I was invited to teach Sunday school and to preach at Christ Bible Church (a church plant of the ministry I have been working with since last year). The people were shy but attentive. The church is growing but is in need of help (resources, laborers, finances, etc.).
I was so very humbled and broken by what one of the brother's told me. He has a part-time job at a local Bible college teaching hermeneutics. He told me he was using the booklet I produced and notes from my lecture last year at the pastor's conference to teach the class. So humbling- but more to the point: these demonstrates the desperate need they have for materials and for mentoring.
On a final note: I have been truly devastated in my spirit regarding the level of poverty. For example, yesterday I bought 1 kilo of bananas for my lunch from a vendor right outside the hotel door. She had 3 very young little girls- the oldest maybe 6 or 7. I noticed the little girl was stirring a black pot of rice on an open fire (yes, right there on the side walk). When I went out later that night to buy some bottled water, the lady & her 3 girls were sleeping on a wooden cart beside the bananas. As I walked after dark, I saw many people sleeping on the sidewalk. There was a boy (maybe 8 years old) who was alone, filthy and sleeping on a piece of cardboard on the dark sidewalk. And this is normal...I could give so many other examples. It is heart-breaking.
I thank you for prayers and concern,