Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday in the Congo

This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Our first church service in the Congo! What a blessing! We sang hymns from home which truly spoke to us! There were also a number of music groups that sang and played with enthusiasm. Their harmony is absolutely awesome! Dave's message about love and putting Christ first in our lives was well received. We were amazed about the similarities in our church services. Holy Communion was also shared. The people welcomed us warmly and made us feel at home. After the service we had a short meeting with their church council and I had the privilege of presenting the banner to them on behalf of our congregation. Th This was really appreciated. The Congolese people love to be very clean and well dressed. It is truly amazing how they able to accomplish this when you see their living conditions. They love bright colors and they are such beautiful people who have a great love for their families and each other. After another ride on the bus, we were welcomed into the home of another family from the church. The meal we were served was great - it included beef, which was a nice change. They definitely have the gift of hospitality! Our host has a job working with the United Nations and was also working on finishing a home for his family. Their six year old daughter, climbed onto my lap, curled up and fell asleep. Pretty awesome! This was the first time we had some difficulty finding transportation back to our hostel. At 8:00 pm, the streets were still jammed with people, screaming and yelling, trying to sell their commodities, pushing and shoving, and buses were overflowing. We ended up renting an express taxi - our first plush seats, to take us home. What a wonderful day! God has truly Blessed us all!

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