Today we paid our first visit of this trip to Gilgal Church where we were met by the Pastor and some community leaders. Our purpose was to learn more of the range of local church ministries. Some of these we had learnt of before and we received encouraging updates. One totally new ministry was working with boys at risk.
Two months ago, a 14 year old boy called at the manse door. He was from a broken home and had simply nothing to eat. The Pastor was so moved at his sorry state that he not only fed him but also with his help gathered a dozen other boys in similar circumstances. Their lives have been transformed as in a safe environment they receive training and guidance in the basics of daily life and experience the love of Jesus in a very practical way.
We also had our first “face to face” encounter with the street vendors. Thirty women had gathered in the church grounds with their fruit, vegetables and clothing, which they sell door to door. They were anxious to share with us problems they had encountered in the past and how the church helped them work through them. But they still face the major difficulty of having no legal place to trade. At present they risk confiscation of their goods and imprisonment for illegal trading. Their one prayer request was for a solution to this pressing problem.
In closing we’re attaching a photograph of Gilgals version of “Kidzone” (Sunday school). They were presented to us and boy can they sing and dance! Needless to say Bill and I didn’t join in. Maybe next time?
Tomorrow sees more meetings but with a Presbyterian Church!
Graham and Bill