Rethinking Commitment

When you're privileged to do what we do, you get to see things that demand a shift in your thinking. One of these is the depth of your own commitment to the Kingdom. 

The relative ease with which we can access training and resources in the United States, the sound infrastructure that makes traveling easy, and the options available to us are unknown in places like Zambia's Western Province.  

Students arrived in Nangweshi after walking 1 1/2 days through the bush, one of them a 79 year old gentleman who's been in ministry for many decades! Some carried tattered Lozi Bibles, a few pages of note paper and a pen. Others had none of these. They slept in the church building and cooked over open fires. And, at the end of a long day of training, the 79 year old said, "I am so glad to receive this training, but I have one question. Why can't we train into the night?" 

Words fail me.  

Please continue praying for us as we meet with former students and prepare for our return home. You are always in our prayers.  

 

 This student's Lozi Bible was missing both Genesis and Revelation. 

This student's Lozi Bible was missing both Genesis and Revelation. 

 Mr. Fulai Yamba, 79 years old, with Percy Muleba! 

Mr. Fulai Yamba, 79 years old, with Percy Muleba! 

Back from the Bush!

We're back online after 2+ weeks in the bush. We taught two fantastic classes of twenty students each (see photos). As usual, the smaller groups allowed for relationships to flourish, which was terrific.

We taught Introduction to Pastoral Care, Being, Becoming & Doing, The Wounded Healer, Understanding the Bible, Understanding Your S. H. A. P. E. for Ministry, Praying the Psalms, and more. The questions and discussions were great, as well. And, of course, after class visits were meaningful, too! 

While we were there, Pastor Titus Njamba (organizing pastor) and his wife, Kahilu, gave birth to a son under a mango tree! He came too quickly to get to the clinic! 

More blogs will follow, but we wanted to give you a quick update!  

Please keep praying as we do for you! :)  

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Our first class in Nangweshi, Zambia! 

 Our second class in Nangweshi, Zambia. Many in this class walked all day from the Kalongola area and slept in the church to attend! 

Our second class in Nangweshi, Zambia. Many in this class walked all day from the Kalongola area and slept in the church to attend! 

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The first time we've taught by candlelight! 

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A regal Deaconness from the Kalongola area both cooked for her team and fully participated in our training! 

Heading into the Bush!

Today, Abby and I head to Mwandi and Sesheke, and then tomorrow into the bush to train in three villages, Nangweshi, Kalongola and Moyo. We're excited!

Our time in Livingstone has been a bit rough. We've had trouble sleeping and I'm still not fully recovered from an infection. Still, last night we slept much better, so we're grateful.  

We'll likely be offline the next couple of weeks, but check back just in case. :) 

 Please pray for our health, safe travels, life-changing training and, most importantly, our relationships, new and old. Thank so much for your love and support. You are in our prayers!