Monday, August 13, 2012

Finally Landed

(Prayer of Dedication for Ministry Centre Land - with Chieftainess Mwenda and village headmen)

The day we've been waiting for has finally come and it took us by surprise.  This past week, while doing a clothing distribution for vulnerable children and widows, we were invited into a meeting with the chieftainess and 20 of her headmen.  We originally thought it was just to give them some blankets for the cold season.  But when the meeting began, they informed us that they had chosen a piece of the chief's family land to give us for a ministry centre.

Needless to say, we were extremely excited and happy and humbled.  After we discussed our intentions and how we hoped to use the property to minister to the needs of the Tonga people, they took us out to the property for a viewing.  The land turned out to be about a 50 acre plot in the middle of an area called Ngangula.  It's located just behind a local school and in the middle of a rather large community.

After walking around the property to identify the boundries, we all gathered to pray over the land and dedicate it.  A few of us prayed and then Chieftainess Mwenda, as the chief and local leader, gave it her blessing and prayed over it as well.  So, things should be picking up soon as far as ministry is concerned.  Over the next few months, we will be diligently working to implement a foundations for farming program as well as begin to develop the property.

We hope to identify and move a Tongan family out to the property to oversee its operations.  We also hope to get a portion of the property ready for this coming planting season.  Lots to do and little time to do it, but we are extremely excited about the opportunity and potential.

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