Thanks so much for standing with us and the whole team in prayer as we work with children with albinism here in Mwanza.
After travelling Thur, Fri and Sat, we arrived tired but ready to hit the ground running.
Yesterday (Sunday) we had a very full day of ministry with the local partner church here, BMCC. Pastor Mbuke is a friend and has really taken the ministry of visiting and integrating kids into their congregation to heart. I spoke on the theme of partnership in their third service (which was 2 hours and 40 minutes long). If you've never had the chance to worship with a
global church, ah friend, you are missing out! They have mad, mad dancing skills and I think my ear drums are still ringing from how loud the music was. And when the pray, they do so with passion and with a strong understanding of the spiritual realm. It was a blessing and they also said that our presence as well as the presence of the 171 kids with albinism who came to church with us was significant for their congregation.
We then had an orientation and training for all of our camp volunteers. There are about 60 people from local congregations, from North America and from the UK all working together in addition to staff and other support workers (matrons to look after the kids in the dorms, etc) so please continue to pray that we are all working in unity and that there are no divisions that emerge between or among anyone.
Today (Monday) we rolled into our first day of summer camp. It is customary to open these things with a lot of pomp and circumstance so we had an official procession up to the camp where I had to pretend to meet Peter for the first time. Then he had to pretend he had never been at camp before and so we needed to take him on a tour of the site. The highlight here, however, was that the regional commissioner joined us! This would be the equivalent of having the provincial premier show up at your event (they are often invited but often don't show up or send an underling). He indicated that he had rearranged his travel schedule to be with us and he seemed to demonstrate a higher knowledge of albinism and also a stronger willingness to take action (usually there is lots of talk and nothing happens). He was very specific in his promise of support - he said that the head social worker for the region would be on-site within and hour and boom - she showed up. He also indicated that he would speak with the private schools our kids are in and ask them to lower tuition fees. One other intriguing side note is that he is musical and he was keen to put together a band of persons with albinism that would use song as an educational tool to teach people the truth about the science behind albinism. We'll see what happens but pray for a soft heart for him and for him to act in accordance with his word. His name is John.
We then began our rotations - Meg and I are leading the Bible Corner. The kids are hungry for God's Word. We had one gal who was maybe 15 or 16 and she was a little powerhouse of a theologian! There wasn't a question I asked that she didn't have a solid biblical answer to. We also spent time praying together and these kids are so sweet and impassioned in their intercession. I was deeply touched by them and look forward to teaching more on the life of the Apostle Paul tomorrow.
Pray also for our health. I am feeling a bit woozy and my gut is giving me some trouble. Pray that it clears up and that others don't get sick. I'm posting photos on Facebook but I've also inserted a few here so you can get a sense of the ministry and keep us and the whole team in your prayers.