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Zimbabwe 14 - No. 5


Ebenezer 1 Samuel 7:12 "Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far has the LORD helped us.'"   Friday began the Zimbabwe East and West conferences joint Ebenezer Convention.   Mrs. Nyemba described it as the fruition of a vision of Bishop Nhiwatiwa to bring everybody together to praise God. A processional of each district and their clergy began the day.   Among those preaching included Nhiwatiwa, District Superintendent V. Mutezo, ...

Fruit of the Spirit


Text:  Galatians 5:22-23 Place: Zimbabwe Ebenezer Convention Date:  August 15, 2014 Title: Fruit of the Spirit During the talk, I will be referring to these biblical texts from the New Revised Standard Version. However, I do not plan to read them all. Ephesians 2:1-10  You were dead through the trespasses and sins  2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.  3 All of...

Zimbabwe 14 - No. 4


Give thanks Psalm 107:1 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." A little belated due to lack of wifi and iPhone SIM card issues (mostly operator error in a total mobile society). And there's well ... time. It's been busy.   Thursday was to be a day of rest. Once my host family picked me up we ate a light meal and then I suggested I take a short nap (thinking 20-30 minutes), two hours later I wake and it's mid-afternoon.   My host family Chipangidzo and William ...

The new world

Maria Niechwiadowicz


With suitcases packed, room cleaned, and goodbyes said, I am filled with a range of emotions that can only be described in the following song. “The New World,” is a song that I was introduced to as a freshman at Nebraska Wesleyan; a young woman trying to find her way in college and discover purpose in her life. Now, it holds an entirely new meaning as I set off for China. I encourage you to listen or read the lyrics (or both). I am finding I can not do much more than sing this tune as an act ...

Zimbabwe 14 - No. 3


Forbearance Romans 3:25 ... it was in God's "divine forbearance he had passed over former sins." In simple terms forbearance differs from forgiveness in that it means "I'll give you more time." The long trip and our relationships on this trip will no doubt call up a need for forbearance. We pray for that forbearance for all as we learn about each other's cultures, make a few mistakes and ask for pardon and grace. The long flight Linda Louderback and I amusingly called it the lost day, and ...

Zimbabwe 14 - No. 2


Patience Romans 8:24-30 "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance...

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 ...

On the road reflections

Maria Niechwiadowicz


Due to my visa delay, I had the opportunity to drive south to Lincoln, Nebraska, the city where I attended college. This trip was originally on my post-Philippines to do list but was cut due to timing. While it would have been beneficial to be in China by now, I could not be more grateful for the extra time. This blog is based on what I call ‘car journaling.’ While driving long distances, I spend a lot of time processing and often long to write these thoughts. Since I cannot write and drive ...

The necessity of two-way mission partnerships


(With this post, Bishop Jones is beginning a weekly blog which should appear most Mondays.)   I leave today for Zimbabwe where I will participate in the Ebenezer Convention Aug.15-17. Please pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will be felt by all of the people gathered there! It should be a great time together. My presence as one of the speakers and the presence of our team from the Great Plains Conference is part of the Chabadza partnership we have with the Zimbabwe East and West ...

Day by day

Maria Niechwiadowicz


Many of you may be wondering where I am- am I still in the U.S? In transit to China? Or already in China? While Amity’s goal was for me to depart like…today, that is clearly not the case. :) Due to complications in obtaining work visas, it was decided that attaining a tourist visa to China would be permissible to get me there, then once in China, it would be easier to get a work visa. Therefore, the past few days have been a whirlwind of emails, online applications, and endless questions- but ...

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