Most of the group took Monday off after a busy Sunday – they needed a break. Jill, Edward and I though, spent the whole day, 9 to 5, training 15 local Anglican pastors using the African Bible Comentaries which we brought here on previous trips. I was very reassured to see one of pastors using a well-used commentary, with the cover completely worn. The pastors really worked hard and so did we! A very rewarding day.
We expected a contrast from our last Sunday in Kigali and we were not disappointed. The experiences were very different reflecting the area we see in. We were ‘in church’ three times. The first service was at the Cathedral – 8 am, a semi-formal English speaking Morning Prayer with liturgy but modern songs accompanied by a guitar. I was provided with robes and preached the sermon (see photo). The Dean and Bishop were there. We attended the next service at 10 am in a village outside Kamembe, this one in Kinyarwandan. Lots of children – possibly 100 – plus adults; two choirs, one a children’s choir and a drum. Wonderful singing and dancing which our group loved joining in. Wait for the Movie when we get hone! Service only two hours long. I preached again, same sermon but simpler and shorter for this congregation which was translated. The reading I used was the one set at home for that Sunday – Jesus on the shores of lake Galilee calling his future disciples to follow him. Fishing is important here on Lake Kivu.
After a quick lunch, we were back in the same church in the afternoon for a special event which we put on for them. We did a dramatised version of the Easter story based on the script used by the children at Blakeney School. It was translated and was well received. We repeated it with some of the children acting. They were brilliant! We also used hand puppets to tell the Good Samaritan story. The children were intrigued by the puppets. We finished with some action songs accompanied by Heather and her ukelele.
An exhausting day!