|Ulysses Danial & Kelly|
On the bus trip to Fray, we began to learn about the country, the culture and the people. This area has very strong gender rolls. Women did the cooking, cleaning and most child care. The men worked, HARD. All the pastors are bi-vocational, preaching and shepherding while also working another full time job to pay the bills and keep the family clothed and fed. The women of our group would not be doing ANY of the physical labor, EVER; a man would not be seen in the kitchen. There are no women pastors here. It's just not done.
There was one "grocery store" in Fray, but it was very small. It is comparable in size to ...well it was larger than a Circle K or 7/11 but smaller than an Old Navy. Not nearly as big as a Walmart, or Fry's or Kroger or Hyvee. The markets were AMAZING. So many colors, smells and sights. A trip was made to the Church of Fray. What a special treat. The local church women were preparing the afternoon meal. The food was fresh, and completely organic. I wish time could have allowed for me to stay and learn a few things from these amazing chefs! I was reminded of home when we noticed that many of the "things" in the kitchen were labeled with the churches name and seal. I guess people "borrow" stuff from church kitchens all over the world :-)
We visited the district office compound; it was square with open area in the middle and the entrance gate off to one side. All the doors were steal construction, and all of the windows had strong (yet decorative) iron bars. At the front was the living quarters of the district first family, and in the back were the "dorm style rooms" for pastors (or pastors in training) who would come to the
compound to take course of study classes. Along the sides were class rooms and meeting rooms and the district offices. There was even a district bus! There is lots of teaching, training and straight up New Testament discipleship going on. Many new Christians are responding to the call of God on their life. Praise God! Praise God! We began to hear about the extensive efforts to raise up