Zambia update…7.19.15

We were excited to attend the church that Boyd and Arold(our new Push The Rock Zambia friends) attend.  We were told to be there at 9:30am, and so we were.  And we were the first ones there!  Here one can never be sure if a time given is an actual time, or a rough estimate of time, but either way we were ready for the day and enjoyed the cool breeze and warm sunshine until people started arriving withing 30 or 40 minutes, including Boyd and his son Brian.

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The pastor pulled us aside on his arrival to welcome us, adding an apology that the church is doing some ‘renovations,’ including the seating, meaning there were two benches, and other than that, bricks to sit on.  Of course, being the visitors, they graciously allowed our team to sit on the only benches in the church.  Humbling to say the least!

Sunday school started, all in Tonga, and by 11:00 or so, the main service started.  Thankfully, the lay pastor was able and willing to translate into English for those of us not yet fluent in the local language!  We enjoyed some beautiful singing(and drumming!), and the sermon was from I Timothy 6:1-10.  We were encouraged to look at our lives, not our friends’ lives, but our lives, and see what the Lord is telling us.  He also talked about prayer, and how without it, we will miss many of the blessings that the Lord has for us.

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After the service, we shook hands with each of the congregants upon their exit.  Following a little time of talking, we met Boyd and Arold’s children and wives, which was special after spending the entire week playing and working together.  We were also treated to another Zambian favorite, ibbwatu, which is a drink made from maize, water, and a particular root.  To say it is an acquired taste may be accurate, but all of the team at least made an effort to drink it!

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Back home for lunch and some Sabbath day rest.  We played cards, volleyball, and then some more cards.  It was a refreshing day after a busy week.  We are looking forward to doing some inventory work tomorrow for our hosts, as there is a lot of equipment that needs to be organized and sorted.

We are so thankful to be here, and thankful for our new Zambian friends who have made us feel welcome in this past week.  Hard to believe we are leaving in only a few more days.  Thank you for praying for us!  We have had 100% health, and no serious injuries, which is a real blessing for sure.

Team Zambia

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