A busy day and what a day it was!!!!
Off once again to Gilgal Church for a day of meetings and today I decided to sit on the left side of the bus on the way there (big mistake). It was then I remembered how most of the houses were hanging onto the hillside by their finger nails. The driver only needed to sneeze and we were going to join the houses.
A safe arrival then into our first round of meetings. Greetings exchanged (which involved praise, dancing and prayers) then we split into 2 groups.
Michael, Brian, John and Rachel worked with the Church team who offer practical help and advice (entrepreneurial skills) to Church and community and Karen, Reuben and Graham working with the Widows Group which is called "Dorcas".
After our meetings it was off into the field.....John Armstrong doing an amazing impression of "Bear Grylls" heading off up the hillside to visit folks in the community. John was doing so well until he tripped walking into the Church and went on his mouth and nose. (So uncool but no harm done)
Karen's team, after hearing some horrendous stories from the "Widows Support Group” headed off to visit some widows in their homes to see how they were dealing with life after the genocide of 22 years ago.
After lunch we headed across the valley to visit a project Gilgal Church is involved in with people who are living with HIV. Some BIG questions were asked there and it's fair to say we came away humbled by the visit. On leaving we were presented with a gift of 30 eggs from the chickens they were given to help them become self sustainable. We’re definitely not going to get those home in one piece so Eric, Gilgal’s church administrator says he will boil them for us to eat for our lunch tomorrow.
This trip has given us many questions for which we are actively seeking answers and many questions which we don't know the answers to.
We have prayed that God would challenge us as individuals and as a team during this visit and that is just what "He" has done. As I often say, "Why do I continue to be surprised when God answers our prayers?"
Tomorrow will bring another busy day and Michael will be busiest of all as he trains TearFund staff in "camera skills" and all that stuff.
We covet the prayers of our church family and friends and look forward to reporting back to you on our return.