Thank you to all who were praying! The conference August 25-27 was a great time of fellowship for believers of 6 churches including ourselves here in Wusuraambya.
The first group of 39 believers arrived on Wednesday afternoon. They represented 3 churches about 2 days walk from here. The next church that walked from about 10 hours away met a heavy downpour in the bush and had to turn back. The next day (Friday) half the group tried again and arrived on time for the second session of conference. The final group had elderly in the midst and had to delay their arrival, overnighting part way. They arrived at our house 6:30 Saturday morning and attended the remaining 3 sessions Saturday and Sunday. The ladies met Friday afternoon and the men Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon was a leadership meeting with all the church leaders and Sunday evening finished up with the verse-by-verse video rendition of the book of Matthew. Then 4:30 a.m. on Monday everyone left to return to their own villages.
In order to make sure all the ladies could attend conference, Cathy looked after the children herself………..all 75 of them! How would you feel after babysitting 75 kids six times in one weekend?
The conference was a VERY encouraging time, though extremely busy leading up to the conference with all the preparation needed. Then Monday morning at 6:45 a.m. the first literacy students arrived again and we were right back to work. BUT Monday after the literacy students were all gone in the late afternoon, both of us ate and then went straight to bed and slept 10-12 hours! 🙂 Pretty crazy but worth it.
The story of conference was the life of Joseph. Joseph’s life replicates Jesus’ life in over 100 different ways according to some commentators. The theme of conference was faithfulness. The believers were encouraged to persevere through trials and be faithful in the little things so that God could use them for great things. All the churches reported that there are many villages still without the Gospel. Pray for more laborers who would take the message to the furthest reaches of each tribal area.
Thanks for praying!
Serving together in Christ,
Andrew & Cathy