Training was the week of April 4th - 7th. Mark traveled with Member, Brad and Chantel to Mbuzi while the Vaughan's and Derricka and Stanford traveled on to Xikumbane. Below are pics and updates they sent me from the bush. I stayed in Polokwane with Luke and The Hixon kids. This gives Chantel time to go in with Brad and teach the ladies as her time in Moz during outreaches will be limited because of the kids schooling. This also allowed me to get a lot of work done towards our logistic planning for outreaches.
Because the Limpopo River is still high and flowing the training was held in Mbuzi. Most of the pastors were able to take a boat and cross the river for training. This is the first time this year we have been able to have training with this hub. The river was too strong for them to safely cross the last two months.
Wednesday was a busy day teaching and fellowshipping with the pastors and their wives. Member started the men's teachings and taught on Jude 1:1-13... False teachers and how they make their way into church. Brad spent Wednesday afternoon as well as Thursday morning reviewing Lesson 3 in the Fundamentals of Faith focusing on Attributes of God. Mark finished the teaching on Thursday with 2 Peter 1: 1-11 knowing and growing your faith in Christ.
This is the first time in the Dumela/Mbuzi training hub that we are beginning teaching the women separate. Chantel was excited to begin this new opportunity with the women. She enjoyed getting to know them and studying God's Word together. They went through Fundamentals of Faith Lesson 1 which focuses on the Bible, why its not just another Book, what it is all about and why it is important. The ladies have an understanding about the Books of the Bible and how to find verses. They also spent time studying Psalm 23 and Psalm 39 as well as taking time to get to know each other. During some of their discussions, the ladies had some questions regarding sin. Chantel spent time going through The Gospel with them.
They ended Wednesday evening with a church service where one of the local pastors preached.
They enjoy their time with the pastors and their wives. It was a great time of teaching, fellowship and spending time in the presence of The Lord.
Thursday afternoon they distributed seeds to the pastors to take home and distribute between their church members in their various villages.
Xikumbane Training Hub
The training is going well, and we are continuing in our teaching in Fundamentals of the Faith. The men are currently learning about Prayer and the ladies are currently learning about Salvation.
Most of the men have been able to attend this session and the ladies have also been faithful in their attendance.
William gave the new teaching material out today and the church leaders are confident that they will be able to teach the introductory lessons before the teams arrive. They are very excited about having another resource in their own language.