Sunday, October 17th, 2010
Update 2: Here is a video of the Mukhanyo Christian Academy children singing.
This past Wednesday morning, after a long drive through the countryside, we arrived at the chapel gathering of the Mukhanyo Theological College just in time to hear songs from the Chapel Choir and then from the children of the new Christian Primary School on the Mukhanyo campus.
Johnny gave the devotional: True love toward other people is the overflow onto them of our joy in God.
Afterward, we visited two other ministries that are part of the same organization as the Bible College.
First was the Clinic that cares for 12 AIDS patients at a time. For some it is a caring hospice setting. For many it becomes a place for regaining strength and enough recovery to be able to return home. There is always a waiting list.
We met Busi, a woman who had been admitted recently. She lay curled on her side, her thin body hardly making a rise in the bed covers. (It’s easy to see why people in some parts of Africa call AIDS by the nickname, “Slim.”)
When she nodded with her eyes that I could pray for her, I took her hand and asked God to give her strength and hope and faith in him. I told her I would pray for her even after we left. Writing about her here is another reminder to me. And perhaps you might add your prayer for Busi–with whatever desires God gives you for her.
From there we went to one of 5 day care centers the ministry sponsors for children who are orphans. Our car hadn’t even stopped before boys and girls were swarming out the gate to hold our hands and asking to be held. Most or all of them have distant relatives to stay with. But all, by eagerness or shyness or sassiness, stretched out toward someone who might show them love.
South Africa is one of the countries most affected by AIDS, so there are a growing number of children without relatives to turn to. For these children, the ministry is trying to recruit and train suitable Christian families to provide foster care.
Now to today. In a few moments we leave for the Sunday morning session of the first ever Rezolution in South Africa. Johnny will be preaching this morning. I hope to post some videos and photos. The music has been phenomenal–an infectious blend of cultures.
This afternoon we fly to Cape Town to be there in time for the opening ceremonies of Lausanne 2010. Please pray for us and thousands of Christians gathering from around the globe.
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