We have started visiting in the villages, which is an awesome experience. We had supper at one of our Bible worker's houses--a culinary experience for sure! The ladies of our team got a lesson in chappati making. Maybe I'll give it another try when I get home!
We had an imprompto service in the Lingala Church that was built by Alex and Esther Norzow. 50-60 people meet there every Sabbath, and it is humbling to see their faith. There are very poor folks who have little in the way of material posessions, and nothing to look forward to in this earth except a steady grind of backbreaking work in the rice paddies. I am convinced that is why Jesus and His promise of salvation and eternal life in heaven are so precious to them. We walked house to house to visit and pray with the members, and those who are studying the Bible. Water buffalos lounge in the tiny yards, lime green parrots screech from the trees, small open cooking fires simmer pots of rice and lentils, pink bouganvillias spill over the walls of dried mud and cow dung, stiff roof thatch rustles as we stoop to enter low doorways, smiling children are eager to hold your hand.
I have to tell you one experience. A young Hindu mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She has 2 small children, and her husband left her when she became sick. Her father had 2 dreams where he saw a cross. He told her to stop worshipping all the Hindu gods and go to the Adventist church! She had been doing this, and coming to the meetings! It never ceases to amaze me how God reaches out to His children! Please pray for her.