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Thursday was our last day at Gora Primary School. Closing out our time the teachers prepared a lunch for us all, and we sat together and enjoyed community. This type of community reminded me of a passage in Acts2:42-47. In verse 44 it says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common.” They gave whatever they had to each other. We served the school, and the teachers fed us a nice meal. We provided for each others needs; it was a beautiful display of the community of God.
Coming into this long journey, our team knew they would face things they would not see on a regular basis living in the United States. So far Tyler has jumped on the back of a donkey, Haleigh has slept in a spider infested room, Kelsie has held a chicken, Adam has held a cows tail as it ran away, and David has been chased by a bull. But don’t worry, it has been a completely safe trip.
Sorry all, internet has been very hard to come by on this trip. But moving forward, we should be good. I will work very hard to get you caught up.
The last three days we have been working at Gora Primary School in Mhondoro Zimbabwe. In the mornings we would teach bible classes, while in the afternoons we would paint large portions of the school.
The classes have been awesome. Primary schools are what we would call elementary-middle school (K-7th grade). We break up into four groups teaching various lessons. Andrew and Kelsie have been teaching out of John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” They have been using tennis balls and sharing that when we fall in life, and because of the hope of Jesus we are able to bounce back up. Jen and Haleigh are teaching the story of David and Goliath. They are sharing to live by faith and not by sight. Adam and David are teaching the armor of God out of Ephesians 6:10-20. They are sharing to the students that the devil is seeking to destroy them and that they need this armor to survive. Tyler and Julie are using beaded bracelets with six colors to teach their lesson. Black represents sin, red represents the blood of Christ, white represents forgiveness of sins, blue represents baptism, green represents spiritual growth, and gold represents eternal life with our Savior. The kids have been responding very well. Our team has fell in love with the kids at Gora Primary School.
In the afternoons we have been painting. Our goal was to paint the inside of three classrooms and IF we got done, we were to paint the outside of a classroom building. We had four days to do this. We are already done with everything. God is good and our team has been working very hard.
Today we go back to the school to finish teaching the last portion of the classes at Gora. Pray for open doors to reach the older students of this campus.
We are now done with our first full day of work here in Zimbabwe. We spent the day at Gora Primary School. The first part of the day we broke into four groups to teach lessons in various classrooms. The groups were Haleigh/Jen, Julie/Tyler, Adam/David, and Kelsie/Andrew. The second part of the day we painted the inside of two classrooms. It was a lot of fun. Especially when the team began singing worship songs to the point that everybody on the school campus could hear us. I am pretty sure that Adam was screaming half of the time. But seriously, it was amazing. So many great stories.
I got to spend a lot of time with Denford; the man in charge of ADMT (the organization we are working with). He was showing me the local area around Gora Primary school, which included a church that they are currently building. This church will have a 500 person seat worship center. It should be done in roughly 90 days. This will be their first building ever. They have been meeting under a stick structure, with a straw awning. It was so encouraging to see a body of believers gather from the community regardless of a “comfortable seat” and an “air conditioned” building.
Overall, the team is healthy and doing well. I would ask that you would continue to join us in prayer for safety, healthy, and open doors as we invest in the lives of the people here.
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We had a great time relaxing, eating, and praying at the hotel last night. After a restful evening in Dubai, we are now leaving for Harare. Our plane was delayed 30 minutes this morning, but we are now getting ready to board the plane. Everyone is doing well, but we are very anxious to get to Zimbabwe.