Monday, May 26, 2014
“Genuinely good people are like that. The sun shines out of them. They warm you right through.” ― Michael Morpurgo
The sun certainly shone out of the hearts of our guests from Finland. They are pictured and named at the right. Even after a one-day delay because of passport problems, they started working as soon as they got here and didn’t stop until I laid hands on them and blessed them before they left for Mwanza early this morning. They got in Thursday afternoon and wanted to go to the top of the hills behind us. It is seven kilometers and takes us about forty-five minutes to drive up there, so I was a little concerned about the time—I shouldn’t have been. They are athletes and ran to the top in forty-five minutes and back down in twenty-five. They then went to hold an outdoor crusade where over a hundred adults and children accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. They work with local churches and had over fifty pastors there to welcome the new Christians into their churches—of many denominations. In the mornings, they trained pastors (about sixty from several denominations) and in the afternoon would have another crusade (they had three of these) bringing almost 400 people to Christ. Then, on Sunday morning, they drove into the Serengeti, leaving at six am when the gates opened and coming back by three pm so they could lead another crusade. They saw lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, baboons, wildebeests, and zebras. They got into trouble with the park rangers for getting out of the car to take pictures of lions, but didn’t have to pay any fines—they are very smooth talkers. The two men, Jacob and Marco, were two of the finest men we have ever had the pleasure to host. As if God had sent a thank-you note, Sam Leppanen, their local Finnish host and Formula One fan got to see his first live Formula One race in three years Sunday afternoon while they two evangelists rested and got ready for their final crusade. They will spend three days in Mwanza repeating what they did here before flying back to Finland later this week. We were blessed to have had them as our guest and blessed to be able to support their work here. One of them was called the GQ model by the others. I’ll let you guess which one.