September 23, 2012

September Sessions

It has been 2 weeks that we have been back and have jumped right in to all that is going on here, as well as, preparing for the move to Malawi.
Upon arriving, I received the whole story of how our church constitution in Malawi was approved and it was such an encouragement of how miraculous it was. Also, I want to thank the two men who worked so hard to make it happen, Pr. Albert Ntalasha and Pr. Enock Muchindu. These men are heroes of God's Faithfulness.
We plan on making two more trips to Malawi before moving there. The first trip will be this Wednesday. Pr. Renaldo will accompany Pr. Albert, Pr. Enock, and I. We are believing God to start a bank account for the church, which can be somewhat challenging with alot of paperwork and to begin looking for housing and a room for the church. We really have it in our hearts to be in the same Community center that we have had all our previous Bible studies in.  The manager of that building is Mr. Sakala, and we are praying that space will be available there for us to start renting to have Church and Bible College. We are also praying to move to a residential area that is close to the center of town called Area 3. There is a real demand for housing in this area so we are believing God for a miracle, but the Bible says that we have not because we ask not. So we are putting these prayer requests out in specifics so you know what and how to pray and then we trust God.
Visitation is such a vital part of church life. Today we visited a precious couple in the church that has been with us since the early days of the church here. Davis and Pricilla got married at our April conference four years ago by Pr. Scibelli. They had recently moved and wanted us to see their new place. Their new place is about a mile from the biggest market in the country and Saturday is market day. It was awesome… Definitely a “TIA – This Is Africa” story.
As we approached the road to the market we found gridlock traffic about a quarter mile before the turn. We thought a dignitary was passing or a huge accident…no just City Market. There is a four way traffic light which people heed when it suits their schedule or to avoid an accident. That causes a four lane traffic jam in a two lane road. Amazingly, there are no accidents or pedestrians killed, but mini buses are cutting each other off and there is a symphony of horn blasts. After a half hour we made it through the laberinth of cars past City Market to meet Davis at a gas station around the corner of his house.
 “Where have you guys been, I’ve been waiting for you, “ he says. We just smiled and nodded. We walked into his 3 room house greeted Pricilla and had great fellowship. Oh how valuable! Talking about what God has done, reminiscing about God’s faithfulness; worth even braving the traffic of the DC beltway. After an hour, we said our goodbyes, prayed for the house (the code for we have to leave now in Zambia), and went right back the way we came, praising God, lowing as we went (1Sam 6:12).
           On our way throught Lusaka traffic and Market area..
                  Precious friends from the Church, Davis and Piscilla and son Emmanuel


  We are asking for your prayers for this precious family who just lost their teenage son tonight (sunday)here in Zambia. Their lost their father last year and this family is so precious to the body of Christ here. God has a plan. Pray for his mom Olipa and two sisters, Dorothy and Natasha from the church of Lilanda. Thank you.
                                 Zienzo Kunda

September 14, 2012

In the Footsteps of Paul...

On our way to Zambia we visited Chris' mom  in Mytilene, Greece on the Island of Lesvos, where the Apostle Paul went for a visit in the Capital City of Mytilene, Acts 20:14...
This Church was built where it is believed that the Apostle Paul preached. - Mytilene.

The Native Island of Chris' Mother where she grew up, before moving to America when she was 12 years old and moved back to about 25 years ago.
This is quite of an exceptional Island, it is about 5 miles off the Coast of Turkey near where the Church of Pergamos used to be. Rev.2:12...  We had a great view of the Agean sea with the Coastline of Turkey from the house where we stayed and from anywhere on the road on the east coast of the Island.....

                                     Downtown Mytilene

                      We can see the Coast of Turkey!

And Poema's 4th Birthday happened when we were on the Island!
    The Girls with their Yaya -Chris' mom:)

My mom (who came from southern France) met us on the way to be with us

                     Us with my mom

And Now after a long trip (about 8 planes in all) we are back in Zambia for the next few months before the big move to Malawi!