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Tuesday, March 22, 2011


It's been 50 days roughly since I returned from my trip to Tanzania with OneVerse to hand deliver the first words of Scripture to the Ndamba people they had ever read or even heard in their own language.

I haven't blogged about it yet because I think deep down the massiveness of the experience could never fully be explained in a blog short enough for people to want to actually read the entire thing. After a dramatic occurrence such as this trip, it usually takes time for the more 'important' memories to remain as the less influential ones fall to the brain's cutting room floor.

As my friend Mark says, "The long and short of it is," my guitar player Nate and I met in Atlanta and flew with Kyle the videographer and Jill the OneVerse rep to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa and drove via Range Rover (or Land Cruiser, I can never keep them straight) 500 kilometers through Morogoro to Ndamba country. In essence the middle of nowhere, where on Sunday Morning we attended their church service, being asked to sit on the platform the entire time, worshiped with them, were fed by them then worked our way back to the coast, soaking in a week's worth of all things Africa along the way.

The stand out moment for me was during the 3.5 hour long church service, which didn't seem that long. At one point in the beautifully unorganized service, the pastor approached me with a stack of orange paperback Gospel of Johns. He wanted me to hand them out! I only had about 40, there were more coming, but I handed out about 20 to the men's side and 20 more to the women "audience right" to a sea of outstretched hands, eager eyes and grateful smiles. Then I dazedly returned to my seat on the platform while the pastor spoke in Ndamba. I saw an older lady in a beautiful, dark yellow headdress motion toward one of the many children sitting on the floor in front of the women. I had just handed her my last Bible. A child stood and walked toward who I assume was his grandmother. She handed him her Gospel of John and I unsuccessfully choked back tears of joy as I witnessed GOD'S WORD having already been passed on to the next generation of Ndamba believers.

Lord God, infuse Your Truth into their hearts.


mds031508 said...

Amazing stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Dan Shust said...

Oh my! For we who have so very much your last two sentences moved me deeply.

Intense Guy said...

Please give my friend a visit...

Many thanks -

Melody Joy King said...

Definitely got goosebumps reading that! God's word is so powerful and transforming, Love that! It was great to see you briefly after the show in Trucksville...once again, the entire worship service was a great blessing! I was glad to be able to chat with Shaun for a brief moment after the show as well. His blog has been an encouragment and challenge to me over the past few months. Thanks again for coming our way. "My Hope Is In You"....powerful! Loved it and will be watching for it on iTunes. I think I may have a new favorite song of yours. Although "Long Live the King" was my very first favorite, (long before my last name became King!
:0P) and I still love to blare it when I'm by myself in my car and sing my heart out. :0) Please know that Nicky is often on my mind and in my prayers. Blessings to you and yours, Brother.

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Ivy said...

Wow... I am in tears. How very cool! Praying for Ndamba! Thank you so much for sharing this!

truthbox said...

"I unsuccessfully choked back tears of joy as I witnessed GOD'S WORD having already been passed on to the next generation of Ndamba believers." this is so #Deep God bless you as u continue blessing others and you should visit kenya too

Miss Vanessa said...

"We will not hide them from their descendants;we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,his power, and the wonders he has done." Psalm 78:4

It is so amazing witnessing the gospel go out in countries like this...I've been on a number of mission trips and I wish I could bring home the zeal and enthusiasm the people have for the gospel...and spread it in my own country too!