So many people only dream of getting to travel to distant lands to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our family is overwhelmed by the blessings that God has poured out to enable us to take a trip to Africa to visit family and to see the way God is using them to share the Gospel. In our own small way, we were able to contribute to the advancement of the Gospel by bringing them supplies, encouragement and joining them in their ministry for a few weeks.
On Sunday, we had a special baptismal service followed by dinner on the grounds. Priscilla helped the ladies of the church and learned how they make their local staple–Nshima. It is basically a very thick cornmeal porridge.
In addition to the local staple, they had some various other dishes that we ate. On the upper right is beans. Following clockwise, the next is some cabbage followed by fried caterpillars and finally some fried minnows. The last two are local favorites.Here is a bag of the dried caterpillars before they were fried. They actually have become a favorite of Priscilla’s sister Esther.
We were very pleased with how brave our children were to try new things. They did quite well with the food overall. For the most part, we at American foods, but when we were with the Zambians, we ate their foods.David enjoyed working with some of the guys to put together some special music. They really enjoyed singing together. In fact, when they went out on some ministry and tract distribution, they did some singing as well. Check it out below:
With all of the very memorable moments, one that is burned into our minds is the tremendous openness the people have to talking about the Word of God. While superstition and many false teachers have infiltrated much of the nation, God’s Word is something that is eternal and the basis for unshakable faith.
While there, we enjoyed a spectacular time on a vacation with the Shraders. They were so gracious and sacrificially generous to treat us to some amazing experiences.
I think we left part of our heart in Africa, not only with our family there, but also the brothers and sisters in Christ that we met and had sweet fellowship with during our short stay. One of our children asked, “Can we live here and not go home?”