Goma, Congo Day 2
Trip Start Aug 26, 2007
14Trip End Sep 13, 2007
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Cross message was stronger than any other place I have been outside the USA. The conference attendees were not only able to understand the concepts, but the question and answer time revealed that they had a deeper grasp of the message by far than any other international location! The teaching time was a great time of sharing and I am so excited for Jesus is doing in Congo.
At around 1:30pm we went to lunch at the home of Gary and Jeanne, one of Didi's key leaders and are wonderfully fun to be with. Lunch was a wonderful spread of Congolese favorite foods. Frites (French Fries), roasted chicken and fish, stewed cabbage, fresh tomatoes and onions and of course fresh fruits like oranges, guava and bananas. This was, of course a larger spread than typical homes enjoy, but typically the only exception is the meats. I truly love Congolese food, it has a strong French cooking influence combined with very simple foods that go well together.
The afternoon from 3:00pm to 5:30pm was spent in a meeting with about 30 of the previous Cross Style graduates and students. I felt this was a very powerful time of sharing and hearing what God was doing in their lives since experiencing the training. There were about 5 or 6 testimonies about how God had moved in their lives and the Cross Style message had brought great relief and purpose. One young man, Jeff Kambali, shared that when he came to the Training Center he was tired of "doing" and discovered that God just wanted him to "be" and it was there he discovered the difference between religion and relationship.
I had opportunity to share the vision of Cross Cultural Ministries and where Jesus had been leading us to meet the training needs of the 1.8 million pastors that had no hope of formal ministry training
After the meeting we walked to Didi's home to have a really great meal of cooked bananas (Matoki), Ugali (cornmeal cooked until stiff), stewed meat and vegetables, and stewed cabbage.
After the meal it was about 7:00pm and almost completely dark so I rode to the hotel on a moto and did some report writing and went to bed early cause the jet-lag is still putting the hurt on me.