worship with our fellow brothers and sisters.  On the walk, one of our team members thought we should sing a ‘special music’ song for the entire congregation.  Keep in mind it is a normal thing for 3, 4, or even 5 different groups to present a song or two each and every Sunday.  The rest of us, though we knew we are called to ‘make a joyful noise unto the Lord,’ thought that it’d be best if we just stuck to soccer and left the singing to those who had the gift of voice.  The song that was mentioned being sung was one of our favorites for the trip, “You are Holy/Prince of Peace.”  Long story short, this team member signed us up to sing.

The service unfolded in normal fashion, a couple groups shared their songs, and then it was time for team PTR.  What happened next will never be forgotten by any of us…and probably not the rest of the church.  Halfway through the song, which was started a little too high for the girls to begin with, was further complicated when one of our team members began singing the wrong verse, throwing the entire group off.  So we stopped and started the song over again, much to the congregation’s entertainment.  Keep in mind that this happens from time to time, but in that it was us, it was an extra spectacle!  We did better the second time and finished the song,  then finding our seats.  Needless to say, everyone in church appreciated our effort, and I think we hammered home the point that PTR is a sports ministry, not a choral one!

We did then enjoy a sermon focused on II Thessalonians 3:6-15, encouraging us to be active in our faith and to avoid idleness of all kinds, except of course rest on the Sabbath.  The pastor also challenged us to make our lives joyful while working and doing whatever we are putting our hands and minds too.  It was a good reminder for all of us, whether we are students or holding full time employment, whatever we do is to be done as unto the Lord.

Back home then we listened to another team member share their testimony before enjoying another great meal prepared by our wonderful cooks.  Shortly thereafter it was time to go watch some soccer!  The Macha Sparrows(some of whom we scrimmaged against Friday, and the local ‘big’ team) were playing a home match, so we went to support our new friends.  We also knew that we would surely find plenty of our school children along the way, which we did indeed.  The game started about an hour late…pretty normal…and the Sparrows won.  It was great, though, to stand on the sidelines building new friendships and further strengthening ‘old’ ones.

After dinner we sat down for a board game together before calling it a night.  Hard to believe our time in Macha is wrapping up, but we look forward to the time that does remain for us here.

The Team

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