Myles loved the warm, peaceful, dusty atmosphere of Nchalo.
As ever, the 225 church leaders at the bookset conference were amazingly engaged, and tried to persuade us to stay an extra week so they could listen to more, and discuss more, on topics such as Walking with God, Preach the Word, Gospel and Culture, Christian Marriage, The Leader and his Vision, Challenges and Pitfalls of Christian Leadership, The Church, and The Leader and his Integrity. All good stuff.
Once again the clear lesson for Myles was that the core fundamental needs and challenges of the people of Nchalo and the Church in Nchalo are so very similar to those around the world – including the UK. After all:
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
However, it is also clear that a different context inevitably changes the theological priorities of the Church, and the particular forms the challenges take. For example, when was the last time in the UK that the last day of a training workshop was impacted by the funeral of a church member who had been killed the day before by a crocodile on the local river?