July 15, 2019

Day 5 - Unity in Christ

Discover & Learn Zambia HANDS Team:

Today started in a unique way - a motorcycle “alarm clock” revved outside our bedroom windows, waking most of us up at 6 AM. The noises have been an adjustment for our sleep schedules, but they have also made it so that we sit together in the living area before breakfast, chatting about how we slept, what we’ve been learning, and what the day will hold - and sometimes we all sit, quietly reading. Such is travel with teachers. 

After breakfast, we walked over to an exciting church service. In Lundazi, five different churches meet together for one big ecumenical service. The United Church of Zambia, the Reformed Church of Zambia, the Presbyterian Church of America, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, and the Anglican Church of Zambia all come together at one church to praise the Lord. 

 We were so grateful to witness this unity in Christ — and to be a part of that unity in a small way. At this church service, seven different choirs performed - complete with dancing, audience participation, clapping, and joyful worship. We were choir number six - described by Jacqueline later as “God’s Chosen Frozen”, because of our lack of dancing. We sang “Holy, Holy, Holy” and were delighted to find out that “Holy, Holy, Holy” was the first hymn in their songbooks. That small unifying detail was a highlight of the day for many. We heard a great sermon on Samson and Delilah, second chances, and healing second touches. Our team was impacted by how involved the congregation was in the sermon, with call and response language throughout the sermon. (If you yell “Second!” at any Discover and Learn team member, they should yell “CHANCE!” back, no problem.) 

After this four hour and 15 minute church service (is that an EduDeo record for longest church service in the field?), we walked back to the base, where we ate lunch and rested for an hour - reading books, taking power naps, and chatting. Soon after, Collins came to escort us on a walk to the Lundazi Castle and dam. It was impressive - although a little jarring - to walk through a castle, particularly because it looked quite different than much of the infrastructure we’ve seen. He also taught us about Zambian smiling - like a Canadian smile, but just a little bit more. The dam was beautiful, and we enjoyed being out in the beautiful weather, enjoying God’s creation. 

This evening, we read books, chatted, watched a soccer game at the nearby field, and ate dinner. Our amazing cook, Dorothy, created Zambian KFC - coleslaw, french fries, and chicken. It was delicious, and we are so grateful for her continued care for us through food.  

Devotions continued on the theme of unity in Christ - Teresa led us in a devotion that reflected on Psalm 133, and we chatted about unity in the body of Christ, unity with those back home, and unity with each other. 

We’re grateful for our last two days of rest, but we are excited to be back to visiting schools tomorrow. Thank you for your continued encouragement and prayers as we continue on this journey! 

Psalm 133: 1-3

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. 

 

Comments:

Carla Alblas
Jul 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm

I love reading your posts every day. It's great to see your smiles and to hear of God's provision of safety, community building, and rest. Blessings as you begin another week of visiting schools!

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