Running scared

Don’t worry about any possible copyright infringement; I have it on good authority Roy Orbison will not sue me for using this as a title.

But it does apply to two individuals this week.

For whatever reason – fear of the water, fear of commitment, fear of being ostracized by friends & loved ones – we had 2 men this week come to the river (figuratively), then skedaddle. One was earlier in the week; one was a man Tommy was studying with today.

I get it. Really. I can understand how difficult it would be to be taught something all my life, then be presented with something that makes so much sense. They’ve been burned before by hucksters, and we had to try our best to show we weren’t there for their money. You may recall I mentioned in an earlier post that there have been multiple times when some church or other would come into town like a whirlwind and leave like a mouse, but not until after they had taken all the money they could.

Bible study, man baptizedToday we were expecting to be busy doing studies like crazy. Didn’t happen. Today being Saturday, some would have the day off. Also, we’ve had 4 days of meeting people, inviting them to study, and evening services, so we were hoping some interest would generate from that. Tommy had a study with 2 men today (one of whom “ran scared”), and that was our only study. Although one man left, the other one was baptized, so we were very thankful for that, and praise God for the increase.

But that’s not all…

This evening at services we had 2 more baptisms! In both cases (one man and one woman), they had been to the evening services at least twice this week, but had not taken part in a study with any of us during the day. We were pleased to witness God adding a total of 9 souls to his church this week.

One more encounter I’d like to describe before I close. A 30-ish woman drove up this afternoon in a Mercedes. Anthony went to talk with her, and I was close behind. She had seen the SOF (“sign out front”), and her first question was “which Church of Christ is this?” We didn’t quite know how to answer that, and she started to explain, “I’m from Zimbabwe…”, and Anthony said immediately that it’s the same one. Her husband is a physician, working at the hospital not far from where we were set up. Both of them are members of the church. So that’s 2 more members for this baby congregation! She said she plans to be present for morning worship.

We will meet at 9 AM in the morning for Bible study & worship, then the Chariot will pack up for its move to Zambia. We will be on an 8:35 AM flight Monday morning, so tomorrow’s post will be my last installment for this trip.

2 Responses to “Running scared”

  1. Great work on the team’s part. Thanks for keeping us updated. Looks like the group suffered from the same thing previous groups have encountered; I.e.,lack of advanced preparation. We are going to have to work on that before the next trip. Share our thanks to the whole team for their efforts & dedication.

  2. I’ll do that, Zach. It’ll be good to be home.