Going to church

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(Outside the church)

 

Today (Sunday) we went to Camille and Esther’s church.  As I mentioned before, Randy and I were at the very first church service when they launched the church on one of our earlier trips.  Well today they set a new attendance record and as you can see from the picture above, they had to bring chairs down from the school classrooms and quickly set up several rows outside of the building with people looking and listening through the windows.  It was such a blessing to see how the church has grown, but even more so to see the people so passionately engaged in prayer and worship.

 

And after the worship, prayer, hearing Pastor Camille share the message, church was not yet over.  Everyone got up and went outside in the courtyard area of the center and lined up because today was fitness day.  For  a good 30 minutes the church congregation was doing an aerobic workout to music.  So fun to see and what a fun community and muscle building activity.

 

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After church we had a really nice lunch with Camille and Esther and some of our new friends (Michael, who is the pastor of the Salvation Army Church in Anaheim, CA and comes here every year on vacation and hangs out with Camille & Esther – and Jennifer, who is a missionary that arrived two weeks ago and is planning on spending a couple of years with Camille & Esther working with their team).  We had one scheduled interview with Pascal Mugaruka, who is the President of the Congo Unites movement, but the weather did not cooperate.  It is the rainy season here in Goma and it certainly did rain for most of the rest of the day.  We postponed our interview and will have to pick it up in the morning.

 

Thanks again for all of your support.