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Monday, June 29, 2009

Obama's Children

Day 7 Red Rocks Team Trip

Sunday was a great day. To start with, the power to the property was off when we woke up. No power means no water. No water means no showers before church. I told the team it was time for them to suffer on the mission field for a change.

We went to a real African service....all 3 hours of it. I knew we were in trouble when the pastor gets up and says, "First thing I want to say is
we all need to make more of an effort to be on time to church. Second, church is much too short. We need to spend more time in church." I thought, "Oh boy, this is going to be interesting."

It really was a good experience for everyone to witness an African service. They spoke in English for our benefit and then translated it to Tswana. Worship was about 1 1/2 hours long. The sermon was an hour. Then there was about a 1/2 hour of benedictions, announcements, prayers, etc.

Worship was very lively and charismatic, not necessarily what Red Rocks people are used to, but it was definitely fun to be a part of. They wanted us to perform a song, so we sang a worship song from the states. It was very mellow and quiet after their worship, but hopefully they enjoyed it.

We had brought a guitar to donate on this trip. We weren't sure who we were going to give it to, but at the end of service, the church's piano player was talking to our guitar player and commented that he has always wanted to l
earn to play guitar. So we gave him our guitar. He was so excited, he started practicing right away. We gave him a book of chords, and he commented that he would learn it in about a week. I don't doubt that is true, he was a good piano player.

During service at least 4 or 5 times, when people were referencing the Americans, they called us "Obama's Children." It was very funny to be seen in that way. It definitely shows how favorable Obama is viewed in this country.

After church we went to our good friends, Derek and Rebecca's house for lunch and ate with their YWAM staff. It was a nice restful day.

At the end of the day we all went to a local steak house/restaurant/ pub type place to watch the Confederates Cup Soccer finals. The U.S. was playing Brazil for the finals. It would have been cool to go to the game in Jo-burg, but we didn't think about it until it was too late. So, watching it live in the country it's taking place in is a pretty cool second option. We had a lot of fun, it was a nice break from working sun up to sun down. The U.S. lost 3-2 in case you missed it.

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