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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday 7/29

Today, we attended morning worship at Pentecostal Church One Faith, a few miles away from the Into Abbas Arms (IAA) compound. Before going, we were told that the service would last about 3 and a half hours, which is much longer than most of us are accustomed. However, the time seemed to fly by. We worshipped with a lively congregation, sang along with many songs, and listened intently to the vibrant expository preaching. The congregation, the pastor, and the visiting bishop welcomed us with open arms, making the environment warm and friendly. Though we couldn’t understand the words to most of the praise songs (they sang in the tribal tongue of Kikuyu), we jumped and clapped along with the rest of the congregation as they praised the Lord. “I really loved their spirit.” “Singing songs in two languages, back and forth, felt like the brothers and sisters in Christ that we are.”
The rest of the evening was somewhat relaxing. We spent our free time on the playground with the children of the orphanage. The games included soccer, volleyball, swinging, tag, and duck duck goose. Two of our our team members were schooled in soccer by a few small boys who were obviously fans of the sport. It is good for us all to get some exercise and interact with this lively bunch. Nine members of the group spent an hour in class for this Internship experience discussing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and requirements for the completion of the course.
As for the rest of the evening, we will be preparing for the pastor’s conference tomorrow.   There is a lot of last minute coordinating that needs to be done, including meals, conference room set-up, finishing touches to the presentations, and preparation for small groups. We have a busy week ahead of us with a long travel day on Friday. I believe everyone has prepared well for the work we have left.

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