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The kingdom belongs to such as these

Aug 01, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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Children were clearly important to Jesus. Far more important than even his disciples guessed. And if we are serious about seeing God’s Kingdom grow, then they should be pretty important to us to! While here, we have had the pleasure of enjoying fellowship with Africa Inland Church (AIC) Kapsowar. It is a wonderful church, filled with wonderful people, including many wonderful children. Each Sunday morning, they run Sunday School before their two services (yes parents, that reads ‘before’ – imagine getting up early enough on Sunday to get your kids to church an hour before you need you be there!). And then they also run a children’s program during their service. Only problem is: a venue. Sunday School has to be run in the church – often causing the services to start late! And then the children’s program has to be run outside – obviously at the peril of the elements! (Though, admittedly, the weather here is lovely most of the ye…

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Kissing babies!?

Aug 01, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

On Monday, a minister walked into a doctor’s world. I donned a pair of Victoria’s scrubs and headed into theatre to watch the surgeons in action. I went armed with my video camera, so there may be some footage to show when we get home. One of the surgeries I watched was a c-section. The baby was a couple of weeks overdue and I can’t remember what medical terms Victoria said, but there was good reason for it to be pulled out! So scalpel was drawn and the baby was promptly plucked out. And this is where I got to see Victoria in full flight. The doctor handballed the little girl to Victoria and she took off from the half back flank and flew down the wing. (Took the baby to the baby table station thingy). And there she and a midwife cleaned the baby, gave it some oxygen and stimulated it til it was happy enough to breathe on it’s on. Then Victoria wrapped it up and took it round to show the mother. It was a pretty darn cute baby, but it still had a bit of it&rsquo…

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Four sermons and a funeral

Aug 01, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

It may sound like some weird parody of a Hugh Grant movie (something I have not found myself mourning the lack of on Kenyan TV), but that’s exactly what I got up to last weekend: four sermons and a funeral. As well as being able to share at the youth fellowship and church services I had the privilege of being invited to preach at a funeral that Rev Robert (the local pastor I am serving with) was conducting. It was fascinating and enriching to experience a funeral African style. Unlike what we’re used to in Australia, the funeral is not held at the church and/or cemetery, but rather in the village of the family, right in amongst their homes. And then the casket is buried there, in the village. So we had to travel out to the nearby village where it was to be held. Victoria was a little nervous about this part as the plan was for Rev Robert and I to take a piki piki (motorbike) ride there, as it’s the cheapest form of taxi. I don’t think she is convinced that motorbikes are designed to …

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Welcome to Kapsowar

Jul 31, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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Ok, so internet connection proved slightly more problematic than we thought, so I haven’t been able to blog in a while. We have it sorted now, so I will endeavour to keep the updates a little more regular. The photo doesn't do it justice but this is one of our favourite views from the hospital. This place is beautiful!

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The consumption assumption is following us!

Jul 08, 2013  |   One more blog  |   Nick Waring

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God must realise that we are missing a teaching series at church back home on money, because the church we happened to visit yesterday morning was just starting a teaching series on giving!! And there we were thinking that a trip to Africa would get us off the hook when it came to be challenged about our finances! I found it a great challenge and encouragement, so thought’d I’d share a bit about it. The pastor spoke from Exodus 35 and 36, where the Israelites are called to bring an offering for the furnishing of the tabernacle. Check out Exodus 36:6-7… Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work. The people brought so much that they had to be restrained from giving any more! Can you imagine that? Can you imagine a m…

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