The weekend heralded an unexpected change of pace as after breakfast we were offered hot water for a wash. It was a pleasant experience having an outdoor shower (in an enclosed area but with no roof, may I add!).
The plan had originally been to go to Bangula, down south past the Elephant Marsh, but as Chris had done a lot of driving and there were various needs back in Blantyre base, we headed home through Zomba. It is exciting that a Malawian family from the Blantyre base are moving to Zomba next weekend and planting a YWAM base there – we only drove around the outskirts but it has a number of houses in stunning locations with extensive woodland gardens.
When we got back I managed to squeeze in a run along the Chigumula Market road towards Blantyre while Colin did a stint in the prayer room. I found it really helpful to order my thoughts and hear from God for the Sunday morning preach at Living Stones church. Since I started running, and when I can be motivated to run on my own, I find the Holy Spirit does speak to me and somehow niggles and concerns crystallise or disappear. It doesn’t replace for me ‘quiet times’ but it does really help. It’s a bit like a half hour before getting to sleep at night when many thoughts are racing round your head, but the rhythmic running seems to corral those thoughts into an order. God is so good!
On Sat evening after dinner Chris gave us a screening of ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’. Having been around some villages now, we found it really interesting to watch this movie. Going back to our room on the Base we felt the guard dogs (the Base has security guards too) did their job well, grabbing at my trousers and Colin’s too. We kept moving!
Sunday was great – good to be at Chris’ church, to share in an ‘open service’ and also to help Chris lead worship. I shared from Philippians 3, pressing forward: before I shared, three words came out that linked in with that. In particular one guy shared that unlike entertainment, what comes from Jesus is always complete, and like a bubbling fountain is different every moment, which linked with what I felt running yesterday about living in your current rhema word for your life.
We went to Game Haven with the Scutts for lunch, which made a change. The rest of the day was very pleasant and relaxed.