Celebration at the local Catholic Church

Wow!  The pomp and circumstance of the local Catholic Church’s service was something to experience!  We were invited to attend the blessing service, on Pentecost Sunday, of 3 newly appointed Abbes.  Complete with incense and bells, parading the cross up the center aisle, chanting and responsive prayer, it reminded us of our days in the Episcopal church.  The altar boys reminded Roy of his childhood days wearing a red robe and white collar, helping the priest with candles and communion and whatever else altar assistants do.  There were plenty of differences though, both African and Catholic in origin.  2 rows of girls with pom poms to form an entry aisle, an older woman dancing with leaves tied to her back, and then the parading of the picture of Mary with baby Jesus in her arms, just to name a few.

There were some beautifully worshipful parts to the service, some joyful dancing and singing, and some, what I will simply call “interesting” parts lest I get into judgemental criticism, to complete our long day with these friends.  May the Lord bless each one.

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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