Zimbabwe: Sunday is the Lord’s day

Sunday is always a good day. Today, we needed to get to the church earlier than last week as we wanted to set up before all the children arrived. Unfortunately, one of our team drove us and sort of got us lost, which was a little bit of an adventure. The church is literally two turnings away from where we were staying.

Eventually, after asking a local, we got to the church later than the children and the other group. Sunday school was buzzing with cheerful children. We finished the creation story, where the children created amazing pictures, full of drawings, colour and stickers.

At the end of the session a few of us started to blow bubbles which the children loved. They ran around and jumped to catch and pop the bubbles.

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We were then summoned to the office to have a quick prayer before the service started. Again, we were sitting at the front facing the congregation. The outline of the service was similar to last week. During the children’s talk done by one of the team, the children sang ‘Hallahlu Hallahlu’, where the boys sang one part and the girls sang the other, which was great fun. Then we got the men and women to sing it, which made them laugh.
In the service, I’m impressed how the children sit in the middle aisle, listening and focusing on the preacher.

Towards the end of the service, both our team and the Zimbabweans expressed their gratitude towards each other, which left us with tear of joy down our faces. I had a mixture of feelings, I was so thankful to be there and to have met all the lovely, welcoming people as well as feeling overwhelmed and sad.

After the service, we filed outside shaking and greeting everyone, which was slightly sad as we knew this would be the last time we would see some of them.

A couple of us decided to do some games with the children, which included the parachute. The kids loved playing with this, flinging balls around everywhere. We also played ‘Duck, duck, goose’, did the ‘Hokey Pokey’ and running around games.

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Once everyone had left the church, we had a meal at the minister’s house with his whole family. We sat down together, chatting, eating, introducing ourselves and giving them gifts.

Late afternoon, the youngest member of our team and I were invited to a Young Adults meeting at a different church. Our two friends, Norest and Bona, collected us and we walked there. As we entered, we met the chair person of the meeting and was taken to the front row. The church was filled with Young adults from different churches around the township. As each church was introduced, the group from that church stood up and sang a worship song. I was mesmerised by their good voices and how they harmonised. The preach was in Shona so I didn’t understand it but I know it was based on a psalm that was used the previous week. After, they had a worship jamming session, where different groups came up to lead worship songs with dancing. It was a great experienced and just showed me how their culture value song and dance.

Once the meeting was over, we got walked back to the complex to meet the rest of the team, where we ate and rested.

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