Zimbabwe 14 - No. 1


Fourteen Great Plains United Methodists head out for Zimbabwe today to experience church renewal in this vibrant African country.

Be in Readiness

Luke 12:35-38
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves."

My own readiness

There are 14 gathered at the Wichita Airport today to begin our Chabadza mission trip to Harare. Up at 2:30 a.m., for our 5:50 flight.

My readiness began after relatives left mid-day on Sunday. Monday was filled with clearing off photos from my SD cards for my camera and sorting some and putting some in Dropbox. Part of my Monday was spent fighting with my computer and reaching out to Toby Carver to help with computer issues. The other part of my Monday effort was to make sure all my camera batteries are charged and that all my chargers were rounded up and packed.

So from a photo standpoint, I think I'm ready. 

To reflect on the Luke text, I'm thinking about how we are going into the unknown, and that we need to have that Christ-like readiness and that God is with us as we meet new people, renew old acquaintances and create relationships that are consistent with our Chabadza spirit. The spirit of coming along side others to do the work of mission is forefront in our minds as we prepare to board.

I do hope I have time to grab a coffee before boarding. We have stops in Chicago, D.C., Senegal, Johannesburg with our final Harare arrival at 9:20 on Wednesday.

Revival and renewal

Our hosts await us with great anticipation. One exciting bit of news is that there will be a memorial service for Lee Lauderback during the Ebeneezer Convention. Bishop Jones will also be preaching.

Personally, I'm looking forward to comparing and contrasting the mission work in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. I'm prepared for a less harsh climate, but other than that, it will be a totally new experience.

Zimbabwe 14 for the 14 of us who are traveling there in 2014.

Mark Conard says that it's an opportunity to experience a powerful time of revival and renewal. May we all be blessed to experience it. 

I'll blog as I have connection.