Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
November 18, 2012
Highlights of our extraordinary third journey to Africa
or twice I thought we had made a mistake. We had been warned that it was not
wise at our age to make the long journey back to
But we both
laughed because “come hell or high water,” we had determined to return to
Dean is even talking about going back when we are 85. I am still pondering that idea. Jet lag still has me by the nap of the neck. My body “clock” remains confused; I wake up every morning around 4 o’clock.
leg of the journey was not difficult at all. Several precious friends had
arranged for us to spend a few days in
On Sunday we attended a worship service at Westminster Abbey and later an inspiring organ concert in that spectacular cathedral. We were surprised by the rather large attendance at both the service and the concert.
Tuesday we spent more time exploring the Abbey as well as the breathtakingly
We drove by
night we boarded a British Airways 767 Boeing jet for the ten-hour flight from
Seeing Catherine in her home was a special moment. We were able to purchase two things she badly needed: a hot water heater and a bed. As you can imagine she was elated. Catherine houses four orphans in her home, one of whom is 12 and has never spent one day in school. We found that for $333 a year she could begin school in January. We hope to make that happen.
We spent some time with Anxious Muleya. When we met him in 2006 he was a poor orphan but a good student in high school. We bought him a blanket and some shoes for Christmas that year. Dean and I “adopted” Anxious and kept in touch with his progress. When we learned he wanted to go to college and become a medical doctor we asked a few friends to finance his education.
In April Anxious will complete his fourth year in college. He has already been accepted into the medical school at the University of Zambia. In three years, God willing, that poor boy will be a doctor. The friends who are helping us pay his tuition and living expenses share our excitement about partnering with God in this unusual endeavor.
Anxious loves the Lord and while he wants to help his people as a doctor he also wants to help them get to know the Great Physician, his Lord Jesus. I told Anxious about Jesus giving people a new name and I gave him a new name – Perfect Peace, based on Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
Sometimes Anxious calls himself Perfect Peace even though his official name remains Anxious. I may ask him to call himself John or Peter. I am not sure anyone would want to go to a doctor whose name was Doctor Anxious or Doctor Perfect. The important thing is that the young man has a beautiful spirit, a good mind and a heart for God. So he will create “a name for himself” as a useful servant of God.
Dean and I taught a marriage
seminar for pastors and their wives in three towns:
We journeyed to
I shall share more highlights of this incredible journey in days to come! + + +