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Monday Musings – 31/01/11

The need to listen…

I have often experienced that when God is speaking, he talks through many people using them to say the same thing.  In the past week, I have had a number of one on one conversations, as well as interaction with groups of three or four, and once again, they are all saying the same thing.

This is what I am hearing.  Without fail, everyone is saying that RTC’s presence in Zambia is timely.  Some have suggested that RTC is a platform on which pastors and church leaders will be able to discuss change in the church.  Of even greater interest to me are the kinds of topics that people are suggesting that need to be discussed, including mentoring as in a father/son relationship, team building/team leadership, and pastor/board relationships.  The fact that people are saying the same thing makes one wonder if people got together to collaborate their stories before meeting me.  I knew this was not the case because first, they didn’t know I was coming, and second, all of these meetings were impromptu.    In one such meeting, a small group of pastors said they finally felt they had someone who was willing to listen.  Pray with me that I will be a good listener!

I am reminded of the conversation I had, in the Nairobi airport, with a church leader from Malawi last September.  I asked the question: “why is RTC on the continent of Africa”?  He suggested that MJ and I are here, to come alongside the church, to encourage them to finish the race that was started many years ago through PAOC missions.  He reminded me that the finish line is in sight, and that RTC needs to put our arm around the church, and encourage them to keep going until they finish the race.

So, RTC has joined a race that began on the Continent of Africa many years ago.  What a privilege to come alongside the church and encourage them to finish well!

Allow me to give you another humorous story from Kitwe.  On Friday, I had to extend my temporary car registration for another two weeks, as I am still waiting for the final paper work to arrive from Lusaka.  What should have taken five minutes, took a whole day.  I went to the traffic control, here, in Kitwe.  Just getting there was an experience, as some of the potholes would have swallowed my car if I had gone through them.  Upon my arrival, I was informed that the Kitwe office no longer processes temporary extensions, and I would have to go to either Lusaka (five hours drive), Livingstone (thirteen hours drive) or Ndola (one hour away).  So, off I go to Ndola, making sure I arrive before the government offices close for the weekend. Looking at my watch, I realized that my timing was good as I would arrive just after the lunch hour (thinking lunch would be from 12 noon to 1 p.m.).  Wrong!!! government lunch hours are from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and I discovered that no one, and I mean no one, is willing to miss a few minutes of lunch to help one who is in need, no matter how nice one tries to talk his way in (sounds a bit like government in Canada eh!).  So, I stood at the door for one hour in order to so be first in line after lunch.  At 2 p.m., I was the first at the counter and had my temporary extension within five minutes!!!!

Until next Monday from Zambia…

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

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