Upon arrival at the church, we were greeted by the Rev. Gallen, his wife Gertrude and daughter. Everyone warmly greeted us. The service started with joyous music, songs, and dancing bringing everyone to their feet. The choir was so melodious and energetic. Leonard is so proud of his daughter, Bwalya. It was a very special day for him. In addition, a group of students sang for us followed by the choir bringing the TPM people to their feet to dance with them. I, as well as the others, felt tremendous spiritual hugs surrounding us. Leonard introduced Michele and Steve as being members of the Jewish faith who had also visited Israel. Michele taught the congregation the word Shalom - meaning hello, goodbye, and most important- peace. Steve was asked to give a prayer to the congregation in Hebrew and he recited the "shehechianu" prayer - the Jewish prayer of joy at reaching an auspicious time and place. Pictures were taken with the choir following the services.
Next we made a surprise stop at the orphanage for a brief orientation and tour before our visit this week. The visit revealed how clean, organized and loving these children are. We will hopefully return for fun and games this week. Rev. Gallen then took us to an area with a beautiful view of the Zambezi River and one of its beach areas. The day ended with stupendous sunset and dinner.
We can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.