Sabbath in Lusaka

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Lusaka, Zambia
Today is the Sabbath and Major come by at 10:00 am to pick us up. We really like the breakfast at this hotel that is included in the price of the room. It is really a feast.It should last us through the day with all they have on the buffet.

We arrived at the school we've been meeting at on my previous visits . It's not the most inspiring setting. And this time, there was more.

Again, what really makes the church is the people. We immediately ran into the deaconess Maureen Phiri. And, Mr. Mwans whom we know. A nice couple Daniel and Miriam Sakala. The Talama’s children Tabo, Mukumbuta and Muhau. And the late Wilson Nkhoma’s widow Dorothy. We feel that we know much of the congregation in our years of traveling and visiting here. We meet in a classroom.

Trouble. In the classroom next to us a Pentecostal church is holding a rousing service with a shouting pastor and loud music.

Major gave the sermonette. The music next door gets louder and louder.   The preaching more intense with loud repetitions for dramatic effect.

Sermonette and announcements were short. No special music. And, so, I’m up there speaking right away. There is no translation, but I deliberately spoke slowly. I gave my sermon on the subject of the Faith that God has in us. Service concluded with the ordination of Morris Phiri to the office of deacon. I am very happy about this. His wife Maureen is a deaconess.

After services, we took some group photos of scholarship students and others.

Then we had a q and a session in the classroom. The Pentecostal service just went up a couple dozen dB Almost impossible to talk through the shouting and preaching. Questions ranged from explaining 1 John 5:7 to evangelism and why Zambia has not had a trustee meeting in a few years and if Zambia is properly represented in the GCE.

Bev answered some LifeNets questions about student scholarships. The noise next door is so loud that I finally had to call off the meeting after a little over half an hour. Impossible to hear questions and our meeting was mercifully ended.

Things are a bit disorganized and Major offers to take us back to the hotel. I still want to fellowship but things are just not well organized.
We did invite the Talama’s and Phiri’s to dinner tonight at the Marlin Restaurant at the Lusaka Club. We had a great evening. If you’re ever in Lusaka, consider dinner at the Marlin Restaurant. Great meals are $10-$12. Great value and it’s tasty.

We leave tomorrow morning for Ndola and Solwezi. 
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Comments

gayle_hoefker
2017-04-15

I well remember having church services at a summer camp in Colombia during the Soccer World Cup Championship. It was nearly impossible to hear the speakers giving the messages. I feel your pain.

judy erickson
2017-04-18

Really appreciate the blog, Vic. It shows clearly how much is being done by so many of you to really help the people in areas of need there in Africa. Anxious to see that you & Bev are home safe soon.

judy erickson
2017-04-18

Really appreciate the blog, Vic. It shows clearly how much is being done by so many of you to really help the people in areas of need there in Africa. Anxious to see that you & Bev are home safe soon.

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