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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Njira ya Mtanda "Way of the Cross"

        Wednesday was a great day.  After an expected frustrating morning in the police station trying to get a report from the minibus accident I was in last week, I plopped down on the couch to vent.  Just then, I heard the ever so familiar sound of a little dusty fist pounding on our front door.   It was the boys.  To my surprise, I only found two of them standing outside.  With hopeful expectation in their eyes they said, "Kodi, mukufuna kupita tamanga ku Njira ya Mtanda?" or "Wanna go for a run up the Way of the Cross?" The Way of the Cross is a nearby hike that goes straight up the face of a huge mountain.  It is about 4 miles to get to the top of the mountain from our house so it's no easy trek. At the peak, there is a giant concrete cross, hence the name ;).   Hesitantly, i agreed and off we went.
     On our way there, we passed through the nearby township (slum) called Chilomoni.  This is where all of the kids from our football/Bible club live so it was great to run through town with many of the families and relatives cheering us on.  By the time we got through the mass of people living in Chilomoni, I looked behind me to find over 15 of our boys who wanted to join us on our journey.
Exhausted upon arrival at the top
         After a BRUTAL run up the mountain, we arrived at the top and instantly chugged all of our water.  As our heads lifted, we found an incredible panoramic view of the entire city of Blantyre. It was spectacular!  The pictures don't even come close to how gorgeous it was.  Then, God did something wonderful.  Some of the boys came up with a great idea.  As we looked over the mass of people in Blantyre they had the idea that we should pray.  Pray for the people of Blantyre, pray for their slum of Chilomoni, and then pray for their families and friends.  Next, we had a time of praising Jesus for all that He has done in the past year.  I will never forget it.  God is doing a work in the hearts of these kids.  It's amazing to see.
Praying for the city of Blantyre
     Finally, our prayers stopped and one of the older boys named Luzani had another brilliant idea. He said, "In light of what we've learned on Monday at football/Bible club from Acts chapter 2, let's put our resources and money together to bless people in this community we are in great need."   Then he quoted the memory verse from the soccer practice two days before. He quoted Acts 2:42-47 about how the fellowship of the believers and their willingness to give their possessions and money to the furtherance of the Gospel ended in the Lord "adding to their number day by day those who were being saved."  It was powerful.
     At that practice on Monday, I had challenged them by asking if the Lord was bringing people into the kingdom through their faith and life like He did through the early church.  Most of them were silent and didn't say anything so we thought they were not paying much attention.  But God's Spirit was working.  He was stirring the hearts of His little people here to do something.
     The whole group (which was now 18 kids) loved the idea of Luzani and said we should start something called the "Madalitso Jar" or the "Blessing Jar."  The idea is that they can bring anything and we can pool our resources to bring blessing in the name of Christ to the people of Chilomoni who might be hurting.  I asked them to think about one person who we can pray for and help in this way and they quickly agreed that we should help a local kid named Mphatso whose mother recently died from a preventable disease.  God has set His affections on us and now we are going to set our affections and love on Mphatso for the month of August to bless him and show Him the Savior in this time of mourning and need.  What i love most about all this is that it is totally all initiated by the boys.  Not us. We have poured our lives and love into them and now God has enabled us to see something beautiful come to fruition in their lives.  They are beginning to get it!  The Gospel is taking root and they are getting excited about giving.  This is a work of the Holy Spirit.  Please continue to pray for these precious boys.  We will continue to go up the Way of the Cross to pray and get into shape both spiritually and physically for the glory of the King.

Note:  the photos were taken 2 days later (yesterday) when we ran the Way of the Cross again.

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