We are on our way to Angola! Saying good-bye to our brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors in Kapsowar, the Familia are now en route to Houston to pick up our visas. We are now enjoying a 3-day stop in the Netherlands on the way.
|Zeke enjoying his last rolls in the yard with his favorite toy|
|part of the Rorok School church family Easter Sunday|
|Priscila's last hysterectomy, with RN Wilson and med student Christine|
|Tchau to our neighbors|
|Our mother in Kapsowar, Laura Rhodes|
The society into which the Christian is called at baptism is not a collective but a Body. It is in fact that Body of which the family is an image on the natural level. If anyone came to it with the misconception that membership of the Church was membership in a debased modern sense—a massing together of persons as if they were pennies or counters—he would be corrected at the threshold by the discovery that the head of this Body is so unlike the inferior members that they share no predicate with Him save by analogy. We are summoned from the outset to combine as creatures with our Creator, as mortals with immortal, as redeemed sinners with sinless Redeemer. His presence, the interaction between him and us, must always be the overwhelmingly dominant factor in the life we are to lead within the Body, and any coneption of Christian fellowship which does not mean primarily fellowship with Him is out of court. . . . The sacrifice of selfish privacy which is daily demanded of us is daily repaid a hundredfold in the true growth of personality which the life of the Body encourages. Those who are members of one another become as diverse as the hand and the ear. That is why the worldlings are so monotonously alike compared with the almost fantastic variety of the saints. Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.
--C.S. Lewis, from “Membership,” The Weight of Glory