Submitted by Grace Shelby, field strategy coordinator assistant
For some time, Field Strategy Coordinator Rev. Paul Mtambo and his wife, Beatrice, have desired to see the district superintendents of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi (the Africa South-East Field) come together in one place for fellowship. Their burden was not just for the superintendents but their wives as well. They wished to meet and become better acquainted with the wives who support our leaders of the Africa SE Field.
With this in mind, on April 23-26, Africa SE Field held their first retreat/conference for district superintendents and their wives. Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, we traveled by bus the next day to Livingstone. There was much rejoicing, singing and friendships created during the seven-hour journey. Even when the bus broke down, which delayed our dinner and arrival at the lodges until quite late, most were laughing and enjoying one another. The group was hosted by Pastor Smoke Chewe and his congregation at Nazarene Church of Livingstone.
Several conference meetings were attended during our time there. It was a perfect time to hold a woman’s meeting and plan the woman’s retreat to be held in August. Rev. Paul and Beatrice spoke about “Healthy Marriages in Leadership." David and Jodi Cooper joined us from the Africa Regional Office to speak on the “DS’s Roll in Spiritual Leadership and Missions." They spoke about the structure of Nazarene missions and how to raise up and support missionaries from our districts.
Of course time was spent visiting the world famous MOSI-OA-TUNYA or Victoria Falls. A beautiful warm day as well as beautiful sights waited for us. Fellowship of God’s wondrous and amazing creation was enjoyed by everyone, most of us were soaking wet and we did not care even one bit!
On Sunday, the group had the privilege of worshiping with Pastor Smoke’s congregation. Beautiful songs of worship were presented and Holy Communion at the Lord's table was enjoyed. Our own missionary from Malawi, Rev. Wellington Obotte, brought God’s word to the gathering.
On the long ride back to Lusaka, the bus was full of tired people, many with another long journey to their homes the following day. Still there was much singing and rejoicing with new friends and promises to remain in contact in the future. The Africa SE Field trusts such a reunion can occur again in future years, God willing.
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life." -Proverbs 31:10-12
Posted on Tue, May 26, 2015
by Africa News filed under