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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
August 19, 2010 5:40 am
Published in: Flying

I have a bit of time this morning, so it’s time to try and finish this tale.

Flying around CAR and Congo was amazing. How did guys do this before GPS?  I’ve never been lost in an airplane but I can sure see how it could happen here…. There just aren’t any landmarks, except a handful of major rivers that are a long way apart.  The visibility the day I took this picture was amazing, frequently it’s very poor there due to fog / mist / rain.  Let’s hear it for GPS!  But the flying is really a means to an end. For our pilots, the flying is our primary ministry, and how we accomplish the end goal.

The end, of course, is to take the gospel of Christ to people who have not heard it, and to make disciples, a long process.  And one that requires pastors.  As I mentioned in the previous post we brought people up to Zemio for the ordination of four new pastors.  It was quite the production! There was a brass band, and singing, and dancing, and…. Let’s start at the beginning.  The four pastors being ordained lined up to march into the church…then the procession began.  They took about 30 minutes to go about 100 feet, dancing all the way while the congregation sang.  It was quite the production.  Then the service really began.  All the senior pastors we’d brought in spoke.  The CVs of each of the candidates was reviewed. It was amazing how long all of them had served in the church and how much schooling they’d had.  It is not an easy process to get ordained in this church!

And then, the candidates came forward and knelt for the formal ordination. All the senior pastors gathered around to lay hands on the  candidates: The widows’ choir sang , and then communion was served.  And then, after 6 1/2 hours, the ordination service was complete.

The missionary and Ron and I went back to the mission then and rested a bit, and Ron and I began to plan our return trip (Tuesday).  The missionary and the pastors organized some big meetings for Monday, which they did, and which went into the night, late, so that Boligihe could get back to Isiro on Tuesday and fly on to Kinshasa.  Monday Ron and I prepped the plane and otherwise made ready to travel.  Tuesday morning….

I see I’ve left alot of things out of this post.  Well, I’ll just have to post again. There was the little girl who followed the missionary  and I around the refugee camp in Rafai.  There was the women’s choir practicing in the church in Zemio. There were the “Good News Comedians Troop” following the ordination service. There was the young boy playing the big drum in Rafai. There was the visit to Obo and walking around AIM’s mission station there and imagining it when it was fully operating with a technical school, a clinic, a big church, and a Bible school and about 30 missionaries.

CAR and Congo are hard places. The roads are bad, the LRA is a major threat and there is no security. The governments are ineffective or in the case of Congo almost non-existent.  Yet there is life, and the people sing and dance and praise God for His goodness.  How can we not go and join them?

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