Muli shani mukwai?
(“How are you?” in Bemba, one of the main languages spoken in Kabwe, Zambia)
WE HAVE ARRIVED IN ZAMBIA!
The Zambia Mission Team arrived into Lusaka, Zambia as of yesterday (Saturday) morning. Praise God for bringing us, twelve sleepy and jetlagged travelers, safely to our destination. Praise God all our luggage made it too! The feeling as we walked through the Lusaka airport was: “Wow, we’re finally in Africa….God has brought us all here.” The feeling was a bit surreal and difficult to convey into words.
The first day was spent travelling from Lusaka (the capital city of Zambia) to the central city of Kabwe (which took about 3 hours by van), picking up some basic supplies and settling down at the hotel. Our hotel is called Tuskers. It is very comfortable, and showers and a warm bed were more than welcome to a dozen greasy travelers from Canada.
This morning (Sunday), we visited a rural church in Katuba. Travel via mini-14-person-van through rural dirt roads was bumpy and akin to a rollercoaster ride. Upon arrival, we were treated to a warm welcome by the pastor and members of the congregation.
In a true display of Zambian hospitality, the church had built a special straw roof over the pulpit area of their unfinished brick building along with a seating place just for us, so we would have shade at the front. It was unexpected and such a thoughtful gesture. So for our first Sunday in Zambia, we gathered with the local church community to praise God (prayer, Bible readings, lots of singing, with a bit of dancing from us – we’re just warming up) under the clear blue skies and the bright Zambian sun. To hear the passionate worship in the beautifully resonant voices of the Zambian church congregation was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and there is definitely nothing quite like it. For the message, our team leader Susan preached on true fulfillment in a relationship with Christ, God’s unconditional love and the eternal value of spending time with God. It was a simple yet crucial message to the heart of God, who He is and what He desires of us.
As a mini response, we presented a Bemba song, “Takwaba uwaba nga Yesu! (There’s no one, there’s no one like Jesus!)”. There is truly no one like Jesus. We can search high and low but nothing can match the incomparable worth of all that He is.
We are thinking of all of you back home. Thank you once again for being a part of this journey with us. We have been called here to serve and God’s faithfulness and providence throughout this journey has been nothing short of amazing. There are 12 of us together on the team, and although we were strangers at the beginning, we have come to bond as a team and call each other friends and family through the body of Christ. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Please continue to pray for the overall health (physical, mental, spiritual) of the team. A few members are battling ailments/ fatigue/ jetlag and worries at home. Please pray that we would have the strength for each day, boldness and His wisdom and overflowing love in our interactions with the people in Kabwe, Zambia.
On behalf of the Zambia Mission Team,
(with some help from Chris, fellow email updater on the team)