I gave a course “Interpreting the Old Testament”, and Pastor André gave four more courses. (N.B.: I stayed only for a week and Pastor André stayed for three weeks. I’m planning to prepare a second Blog about Pastor André’s activities after my departure. Pictures from this Blog are from me and from Pastor André). It was nice to see how they discovered Law and Gospel in the Old Testament texts!
After finishing these courses, the eight students received the Certificate of Deacons of the Lutheran Church Mozambique - LCM. Next year, after an intensive course in July/August, they will be ordained as Pastor of the LCM.
Remarkable was when we studied the text of Leviticus 20:1-7, where God prohibited the worship of the false god Molech, which included the sacrifice of children, and to consult mediums and spiritists (spirits of the forefathers). The students became very anxious when they told us that their forefathers used to sacrifice a child when water well was bored so that it never fails water; and even nowadays, when someone wants to become rich, he had to offer a human sacrifice of an adult or of a child. One of the students, who has nine (9) children and lives a very simple and hard life with his big family, received the suggestion from a neighbor to sacrifice one of the children to have a better life… We were so shocked…
But at the same time they were happy that they are free from the old practices and superstitions, and that they are no longer afraid of the spirit of their forefathers according to the traditional religions. They have now faith in Jesus and they have a God who loves us! – Praise the LORD!
Chima (ugali in Kenya, pap in South Africa), is the main food, prepared from corn flour.