August 5, 2016

Carrie Pither

Carrie is currently in the middle of Africa-Based Orientation, training for missionaries before they go to their assignments. “The orientation course is excellent preparation for my time in the ‘mission field.’ At the moment we are focussing on culture and African worldview. I’m learning to see things in a very different way, not to compare or ask why… On Sunday we experienced an African church, attending a rural church on the outskirts of Nakuru with a congregation of around 80. There were many children and teenagers who in their age groups sang and danced during the service. The church elder leading the service was a young man with a real heart for God and especially for allowing the young church members to perform and shine. The main service was in Swahili with some translation into English. As guests we were treated like VIPs – very humbling. At one point during the service we stood at the front introducing ourselves and gave greetings from our churches, which felt such a special thing to do… After the service our VIP treatment continued with a bottle of coke and mandazis (doughnuts!). We were made so welcome. We are returning next week and I’m looking forward to getting to know them a little more. In Africa, it’s all about relationships and I love that already.” Please pray for Carrie for “Openness to new ideas and cultures and lifelong learning” and “Willingness and courage to embrace language learning (to be brave!)

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