Day 9 – Friday, June 28, 2013

Today is the final day of the pastors’ seminar. Things have gotten pretty interesting as Gretchen has shared a wife’s perspective of ministry, and how trauma can affect a church. This really captured their attention, which is nice, because we were concerned how they would receive teaching from a woman. No problem. We finished the day with a foot washing ceremony in which Gretchen poured water on their feet, I washed them, and Ginger dried them, while our host, David, prayed for them individually. It was very powerful and moving. One man wept the whole way through it. All were somewhat overwhelmed. At the end they insisted on washing our feet and praying for one of our team members who shared some personal struggles with trauma. After I closed the session, I was still barefoot as I answered questions casually. One older man came over to me carrying my shoes. He said “Papa, your shoes,” and bowed low to show respect. It was all I could do to hold back the tears at this humble display. He taught me more in that one gesture, than I taught them in two full days of teaching.

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