Category Archives: Ceremonies & church happenings

Blessings for new deacons and deaconesses

Our helper in our home, Sylvie, recently was asked to be a deaconess in the local church.  She took some time to pray about it, at first not sure of accepting the position.  After consideration, she felt that even though

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Worship at the CEFA farm

As we wrote about in our recent newsletter, we felt led to start up a Sunday morning worship service at the farm.  There are many families that have joined us the last two Sundays, and we are excited to think

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Celebrating Jesus’ birth

It’s summertime in S. Africa.  School has just finished and families are heading off for summer vacation.  Businesses slow down and tourists fill the area, in spite of the great white sharks roaming about in the nearby ocean.  Because of

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Easter! He is risen! Allelujah!

We celebrate the Messiah’s resurrection in so many different ways.  We gathered around a bonfire in Josh & Kimia’s backyard with family and friends, to sing praises as the sun rose early Sunday morning.  The girls dyed hardboiled eggs and

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Seder – our version of the Passover meal

 

 

Josh had researched and put together a Seder celebration to do with some of his high school kids he’s mentoring, so he led our family through the same ceremony.  We do try to have a Seder supper before

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Pastor Bertelot Bedagba is back at Gamboula

 

When we first arrived at Gamboula back in 1998, yes!, about 17 years ago now, Past. B was our next door neighbor and he was the mission hospital’s chaplain.  He went on to pastor churches in a couple of

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Big celebration of graduates from Khula creche

It was a huge day at the end of the school year, the 5 year olds at the Khula preschool will be at the local primary school next year, so they had a graduation ceremony, complete with caps and gowns

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Trimming the palm trees

 

It’s time for trimming the palm trees – they’re harvesting the palm nuts for oil and also clearing off the dead branches; cleaning up just in time for the big church conference next week.  It’s a looooong way up

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Graduations and weddings!

Last week was a busy one!  First there was a wedding with 13 couples, 11 of them from the Baptist bible school here at Gamboula.

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Next came the graduation of the women from their 3 years’ school courses including reading,

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Our little Sunday gathering

Well, out at the farm, which is 3 miles from the closest church, we have enjoyed a small worship service on the past 2 Sunday mornings.  Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered…

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