The modes of transport used to get books from our warehouses in the UK to pastors in the bush are varied, to say the least. Take, for example, a consignment which arrived in Mozambique just before lockdown . We know of at least 10 different steps: car from the Swindon warehouse to the post office, van to the airport, plane to Malawi, private car to the Mozambique boarder until that broke down, taxi to the Shire river, canoe across the river into Mozambique, pushbike to Posto Chire and finally motorbike to Murumbala. And this doesn’t include several times when the bag of books were manhandled across streams and other obstacles by foot!
Thankfully the consignment arrived to be greeted by 71 expectant pastors who were beginning a three year theological education course run by MINTS. This is what one of the pastors said:
“Many of us have been ministering without Bibles. We could borrow Bibles from friends and learn some verses by heart. We could recite these verses again and again before the congregation. Sometimes we could not remember and our congregation developed boredom due to repetition of the same verses.”
None of the 71 pastors have been to Bible School, so delivery of a consignment like this has a huge impact on their knowledge and effectiveness.