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Barb Towse (Chingola) and Margie Gould (Canada, based at Katombe, NW province) arrived on Wednesday in time for the assembly  conference which began last weekend and extended over the 2 national holidays this week.  All 3 of us wanted to catch up with Paul and Dorothy Grieve from Murchsion;  Paul was the main speaker at the conference.  They arrived on Thursday and Paul gave an excellent word of ministry at the Thursday meeting.  We all spent Friday together, including dinner at the home of one of the families from the assembly in the evening.  The saints at Gt East Road are all so very hospitable and the Friday night dinner was the first of several feasts over the weekend.  All the believers host visitors and meals are taken in various homes, apart from the lunches on the Monday and Tuesday (both holidays over here) which are provided at the hall. The table groans with the spread which always includes nshima, the staple local carbohydrate.  It is served in large spoonfuls;  the norm is to eat it with your fingers, breaking off bite-sized pieces from a larger chunk held in your hand and then dipping it into the food and gravy before eating it. Delicious!

The believers at Great East Road usually expect 1000 people to attend the conference (makes our gatherings in the UK seem VERY small!).  Folk come from all parts of Zambia and some from further afield.  This year two brethren came from Malawi and one sister from Botswana; in the past brethren have also come down from Tanzania although they did not make it this time. The Breaking of Bread was a big gathering and it took some time for the emblems to be passed around all present.  It was followed by the Gospel meeting; the children from the Sunday School took part, reciting memory verses (even the pre-schoolers managed John 3 v 16 very well) and singing choruses.  In the afternoon the conference started properly with ministry from Paul Grieve. He took up the Inspiration of the Scriptures and also devoted some time to ‘reliable’ translations which adhere closely to the text – important here especially where some people would be tempted by an ‘easy-to-read’ paraphrase.

On Monday 6 July Barb, Margie and I left early for the Copper Belt.  The roads were quiet – likely because of the holiday and we arrived at Garneton  by mid-day. I was pleased to discover that Paul & Eunice Poidevin  from Kabompo were here as well as Tamako Monobe from Chavuma.  They were all out at the Nkana assembly conference where Paul P was speaking. Rod and Marja Boatman and family were here to greet me though and I had another relaxing afternoon.  I shall be more than ready for work once I hit the hospital!!  I will head up country to Loloma on Friday DV, travelling with Margie Gould and will spend a week at the hospital there before finally arriving at Chitokoloki before the next weekend i.e 3 weeks after I left UK.  I shall be glad to unpack properly!

(Picture above is of the conference tent)

Meanwhile, at Garneton, I will be busy visiting some of the voluntary groups for children with disability linked with the Wukwashi wa Nzambi project and assessing the children.  One group is in a township called Ndeke – that is on the cards for Wednesday, while on Thursday I will spend the day at the special school for these children.  I met with Joyce and Henry Mutembu this afternoon for an update – they very ably oversee the work in the various groups both around the Copper Belt and further afield.  I was interested to hear about a new group in Luapula province at a place called Mansa which they are trying to visit relatively frequently until it is established.  There is also a little group at Chitokoloki which I hope to be able to support during my visits.

My readings have been in the latter chapters of Joshua over past days. Israel had entered into the land which God had promised to them, but there were still battles to be fought.  Caleb  is an outstanding  example of a man who had desires to conquer for God even though he was 85 years old.  His son-in-law and daughter followed his example with their own spiritual exercises – his to take Kirjath-Sepher (the city of the Book) and hers for fruitfulness for God  These stand out in sharp contrast to other of the tribes who failed to conquer the inhabitants of the land for a variety of reasons and settled for compromise, despite God’s promise of His unfailing presence.  It is a searching question to ask in which group we are found!  What is our attitude towards our spiritual inheritance?  

Ros Jefferson's Africa Blog

This page is a personal blog, recording the activities of Dr Ros Jefferson in Zambia. From June 2014, Ros will be spending extended periods of time involved in medical work at Chitokoloki, Zambia

Blog 2: The first weeks (10/07/2014)

I am now sitting at the missionary guest house at Garneton, just outside Kitwe on the Copper Belt.  It seems longer than 2 weeks since I left UK.  The final preparations felt rather rushed,  but I made it to Heathrow in good time on 27 June, thanks to my friend, Jessica Liddle, and her chauffeuring service.  Then Graeme, Priscilla, Georgia and Annabel  Smith all came to see me off which made it really quite special. Flights were uneventful and I arrived in Lusaka in the late afternoon on 28 June.  

I had an excellent first week in Lusaka staying with Phoebe Musonda. I had planned a chill week after 2 very busy months at work – and that was what it was.  I met with the believers at Lusaka Gospel Hall, Great East Road on the Lord’s Day – they also had Canadian visitors from Kapuskasing ( Gerry and Carole Labelle and their niece) en route to Kalene, and Robert & Margaret Muir who used to serve the Lord at Mambilima in Luapula province.  

(Picture above is of Ros with the Poidevins)

(Picture above is of a Frangipane, a typical Zambian flower)

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