How is pastoring at a church?
So good. It’s so exciting, but there sometimes is so challenging… challenging in terms of the demands of the people. We preaching in the village, [a] very rural village, where […] the people have not yet [been] educated, and [when] they hear about Christ, they're like, "What? What? What are you talking about? We hear, we know these ancestral things, you know. We've been raised to know to believe this, to believe that. So why are you saying about Christ? Who is the Holy Spirit and all those stuff?"
But still, there is need [for] not only the Word. If we try to teach them to know some other stuff, like education, we can raise their standard of understanding because education really helps for you to understand even the Scriptures better than somebody who was not [educated]. So that's the big challenge: to let the people come out of their traditional beliefs and then catch up with God and Bible and [its] beliefs. So it's been a big war, but by and by we are winning it, and a lot of people they are coming to Christ.
Another challenge [is] we have few churches in the place we are ministering. People, they walk long, different [ways] to find a church. There's a need for us to expand and plant more churches for people to have the easy access to church, yeah.
What are some of those traditional beliefs that people are coming from?
They really believe in witchcraft. Their background, their parents, a lot of them are coming from Mozambique and where really there's a big worship for their idols or traditional [medicine]. You know, traditional medicine is not all that bad, but if you take it to the extent to replace God, then it becomes an idol. So they come mixing up: They come to pray, and then they go and practice those things. So that has been a big challenge. They replace the Scripture, what the whole Bible say, into what they believe. […]