For 36 hours a trip to a different world was afforded me. I met 9 young church pastors - all bible college trained and applying their passion, personalities and faith to reach their village or forest area for Christ.
It is wonderful to watch their countenance transformed as you impart encouraging words and pray for their needs. Do I think that I was able to touch them in a deep way? No, not really. But I can assure you that they have touched me deeply. One is a converted kick boxer, one single man has adopted the responsibility of raising an abandoned boy, another smiles as they show me their new son.
I saw school children they teach - they all use their abilities to help a young generation become literate, learn English, and prepare themselves for the future. They are given the gospel. One of the young pastors will baptize 25 people on Jan 20. Amazing - he has never baptized a single person yet - this will be his (and their) first time.
These village church locations brought rural beauty and simplicity. Unfortunately I was unable to capture the sounds and smells of the region. It is marriage season, due to the dry weather when they are not farming and those events are broadcast to the whole village.
Enjoy some of the images. How many animals can you count being transported live to market, tied to the bumper of overloaded vans?