Report from Africa #6
We walked into Emmanuel Church on a special day for South Africa. This past Sunday was Heritage Day for the country.
Many of the church attendees wore clothing to signify the tribal heritage of their family. There was a spectrum of colors, designs and styles. Pictured with Cathy and myself is one lady whose heritage comes from Swaziland (on the left) and another who has a background of Zulu (on the right). Cathy joined many other ladies by wearing a Siswati wrap.
The joy of the experience was to open our Bibles to Revelation 7:9-10. John the writer looked and saw a multitude that no one could count. They were from every nation, tribe, people and language standing before the throne and in front of the lamb. (NIV) At that moment the multitude was praising God and the lamb. We shared those words in each person's original language for a small slice of heaven in front of the throne. It was nice to note that every nation and tribe would be represented before God.
We have been reminded again of the deep thirst Africans have for the Word of God. Yesterday I taught inductive Bible study methods to nearly thirty pastors. At the conclusion of the lesson the elder pastor came up and took my hand. He then lifted it to his face and placed a kiss on my hand. A special recognition of the value he saw in the Bible study time.
Thank you for sending us to serve missionaries and Christian leaders in Africa. It has been a great joy.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.