After having the luxury and much needed opportunity to sleep in a bit we all gathered for breakfast at 9am - our time of course. Leonard was picking us up at 10:15 for a "tea" given by the Ladies of Encounter Revival Ministries (Leonard's group) in which we were honored guests. They hold these meetings for women to be encouraged and empowered to become not only Godly women but also use their gifts to become business-women and make money to help support themselves and their families. The Bishop of the area churches gave a powerful message and we heard many groups of women as well as the Encounter Africa Team perform beautiful songs.
Our team was asked to speak and the things that each of us shared collectively and individually was so empowering and encouraging to these ladies. Leonard said that what we shared was EXACTLY what they needed to hear. Then the Bishop had me come up and offer a closing benediction (don't get any ideas Pastor Bryan and Pat :) I will stick with singing). We were asked to sing though and we closed our time with Amazing Grace. Following the tea we were prayed for by the Bishop and leaders of the church.
We then held a mobile clinic under a tree for those moms who brought children that needed medical attention. Abby was surrounded by children who she read to and played with and one little boy wouldn't leave her side or let go of her hand. Soooo sweet! Then we were off to the VM Home. An orphanage that an amazing woman named Violet started in her home.. This woman is perhaps the most selfless, Godliest woman I have ever met. The children are so very happy and well-loved in this home. They sang for us and we had a clinic and the neighborhood children and moms came.
We bought them beads and the children began to make jewelry to sell in the market and to enjoy themselves. What a treat!
We then headed for home to have a wonderful surprise - an authentic African meal was being prepared us over a fire and we would be dining out under the Africa sky. What a treat!!! So exhausted but so energized.
Tomorrow (Sunday) we will attend a church service "in the bush." Today I was asked to give the benediction...I hope I’m not delivering the sermon tomorrow! But who knows!
Thank you for your prayers and support...