Today we have traveled from Tonga Beach Lodge to our location at Lidke Resort, in the tiny little town of St. Lucia. However what I want to share with you this day was the powerful worship I experienced yesterday at the largest African Evangelican Church in that area. Jason and I arrived shortly after worship had begun, while Barbara and Jestine would attend another church. From the moment we arrived the singing and praise was rich, powerful and spiritually moving. There were plenty of community hyms throughout, which we were able to pick up the words even though we did not know a single word of Zulu.
The children's choir sang, a duet by two junior high girls and a adult woman sang a solo , while her little child came to her side during the song. This took me back to my childhood church, Pleasant Grove. I wish you could have been there to experience this time of praise. Our minister spoke from Matthew16:21-26. He spoke a little english for Jason and my benefit, but the sermon was 99% Zulu. I understood it! I heard the message clearly emphasizing the choice to follow Jesus was hours. Oh if I could have bottled this up and brought it back to Webster for you to have heard it too.
The Aban article this morning entitled "Why do Congregations Matter" gave this concluding statement, "We need each other to be prepared to experince Christ and particiate in the coming kingdom of God. That is why congregations matter." I know the worship I had yesterday affirmed for me, both this church and Webster Baptist Matters!