Our final week in Zambia turned out a bit differently than we expected, which, we have learned through the years, is to be expected!
Percy Muleba had arranged training for us with two of our former students, both of whom are planting churches, Pastors Imasiku and John Zulu. For a variety of reasons, both had to cancel at the last minute, leaving several evenings free.
Still, we had two days of training planned with our GTN colleague, Doug Dorman (Myrtle Beach) and his team. Doug has spent the last three years working with Ken Buckner of Come Go With Us ministry to train a group of Tonga (Zambian tribe) pastors, and he had asked us to sit in on his final two days of training and give him feedback based on our experience.
We really enjoyed helping Doug and his team, and we came away with some helpful tools to complement our training. It was a worthwhile two days. We'll likely see Doug and his wife, Joan, in May when we return to debrief some more.
Unexpectedly, it turns out that one of the men Doug and Ken have been training was an old fried and former student of ours, Pastor Arnold Mudenda. Arnold pastors a Wesleyan church in Mwandi, Zambia and was, for many years, the project Director of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children's project there. We had trained Arnold in church planting, among other things, and I had led Bible studies for his members, and preached at his church a number of times through the years. What an unexpected, and very pleasant surprise to see his face among the students! It had been 3-4 years since we'd seen each other.