We have completed day three of the Bible conference. During the morning chapel, Kennedy Simtowe encouraged the pastors from seven African countries to be more unified, focusing on Scripture. Although this was a short sermon, the pastors were very receptive and there was talk of continuing the discussion in the evening.
I continued my series on Ephesians. My group had a very stimulating discussion in my first session of the day on Ephesians 3 and the meaning of prophecy. In my second session there was a great deal of interest in “one baptism” in Ephesians 4. Many of the pastors helped me to understand some of the unique issues pastors face in Zambia.
From Aleah Kopp: “Today, I went to a secondary school named Kamushanga. The school went from preschool to grade 7. I also brought my ukulele to play for all the children. I had forgotten that Zambians love their music so I played the ukulele for about four hours. After I finished playing a song, they would shout, “Play again! Play again!” My fingers have never been more sore. I also observed how the children were taught and they were mostly learning basic math, shapes and English. The kids had the biggest smiles on their faces and seemed to be very happy.”
From Joel Molina: “Takwaba uwaba na Yesu” sung in an African way demonstrates the joy in worshipping together through cultural diversity. Indeed there is no one like Jesus. It is a tiring two days of teaching and interacting with pastors and elders in the sessions but rewarding to see them grow in their knowledge of God and His word. One Pastor told me that he is thankful for the opportunity and privilege to attend the conference and to receive teachings that enable him to know and understand God’s word better. Thank you for your prayers as we continue the ministry of teaching until Friday morning.”
Tomorrow is the last full day of the conference. Please continue to pray for the men and women attending this conference. It is our hope that the pastors and elders will return to their churches encouraged and energized for their ministries.