“For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” Col 1:13

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Rainy, Muddy, Wonderful Journey

One of the people groups within the K2 Cluster area is the Lwena, also known as Luvale, of Angola and Zambia. They traditionally make their living by a variety of means. If they are near a river they prefer to fish, but they are also successful hunters and cattlemen. In years past they have been warriors, guarding their families and land during the tribal wars with the Lunda people. Eventually getting pushed south and against the banks of the Zambezi River. The people groups surrounding the Lwena also credit them with being successful with very strong magic. Even though the Bible has been translated into the Luvale language, less than 2% of them have accepted the gospel message. Instead they choose to believe that evil spirits are “their ancestors” and as long as they keep these spirits happy they will be protected and can use these spirits to harm their enemies. Pray that the Lwena would truly know that the Lord God is Creator of all, All-powerful and All-knowing, that He wants to be their Savior and Protector. Pray 1 Peter 2:25 for the Lwena “For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”
Pray for career missionaries, Jeff and Robyn Lowe, as they finish language study and move to Lukulu, Zambia, a district populated with both the Lozi people and the Lwena people, that they would find people of peace to open the doors of ministry with both people groups.
We were able to travel with the Lowes on a rainy day trip to Kalabo District. Here we were on the pontoon crossing the Zambezi River. We were blessed to see friends and believers in and around Kalabo where we served for a number of years. Mapungu Baptist Church, within Kalabo District has a lot of Lwena/Luvale believers. Kalabo District borders Lukulu District where the Lowes will be living soon.

Daren and Jeff check out the "road" across the floodplain before driving it.
Daren had the opportunity to be a good samaritan.

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