Saturday, July 19, 2008
Visit to Owensboro & Bloomington
One week has gone since I came to the USA, and my first stop was the main reason why I came; namely, the missions conference in Owensboro (Kentucky). Visit the website to download the sermons in mp3 format. It was a glorious event, with over 300 registered attendees. Ted Christman and Sam Waldron are two of the four pastors in the church that organises this conference. It was a joy to meet them and experience fellowship with them, face to face. The other preachers challenged my heart with respect to the work of missions, especially the need to sacrifice for this work. How can I be the same after this? I trust that the Lord also used me in a small way to impact the lives of those who were in attendance.
After the missions conference was over, on Thursday 17 July, I went to Bloomington (Indiana) where I was welcomed most warmly by the Church of the Good Shepherd. It was a great time of fellowship that I spent with the pastors, deacons and their wives on the first evening (see picture). We spent most of the evening discussing missions. They have a number of men they are training and should soon be sending them out for church planting. So, I shared with them something of our experience in missions in the last ten years. The senior pastor, Tim Bayly, has written about this evening on his blog. The following day, the elders took me to one of the church members, who enabled me to set up this "blog". It is a totally new experience but it should enable me to keep in touch with all of you - especially in my travels. I also hope, when I am not travelling, to use the site to deal with some of the pastoral issues that often challenge us as Zambian Christians. So, here is yet another instrument of edification. Praise the Lord!