By Carolyn Patterson
June 10 through 17, 2011, was an amazing week for me and 4 others from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church–Mariam Touba, Linda Field, the Rev. Dr. Fred Anderson and the Rev. Don Wahlig–as we visited seven of MAPC’s partner churches in the Synod of Harare in Zimbabwe.
Seven days in the presence of people for whom Christ’s church is the central focus of their lives. Seven days of new experiences, of “normal” experiences seen in a new light, of adrenalin and just the beginnings of trying to make sense of it all.
From a distance of 7 weeks and 7,780(!) miles, these are things that particularly stand out:
Wow, what a fantastic experience we had in Zimbabwe! How is this for a 10-day itinerary?
• Each of us stayed with a family in Harare for 3 days.
• We attended a signing ceremony to formalize our partnership.
• Many of us preached our first sermon.
• We traveled across ½ of Zimbabwe visiting 8 different congregations.
• Our group was lost in the bush (luckily on our bus) for a long evening.
• We still had time to see Victoria Falls.
It was a lot to pack into a trip when the flight each way took 16 – 18 hours!
Author: The Reverend Donald B. Wahlig
Created: February 10, 2011
MAPC & the CCAP Synod of Harare in Zimbabwe are partners in serving Christ, helping one other become more faithful in discipleship and more effective in ministry.