We were only half an hour late leaving - this must be a record! So we started the confirmation service at 10.30am. 4 ½ hours afterwards, we finished and lunch arrived at 3pm.
The reason the service was so long, was partly quite a few songs by various groups. We videoed them. Also, there were about 26 confirmation candidates. Then we started praying for the sick. The first one up was a woman with advanced breast cancer… what a starter! I prayed my best prayers with no visible result, and the pastor’s wife kept going while I prayed for others, because the woman had a strong sense of God’s presence and power upon her. Unfortunately, it was only when everything had finished that I smelled a foul spirit around her and I asked the pastor’s wife to pass on this information to her priest (because she came from another church.) The feeling of failure there was quickly wiped away by having two or three other people in quick succession who became completely free of pain when I prayed.
And so to Mondo village. This was a different kettle of fish - a small congregation of about 12, with 3 confirmation candidates. Andrew preached on Luke 9 and after presenting them with some Swahili bibles, we prayed for the sick. The first one up was a woman who was heavily demonized and was hard to get free. Later, dinner was served and we travelled home. Running over a python on the road made the ride exciting, as did coming up to a dust cloud which hid a large, slow truck that was not showing any rear lights. Ian had a word while praying this morning that are alerted us to pray against disaster and it certainly would have been a disaster if Moses had not slowed down before entering that dust cloud. We could easily have had a bad accident.
I had not only prayed for protection, but packed a first aid kit and extra water in case of accident or being broken down into the middle of nowhere. Fortunately we did not need these :-)
On return back to Kondoa, we learned that there was another dinner being cooked for us!!! A good thing we had not eaten a big one in Mondo. The evening wore on and our farewell event started at 10:30pm… Ian was involved in a prayer engagement from 10pm…
Now we need to pack up and prepare for the next leg. We will leave Kondoa tomorrow morning and head towards Dodoma.