Just wondering if any one has any questions about MercyShips.
Things that I haven't put on my blog?
Just spent a nice evening going to the Hope Centre to the OVF clinic with a group of friends. We had different coloured bells and a music book color coded. We started off playing and then the ladies who wanted to each took a bell and followed the tune by following the colour codes.
It was great fun. We even had the excitement of two black outs in the middle, bell ringing was heard.
Up early tomorrow, we going to a prison to visit and read Bible stories and do some arts and crafts, not sure just what yet.
It's the end of a long day, one I am sure I will look back on, the subject would be dust, dirt, concrete and poverty and Jesus.
We went into the prison, it was not very large and seemed almost to be a big open space with a sheltered area, a fire for the ladies to cook food and lots of dust. I was surprised to see a few babies around and at least one pregnant women. We started off by going around and greeting each women individually as is custom in Madagascar. We were invited in their room which had no door and was a big concrete room, the beds were concrete bunks with a mattress on them. The floors were dusty.
One of the ladies had quite a strong leadership type personality and had us all trying to pronounce some Madagascan words which of course then had them in hysterics.
We then moved out to the undercover area and sang some songs in English and then some in Madagascan. Kim then gave a Bible story which was translated, the ladies were all very much concentrating and participated and really seemed to enjoy the time.
When we had been singing a prayer song, which was about petitioning Jesus for His strength, asking for help when we go wrong and accepting our common frailties and out need for Him, there was one lady women I noticed was in tears and soon afterwards left. We were able to encourage her later with a special word for her.
We then had some time of fun together making some play doe figures and then had time for personal prayer. A lot of the women came forward and we were able to prayer for them. There was a pregnant lady who was scared to give birth in this environment, a lady who couldnt see very well and was wanting glasses and many more.
Later in the day I went again to the Jesus Movie, the drive there was an adventure all on its own, we were in three four wheeled drives and very much needed them. We went over a small but very dodgy bridge, through many pot holes that really were huge and virtually rivers due to the heavy recent rains. When we got to the school, we set up and this time there were no heavy traffic coming past but rather we had the stars brightly shining and the song of poisonous frogs singing in the background.
Once again many people came forward to surrender their lives, the trip was worth it.
On the way back we realised we were going to break curfew (9pm) so had to radio to the ship to let the Captain know.
I noticed all the bare feet on my way home and all the people walking in the dark with no torches at all.