Percy's old friend, Pastor Ernest Muyunda, is planting a new church in Nambia, Global Movement of Salvation. So, Abby & I made the trek (just 3 hours!) to Katima Mulilo, Namibia for twelve days of training.
We stayed with pastor Ernest and enjoyed it very much. Also staying with Ernest, whose wife's work had taken her to Japan for six weeks, was our old student and friend, Evangelist Alex, another young man, a worship leader named Brackson, and a young woman named Susan, a family member doing her internship in Katima Mulilo.
During our stay, we had the opportunity to talk seriously with Ernest several times about ministry, theology and church planting. We also spent a morning with Brackson and Alex discussing their questions about marriage and ministry.
Pastor Ernest has planted his church in a poorer section of Katima Mulilo, a section where Namibians, Zambians, Zimbabweans and Angolans live in a mixed neighborhood. It's mission come next door!
Typically, as you may know, we train only pastors and leaders who will multiply our training, but this time we trained leaders and layperson together and averaged about fifteen people per session, the perfect size for significant interaction. We trained Namibians, Zambians, Zimbabweans and Angolans, all four. Looking back, the training went very well and seemed to have had a significant impact on several of the students.
One student said, "Africans have a certain way of studying the Bible. You have shown us a different way and it suits me better. Thank you!"
Another commented, "You have no idea the impact you have had on my life. You have inspired me that if people at your age (LOL!) can travel across the world, then my dream of taking the Gospel to other nations can one day come true. I love you!"
One of the blessings of our trip was visiting most of our students in their homes, meeting their families and hearing their stories. What a privilege the Lord has given us!
Please pray for Pastor Ernest and his wife, for their church, for Alex, Brackson and Susan, and for Ernest's wife as they seek to bring the Gospel to Namibia!