|Dean teaching the Madodana and CYF|
On the same day, Dean gave a summary of the gospel from Romans 1:1-5 to a group of men (the Madodana/Men's Guild) and youth (CYF: Christian Youth Fellowship). Before long, questions started coming on spiritual gifts and especially speaking in tongues. We had a really helpful discussion and search of the scriptures together to find the answers. While it wasn't exactly on topic, clearly this is a real hot button issue for Zambian youth at the moment. Less than Biblical teaching on spiritual gifts has taken many youth out of the church.
|Some of Sandy's Grade 1-3 students|
|Giant skipping rope from Aus was a hit!|
|If you don't have a playground, use a dumped mini-bus!!|
Friday saw Dean spending the day with the General Secretary, Rev Maleka Kabandama, at the Synod Office. Due to the power being off, they had plenty of time to talk with each other and Rev Mtonga. Rev Mtonga is one of the first four trained Zambian ministers for the CCAP 31 years ago. We talked outside, partly because the power was off, but also because the contents of the container we sent fills the lounge room! Distribution is to commence soon as they only received clearance from Customs last week.
|Rev Kabandama's lounge room. The rest of the house is similarly full at present|
While Dean was yapping with the GS, Sandy was busy teaching the Umanyano (Women's Guild) an in-depth study of the Apostles' Creed. She had taught part of this when we were last in Zambia in 2007, so it was great to teach the entire series this time.
|Sandy with the Women's Guild. Can you find her?|
|Advertising Thobwa on a Zambian billboard, someone's wall.|
We are also having many classic African experiences whilst here. For instance, last Wednesday we spent the whole day chasing for permission to minister in the prisons next week. We were sent from one department to another, just to be sent back to the other department again, and then told we actually had to write a letter to each department. Our host, the General Secretary of the Presbyterian church here, would not be deterred! We went backwards and forwards several times chasing the paper trail to the permission we're seeking. Permission is still pending.....