Jack and Vicki, Dan and Jo and myself have recently returned from our fabulous trip to Africa. The main purpose of which was to teach further theological subjects from the Moore College External Studies Course to 41 pastors. To see these men and women grow in faith and knowledge was a huge privilege.
Whilst we were there we also visited many churches, schools, self-help groups for women, Mother’s Union groups and met many individuals. We met people who were exploring the blessing of receiving school and trade education. We met women who having lost all their family and their homes in the Genocide, were discovering the joy of leaning on their heavenly Father and each other to form financially secure craft collectives. We met orphans who were safe, happy and being loved in God’s name and educated in good schools. We shared in glorious singing, enthusiastic prayer and warm fellowship. We found new ‘family’.
Common to each group or individual we met was their earnest desire to have their greetings shared with the believers in Australia. They longed for our church to know of their love and appreciation for the prayer and support they receive.
Dan and I greatly enjoyed having morning tea with the Bililizas in Bukoba. They were overjoyed to be able to show the work in the Gospel that St Luke’s has been able to share in by our support of them as Link Missionaries. Financial and technical support has enabled their growing congregations to be accommodated in larger church buildings including a Sunday school hall and church extensions.
It is a great privilege in the life of any Christian to have the opportunity to enjoy fellowship with other believers. We were greatly blessed by many conversations, shared prayer, handshakes and hugs. All of our new friends were happy to share how God has blessed them as individuals and many were excited about his plans for the futures of these beautiful countries.
We were very aware of the prayer and support that we received in our journey from our church family. To know that your prayers and good wishes were daily was very encouraging to us as we travelled and worked and fellowshipped.
Thank you, Jennie