Friday, February 7, 2014

“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

Very little would get done here were it not for the cooperation and help of the different denominations with each other.  There is little competition or antagonistic words between denominations.  We are all working together for a common goal.  We don't care whose name is on a church in a village--what we want is for there to be a church in the village.  We have worked with Catholics, Baptists, Mennonites, and Anglicans just to name a few.  We have taught seminars, hosted mission groups, and invited groups here to work on their own denominational projects.  Not too recently, we had a group of Australian Anglicans here staying with us while they worked on an Anglican project just outside of Bunda.  The Anglicans have a girls secondary school and a Bible college on a hundred acres just seven kilometers from Bunda.  Now they have built a men's Bible college and vocational school for carpentry which will have its grand opening on Saturday, February 15th.  The Australian group that stayed with us worked on this project where sixteen young men will live and learn the Bible to become pastors and evangelists and to also learn carpentry as there are few denominations that can afford to pay their pastors.  Today, Shaban and I went out to deliver a biosand water filter so the students and workers can have clean, safe drinking water.  The biosand filter itself is the result of the work of Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and Non-denominational Christians.   The picture to the right is of Father Matthew Archer, our Australian neighbor and teacher in both the Bible college and the carpentry school.  The other man is a pastor and teacher as well.  The filter was delivered with laminated instructions and a tear-off sheet attached to the side that were printed and laminated in Texas by Catholic cousins.  There are no authentic Christians who will not help those in need by whatever means possible.  The sixteen young men and the workers who will live and learn there won't know who to thank for their opportunity, but God knows.  And in some cases, we do, too.
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