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Saturday, September 16, 2006

A Follow-up Report from Ted -- written Sep 3, 2006

You may recall Ted's asking for prayer through this blog for a large youth event to be held in Mansa, Zambia in late August.

On September 3, Ted emailed me a report of this time. For some reason I never got the email--until now--so I apologize for the delay. Here is the report.
Youth Update. September 3.

Thank you to all of you who prayed for the youth promotion event at the provincial conference last week. The conference had a reported attendance of 14,000, which is probably an exaggeration, but it was still huge. People sleep in grass shelters, and they just love the ministry and the social aspect. And the youth event itself included maybe a thousand youth. In one of the six discussion groups, they wrote down the names of all the churches represented in the group where they now wanted to start a youth group--30 churches in that group alone! I hope to write letters to those churches to follow up on that.

A couple of days after the conference, we had a three-day youth seminar here in Mansa, with several churches represented. The numbers kept growing, and on the last day the church building was packed. No games, just Bible studies and preaching for hours on end, and they loved it! The elders who preached often address us youth during their sermons as "you little children." Well you know, I'm 28 years old now, and others there were just as old. And a couple of times the elders said, "Now a lot of you aren't saved yet. Put up your hand all of you who aren't saved yet." And a lot of the kids would duly put up their hand. So you can get away with a lot more
out here. Actually, the youth are very fond of these two elders who are especially committed to youth work. They both spoke in the morning, and I was the speaker in the afternoon. (I'm going to miss preaching or even speaking in Bemba for the next few years.) I also said a fond farewell to everyone at the end, as I plan to leave Zambia next week. Thank you again for your interest.

In Christ,

Ted
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