Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The destination AND the journey...













was thinking today as I was driving to my destination, Kanyama Church and the Lusaka Bible College, that life is not just about the destination, but also about the journey. And so I thought I would show you first my journey to get to the church and then share some amazing stuff regarding the destination. It took about 30 minutes to get to the Kanyama compound where this church was located... On the way there, I experienced an Africa which may be easily taken for granted in its everydayness, but hopefully will not be as I strive to savor and observe all the beauty and the variety of life in Zambia. I love the advertisement for the internet. Don't get me wrong... I love having internet access, but the man being propelled back because of the speed of the internet, well, it is a bit of an overstatement. The Worldvision building is located on the main highway for all who sponsor a child. Cool to see that. The next pic is entering the downtown (notice that I am managing to drive on the left side of the road). As we head out to the compound, I drove though what is called suetto and the city market. This where things get interesting!!! You may have noticed the Dr. Nyombo. This is a witchdoctor. People go to him when they feel a curse has been put on them, or if they need some healing... This needs to be a whole other blog entry. The top pictures are of the compound. You may notice one that has brick structure. This is the local water well where residents come to get water. Don't miss the pictures with the women carrying everything from water bins to boxes to lettuce to just about anything. There is one where their are some fruit on a table by a house. There are many fruit stands like that around Lusaka. There is one just down the street where we have bought some tomatoes. Every day but Sunday they are on the side of the street, three ladies, selling tomatoes. Everyday, camera worthy stuff comes into view as we drive the streets of Lusaka. I just wanted to make sure you had a little idea of my days journey!


Alright, so I finally made it to Kanyama where I had a great converation with two leaders and teachers at Lusaka Bible College. It is a college that was just put into existence about a year ago with a goal of reaching out and training some of the 80% of pastors who have no biblical training and can't afford it. It is a two year college that trains pastors how to understand scripture, how to lead a church, how to preach and so forth. They asked me to teach a class in this upcoming quarter - either homiletics (which is fancy word for preaching) or church growth. My eyes lit up when they asked Luke, Graham and I to consider teaching some classes. I can't imagine anything more fun than having the opportunity to teach pastors, hungry for the word! We met with the pastor and the lead director of the school and he was an amazing man. The picture includes him in it, the one next to me. He has founded bible schools/churches in Zimbawe, Malawi, and Botswana. His goal is to have Bible colleges to train pastors with the goal of helping equip their churches and give them a heart for missions. He founded a school within his church to reach out to the children in the area. He shared how one time his family didn't eat for three days so he could pay the teachers and keep school going. The community school comprised of children from the most poor families is active and well at around 200 students. Such sacrifice is what I believe should be norm for all of us, I guess. I appreciated his challenge and example. I met with another pastor who is working hard to disciple and mentor and build into leaders for the next generation. He too sees the value of community schools, and has plans to build one. One pastor said that 85% of most children will grow up never even knowing that a school exists, not even knowing what a school is... That seems a bit high, but he would know... I am realizing how important and strategic schools are in not only educating the next generation, but discipling them as well. And, it just blows me away how little it takes for so much temporal and eternal good. Pray for us as we wait on God to show us where he wants us to work and who we should serve...

2 comments:

mollyllilja said...

Very interesting, thanks for taking us along on your day... very different from mine:)
Molly

Randy Ferreiro said...

Wow, Steve. This is so amazing. I didn't even know you were going to Africa until you were already there. I'm planning on sending you an e-mail soon just to tell you some things and hopefully encourage you.