We have had a great time of ministry and cultural exchange with here serving alongside Awana Zambia!! Here are some highlights:
Team Ministry Training - our Explore Team of five young ladies planned a day of training for the Awana Zambia Ministry Team. We are VERY proud of our ladies. They took their ministry training they received from Mission Differently to become the trainers. It was amazing to watch and a joy to see them become authentic trainers for a whole day sharing their knowledge of puppets, drama, active music, testimony, team building and how to use any object at hand to give a biblical message to a group of children or adults.
AWANA Super Rally - A brass band led the way as we all marched behind through the local area streets inviting more and more children to come join us for a time of Awana Games and Gospel at the nearby field with hundreds of children!
Sunday Service at Kaunda Baptist Church - This was a great time of music, worship, offering and passionate prayer. Amazing to hear over a hundred people praying simultaneously together to our Lord.
Faith Bible Church Street Evangelism - Using our gospel/wordless bracelets, we were given a new and unplanned experience for most of us, which was an awesome time of growth for our team.
Awana Zambia Campsite - Our visit there was a delight! We were given a tour of the property including the vision for the use of the property for discipleship and evangelism. We stood on a GIANT anthill (not active) turned into a brick factory (eventually 60,000 bricks) for a great view of the local village area. The day finished off with a huge grilled meal under their shelters and we finished off by the sharing a traditional (American) marshmallow roast enjoyed by all!
Today we visited a local market and a cultural village where they love to sell their handmade baskets, carvings and other Zambian goods. We even helped shop for traditional Zambian foods including: fish (fresh bream and dried minnows), fresh vegetables, green leaf which was mixed with groundnut (peanuty taste) to cook, drinkable okra sauce and always nshima 'sheema' (daily traditional starch that is a play dough consistency) made from white ground corn flour and eaten by hand with your meal - you must be properly trained though. Our team helped to prepare the whole meal that was enjoyed by all and a few guests too.
We have all had a safe time serving Awana Zambia who treated us to a night out at the local Cinema - as I write this our young ladies are enjoying some Zambian music and dance with our hosts. We are heading home soon to share with our home team the wonderful experiences we have all enjoyed.
Thank you for being a part of our team!
Penii Jo, Carroll, Peter and Team Zambia