Going to Church on Sunday

28 Mar

We did not get to go to the church we are accustomed to yesterday.  Ziway, Ethiopia is not Bluffton, Indiana.  We were spiritually fed by the same Holy Spirit.  Culturally different?  You bet.  There was clapping, swaying, and lots of Amens.  Even some uvulating.  Greetings were three times, cheek-to-cheek.  The service was laid out as 8:00-one hour of praying, 9:00-one hour of singing, 10:00-30 minutes of announcements and greetings, 10:30-90 minute sermon.  One has be be able to sing as a pastor, but don’t worry, I won’t try that in Bluffton.  One of the church elders, fluent in English intrepeted while the children choir sang and while the pastor gave a stirring message from the Old Testamnet storyof the pillar set between Jacob and Laban comparing to Galatians 5 where Paul writes that as Christians we should set boundaries and not be entangled again in the yoke of bondage.   How many spent 4 hours in church on Sunday–before lunch?  How many check their watches when the sermon goes long– over 30 minutes?  We have a very loving church in Bluffton and so do the brethren of the Mesrite Christos church in Ziway.  Our afternoon service was in the Cathedral(relax)of God’s Creation.  The 3 hour drive back to Addis Ababa took us through the magnificient grandeur of the Ethiopian mountains and grassy rolling plains.  The flat-topped Acacia trees were like hands being held up in worship to the Creator of all.  And the marvelous sunset on our left stirred us sharing hope with our hearts.  Bluffton was somewhere over there in the direction of the big orange ball.

4 Responses to “Going to Church on Sunday”

  1. Jenna March 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow, that sounds amazing (and amazingly different!) We are really wanting to see some pictures from your trip so far! Can’t wait to skype/talk with you both!

  2. Andy March 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Sounds like a blessing! And convicting! I probably don’t get to count the time we were there helping get lunch around.

    It is great to hear that the same Spirit works around the globe, sharing hope with hearts!

  3. don and suzie fiechter March 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Allen and Susan,
    We missed you Sunday and prayed for you. It’s exciting to again be reminded that God’s Spirit is working all over the world. May He meet your every need and His name be glorified. Love you both!

  4. Sharlene Honegger March 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    We heard in Perspectives last night that you made it okay to Ethiopia and we were given this blog to follow your journey. So good of you to keep us informed this way. When you spoke of Ziway, I pictured it in my mind and recalled the lively services that we experienced there as well. Our prayers are with you for God’s protection and leading.

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