I preached from Rom 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. NKJV
The word for character is translated as experience, trial and proof with the idea that “cheerful endurance” produces steady character building experience. Making you a person who can be trusted to be what God wants you to be. I had a conversation with our pastor in Magoye. After his first year in Magoye we cut his support back. Offerings were very small, no jobs, mainly subsistent farming. We decided that he should farm a little bit. He grew cotton and made about $200. The next year he made about $400. More important he had two single men in church follow his example and both made over a $100 a piece, more money than they ever had made before. This year the rains were bad and at crucial times in working his field he was busy with family funerals. He will make a small amount of money this year, but it has not defeated him but has rather strengthened him to continue on. 2 Cor 8:2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. NKJV
We are going to show a film in Monze Friday night. We will have a seminar on raising children Saturday at our house. We are making it open to married couples and single mothers. We will have a tea under the shade of the trees. These events have always been a blessing. Saturday night we will show a film at Ceres farm, a farm near Shimungalu. This will be Shimungalu’s first organized outreach outside of their village. I had to send someone to Monze to check with the police about showing the film tonight. Thursday and Friday have been declared national days of mourning by the president. Apparently all special activities must be cancelled. We will see what the police say. A little different from what we are used to.