Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jesus Film and 5th Trip to Gaza and Inhambane

Before traveling back to the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane this last week, Pastor Abel and I went to see my teammate, Dave, to learn how to use the Jesus film equipment.

Dave, who seems to have serious mechanical and technological skills, patiently taught Abel and I, who seem to seriously lack these skills.


Here's Dave and Abel putting the screen together.



"Pastor Abel...meet projector power chord"



Aimee's Nightmare #1 - chords and wires attached to various machines



Nightmare #2 - Generator thing...also more chords. At this point in the learning process, I believe the word "throttle" may have been used.

Nightmare #3 - numerous buttons and knobs (thankfully I did not have to mess with these too much)



After Dave showed us everything and set it up with us, he told us to dismantle it all and set it up without his help...





Amazingly, we were able to do it!
However, I had taken pictures when Dave was setting it up, so I referred to my camera display to see what chords went where...in essence, a photographic cheat sheet >:)


After we passed the 'Jesus Film set-up test', Dave's wife, Ann, prepared a lovely meal for us. Dave has helped me numerous times by giving me mechanical support, and Ann has helped me numerous times by giving me gastronomic support...food :)
Thank you Dave and Ann!


5th Trip to Gaza and Inhambane


Then P. Abel and I were off to Gaza and Inhambane! This time sweet Ana Miambo, from the church in Chamanculo, came with us.


During the days, we did teaching and training - Pastor Abel led the Introduction to the Bible course while I led the Chronological Bible storytelling. Here's Abel and Hermenegildo setting up for one of our training days.


Then...the moment of truth came on Sunday evening. We drove out to one of the new church groups in Nyadumbuque to show the Jesus film!

On the way to the village, we had planned to get gas for the generator. But we soon found out there was no gas at any of the stations, or in the ubiquitous road-side bottles (thankfully, my car runs on diesel :) There was already some gas in the generator, so we prayed that it would be enough to show the 2hr film.

As we approached the village, gray clouds were forming and it began to sprinkle. We arrived in darkness, and began to unload the equipment.

After setting up the screen, Pastor Abel went off with several of the young men to start up the generator. Each man successively took his turn pulling the chord, but it refused to come to life. After about twenty minutes of trying, P. Abel accidently tilted it up as he pulled the chord... and all of the sudden it roared to life. But when he put it down again, it died. Therefore, a suitable piece of wood was quickly found and propped up under the generator to keep it tilted. Then it worked very well...naturally :)

All the while, my flashlight and I were left in charge of setting up the chords and wires connecting the amplifier, dvd player, projector, and speakers. To be the person in charge of these things is a nightmare for me...and for anybody near me who wants to see and hear something. As the people continued to gather, I plugged in assorted chords and flipped various switches, and I prayed,"Lord, this is your work, your people, and You will do what you want. You and I both know I don't really know what I'm doing...even with my camera cheatsheet." But miracle of miracles...it all worked!


The picture is very dark, but this is Pastor Abel giving an invitation after the Jesus film. Many people prayed to accept Christ that night!
The church there meets at the same place where we showed the film, so Pastor Abel invited the people to come to that church. We praise God for His provision, help, and protection...for His work.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weddings

These last two weekends were very busy with weddings. The pastor of the church in Chamanculo, Jorge, got married this past weekend (below in the green shirt with yellow stripes in the front...just kidding).
I picked up Pastor Jorge, the one in the suit :), and other family members from his home on Saturday morning.

I noticed a new short-term "pet" in the yard...he was to play an important role in the Sunday meal >:)


After the wedding ceremony on Saturday, there was a church service on Sunday, and then the special meal at the groom's home. The women from the Bible study that Fatima and I are doing in Chamanculo invited me to help with the cooking!


All the cooking was done in Pastor Jorge's yard, and at times there were five cooking fires going at the same time...most of us were crying from all the smoke.


I worked alongside of my good friends Fatima (right) and Victoria (left).



As my right hand stirred, my left hand clenched my tissues to wipe away my smokey tears...


Then came the time to test the food! The short-term "pet" from the day before tasted wonderful.

When the bride and groom arrived, they came into the yard accompanied by singing and dancing.


The bride, Viriginia, symbolically carried a basin on her head, showing that she was now the working woman of the house.


The bride's family came to offer many useful wedding gifts.


Then groups of us came in to sing and dance and present our gifts.


I made a new friend...Leo :o)

Fatima and I in the smoke...she was smart to close her eyes.
But the day's work with runny nose and watery eyes was well worth it :)