Monday Musings 30/05/11
The events of this past week are a reminder of why Marie-José and I find ourselves on the Continent of Africa.
This past Wednesday, we travelled to Kabwe, Zambia for a pastor/board seminar. What a thrill to watch as church leaders worked through the challenges of church governance here in Zambia. And then, to see them join hands and pray at the end of the day for Kingdom impact in the church of Jesus Christ was a powerful moment.
On the humorous side, ten pre-registered, we prepared for fifty, and one and twenty showed up. When in Africa it is always good to prepare for the unexpected because you never know when the unexpected may show up.
And then on Saturday, MJ and I went to Mufulira, a mining town about a forty-five minute drive from Kitwe. Mount Zion Church, under the leadership of Pastor Robert Kasema, is in the process of building a church right across from one of the largest mines in Zambia. That in itself is incredible, as the city council of Mufulira does not allow for churches to be built within the city limits. Pastor Robert went to the council with a vision to build a community center beside the church. When the council heard that part of the vision is to teach Aids awareness, develop a sewing center, and have a literacy program, the council agreed to sell them an L shaped piece of property next door to a local bar. The only hitch, they have to have the community center built within six months.
What an incredible opportunity MJ and I had on Saturday to sit with thirteen of Mount Zion’s leadership team and assist them in painting a picture of the future of their church. There is something exhilarating about watching a leadership team to not only catch a vision, but come up with ideas that will catapult them into the future. What you see on the chalkboard is the result of a leadership team taking ownership of a vision and lighting up with excitement as they began to paint a picture of a preferred future.
A week like this is why we are here. A week like this is what will keep us coming back. A week like this is why we are grateful for those who support us so we can be here. A week like this reminds us of how we need to do this over and over again. A week like this is why we need others who will commit to prayerful and financial support so that we can continue the ministry of RTC across the continent of Africa and around the world.
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!
P.S. Yesterday (May 29th) was MJ and my 29th year of marriage. I am so grateful for a life partner who is so much a part of what God has called us to do on African soil and other parts of the world. MJ, you are the greatest!!!!