I’m finally sitting down to write a post-trip update. My last update was the night before the last day of the retreat. On that final day I ended up getting a solid half-day of work in and was well enough rested to give me energy for not only the mo......read more
The Church, your church, is made up of a group of different and unique individuals. Each with their own gifts and abilities. Each with their own part to play in the makeup of the body of Christ. But let's not forget that the body of Christ is not j......read more
At about 8:16 this morning we took a left turn off the pavement onto what could only be described as an off the beaten path gravel and mud backwoods country road. We had gone about 9 miles West of the seaside town of Punta Gorda to reach this turn a......read more
Today we had a full day. Instrument lessons, a songwriting class, and more instrument lessons. They have picked up the piano, violin, and guitar so well. The highlight was during lunch, a group took the chords they knew on guitar and grabbed some hand drums and made a new song and rap. Can't wait to upload it.
Erica–Zimbabwe 8-8-16: Today was great! We taught guitar, violin and piano for about 3 1/2 hours during the day, and many of the students made astounding progress. For the violin, we started by talking about how to hold the instrument, then started in “twinkle, twinkle, little star”, a great song for beginning violin.
I made it back safely last night and didn't have any particular trouble with the flights home. Redeemer Presbyterian and the visit with my friends in Manhattan was a blessing. Attached is a pic that someone snapped for me what the room was like while leading worship. These don't capture how active and engaged everyone was with the singing time (perhaps these were shot between verses!).
It is Wednesday evening and I have just finished my “work day” (I’m still working during American working hours, so until midnight or 1 am here). It has been a joy to get to know some of these missionaries better and be encouraged by their faith, love, and zeal for the Lord. Some of you asked for more info about who they are. Gathered here are about 40 country or region directors within SIM, an organization that has 2,000 or so full-time missionaries. Everyone here has almost 20+ years of experience and while I’m not the youngest one here, the youngest is 38. So there is maturity, wisdom,...
Monday--After arriving late Sunday evening in Cameroon we spent Monday talking with the leadership of the team here and getting acclimated to our surroundings as best we could. It is a different lifestyle with different customs and traditions, but the hospitality has been great. Most of the day we worked on planning for the week and tried to get our schedule coordinated with everything that needs to be done this week. The weather is hot in the day and hot and muggy at night, but that was expected. As we get through more of the week I'm sure there will be some great experiences in store.