OVERNIGHT IN MBANGWETA

Definitions: “Overnight” = a technical term meaning an all night “Prayer Meeting”. “Prayer Meeting” = this does not mean that we only do prayer the whole time. No! It is a long meeting broken into many varied activities – testimony times, intercession times, singing as we dance in a circle, if there is a sound system there may be a recorded song played loudly while people come up and do crazy dances, some food and tea breaks, some brief sermons, perhaps a Jesus Film… An “overnight” is a great social time, especially for youth and young believers...

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Marriage – is a wedding Biblical?

As I was sitting with a married couple one day, helping them resolve some long standing conflicts, I asked the man, “How long from the time you saw this woman and thought that she was the girl you wanted for your wife, until the time you got married?”  He looked at me blankly.    It must be the language, I thought. “How long does a man get to know a girl before they decide to marry?... How many months?”  Again the look of confusion.  Then suddenly, “Ah, yes! A man can find his woman and bring her home to stay with him that same day!” After a few ...

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Grateful

"I will cry to God Most High who accomplishes all things for me..." "Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you: He will never allow the righteous to be shaken."  "But as for me I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. I will give you thanks forever, because you have done it all." God has kept his promises to us 1000 times. When I look back I am amazed again and again. These are the things He has accomplished this year:   The Church The many bible studies we have had over ...

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The Bounty Hunter

The Bounty Hunter “You are a good boy, Danny.” I haven't heard that for quite some years! But there it was again - “You are a good by, Danny” Then a third time. I was just trying to listen to the Spirit: my assignment was to be a Bounty Hunter this morning - walk to Siamate Village early Sat morn and try to find Mutenta – an 9 year old girl who just became sponsored and yet for the last weeks has not come to our Saturday tutoring and skills class. Gonna bring that girl in, dead or alive! While in Siamate I learned that Mutenta had ...

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June 30

I sat down with Parity an hour before church. He was preaching today. He has come a long way since we first came into contact with him. I remember him coming to our Thursday night gatherings at the House of Moses before any baby Moses's were found with us – one small candle on the floor, 30 people, mostly kids, crammed into the small room, hilarious worship songs and some dancing... Parity would come quite regularly, then unexplainable miss a couple weeks. He always seemed over excited and too eager to please. I was never sure what was going on under the mask. Mike ...

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The Bicycle Story

We've been walking for over an hour and still no village in sight. Passing thru the deep bush went by fast, with the good company of Joshua and Lishomo, but every now and then I would marvel at the forest, the tall grass lands, the typical African landscape that seems suitable for lions to roam. 80 minutes from the nearest village and 40 minutes from the paved road, Bengweta Village has no church except a dying Zion Church – a blend of African witchcraft and Christian ecstatic chicanery. It also has no shabeen (African village bar) – hallelujah! The village is ...

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Of Esther… of Mutenta…. of Shamira… of Jordan… of Setina…

Esther M. is a case study in adolescent poverty. She doesn't deserve her life situation. It's her mantle to make the most of it. But for a 14 year old who has always lived in abject poverty and whose entire extended family is living such, there is little initiative or experience to make a new path. Perhaps she has tried, or has seen her mother try – to no avail. Poverty grips them like a trap. She has one nice shirt, which here makes her look presentable – it is carefully cleaned and mended to preserve it, for who knows when another benevolent handout may arrive. ...

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JUSTICE! COME!

She looked disheveled and poorly clothed – was she drunk? or crazy? The way she sat in the dirt - without the normal Zambian regard for decorum – even in the poorest places they will not sit until there is a reed mat or even a rock to sit on. I wondered her story. As we started our DBS (Discovery Bible Study) we made our customary round the circle with “What are you thankful for?” When it was her turn she started talking and just didn't quit! With the others there would be pauses for translation for us few “Whites” in the circle. But not now. And normally the ...

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Four years, and still searching for the foundations…

  "And he went out... not knowing where he would go... living in tents... looking for the city with firm foundations whose Architect and Builder is God."    God spoke to us years before to “go” - we didn't have much more than that. Then in my struggles to trust Him, He was so gracious to give us indisputable signs that in fact, it was all true – He was leading us and would provide for us by His hand. I asked for a sign once when on a beach prayer trip – show me a completely whole sand dollar – without a single chip – and I will believe. That day I ...

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Thank You All!!!

Regina and I are winding down our two month time in the land of good and plenty. We want to thank all the people and churches that made our stay so fruitful. For Regina and me, pouring into our children's lives is our highest Kingdom duty, privilege and strategic investment. We are living in Philomath Oregon – living in a trailer behind our oldest son, beside the pastor of this church, in front of our daughter's family, and just a few miles from our other son and spiritual-daughter! Evenings of work parties and popcorn movies, canoe trips and a beach get-away, year's ...

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