Yesterday, as I had written went very well. Greatt discussion of several chapters and we made a lot of progress.
Today, it was like we hit a huge mudhole in the dirt road and got buried above the axles. But it was not wasted time, just mega-discussions. We spent some time finishing up chapter 6 of 1 Cor. That provoked no small discussion--2 hours for 5 verses. Various kinds of immoralities and then homosexuality came up. Some of the pastors from very rural were confused on what that was all about. (They don't read the newspaper much!)
Then we hit chapter 7 and Paul's discussion on marriage, divorce and remarriage. You can imagine. We walked and talked through the first 16 verses for the next 5 hours. I had them take some time and work in groups to discover Paul's principles for marriage. When we came back together, it brought a ton of questions about marriage, divorce, remarriage, etc. and situations in their churches.
The churches here in Burundi have as many problems in them as do US churches, and maybe more. Polygamy came up, as well as some weird situations that challenged my thinking of the surreal. Questions and situations that normally seem easy to answer, the Burundian pastors seem unconscience of what to do.
And although we did not get very far in the text, what we did was exciting since they have not had teaching on these subjects. It seemed that each question that I answered, engendered another 3 questions from the group.
Now the challenge is to finish. I have only two days left--tomorrow to get through chapters 8-11 and Friday, to tackle chapters 12-14 on Spiritual Gifts. I need to get through that.
Keep me in your prayers. I need strength. So do the pastors. There are only 32 here. Some couldn't get off from there paying job. Others are sick. I eat my meals with people who have malaria, typhoid, intestinal amoeba, and other stuff. Luckily it is not contagious (at least that is what I read from the internet, and everything on the Internet is true!! Right?)