But now we are here in Kondoa again, delighting in seeing old friends and making new ones. Tomorrow the conference proper starts, although we have spent three hours today lecturing in the Bible School - or more accurately, teaching in the Bible School. "Lecturing" sounds more impressive, but teaching those who want to learn is so satisfying that I would not want to mislead you into thinking we gave them only words.
I laid a foundation from Matthew chapters 4-10, looking at what Jesus did and taught, then gave them an outline of one model of healing prayer that we have found very useful over the years (the Wimber model) and then gave them an opportunity to practice on one another. All that took 2 hours. After lunch, I realised that it would have made for better learning if I had allowed time for them to ask questions after the practical part.
It was most gratifying that the Dean of the College agreed with me and made space in the afternoon lectures for Ian and me to do a feedback session to answer questions that had arisen. I was speaking in the new classroom which St Stephen's people had contributed funds towards.
Tomorrow being the embroidery class, using the lovely coloured threads that St Stephen's ladies have given me. I have prepared my lesson (!) and have all the materials ready to make Bible covers out of felt. I have never worked with felt before, so it is just as well that I had time tonight to make a prototype... well, the first few steps are done.