Africa UMVIM experience 'A journey of faith'
Editor’s Note: California-Nevada Conference UMVIM volunteer Martha Milk traveled to
Perhaps when you agreed to support my recent UMVIM trip to
[We were met with] wholehearted welcome at all of the churches we attended. It was the women who really came out and greeted us with song and dance and made us feel welcome. Most especially, what touched my heart as we stood with the women as they greeted us, was when one woman turned to me and asked, “Do you know why we sing.?” And as I nodded back to her, she simply stated, “We sing because we have joy in our hearts.”
This simple yet profound statement of faith touched me so deeply that all the worries of the trip – the heat and high humidity, inconsistency in electricity for air conditioning, and long journeys over pot-holed roads – all take a minor place in the telling of the Angolan Methodists’ strength of faith, incredible music, and living testimony of profound faith which was shared with us. It was truly a journey of faith for us in our time in