Enter At Your Own Risk, But What Is The Alternative?

Posted on August 2, 2010. Filed under: Children, God, VISION AFRICA-2010 JULY MISSION TRIP | Tags: , , |

Some of my young friends in Malawi

Okay, here is another installment of my mission trip journal.

7-15-2010 (Thursday)

Upon our arrival in Mngwangwa, approximately 75 women greet us with singing and dancing.  Everywhere we go, we are greeted with singing, clapping, and dancing, which is such a huge part of their culture.  I am amazed at how all of the villages are so in sync with other in this area of their lives.  Most of the songs and dances are the same at each village.  They do not have TV’s, because there is not any electricity, they do not have a book of these dances that I know of, they do not have cars, and it is a long way between villages.  How do they all know the same dances and songs?  It is a mystery to me, but I like it.  The young girls in our group like to dance also, and some of them I think may be part Malawian, because they rock at this dancing stuff. Praise the Lord!

Today there are not many kids at the Community Center when we arrive, which is unusual compared to some of the other villages we have gone to.  The few kids that were here seem a little afraid.  I wonder why?

Now we are at the old Community Center, about a mile from the new center.  There are about 25 men and 25 women who are local Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and lay leaders from the local churches.  They have come here prepared to sing, dance, worship, pray, and be taught God’s word.  The leaders here today are tomorrow’s future in Mngwangwa.  It is awesome to see so many of these young people here ready to learn and get better equipped for service in God’s kingdom.  Praise the Lord!

I am blessed today to be able to preach to these pastors and leaders, and am prepared by God’s Holy Spirit to bring on the gospel.  Today God has lead me to teach about having the characteristics of Jesus in our lives, about putting off our old self and putting on our new self as we become born again into the body of Christ. I am teaching from Colossians 3:1-17, John 14:26; 15:12; 17:4,6,25, and Matt 5,6,7.  I am relying totally on the Holy Spirit to teach through me as I only had 10 minutes to prepare prior to leaving the office of Somebody Cares, where I was told I would be teaching today.  9 minutes of that 10 was spent in prayer, the other 1 minute God lead me to today’s Scripture for the lesson.  Praise the Lord!

After teaching for about an hour, we are going to where the counselors are helping many of the local women.  After hanging around there for a while, I decide to take some of the kids with me for a walk.  I started with about 10-12 kids, walking to the Somebody Cares Community Center.  Now we are at the Community Center, and we decide to turn around and walked back.  Oh wow bud, now I have about 30 kids with me for the return trip, where did they come from?  Upon my return to the top of the hill, Trinity & Andy decides to join us for a walk back to the Community Center; I am getting dizzy.  Andy decides to leave Trinity & I on our own with the kids, which has now swelled to a number of between 60-70.  We are doing it again, but this time when we get back, we had to go and the kids didn’t want to leave, so we got one of the local Pastors to tell the children goodbye for us. One little girl held my hand the entire time, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.  Praise the Lord!

Another great thing just happened; about 180 women were given exams & new panties by our medical staff. Wow, and Praise the Lord!

Everywhere we go we see goats, what is up with that?  Also, there are chickens and cows running around everywhere, with no fences.  I wonder how they know where they live? 

Hmmmm.

Another thing I noticed today.  There are partially finished brick houses all over Lilongwe.  I asked why and was told they build them as they have money.  So, they buy some land, then get some money for some bricks, build a little, and then wait for more money.

Hmmmm.

Oh, important detail; today was Trinity’s birthday.  Praise the Lord!

I know today I may be including some strange observations, but hey, they are my observations, so they go in my journal.  Think about this when you are enjoying a nice luxury toilet in the United States.  Community toilets in Malawi are very challenging to use, as they are only a hole in the ground surrounded by 3 or 3 1/2 walls, no door, and only about 4-5 feet tall. I would not want to go #2, or be a girl.

Maybe there should be the following sign:

Enter At Your Own Risk

But What Is The Alternative?

Praise the Lord.

Have a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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