Wednesday, March 12, 2008


One of the highlights of our trip was surprising the pastors with brand new bicycles on the last day of the conference. You would have thought that we had given them new Escalades. They were so appreciative. The Campus Crusade staff knows how to throw a celebration. There was music, dancing, singing, praying, shouting, crying....the whole works. I will never forget the experience.

Here's a shot of the room full of bikes.

Take a look at the name brand of the bikes. Isn't that a divine coincidence?

One of our team members brought the bikes up one at a time. The name of the pastor was called out, and he and his wife came forward to receive the bike. Here is LeDoncie bringing up one of the bikes with celebrating going on in the background.

Here are a few shots of the pastors receiving their special gifts.

This lady pastor was so overwhelmed with emotion she was on her knees giving praise to God and gratitude to us.

I know you're not supposed to pick favorites. But I had a good connection during the conference with this salvation army pastor and his wife.

I've got to show you the one below. We had a box full of baseball caps that we gave away. The women, I believe, liked them more than the men. They wore them proudly.

The Crusade staff got their dibs on the hats as well. Check out Mavis and Pauline, two great hosts for us during the week.

Before the pastors got on their bikes to return home, they took time to write thank you notes.

I wonder who got to ride the bike home--the husband or the wife. You may wonder how they carried their luggage. After all, Crusade hosted the pastors and spouses for a few days, including food and lodging. My best answer to that question is: What luggage? They had none. Maybe a tote bag. But mostly just the clothes on their backs.

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After the great experience on the soccer field, our team was treated to a oxcart ride. Not good for the bottom, but it sure was fun.
We had no clue where the drivers were taking us. We road down a bumpy dirt road through tall corn and sunflower fields. Our destination was worth the whole trip. They took us to one of the village residences. Almost every Mudzi resident lives in a hut that looks like this.

This building of one room serves as their kitchen, family room, dining room, etc. Here are a couple of shots from the inside.

Here is a picture of the bedroom that is detached from the other area.

That evening we went to another outreach event, the showing of the Jesus film. The movie was shown outdoors on an old movie projector and portable screen. It had poured rain that afternoon and the grounds were very wet. But that didn't stop the people from coming. No tailgating chairs. They all sat on the ground, some sitting on blankets or shawls they had brought with them. We didn't get a count; but I'd say close to a thousand showed up. Many of them accepted Christ when an invitation was offered. One more indication that the people of Zimbabwe are hungry for the gospel.

I love to see our church members challenged to try new things and be stretched out of their comfort zones. Jamie was asked (without any preparation) to speak to a group of local businessmen about ethics in the business world. He was up to the challenge and group that had gathered were glued to his every word. Great job, Jamie!

Still to come--the great bicycle event and a trip to two orphanages.

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