Sunday, December 12, 2010

Celebrating in Liwonde

Wow! What a Sunday! We travelled with our Superintendent to one of the churches north of Zomba. He wanted this area to welcome us as their new missionaries and had invited all the pastors and their churches from that area to come and meet us. We enjoyed getting to know them, and I had the honor of preaching. We were thankful that many people responded to the message on walking in God’s ways. But, to our surprise the service was far from over: This was also the first Sunday of the new
pastor there, so we joined the church in celebrating his installation. What an exciting time. But church was still not over yet! We continued by baptizing 14 infants & children, followed by several older children, two adults, and finally received about eight new members into the church! Needless to say, we thought at that point that church would be over, but they only had a brief intermission to set up for communion, which was followed by many short speeches. Around 4:30 pm church was dismissed and we were served “lunch” shortly after that, followed by a meeting with all the pastors. (Good thing pastors/missionaries only work on Sundays ;)
We were really proud of our kids. They were real troopers today, sitting through a loooong, hot service, without food, and without complaining!
Of course, it helped that Sarah had a little nap.

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