Monday, April 4April 14, 2011
After a quick breakfast of eggs, bread, and tea we were off to our first day of teaching.
We’re meeting under the church roof that Sonrise provided with $1,500 of our Advent Conspiracy offering. The church is just north of Mwanza in a little community called Nyasaka. Here are picture of the town:
As always, we began the day with “chai’ (tea and pastries). This is a strong tradition in Tanzania where all activity ceases for 15-30 minutes for tea and fellowship. This occurs in both sacred and secular situations.
John and I traded teaching the study of God and the study of the Bible. We looked at the essential nature of God (He is Spirit), covered twenty-seven of the attributes of God (holy, transcendent, self-sufficient, etc…), and described the Trinity of God. We moved on the the study of the Bible by looking at the nature of the Bible as God’s revelation, looked at the origin of the Bible, and examined the inspiration, inerrancy, illumination, authority, reliability, and transmission of God’s Word to us.
We ended at 4:30pm with general questions about issues the Pastors were dealing with such as:
Q: Is it okay to worship on Sunday or is Saturday still the Sabbath?
Q: How much of the Law did Jesus fulfill? Is there more we have to fulfill?
Q: How should we deal with those who worship cows and then their cow dies?
We had a lot of discussion about those who worship the circumcision gods, and stories of when an idol asks for so many sacrifices that it uses up all of the families resources and then asks for human sacrifices.
Overall it was a good day with the pastors. So far 23 of them have shown up with two more coming tomorrow. We took the taxi back to town and grabbed a bite in town. It was extremely hot and humid and the electricity was out when we returned to our rooms so there wasn’t much to do but call it a night. Here’s my new roommate. He’s keeping far away from me…and I’m fine with that.