Muli shani! Greetings from Zambia!
This has been an amazing experience — living out partnership! Thank you for your prayers and well-wishes. For updates (lots of photos and videos of great singing!) read daily posts at Zambia Journey.
Today is the first day I have had access to the Salisbury URC website. The server had tried to unblock it, but to no avail. Then today, voila!, I have access. Thus, this post.
As you may have realized, snail mail does not seem to be moving in either direction! I did post a batch of letters when I first arrived in July. Thank you to those who did write, and apologies that you never heard from me. It’s been great to be connected through Whatsapp and Facebook, as well as the blog Zambia Journey
Tod’s stay was wonderful — sharing new friends, places and experiences together.
Ahead of me are two weeks here at the University where I am assisting in the teaching of Homiletics (preaching) and Worship in the African Context. I will also be offering three revision workshops, one for each year of students, and I will participate in the selection process for new ministerial students.
Then back to Lusaka, to preach in a UCZ church near Lake Kariba on 22nd and a church in Lusaka on 29th, to lead a workshop on Language in Worship for the Presbytery, and to record a series of devotions at United Voice Radio station, before boarding my return flight on 30th.
Again, thank you all for your love, prayers and support.
About the Partnership Exchange Project
The Partnership Exchange project, funded through the Wessex Synod World Church Group, has been created to benefit the partnership of Wessex Synod URC and the Lusaka Presbytery UCZ. The Gobledale’s visit also builds on the current partnership between Salisbury URC and St John’s United Church in Zambia in Mtendere, which will host them 19 August -8 September.
Ana, as recipient of the Short Term Study Grant, will be in Zambia 17 July – 1 October. Her time will be split between the Presbytery of Lusaka and the United Church of Zambia University in Kitwe. While guest of Bishop Choma, she will be meeting with various church groups. While at the University, she will be teaching two modules on ‘Liturgy in Africa.’ The primary goal for Ana is to create and publish liturgy and worship material that will benefit both denominations.