|Isaac, Gerald, Dean and Maleka tour the Synod property|
Well, it’s 6 days into our time in Zambia. We’ve met with Synod to get an overview of the Presbyterian Church here. They have a wonderful vision for the future of their church, with well-thought out goals. Despite having very little in the way of resources and man-power, they have already made a start on many of their plans for the glory of God. They are an inspiration! In the background of the photo to the right are the foundations for a 4 classroom block to teach ex-prisoners life skills to reduce recidivism. This is a practical outworking of their desire to see the Gospel impact all people in Zambia.
|Sandy holding Faith at a Community School|
On Thursday and Friday, we were given a tour of 7 of the Church’s 10 community schools in Lusaka. These schools are run by volunteers who occasionally receive a small stipend. They offer education to the most vulnerable of children free of charge. They are all under-resourced but still do an amazing and professional job of educating children from prep-year 7 (Zambia’s final year of Primary school). One of the smallest students, Faith, was rubbing Sandy's feet to see if the white rubbed off! Another checked if her hand was white after shaking ours!!
|Men's Guild (Madodana) Choir praising God|
On Saturday, Dean taught the Matero Saturday Bible Study group an overview of the Bible over two and a half hours. Sandy illustrated each step as Dean spoke. Matero’s session clerk, Tom, translated into the local Nyanja language. Some really great questions from the group showed us that they were understanding what was taught.
Our first Sunday here was an absolutely classic African one. We were picked up from our accommodation at 7:20am and didn’t get back until 3:45pm. The two services Dean preached at ran from 8am til 1pm (and it wasn’t because Dean preached long sermons!). And yet somehow it doesn’t seem like a long time. Of course the singing is glorious -several different choirs treated us to some incredible praise of God. Sandy had a quick session teaching the Sunday School children from the “Wordless Book” gospel story in colours.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), we start full days of teaching - Dean teaching Eldership training, and Sandy teaching at Matero Community School, one of the church’s free schools for vulnerable children. Many of the children in this school are single or double orphans. Thanks for taking the time to read what we’re up to, and especially thanks for your prayer support! More soon...