Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sunday Sermon Review - Team Zambia

Sunday Sermon Review - November 25, 2012
( from my home church I attend regularly )
Topic - Mission Team Zambia Reports
Habakkuk 3:17 - 18  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:  Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation

The service started with the singing of several songs including " You are Amazing God!"

A team of people from our church recently went on a short term missions trip to Zambia to visit the Seeds of Hope homes there. They shared their experiences in today's service.
The general theme throughout their testimonies was that God has changed their perspective on life through their experiences with the orphans in Zambia.

Darcy shared Mattew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. He said this trip has given him a new perspective on life through the love of the children. Though they have so little, they are passionate about life, and have a passion for God and to love other people.
Shanya shared how the team prepared Christmas dinner for the orphans in the group home there - providing  turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing for the meal. They did a Christmas program and gave gifts to the children. The whole trip made her aware of how we take things for granted everyday.
Liz shared her experience visiting the hospital and described the pain of seeing all the sick infants and also that she shared in the grief of a woman whose baby had just died.
Larry shared about meeting a thirteen year old boy named Davy who weighed only 40 pounds. He was in need of help due to being ill with cancer. Larry was able to build a friendship with him and bring hope to his situation by providing sponsorship for him.
Reily visited the childrens hospital and was overwhelmed with sadness for the starving children and the fact that there is no one there to love them. He reported that the ratio of patients to caregiver was 36 children per caregiver. The children are in desperate need of people to love them and to care for their physical needs. Reily reminded us that 97% of the world's wealth belongs to 3% of the world population. He suggested there must be a way for world leaders to bring more aid to the starving population of our world. If every Christian would do their part - wouldn't it bring hope to many a starving and sickly child?
Despite all the poverty the Christians in Zambia are praising God. God sees their suffering. Through this visit from our Zambia team, they have been assured that they are not alone.

Our church will now begin the Advent season and so to help us begin to turn our thoughts toward Christmas, there was a presentation from Isaiah 9.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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