16 results for tag: africa


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. “All Night” = the event may be advertised “ From 8pm until Halleluiah!...

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 recently moved – went to live with her dad in the next village, Sugar. Dead or ...

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 “thankful” question gets very sparse answers, where the next “What are you ...

WHEN HELPING HURTS

(Title taken from a book of the same title) Queen is struggling these days. At 60 years she is surprisingly spry and clear, especially for the hard life she’s lived. Like a goat, she can make a meal out of thorns and stickers and is still able to kick up her heals and challenge adversaries double her size. But these days it seems her step is slower. Her husband, an invalid for many years, finally died this year. His substantial retirement earnings seem to have gone to the sons and brothers who live at a distance, and all that Queen is left with is the cast off grandchildren to raise. How many she cares for varies from week to week – in ...

Zimbabwe Project

You can see, as soon as you cross the border, that this country is in distress. People are walking one way without loads, and back to their homes with heads and wheelbarrows loaded to the extreme. Women dressed immodestly (looking fairly western, actually) crossing to sell the only thing they own – their bodies. Men, women and children just sitting near the border, looking hungry and weak, yet scanning every face for any opportunity to find food. Zimbabwe is ready for a Savior. May He come with grace and power. Assembles of God Church, in the city of Victoria Falls, has the heart to help but lacks the resources. In better times they had a ...

Maloni Village

The first sign of Maloni Village is the pointed thatch roofs sticking up in the distance. We near the village and must ford a small stream with our wonderful 4x4 Landcruiser, before we pull into the village amidst the delighted screams (and some terrified screams) of the children. Our team of 10 adults and two small children pile out and circle up for a word of instruction and a brief prayer, then head off to look for the Headman. We realize too late that we have not brought the customary gift of a chicken or trinket, but he is gracious and does not mention the miscue. But we make sure and greet him with the respect due a headman – bowing and ...