Thursday, July 5, 2012

Walking four hours to attend church

Yesterday, Wednesday, was a very long day, with a long commute on some difficult roads, but at the end of the ride the women were already gathered, waiting for us, singing as we arrived.  With flower petals strewn along the pathway all the way to the church, they escorted us into our seats.  It is typical African hospitality, and it is lovely.

The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful here in “tea country.”  I tried to capture some of it in this photo, but it doesn’t do it justice.  If you can imagine, the women walked from the fartherest hill you can see in this picture – some walking four hours – to reach the church.

Each day the message I give is clearer, I trust, but yesterday it was sad to see that only about half of the 400 to 500 women there had Bibles.  Many have already memorized their scriptures and are awaiting their Bibles.  Others still have verses to recite.  Each Bible cost $8; they are very nice Bibles in their native language of Kipsigese.  But Tabitha Ministries is waiting for more funds to come in so these Bibles can be purchased.  There are a total of about 1000 women waiting on their Bibles.  You'll see some of the Bible study leaders pictured here.
If you would like to help Tabitha purchase these Bibles, you can donate money through The Christian Working Woman for that purpose.

Last night we had a Fourth of July celebration cookout here at Tenwek for us Americans, with hamburgers and all the trimmings.  It was very nice and quite delicious, in spite of the pouring rain that suddenly came down.

Today we expect one of our largest groups at Silibwet—which is a short drive.   I’m praying my message will stay fresh and truly touch lives.  Your prayers are much appreciated.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this update, Mary, and I will be praying for you today, that God touches all of the ladies you are speaking to....I would love to help purchase some Bibles for the women still waiting for their Bibles too. Thank you for reminding us of the blessings we have here in America and take for granted. I doubt most of us could imagine walking 4 hours to go to church, and we have probably 4 or 5 Bibles in our homes we never use...much to think about, in how we are stewarding the blessings God has given to us! May you be blessed today as you minister God's heart to the women!